First kisses are monumental moments in any young person's life, even though they're hardly something to write home about. Sure, some people get lucky and have INCREDIBLE initial smooches (we're looking at you, Shannon Purser), but, for the most part, the experience is anticlimactic and super uncomfortable. On the small screen, however, first kisses are usually portrayed as being *magical* and *romantic*. While this is great and all (like, who doesn't want to get lost in a unrealistic fictional love story every now and then?), we have to point out that the filming of said scenes is rarely pretty, ESPECIALLY when the actors are having their first kiss along with their character.
If you go back and think about your first kiss (cringey, we know), we highly doubt you'd want it to be recorded on camera for millions of people to watch over and over again. We also doubt you'd be able to handle it if we told you it would have to happen in front of a set full of cast and crew members. Well, guess what? This is the reality for many of our favorite actresses including Millie Bobby Brown and Mila Kunis, as they're just two female stars who puckered up for the first time ever while filming their hit TV series. Now THAT's talent, y'all.
First kisses are typically awkward, something Selena Gomez knows all too well. The Disney Channel alum puckered up for the first time ever when she played Gwen on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody back in 2006 and it was not pretty.
"My weirdest kissing story on set had to be when I had my first kiss with Dylan Sprouse on Suite Life. I actually leaned in to kiss him and I had my eyes closed a little too early and I ended up missing half of his lips, so it ended up being the most awkward kiss in the world," SelGo told Tiger Beat.
The actress, who was only 12 at the time of the smooch, said the whole thing was definitely awkward but it was all good because Dyl is "such an awesome guy."
Suite Life was clearly the place to be for first kisses! While Selena shared her initial smooch with Dylan Sprouse, Victoria Justice had hers on the same Disney Channel TV show with his twin brother, Cole Sprouse.
"It was actually my first kiss and it was in front of a live audience," VJ told Popstar! magazine back in 2011.
Can you even imagine?! But even though kissing a famous actor may seem like a dream, the now-25-year-old explained that doing so when the cameras are rolling is not glamorous at all.
She continued, "You can't really look at it as something romantic because at the end of the day it is a job and it is work. It's not anything, relationship-wise."
Let's keep this Disney Channel saga going by talking about Debby Ryan’s first kiss, which happened on — you guessed it!! — Suite Life! The actress played Bailey Pickett, who dated Cole Sprouse's character, Cody Martin, for a good chunk of the On Deck variety of the series. And after a while of quintessential Disney romance, a kiss was inevitable.
"The weirdest [kisses] are with Cole, 'cause we're at a point of brother-sisterly-ness," she revealed to Popstar! while the show was still on air. "We mess with each other. Like, he'll be like, 'Hey, Debby! Just so you know, I just ate a tuna sandwich.' And I'll be like, 'Awesome, Cole; I just put on lip gloss.' It's definitely a bizarre situation."
Welp, at least she was a good sport about the whole thing!
Danielle Fishel was not only Ben Savage's first kiss, but he was hers, too. The 37-year-old actress recalled how nervous both young stars were when they prepared to film the iconic locker scene on Boy Meets World in her memoir, Normally, This Would Be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness.
"I looked over at Ben, and he had gone completely white," she wrote in the book.
The 38-year-old actor has similar memories of the smooch, telling the Huffington Post kissing someone in front of a live audience was "a lot of pressure for a little kid." Uh, YEAH!
Before Zac Efron was known for playing Troy Bolton in High School Musical, he got his big break in Hollywood thanks to his role as Cameron Bale on The WB's Summerland. Actress Kay Panabaker played Nikki Westerly, Cameron's love interest, on the TV series, and actually had her first kiss with the Baywatch hottie.
"It was totally embarrassing in front of the crew [who] were all like my dads," she explained of the smooch, which happened when she was 13 and he was 16. "It was very weird, but he was so nice and so sweet and he still is."
Not many people can say they had their first kiss with Zac freakin' Efron, so Kay is pretty dang lucky.
Millie Bobby Brown may act more mature than most people but, in reality, she's only 14-years-old and has basically grown up in front of the world. MBB and her Stranger Things character, Eleven, are both navigating the dating waters, so it makes sense that her first kiss happened while filming episode eight of the first season.
While some celebs may try to pretend that kissing for the first time is all rainbows and butterflies, the British actress kept it real and exclaimed, "Kissing sucks!" after she smooched co-star Finn Wolfhard.
"It was really awkward because everyone was there," she explained on The Tonight Show. "My dad was sitting there. I mean, it was like, awful."
What's more awkward than having your first kiss on television? Having your first kiss on television while your dad is watching!
Millie isn't the only actress who had her first kiss on the Stranger Things set, though. The British star's Netflix co-star, Sadie Sink, got her smooch on with Caleb McLaughlin during the show's epic Snow Ball episode on season two. But while Max and Lucas's first kiss was a long time coming for fans, it actually wasn't originally written into the script.
