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Romance on the Set

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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.


Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • 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.

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    Literature 
  • 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."

    Live-Action TV 
  • Josh Duhamel met his future wife Fergie when the Black Eyed Peas guest starred on his show 'Las Vegas'.
  • Doctor Who has had quite a few:
    • Tom Baker and:
      • Sue Gerrard, who had been working as an editor on "Horror of Fang Rock". He had an on-and-off relationship with her, broke it off to marry Lalla Ward (see below), and then, after divorcing Lalla, rekindled his relationship with Sue and married her. They've been married ever since.
      • Lalla Ward. They eventually got divorced after 16 months. Eagle-eyed viewers can play along at home noting whether or not Tom and Lalla got along at the time of shooting their scenes. There are noticeable moments when the two of them absolutely refuse to look at each other.
    • David Tennant has dated several of his Doctor Who guest stars. In fact, he's married to and has a daughter and a stepson / and now officially adopted son with Georgia Moffett, who's the real-life daughter of Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, and who played the daughter of Tennant's Doctor (well, "genetic clone") on the show. That's right, there is a kid out there that has the Doctor as her father and grandfather. (Yes, the Doctor's daughter played the Doctor's daughter and then had the Doctor's daughter. Try to get your mind around that!)
      • Another one was Tennant and Sophia Myles, who appeared in series 2's "The Girl In the Fireplace."
    • Frazer Hines (Jamie) and Deborah Watling (Victoria) briefly dated during their time together on the show.
    • Deborah Watling also developed something of a reputation for flings with the monster operators. Over her tenure she went out with a Yeti, a Cyberman and a couple of Ice Warriors (which was awkward because they were "too tall").
  • Alexander Siddig and Nana Visitor married during the run of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, had a child together, and have since divorced.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof. (They decided not to date while they were still on the same show, and got together once Denisof moved to Angel.) They're now Happily Married with two daughters.
    • Also, Amber Benson (who played Tara) and Adam Busch (who played Warren). This led to a funny moment when Joss Whedon told Adam "You're going to kill your girlfriend" and he replied "Warren gets a girlfriend?" That's right, Adam Busch spent a good portion of his time on the show watching his girlfriend make out with Alyson Hannigan. (Lucky bastard.) They split up in 2012.
    • Not a relationship, because she was 15-17 during her run on the show and he was 38-40, but it's an open secret that Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn) had a crush on and openly flirted with James Marsters (Spike). There's debate about whether or not he reciprocated, but it all basically comes down to how you interpret his song "Dangerous," which he admits was written about her.
  • According to Alexander Vlahos (Mordred), relationships have come out of BBC's Merlin. He never said who, though, so this has of course led to Actor Shipping extraordinaire. The only confirmed one is Bradley James (Arthur) and Georgia King (Elena).
  • Bobcat Goldthwait and Nikki Cox, Unhappily Ever After
  • Dominic Monaghan and Evangeline Lilly, Lost.
  • Dragon's Den's Robert Herjavec started dating dancer Kym Johnson after the two were partners on Dancing with the Stars.
  • Sean Bean met his third wife Abigail Cruttenden on the set of Sharpe. She played his second wife who eventually cheated on him and stole all his money. The marriage lasted three years.
  • Kyle MacLachlan and Lara Flynn Boyle began dating after meeting on the set of Twin Peaks. Somewhat irritatingly, this has been cited as part of the reason why MacLachlan objected to the development of a romance between his character Cooper and Audrey, the series' Fan-Preferred Couple, leading to their relationship being stricken from the script.
  • Singaporean celebrities and media darlings Fann Wong (from Shanghai Knights) and Christopher Lee (not that one), who have starred alongside each other in so many TV series that it wasn't until their tell-all special that fans knew which one they officially hooked up on the set in.
  • Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory dated for a couple of years, but the general public didn't know about it until they broke up.
  • Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan met when she guest starred on Family Ties, got together and are now married with four kids.
    • Similarly, on Growing Pains; this is how Kirk Cameron and Chelsea Noble met and eventually married.
  • Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter started dating almost as soon as they met on the set of Dexter. They got married, but later filed for divorce. The levels of Brother-Sister Incest between their characters significantly increased after the divorce, seemingly just to make things as uncomfortable as possible for the two of them.
