I think we can all agree that there's just something about a movie or TV set that brings people together. Maybe it's the glitz and glamour of being in a big Hollywood production or a beloved Netflix series. Maybe it's the intimate scenes that make two people feel like they're the only ones in the world. Maybe it's the alternate reality that takes over your life for a few months. Or maybe it's getting to fall in love with your scene partner and your partner's character at the same time. We've seen many a great relationship come out of a great show or film, but some of these couples (or ex-couples) came into the game together. They hooked up and then their characters hooked up, meaning it was some combo of art imitating life or life imitating art or something.
From Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to Arrested Development to Dawson's Creek and many, many productions in between, we get to see some of our favorite couples' chemistry play out right before our eyes, and suddenly everything makes sense, at least for the time being. Though some of these couples haven't stayed together for the long run, we can't deny how much we love getting to watch them do what they do best together. Is there a better version of method acting? We can't think of one. Check out our list of some of Hollywood's finest couples and ex-couples who shared a life together before they shared a big screen relationship.
Harvey Kinkle and Rosalind Walker, two of our favorite characters from Netflix's hit show Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, have found more in common than supporting their bestie turned herald of hell. The co-stars started hinting at their relationship on social media just months before the second season of their show would see them get together. Though we're still not sure how we feel about Brina's first love and BFF getting together while she struggles to deal with Satan, we definitely support this real-life love connection. Ross Lynch and Jaz Sinclair, if you're reading this, please keep commenting on each other's Instagrams.
Amy Poehler and Will Arnett made a funny duo on screen and an even funnier couple. The pair played spouses on Arnett's hit show Arrested Development. The Parks and Rec star played a salesperson turned army recruit who ended up betrothed to G.O.B after a night of pranks. No one in the Bluth family knew her name, including her husband, but that hasn't stopped us from loving their slightly concerning get-together. In real life, the couple would go on to also star together as an ice dancing brother-sister duo in Blades of Glory and would later have two kids. Much like on the show, we aren't really sure what happened to their relationship. Unfortunately, they divorced in 2014.
Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter had a weird relationship on Dexter to put it lightly. A display of concerning feelings between adoptive brother and sister became a theme throughout the show, only ever acted on in fantasy when the two shared a kiss in one of Deb's (played by Jennifer) dreams. In real life, the pair eloped in 2008 and began dating long before Deb started crushin' on her serial killer step-bro. Two years after they tied the knot, the couple announced their divorce and cited irreconcilable difference. We can't say we blame them. Having to act out desired incest is maybe not the best way to get to know someone. But we're glad to say the two actors remain friends.
Unlike the complicated road to love their characters had to take on The Vampire Diaries, Nina Dobrev, who played Elena, and Ian Somerhalder, who played Damon, connected right away. The pair started dating in 2011 right before we'd see Elena finally give in to Damon's pleas. Of course, she had to break up with his brother Stefan, played by Paul Wesley, first. The couple was notoriously quiet about the truth of their relationship for a large part of their time together, but they'd eventually reveal their love for one another, just like their characters did on their hit show. The complications continued on the show and would eventually plague the couple in real life, and they would end up breaking up in 2013. At least we'll always have reruns.
Cue up the "I Don't Want to Wait," because we couldn't make this list without including the cast of Dawson's Creek. Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson starred as Joey Potter and Pacey Witter, respectively, and saw their characters dating, breaking up and getting back together four times over the show's six-season run. In real life, the stars dated for the first two seasons of the show before their characters would finally test out their chemistry on the third. Both stars have been through a lot romantically since then, and we wouldn't be upset if they got back together just like the show said was meant to be. Maybe James Van Der Beek can lend a hand?
We'd be lying if we said we didn't think about BJ Novak and Mindy Kaling getting married every single day. The Office alums weren't exactly a match made in heaven during their first show's romance. Kelly and Ryan were a disaster from the start, which we know had nothing to do with becoming an item the day before Valentine's Day. The two dated on and off for much of their first show's run, remained friends through it all, and then Mindy invited her ex-BF/current BFF to guest star on her new show, The Mindy Project. The starring actress and director just knows what the people want. And what we really want now? For the real-life actors to finally admit that they're endgame.
On The Big Bang Theory it took Penny, played by Kaley Cuoco, the whole first season to realize she wanted a man like Leonard, played by Johnny Galecki. The on-screen couple would be on and off throughout the show a few times but would eventually get married during the first episode of the ninth season. In real life, the couple was already dating starting in 2007 when the series began and broke up in December of 2009. Despite the relationship not working out, Kaley and Johnny remain on good terms, which is surely one of the reasons the couple has been a staple throughout the 12 seasons. We're sad that they couldn't make it work in real life, but so glad that they've been able to weather the storm, and Sheldon, on the show.
The Gossip Girl pair have both seen their fair share of hook-ups on the show on-screen and off-screen. Jessica Szohr, who played Vanessa Abrams, and Ed Westwick, who starred as the love-to-hate-him Chuck Bass, got together in 2008 right before we'd see their characters hook up during the second season of the show. Both actors had been in relationships and realized that maybe they were meant to be instead. But, like any CW plot, the real-life pair ended things two years later after accusations of flirting with other people. Ed hasn't had it easy since then with accusations of sexual assault to deal with, but his ex-girlfriend had his back. Looks like they came out of the Upper East Side with a friendship intact, something very few on Gossip Girl could do.
Sophia Bush has dated a number of her One Tree Hill co-stars throughout the years. She and Chad Michael Murray married, and then soon divorced, as their characters Brooke and Lucas struggled to stay afloat as a couple. She later dated James Lafferty, who played Nathan, and their characters had previously hooked up before the series began. Finally, her character dated Austin Nichols, who seemed to start out as just another Tree Hill drama-filled relationship, but would end with a wedding and twins. In real life, the couple dated on and off for over four years and hooked up before he even started on the show.
In Riverdale, anything can happen. What we didn't expect? Reggie to be, well, less Reggie. We're giving five stars to his character development and a million stars to his real-world relationship with co-star and on-screen fling Veronica, played by Camila Mendes. Reggie has become a helpful hand to V as she runs her basement casino and a shoulder to lean on with Archie mostly out of the picture. We're almost 99 percent positive it won't last, but we're so glad the two actors decided to give it ago outside the confines of the set. We're even more glad that we get to know that Charles Melton calls Cami "baby dragon." Riverdale has not been kind to us this season, but this couple sure has. The two have been together since late of summer '18.