The show's creators changed things up and told the 15-year-old actress she was going to have to pucker up on the day of filming, which made her "stressed out" for hours. And honestly, we don't blame her! The kiss was definitely sprung on her AND the circumstances were less than ideal.
Our first kiss was in front of 200 extras, and their parents, and my mom," she said on Beyond Stranger Things. *Cringe*
Katie Holmes spent a lot of time kissing James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson, better known as Dawson and Pacey, during her tenure on Dawson's Creek. But her very FIRST kiss actually happened with a different actor. The now-39-year-old actress reflected on puckering up for the first time with guest-star Ian Bohen, who played Anderson Crawford on an episode aptly titled "Kiss," while on The Late Late Show With James Corden in 2016.
"I do remember my first [kiss]. I was 18 and it was on Dawson’s Creek," she said. "It was a guest star, and it's so awkward because with a first kiss in life, if it doesn’t go well, you’re kind of like, ‘Oh, I gotta get home.’ And you never have to deal with that person [again]. But on screen, you’re gonna have to have lunch and probably work again tomorrow.”
And that's why these people get paid big bucks.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher's love story is one for the ages, with the actors going from being co-stars to friends to husband and wife, years later. Not many people can look at their spouse and say they had their first kiss with him/her, but MK is one of the special few.
The brunette beauty was just a teenager with a crush when she had to film Jackie and Kelso's first smooch scene, so, as you can imagine, she was quite nervous.
“I was like, ‘Oh, he’s so cute, it’s the Calvin Klein model!’" Mila told People over a decade ago. “Then I was like, ‘I have to kiss him?’ I was so nervous and uncomfortable. I had the biggest crush on him.”
The actress continued, "Ashton was so nice. He just made jokes and gave me funny little compliments. He made me laugh."
While you probably know Ashley Benson thanks to her role as Hanna Marin on Pretty Little Liars, her first regular role on the small screen came as Abby Deveraux on the hit soap opera Days of Ours Lives. The blonde beauty was only 15 at the time she had to kiss her 20-year-old co-star, but she was sure to let him to know to make it good.
The now 28-year-old dished to Teen Vogue back in 2012 saying, “The guy playing my boyfriend was in his 20s. I was like, 'This is my first real kiss. So don't be creepy!' Everybody on set thought it was the cutest thing.”
Miranda Cosgrove was a staple on Nickelodeon back in the day, which means she grew up right alongside most of us. The now-25-year-old actress told Gurl that she shared he first-ever kiss with Nathan Kress on iCarly. Carly and Freddie's smooch left viewers SHOOKETH thanks to the buildup leading up to it, and MC still remembers it as one of her most memorable moments on the show. Honestly, same.
"It was a little strange because I've known him since we were both 13 and we were, like, 16 I think, in that episode and — I don't know, I just feel like I've known him for such a long time, and he's like my brother because I'm with him every day. So, it was a little funny," she told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Danica McKellar may be 43 years old today, but she'll forever be recognized as the doe-eyed Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years. The actress and co-star Fred Savage were each other's first kisses thanks to an on-screen smooch between their characters during the coming-of-age series' pilot episode.
"We got applause afterwards from the crew, which was really humiliating," she said on PROFILES Featuring Mickey Burns. "When you're 12 years old and you're having your first kiss it's nerve-racking enough; to get applause afterwards is SO embarrassing."
Laura Marano doesn't kiss and tell, but Austin & Ally co-star Ross Lynch had no problem dishing the dirt about the actress's first smooch, which happened during an episode of Austin & Ally.
"For the longest time they wouldn't let us kiss, for whatever reason," the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina explained on the Radio Disney talk show For The Record. "So finally Laura and I were like, 'let's just kiss,' it's less awkward that way anyway. Well, what happened was... I had a big zit; It was the worst I've ever had!"
The 22-year-old was embarrassed because of his pimple, but Laura tried her best to make him feel better by reminding him that everyone breaks out. So while the brunette should've been the one to be freaked out on set that day, SHE was actually the one comforting her more-experienced co-star.
Alia Shawkat's role as Maeby Fünke on Arrested Development taught her lots of things, including how to kiss. The 29-year-old actress had her first smooch with co-star Michael Cera during the pilot episode, something she describes as "awkward."
"I was a late bloomer. It went really well, though. It wasn't like a makeout, you know what I mean?" she told The A.V. Club. "The way I describe it was that it’s like two fists hitting each other — boom, in and out. Also, we were good friends, which made it more awkward on the set, but once we were finished, we pretended like it never happened." Well, that's one way to handle it!
People obviously remember D.J. Tanner's relationship with Steve Hale on Full House, but the character (and the actress) actually had her first kiss with a different guy.
"It was the spin-the-bottle episode. At the very end, I have my first kiss in the backyard with Kevin," Candace Cameron-Bure told Glamour.
The now-42-year-old can look back at the moment and laugh, but as a 13-year-old girl going through it, it was definitely tough.
Cam explained to Closer, “It's awkward when you've never had a kiss and then have to kiss someone on national television."