  • Alexis Bledel & Milo Ventimiglia in Gilmore Girls. The chemistry between Rory and Jess became pretty obvious when he joined the show. They dated for nearly four years and broke up in 2006, coincidentally, around the same time that their characters say goodbye for the last time.
  • The above-mentioned Mr. Ventimiglia more controversially went on to be a couple with his twelve-years-younger Heroes costar Hayden Panettiere. They didn't go public until she turned 18, but the rumor mill had linked them well before that. (Their onscreen chemistry, despite playing characters who were related, didn't help.) They later broke up.
  • Meanwhile, Alexis Bledel is now married to Mad Men co-star Vincent Kartheiser.
  • Will Smith met Jada Pinkett Smith when she auditioned for the role of his girlfriend on an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She was denied the role on account of being too short, but she had bit parts on the series. Later on, after they got married, she played his wife, specifically in the film Ali.
  • Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos met on the set of All My Children while playing each other's love interests. They've been happily married since 1996. (Incidentally, their characters eventually tied the knot as well.)
  • Jack Wagner and Kristina Crump, portrayers of General Hospital's second Super Couple of Frisco Jones and Felicia Cummings, married in 1993, seven years after their characters did. Their marriage lasted thirteen years, though she still uses his name.
  • One Tree Hill:
    • Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush got married, but later split up.
    • Bush also dated co-stars James Lafferty and Austin Nichols.
  • Ben Stiller met his wife Christine Taylor while filming a pilot for a proposed Jack Black TV show, Heat Vision and Jack. (Ben was directing, Christine was acting.) They got married in 2000.
  • Stargate SG-1: Michael Shanks and his on-screen (lost) wife had a child together in real life, then broke up. He subsequently met Lexa Doig on Andromeda; they married, and she came and worked on SG-1 with him a few years later. Strangely enough, the SG universe tends not to have off-screen romances amongst its (multitude of) leads.
  • Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer of True Blood. They eventually married in August of 2010.
  • Jesse Spencer and Jennifer Morrison of House, who were at one point engaged to be married but broke up before they made it to the altar. Curiously, their characters remained in a romantic relationship and actually did get married on screen (which must have been pretty awkward), although that ended in divorce.
  • Supernatural: Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Cortese are now married. In The French Mistake, Sam and Dean are sent to a reality where their lives are a TV show, somehow replacing their own actors in the middle of a shoot. Their reactions to meeting "Ruby" at Jared's house are priceless.
    Dean: You married Fake Ruby?
  • Lindsay Korman (Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald Crane Winthrop) and Justin Hartley (Nicholas "Fox" Foxworthy Crane) met on the set of Passions. They married in 2004.
  • James Roday and Maggie Lawson met in 2006 on the set of Psych where they were both main characters. As of 2015 they are still together.
  • On Glee, stories and rumors of cast members hooking up were almost as varied and convoluted as on the show. But Lea Michele (Rachel) and Cory Monteith (Finn) were a couple until his death in 2013; Mark Salling (Puck) and Naya Rivera (Santana) briefly dated as well; last but certainly not least, Melissa Benoist (Marley) and Blake Jenner (Ryder) married in 2015, which is ironic because in the show they were involved in a Love Triangle along with Jake, whom Marley chose over Ryder.
  • Michael Brandon and Glynis Barber, who met playing the title roles of eighties British cop show Dempsey and Makepeace. They got married for real when the series ended and still are.
  • Anna Torv and Mark Valley after their roles as partners and lovers in the Fringe pilot. They separated after a year of marriage.
  • The Friends cast discussed this in a few interviews, saying they agreed early on not to get involved with each other. (Both for the sake of the show and because the whole gang were exceptionally close). They kept to the deal and the closest you got was Matt Leblanc admitting he had a brief crush on Jennifer Aniston when they started filming, and Matthew Perry's frequent jokes about his relationship with Courteney Cox.
    Matthew Perry: Its certainly a bad idea in general to, get in a relationship with somebody you work with ‘cause you’re gonna break up and then it’s gonna be bad, and you have to see the person everyday. But, y’know, I don’t wanna say that, and then, y’know, cut to 4 years from now, I’m married to Courteney Cox.
