Dating actors and musicians seems to be an occupational hazard of being a performer, but these famous couples actually started their courtships as friends first. Yup, just like the romantic comedies they star in, these celebrities found love in the most least likely place. Margot Robbie was roommates with her future husband, while Blake Lively, Jennifer Garner, and Mila Kunis all met their future husbands on-set before falling in love years later. Here's hoping all twenty of these stories get optioned as the next installment of Garry Marshall's inescapable holiday anthology series, Celebrity Wedding Day.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds famously met on that horrible Green Lantern film from 2011, where the future spouses played love interests Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris. Blake was still dating her Gossip Girl co-star Penn Badgley and Ryan was married to future Marvel star Scarlett Johansson. They remained friends during the Green Lantern press tour despite their newfound singledom and didn't start dating until a year later in 2012. Ryan told Sirius XM that they realized they were meant to be while on a double date... where they weren't each other's dates. They married by the end of that year.
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello may or may not be finally dating — it depends on who you ask. The possible-couple has been caught kissing and holding hands in public, but that's just fueled rumors of their love affair being a publicity stunt. How hard is it to hide a private relationship in Hollywood these days, right? Regardless of whether you're team #Shawmila, you've got to admit sparks have been flying between the pair since they became friends in 2014 when Shawn and Camila (who was still a part of Fifth Harmony at the time) opened for Austin Mahone. Their best friendship has remained extremely public ever since as they both shot to stratospheric fame (and, supposedly, wrote more than a few songs about their will-they, won't-they romance).
When Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher starred as love interests Jackie and Kelso on That '70s Show, E! News notes that the then-14-year-old Mila wasn't interested in the 19-year-old Ashton *at all*, despite him being her first real kiss, and Ashton saw her as a little sister. After years of occasional contact through AOL Instant Messenger (RIP), the friends found themselves newly single and next to each other at an awards show. Everything had changed, and suddenly sparks were flying. Still, Ashton tried to set her up with a friend of his that night, but instead, she ended up getting together with her future husband and deciding on a friends-with-benefits relationship. Anyone who's seen their competing FWB rom-coms should know what happened next.
When Kim Kardashian met Kanye West in 2003, he had no idea who she was. Kim talked about her long friendship with the College Dropout rapper during the Keeping Up With The Kardashians' 10-year anniversary special, where she revealed they kept in touch throughout her short-lived marriage to Kris Humphries, but that the minute Kim and Kris separated, Kanye put on a fashion show just to cop a date with the KKW Beauty stunner. A decade after their meeting, the pair got married in 2013, and they now have three kids together and a music, television, and fashion empire to match.
Ariana Grande and her late love Mac Miller may have only dated for two years, but the pair had been friends since Mac slid into Ari's DMs in 2012. Their burgeoning friendship led to their duet on Ari's Yours Truly, "The Way," in 2013 and another, "My Favorite Part," on Mac's The Devine Feminine in 2016 (although, by that point, we're pretty sure they were already dating). The star-crossed lovers made their relationship official at the 2016 MTV VMAs and dated until May 2018.
Trashy British tabloid The Sun originally learned about Marcus Mumford and Carey Mulligan's meet-cute, which was strangely fitting for the earthy, old-fashioned couple. The now-married couple was childhood pen pals through their churches during their tweens, and after losing touch for a while, the former friends reconnected after finding success in their respective fields and quickly realized there were more than just platonic feelings. They tied the knot in 2012 after nine months of dating (Marcus's parents officiated!), and they've been happily married ever since.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith met 23 years ago in 1995 when Jada auditioned to play Will's girlfriend on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She may have lost the role of "girlfriend" way back then, but she won the role of future-wife. They maintained their friendship until a dinner with mutual friends, where Jada realized that the lanky kid she used to know had grown into a responsible man. The pair married in 1997, have two kids, and are launching a joint media company together.
Not all friends-first couples end in marriage... or amicably. Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake had one of the messiest pop culture breakups of our time, but before Brit (allegedly) cheated on JT and he spent the next fifteen years being salty about it in public, the pair grew up together on The Mickey Mouse Club. Britney and Justin didn't become ~Britney and Justin~ until four years after the series ended while Britney was opening for NSYNC's tour. They were in love for four awesome years before splitting in 2002.
Friend, fan, what's the difference? The Cut remembers a time way back in 2009, before Instagram Model was a legitimate career path, when a star-struck Hailey Baldwin met the then-clean cut teen star Justin Bieber backstage at the Today Show thanks to her famous pops, Stephen Baldwin, who did most of the talking while Hails looked embarrassed. Sometime after that, Hailey became a little less awk and managed to ~actually speak~ to her celeb crush, and they began a friendship through the Kardashian/Jenners and their shared love of Hillsong Church. The on-again, off-again couple denied romance rumors with that classic "we're just best friends" line but finally confirmed a relationship in the first week of 2015. After a rocky road and a few other high-profile relationships, the young couple eloped in 2019.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood superstar Margot Robbie and husband Tom Ackerley weren't just friends before getting together — they were roommates! Tom was the assistant director of Margot's 2013 film Suite Francaise, and the pair became close while living together with a group of friends in London. After a full year as roomies, Elle revealed that Margot and Tom started dating but kept the blossoming romance a secret from their other housemates. We're assuming their friends found out sometime before their 2016 marriage in Australia.
