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Romance on the Set
aka: Showmance
They posed for this shot, but they weren't acting.

"Aww, I bet those two are gonna get married. In real life. Which they did."

A pair of performers fall in love while working together, possibly even getting married and/or having kids over time. This happens quite a bit in Hollywood and is prime tabloid fodder. Such relationships seem to have a high breakup rate, but there are some long-lasting marriages that started this way.

What is actually being filmed is largely irrelevant. They're often a couple onscreen as well—when you spend all day pretending to be in love with someone, you may end up Becoming the Mask. However, it doesn't always happen that way. The point of the trope is that behind the scenes the two fall for each other.

The Muse is a Sub-Trope, which is about a male movie director falling in love with his lead actress. Cast Incest is another subtrope, namely the first type where the couple met while playing relatives, which adds a level of Squick before further thought reveals that it's no different from any other role.

In live theatre circles, the phenomenon is known as a "showmance" and tends to annoy their costars to no end.

Compare Actor Shipping, where the fans want this to happen.


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  • Model Kate Upton and pitcher Justin Verlander began to date after meeting on the set of a commercial for the Major League Baseball 2K12 video game.


  • In the short story "Who Am I This Time?" by Kurt Vonnegut, the main character completely takes on the persona of whatever character he performs in the community play. A beautiful but socially awkward woman, when performing A Streetcar Named Desire with him, falls in passionate love with his persona. By living a life of Romance on the Set through various plays, they become Happily Married.
  • In-Universe in Redshirts, Jenkins, whose wife had been Redshirted years before, sends a love letter to the actress who played her in Chronicles of the Intrepid when Dahl and the others go to the real world. In one of the epilogues, it is implied that she then ends up in a relationship with the actor who played him.
  • In the commentary for The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Professor Dumbledore mentions the unfortunate casting choices in a theatrical version of the story The Fountain of Fair Fortune - the students playing "Amata" and "Sir Luckless" had been dating until "one hour before the curtain rose," at which point "Sir Luckless" dumped "Amata" for the girl who was playing "Asha."

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  • In-Universe in Darths & Droids. Annie and Jim, respectively the players of Anakin and Padme, start dating after Episode II. They continue dating in the original trilogy, but change characters to Leia and Han.

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  • Lindsey Ellis (The Nostalgia Chick) and Todd Nathanson (Todd in the Shadows). In-universe, this has been translated to the Chick having an obsessive and completely unrequited interest in him, while he continues stalking Lupa.
    • There have been several Channel Awesome couples, including Lupa and Phelous, and Nash and JO.
    • Paul Schuler and Elisa Hansen (who plays Maven of the Eventide, Dr. Tease and the Makeover Fairy in the Nostalgia Chick's videos) got engaged on the 5th of November, 2012, and are now married with a baby boy named Grey.
  • At least one couple in We Are All Pokémon Trainers have ended up in a relationship just like their characters.

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  • The French voices of Homer and Marge in The Simpsons (Veronique Augereau and Philippe Peytieu) end up married for real.
  • The voices of Kif Kroker and Amy Wong in the Latin American dub of Futurama are a married couple.
  • Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor, the voices of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, were Happily Married until Allwine's death.
  • Slightly one-sided with Recess: Jason Davis, who played Mikey, had a crush on Ashley Johnson, who played Gretchen, when the show was on. In the show itself, there's no shipping.

Alternative Title(s): Showmance