  • Power Rangers:
    • In Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, Amy Miller (Trakeena) and Reggie Rolle (Damon) fell in love and then got married after filming the season. Apparently there were a few times when little boys who were fans of the show spotted them and got confused, wondering why a Power Ranger was with the Big Bad.
    • In an interview, Johnny Young Bosch (Adam from MMPR, Zeo, and the first half of Turbo) admitted that he briefly dated Tracy Lynn Cruz (Ashley from the latter half of Turbo and Space) prior to her being cast. After Tracy landed the role—and a rather expensive Mustang from Johnny—, they split up.
    • Milo Cawthorne (Ziggy) and Olivia Tennet (Dr. K) from Power Rangers RPM hooked up after filming, which is amusing since it's implied their characters did the same in the finale after a season filled with Belligerent Sexual Tension. They have since gotten married.
    • Possibly even funnier is the case of Jungle Fury's Jason Smith (Casey) and Anna Hutchison (Lily), since Lily ended up with the other member of their Power Trio.
    • Firass Dirani and Melanie Vallejo took the next step that Nick and Madison didn't. They've since split up, though.
    • And one that crossed seasons: Emma Lahana (Dino Thunder's Kira) and Brandon Jay McLaren (SPD's Jack). They've also split up.
  • In Super Sentai, this happened between Ryouhei Kobayashi and Keiko Hayase (Fumiya and Remi Hoshikawa). The catch? Their characters were twins.
  • Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) and Sam Jenkins from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (and later Andromeda, but they were married by then) are married with three kids.
  • The cast of Saved by the Bell kept on dating each other on set to the point that the writers and the producers had to make sure that none of the cast members had a conflict with each other.
  • Takeshi Sorimachi and Nanako Matsushima met on the set of the live-action adaptation of Great Teacher Onizuka in 1998, playing Onizuka and Fuyutsuki. They began dating after the series finished, and got married in 2001. They now have 2 daughters.
  • Meredith Baxter and David Birney married after playing husband and wife in the early '70s sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie. They divorced in 1989.
  • Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes on the set of Northern Lights. (No, not that one.) This caused quite a stir when it was discovered, since both of them were married at the time. They have since divorced their respective spouses and married each other.
    • Similarly, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott. They also got together while filming a Lifetime movie (Mind Over Murder), despite both of them being married. They married each other mere weeks after their divorces were finalized.
  • Erin Moran (Joanie) and Scott Baio (Chachi) on Happy Days, both on- and off-screen, for a brief period of time, ending around the time their spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi was made.
  • Denzel Washington met his wife Paulette while they were filming Wilma.
  • Alyssa Milano and Brian Krause dated from 2000 till 2001 while they both worked together on Charmed
  • Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder dated and worked together on The Vampire Diaries
    • Steven McQueen and Candice Accola also dated (though their characters didn't interact much) and Paul Wesley's wife Torrey Devitto was brought in during season 3 as Meredith.
    • Persia White (Bonnie's mom) and Joseph Morgan (Klaus) became engaged after meeting on the show.
  • From Brazilian television: Carlos Alberto Riccelli and Bruna Lombardi were the main romantic couple onscreen at the soap opera Aritana, and got married soon after the last chapter. This was in 1979, and they are still together, more than 30 years after. The actor and musician Kim Riccelli is the only son of the couple.
  • Quite a few couples have met on the Gossip Girl set. So far the only confirmed ones have been Leighton Meester/Sebastian Stan, Blake Lively/Penn Badgley, and Ed Westwick/Jessica Szohr, but there's a lot of gossip, speculation and fans for any actor pairing.
  • Molly Burnett (Melanie Jonas) and Casey Deidrick (Chad Dimera) started dating after meeting on the set of Days of Our Lives.
    • Many believe that this is the reason that, after over two years of never interacting on the show, their characters are suddenly good friends and appear to be headed towards romance.
  • Hugh Jackman met his wife Deborra-Lee Furness while filming the 1995 television drama Correlli. The show lasted one season. Their marriage, on the other hand, has been going strong since 1996 and shows no signs of slowing down.