The Biebs always knew he was into Selena Gomez, but it sounds like it took a minute for the "Come And Get It" singer to get on board. Justin and Selena met through Justin's manager, Scooter Braun, who Justin asked to arrange a meeting between the young stars. StyleCaster said that meeting turned into a fast friendship, but it took two years for the pair to start dating and make things red carpet official. There are many Jelena fans who are certain their on-again, off-again love story isn't over yet, but as we all know, Justin is happily married to Hailey Baldwin Bieber.
It's bizarre to think of anyone meeting George Clooney and putting him in the (fictitious) Friend Zone, but that's basically what George told The Hollywood Reporter about his meet-cute with future wife Amal Amaluddin. George thought Amal was beautiful, funny, and smart, and he said she probably thought he was old. George Clooney being self-deprecating? The future spouses met at Lake Cuomo in 2013 while Amal was on her way to Cannes, and they literally began a meme-based friendship, which is the most Gen-Z thing we've ever heard despite them definitely not being Gen-Z'rs. Seriously, they would send each other funny pictures, and that's how the now-Clooneys started talking before realizing they were more than just friends.
Maybe their status as the second Bennifer should have been a sign Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's seemingly-perfect marriage wasn't meant to last. The former couple met in 2000 on the set of their film Pearl Harbor, just after Ben's truly awful movie with the ~first~ Bennifer (Jennifer Lopez), 2002's Gigli. Jennifer 2 was married to Scandal actor Scott Foley at the time, so you can't blame Ben for making a love connection with Jennifer 1. You can, however, blame them both for falling in love later in 2002 during the filming of Daredevil, which Ben confirmed to Playboy. They stayed with their respective partners, but Ben broke off his engagement to Jennifer 1 six months after Jennifer 2's divorce from Scott in 2003. Bennifer 2 was married by 2005, and broke the entire world's heart when they separated ten years later.
Whether you know them as Fred and Daphne or Helen and Ray, seeing on-screen lovers Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. become off-screen marriage goals is enough to make you believe in love again. Before becoming one of Hollywood's strongest couples, Sarah and Freddie met on the set of I Know What You Did Last Summer in 1997 and began a two-year friendship. Freddie told E! News their friendship was the key to their relationship's longevity because it gave them an understanding of each other's morals, priorities, and faults.
Camila Mendes and Charles Melton technically have Ross Butler to thank for their relationship. The current couple met while working on the whisp's favorite show, Riverdale, after Charles took over the role of Reggie Mantle when Ross left the series to commit to 13 Reasons Why season two. Camila was still dating her ex and had been vocal about not wanting to date other actors when Charles came onto the series, but as she revealed on Instagram, Charles taught her to separate logic from love back when they were still just friends, and his views on love were a big reason Cami fell for the Riverdale replacement.
Dove Cameron and Thomas Doherty are the cutest, but their Descendants 2 costars realized the couple was falling in love before they did. Dove told People magazine her romance with Thomas was a natural evolution from their on-set friendship, but co-star Sofia Carson chimed in, noting that their chemistry was there from the very beginning. Nearly three years later, the couple is still going strong, and we low-key think that they might be secretly engaged.
Longtime friends Lauren Graham and Peter Krause, thankfully, knew each other before they played siblings on Parenthood, and they're so good together that we'll overlook the slight ick-factor that they only realized they were in love during their familial roles. Lauren told Good Housekeeping she didn't date handsome actors as a rule because she didn't trust their charm (or the many, many other women gunning for their affections), which kept Peter in her self-proclaimed Friend Zone until it unexpectedly evolved into something more.
David Foster might not be a household name like Katharine McPhee, but the American Idol contestant's husband is one of the biggest music producers in history. Good Housekeeping thinks the future couple met in 2006 when Katharine sang one of David's songs (Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" — we told you, he's a Big Effing Deal). We suspect their 34-year age difference is what kept their relationship friendly for so many years, but it doesn't seem to bother the happy couple, who married in June 2019, or Kat's new stepdaughters, who incidentally are older than their new stepmom.
Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde could have skipped the friendship stage if they had just been a little more direct with each other, but a series of misadventures led the future fiancés to beat around the bush as friends for six months before Jason finally got Olivia's number. Jason thought Olivia was dating someone else when they first met in 2011, but Olivia told Allure she wasn't and assumed that Jason wasn't interested when he didn't get her number. They kept running into each other for half a year, and it wasn't even Jason who finally took a chance and asked for her number — her best guy friend had to intervene and give Liv's number to Jason. The pair aren't married yet (they've been engaged for six years), but they do have two kids together.
The prevailing story is that Prince William and Kate Middleton met while in university at St. Andrews, but Us Magazine had a chat with royal biographer Katie Nicholl, who's positive they met while Kate was still attending secondary school through mutual friends. There have even been rumors that Kate delayed her start at uni and chose St. Andrews to get closer to Wills, but the pair were close friends first in college. But then Wills saw Kate in a university fashion show, and he suddenly saw her in a new light. Like Margot Robbie and her mans, Wills and Kate were flatmates in a student house before they began their courtship during Christmas 2003.