20 TV Couples Who Had Their Own Real-Life Romances

Not every dramatization you see on television is fiction. Indeed, entertainment history has shown us that portraying a character can sometimes bleed into reality. It’s surprisingly common for couples to be put together for a TV-show plot line only to find themselves hooking up in real life too. These 20 couples found love at the workplace but in the most public way possible – in the celebrity spotlight.

20. Sebastian Stan and Leighton Meester

Playing the loved-up couple Carter and Blair, Sebastian Stan and Leighton Meester were mainstays on the show Gossip Girl. They also dated for two years in real life too, before breaking up in 2010. Speaking to Seventeen magazine in 2010, Leighton is quoted as saying that the split was “really sad” and “really hard.”

19. Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev

Beginning as friends before shacking up, The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev also got close in real life. Their on-screen romance throughout the show bled into their personal lives before the two went their separate ways. Dobrev revealed to Entertainment Weekly in 2016 that she still sees him as a close friend, explaining, “I love him and the friendship is still strong and I think he’s great and I care about him. And that didn’t change.”

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18. Kat Dennings and Nick Zano

During the making of the comedy series 2 Broke Girls, Kat Dennings and Nick Zano’s complex relationship carried over into the real world. The two dated for a while before breaking it off in 2014. Dennings then embarked on a high-profile romance with singer Josh Groban, before announcing their split in 2016

17. Scott Speedman and Keri Russell

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The J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves TV drama Felicity was released in 1998 to widespread critical acclaim. What you might not know, though, is that show stars Scott Speedman and Keri Russell converted their on-screen relationship into a real-life one. They dated each other from 2000 to 2001.

16. Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna

Of all the TV couples on this list, undoubtedly the longest-lasting partnership is that of Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna. They’ve been married since 1997, so this year marks their 20th year together. In Veronica Mars, the two love birds played the married couple Aaron and Lynn Echolls.

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15. Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas

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Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas were loved up in the ABC show Once Upon a Time – and that affection manifested itself in reality. They played Snow White and Prince Charming on the series. And they finally saw their own fairy tale come true when they married in 2014. They also have two sons together.

14. Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser

Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser have a very inconspicuous relationship in real life, quite different from their depictions in Mad Men. The two deceptive characters hook up on the show, going behind their partners’ backs in the process. In reality though, they are much more innocent. They secretly married in 2014 and had their first child in 2015.

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13. Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer

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The on-screen relationship between Cameron and Chase in House was pretty perfect. Sadly, the real-life equivalent wasn’t. Replicating their characters’ plot lines, Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer got together off-screen. Unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned and their wedding was called off. However, their characters on the show stayed together until the end, meaning Morrison and Spencer had to go through with the marriage on screen. Ouch.

12. Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer

Playing two lovers on the raunchy hit TV show True Blood, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer delivered stunning performances that drew audiences into the show’s gothic themes. However, things were also passionate between the two in real life from the first pilot to their marriage in 2010. They are now proud parents of twins.

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11. Blake Lively and Penn Badgley

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Sebastian Stan and Leighton Meester weren’t the only Gossip Girl couple to make a splash off-screen. As Serena and Dan, Blake Lively and Penn Badgley also got together in the real world. However, life imitated art again when the couple split up.

10. Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody

The OC was an incredibly popular show in the mid-00s, with fans enthralled by the romantic happenings of Summer and Seth. Playing the two roles were Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody, who were actually dating for three years outside of the show. Their love only lasted for half a season on-screen, so at least it lasted longer in the real world.

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9. Amy Poehler and Will Arnett

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Surely the funniest couple on this list, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett were the perfect choices for Arrested Development’s wacky twosome Gob and his unnamed wife. They were already married before they got the parts, but announced their split in 2012. Clearly a heart-wrenching separation, Poehler wrote in her book Yes, Please, “You aren’t allowed to feel special, but no one knows the specific ways you are in pain.”

8. Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco

Fans of The Big Bang Theory will be well aware of Penny and Leonard’s will-they/won’t-they history, but they probably don’t know about Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco’s real-life two-year fling. It was only recently revealed by Galecki, who said he didn’t mention anything before in fear of it ruining people’s perceptions of the two characters.

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7. Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols

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One Tree Hill had its fair share of emotional drama – and Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols were often at the heart of it. The on-screen pair also had a successful relationship off-screen before breaking up in 2012. It lasted six years – an eternity in Hollywood terms.

6. Kit Harington and Rose Leslie

There is a weird kind of chemistry between Jon Snow and Ygritte in Game of Thrones, and that could be down to the pair’s real-life affection for each other. Kit Harington and Rose Leslie have been dating since 2012 – let’s just hope their actual relationship isn’t as toxic as their one on the hit show.

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5. Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak

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Fans of The Office will be well aware of Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak’s on/off relationship throughout the series, but it turns out that it’s fairly reminiscent of the two’s real-life romance as well. Yes, their close friendship developed into something more, but they both insist it’s behind them now. Kaling told Howard Stern in 2014, “It was years and years ago that that break-up happened. I was so sad.”

4. Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson

Dawson’s Creek was a beloved 1990s television show – and so was the blossoming relationship between Joey and Pacey. However, you might not know that their real-life counterparts briefly dated during the making of the show. While their off-screen romance might not have been as long-lasting as their on-screen one, they still think fondly on their time together. Katie Holmes even told Rolling Stone in 1998 that Joshua Jackson was her first love!

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3. Lea Michele and Cory Monteith

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Lea Michele and Cory Monteith were utterly believable love interests in the musical show Glee, so it was little surprise when the pair actually got together in 2012. However, their time together was tragically cut short when Monteith passed away in 2013 as a result of an accidental drug overdose.

2. Jennifer Garner and Scott Foley

Felicity co-stars Scott Speedman and Keri Russell weren’t the only ones getting together outside of the show. Indeed, Jennifer Garner and Scott Foley also replicated their on-screen portrayals, tying the knot in 2000 before calling it a day in 2003.

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1. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis

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There was very apparent chemistry between Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis during their stint on the popular sitcom That 70s Show. As Kelso and Jackie, the two’s believable relationship played a big role in the show’s success. So it’s little surprise that in 2012, the two would fall for each other in real life, eventually leading to their marriage in 2015. Kutcher was even Kunis’ first ever kiss!

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