  • Kelly Coffield met her husband Steve Park, when both were cast members on In Living Color!.
  • Broadway legend Patti LuPone met her husband Matt Johnston in 1987 on the set of the TV movie LBJ: The Early Years. She was playing Lady Bird Johnson, he was an assistant cameraman. She said in her memoir that she took one look at him and "said no in my head and yes in my heart." They're still married.
  • Peter Herman had a stint as a defense attorney on Law And Order: SVU, which is how he met the show's lead actress Mariska Hargitay. They got married in 2004 and remain happily so.
  • Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle began a relationship during the production of Pride and Prejudice, although ironically people only learned about it after it had ended.
    • Colin Firth also had a romance on the set with Meg Tilly while filming Valmont and met his wife when they were filming the miniseries Nostromo.
  • Both the romantic leads in The Thorn Birds met their future husbands when shooting the show.
    • Rachel Ward married Bryan Brown, who played her abusive husband.
    • Richard Chamberlain met his future life partner Martin Rabbet, who had a tiny part as a priest that broke his chastity vow.
  • James McAvoy met Anne-Marie Duff on the set of UK show Shameless, they are married and have a son together.
  • On The X-Files, Mitch Pileggi (Skinner) met his wife, Arlene Warren, on the set. She originally started out as Scully's stand-in and eventually became Skinner's secretary.
  • Rob McEhenney and Kaitlin Olson met while co-starring in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. They're now married with two children.
    • Charlie Day (Charlie) is married to Mary Elizabeth Ellis (The Waitress).
  • Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, of Once Upon a Time. For those who don't watch the show, they play Snow White and Prince Charming. Yes, really. Jennifer Morrison and Sebastian Stan were also dating until 2013.
    • Josh Dallas was formerly married to Lara Pulver, it's somewhat unclear when precisely they broke up and when he got with Ginnifer. Lara, however, is now dating Raza Jaffrey, her Spooks costar.
  • On 24, Sarah Clarke (Nina Myers) met her future husband Xander Berkeley (George Mason) while working on the first season.
  • Danny Huston and Olga Kurylenko hooked up on the set of Magic City and are still together.
  • Andrew Lee Potts and Hannah Spearitt of Primeval. Also Ben Miller and the actress playing Christine Johnson were married at the time of filming, though they were estranged so it probably doesn't count.
  • On JAG, actor Patrick Labyorteaux (Bud) fell in love with production manager Tina Albanese.
  • In Tinsel, Chuks and Ene get married in Season 4, and mid-way through the airing of Season 5, the actors Florence Uwaleke and Iyke Okechukwu get married for real.
  • In Wizards of Waverly Place there was one between David Henrie and Lucy Hale; he asked his girlfriend of a couple years to play his love interest on the series, who weirdly resembles his on-screen sister.
  • Sleeper Cell: Alex Nesic (Christian) and Melissa Sagemiller (Gayle) started dating during the first season. Later they married and have a son.
  • The Inbetweeners: Joe Thomas and Hannah Tointon (Simon and Tara) became a couple in Real Life around the same time that their characters began dating in Series 3.
  • NCIS: Los Angeles has a rather bizarre variant. Dani Ruah (Kensi) is married to David Paul Olsen, Eric Christian Olsen (Deeks)'s stunt double and brother, making her on-screen love interest also her real-life brother-in-law.
  • The then-up-and-coming Jonas Brothers appeared in an early episode of Hannah Montana in 2006. Miley Cyrus and Nick Jonas became a couple until 2007.
  • My Kitchen Rules contestants Rocco La Bella and Carly Cheung got together at some point during the 3rd Season's shooting, and Carly, who originally came from Victoria, moved to NSW to be with her new boyfriend shortly before the Grand Finals. The two remained together for 15 months, before finally going separate ways.
    • Oddly averted with Emma and Steve from season 6. They had a lot of Ship Tease on-screen, and their budding relationship was constantly lampshaded by the other teams. However, the two reveals that they are just very good friends, and purposely act flirty with each other for the sake of the show.
  • Melanie Lynskey and Jimmi Simpson began dating while working on the mini-series Rose Red. They married five years later, but filed for divorce five years after that.
  • In Dutch soap Good Times Bad Times, Caroline de Bruijn and Erik de Vogel's on-screen romance turned romantic off-screen as well. They have been together for many years now.
    • A few other actors have also found temporary romance on set.
  • Morena Baccarin and Ben McKenzie met on the set of Gotham. Bacarrin is now divorcing her husband and she and McKenzie are expecting a child.
  • Madam Secretary lead Téa Leoni and her on-screen husband Tim Daly apparently started dating midway through season one.
  • Mark Womack and Samantha Janus met on the set of a short-lived British cop show, Liverpool 1, in 1998. They dated, had two children, married in 2005 and are still together.
  • Amber Stevens and Andrew West played a dating couple in Greek. They were married in December 2014.
  • Patty Duke met her fourth and final husband, former Army drill sergeant Mike Pearce, on the set of the her 1986 TV movie A Time To Triumph, about a struggling mother joining the Army to make ends meet, as Pearce was assigned as Duke's technical adviser, marrying him that same year and settling down in a ranch in Idaho. They would remain together until Patty's death in 2016.
  • Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys started playing a Russian spy couple on The Americans in 2013. Sometime during or after the first season ended, they started dating in real-life and in 2016, they had their first child together.
  • Stephen Pacey and Glynis Barber dated for while during their time on Blake's 7.
  • On Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry was having extra-marital affairs with both Majel Barrett and Nichelle Nichols. Nichelle called it off, not wanting to be "the other woman to the other woman" and Roddenberry later married Barrett.
  • Shortly after Allen Ludden began hosting Password in 1961, he met Betty White who appeared as a celebrity guest. Ludden, a widower, proposed to the twice-divorced White before she accepted and the two married in 1963.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • WWE wrestler Triple H was dating Chyna, and then he got himself paired with Stephanie McMahon in late 1999, leading to her Establishing Character Moment/Moral Event Horizon Face–Heel Turn. A few months after defeating Ivory for the WWE Women's Title at WrestleMania X-7 in 2001, Chyna was unexpectedly written out of the show and quietly pushed out the door, apparently due to tensions between herself and Stephanie. In 2003, Triple H and Stephanie got married in real life. Whether his marriage is helping or hurting the company is heavily debated among fans.
    • Chyna also dated Sean "X-Pac" Waltman for a time several years later.
    • Notable that Triple H and Stephanie went through their entire on-screen relationship from start to finish before they began to date in real life. In one DVD interview, Triple H half-jokingly says that one reason for their happy marriage is that they got to do a dry run before the real thing.
  • Debra McMichael was married to Steve McMichael before Steve got into Professional Wrestling, but then divorced him and got involved with Jeff Jarrett, then "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (whom she later married, and divorced)
  • (In)Famously, Chris Benoit and his wife, Nancy. They fell in love during an angle where they were having an affair behind the back of her then-husband, Kevin Sullivan - an angle Sullivan pitched.
    • Kayfabe being what it was back then, this angle involved Chris and Nancy being seen at the same clubs, eating at the same restaurants, and even staying in the same hotel rooms, appearing to all the world as though they were the genuine article. The fact that they hooked up for real probably made Kevin Sullivan the only wrestler to ever be shockingly swerved by his own angle. And given the... unpleasantness of a few years back, not a few conspiracy theorists armed with very-coincidental-but-still-interesting evidence have suggested that Sullivan may have been involved in the incident and staged it to look like a murder-suicide on Benoit's part. Booking his cheating wife and the man who stole her out of the picture, as it were.
  • Matt Hardy was Amy "Lita" Dumas's boyfriend both on-screen and off, but she cheated on him in Real Life with Adam "Edge" Copeland (who cheated on his wife, thus breaking up his second marriage in barely five years. The first was to Sean "Val Venis" Morley's sister Alannah. WWE had intended to make an angle out of that, but it was scrapped after Val reportedly had taken too long to come back from a neck injury). You know what happened...
  • Brock Lesnar (who had a fiancee and baby at home) met Sable during his 2003 run on SmackDown. Today, they are married.
  • Drew McIntyre and Tiffany (Taryn Terrell), though they divorced after a year.
  • Frankie Kazarian and Traci Brookshaw.
  • The Undertaker and Michelle McCool.
  • John Morrison and Melina (on and off). They met during auditions for the third season of WWE Tough Enough (Morrison made it; Melina didn't but she eventually got signed anyway), and stayed together for over a decade before finally calling it a quits in 2015.
  • Billy Kidman and Torrie Wilson first got together in WCW after becoming a couple on-screen, then got married while they were in WWE, where they were never an on-screen couple (at their insistence). They have since divorced.
  • CM Punk dated Daffney Unger and later Traci Brooks during his time in Ring of Honor. Then, while in OVW, dated Maria Kanellis, but they split up due to WWE moving them to two separate brands (there are also rumors of him having an affair with Kelly Kelly around this time). Then, he briefly dated Lita. Then, he started a long term relationship with Beth Phoenix, which ended by 12/2011. He seems to have gotten back together with Lita due to them making a lot of public appearances together since Wrestlemania.
    • Punk has also reportedly had a fling with Mickie James and in 2013 started dating AJ Lee meaning he's dated AJ and her idol Lita in the same year. He has since married AJ.
  • Lita's ex Edge is dating Punk's ex, Beth Phoenix, later having a child with her. All these people date in circles.
  • Batista seems to have dated almost as many coworkers as CM Punk, having had brief relationships with Melina, Kelly Kelly, and Rosa Mendes.
  • In TNA, there's Jeff Jarrett and Karen Angle, Kurt Angle's wife. After Karen's divorce from Kurt, she married Jeff (who lost his last wife, Jill, to cancer) in real life.
  • The Miz and Maryse are married.
  • The entire two-year feud between Tommy Dreamer and Raven in 1995-1997 was fueled by the simple premise of Raven hating Dreamer going back to when they were kids and Dreamer had been mean to Beulah McGillicutty when she was the fat girl at summer camp. Beulah debuted as a Heel at ECW Hostile City Showdown in April 1995. At House Party 96, January 5, announcer Joey Styles was trying to conduct an in-ring interview with Beulah and Raven's flunkies Stevie Richards and The Blue Meanie in which Beulah annnounced she was "pregnant." Raven proceeded to beat up Stevie and the Meanie until Beulah said, "It's Tommy's!," thus turning herself Face. Dreamer ran in and beat up Raven, including piledriving him on a STOP sign and a blueberry pie. Dreamer and Beulah would remain a couple on-screen and off until she left in Summer 1998 after The Dudley Boys broke her neck with a Dudley Death Drop. Dreamer, real name Thomas Laughlin, and Francine (Fournier), Beulah (Trisa Hayes)'s Arch-Enemy both on-screen and off, would have a relationship offscreen until Laughlin apparently changed his mind and went back to Hayes. Reportedly, Fournier was angry enough about this that Laughlin and Hayes had to have extra security at their wedding. This was what Joey was referring to when he said that Dreamer had "scorned" Francine, following Francine's interference in the Dreamer/Sandman-Dudley Boys main event at ECW One Night Stand, June 12, 2005.
  • Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella have been dating each other for years, and got married days after Wrestlemania XXX.
  • John Cena is currently dating the other Bella Twin (Nikki).
  • In his autobiography A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex, Chris Jericho claimed to have dated Kimona Wanalaya while in ECW in 1996 and two unidentified members of the Nitro Girls (a dance troupe who would entertain the crowds between matches and going into and coming out of commercial breaks on WCW Monday Nitro from 1997-1999), though none of these situations carried over into angles.
  • Ivory dated Shane "Hurricane" Helms offscreen in 2001 when he came in from WCW, the year she turned 40 and he was 27.
  • Mickie James and Magnus married and have had a son together. She was also previously engaged to Kenny Dykstra (of the Spirit Squad). It should be noted that she was seven years older than Dykstra at the time, who himself is only a year older than Magnus.
    • In addition to the rumored fling with Punk, she is also rumored to have had an affair with John Cena whilst she was engaged to Dykstra and while Cena was still married.
  • Jimmy Uso and Naomi are married.
  • Ron Killings had dated Jacqueline for a time.
  • Rusev and Lana are engaged as well. This resulted in some nonsensical Real Life Writes the Plot moments in Kayfabe when WWE tripped over themselves thinking they had to respond to a TMZ report that the pair had announced their engagement (as in-universe Lana had betrayed Rusev to be with Dolph Ziggler at the time, while Summer Rae had paired off with Rusev, which got completely thrown out of the window when the TMZ story hit). You can read the bafflingly messed-up story here.
  • Ric Flair's daughter Charlotte was married to TNA star Bram, and was formerly married to an independent wrestler who worked with her brother Reid.
  • Angel Williams used to date Paul London.
    • Angel Williams (aka Angelina Love) is currently engaged to Davey Richards of the American Wolves.
  • Jimmy Jacobs and Becky Bayless in CZW, as well as Pepper Parks and Cherry Bomb.
  • Velvet Sky is currently dating Bully Ray, and had previously dated Gregory Helms and Chris Sabin.
  • Dean Ambrose is in a relationship with interviewer/commentator Renee Young.
  • Wade Barrett dated Alicia Fox for two years.
  • In a rare subversion for a wrestler/wrestler relationship, Natalya Neidhart and husband Tyson Kidd. In spite of working together in several different promotions before making it to the WWE together, wrestling ultimately wasn't the impetus for Nattie and TJ's relationship; they had known each other since childhood, and were together for well over a decade before they finally got married.
  • The nude photo scandal in February 2015 revealed that Seth Rollins was having an affair with NXT Diva Zahra Schreiber — while both were reportedly engaged. The only reason he wasn't punished was because of Triple H, though his new girlfriend did eventually get the shaft six months later, ironically for something that had occurred before she had even met Rollins.
  • Zack Ryder and Emma are together.

    Music 
  • Faith Hill opened for Tim McGraw during his 1996 Spontaneous Combustion tour. He proposed right before a performance one night, and they married shortly after the tour ended. They're arguably country music's most famous couple currently alive.
    • The second most famous country couple currently living would be Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, who toured together in the '90s while Garth was still married to Sandy Mahl, and got married a few years after Garth and Sandy got divorced.
  • As for country music's most famous couple ever, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash (among other infidelities, their affair ended his marriage to Vivian Liberto). The Carter Family performed with Cash for a few years and, in 1968, during a live performance in Ontario, Cash proposed to her. They remained married till her death in 2003, four months before Cash himself died.
  • Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins got together with Jessica of The Veronicas while helping on their third album.
  • The Notorious B.I.G. met his future wife, R&B singer Faith Evans, at a photoshoot for Bad Boy Records artists.
  • Fleetwood Mac and The Mamas & the Papas were both eaten up with bandcest.
  • In an unfortunate example, bassist Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe slept with the only female member the band ever had, touring drummer Samantha Maloney, and almost broke up his marriage with Baywatch star Donna D'Errico because of it (they did eventually divorce several years later).
  • Lacey Moseley of Flyleaf and Joshua Sturm of Kairos
  • Most of the members of the band Eisley (who, btw, are all siblings or cousins to one another) married partners in the music biz. Vocalist Stacy Dupree married Darren King, drummer for Mutemath; guitarist Sherri Dupree married Max Bemis, frontman of Say Anything and is the ex-wife of Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory; drummer Weston is married to Jessie Munns of Luvbeat; and guitarist Chauntelle Dupree was formerly engaged to Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday and ended up marrying guitar maker Todd D'Augustino. The bassist, Garron Dupree, is the only member not married to someone in the industry (yet).
  • David Vincent of Morbid Angel married Gen, frontwoman for Genitorturers.
  • Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town married in 2006, but didn't tell their two bandmates until two months later.
  • Imagine Dragons opened for Nico Vega at a 2010 concert in Las Vegas. The two bands' respective lead singers, Dan Reynolds and Aja Volkman, fell in love, and eventually married. They also formed another band, Egyptian, as a side project.
  • David Vanian, frontman of The Damned, married Patricia Morrison, bassist of Sisters of Mercy, and they have a daughter.
  • Duane Peters, singer of punk band US Bombs and also a pro skateboarder, was married to and had a child with Corey Parks, former bassist of the psychobilly "sleaze rock" band Nashville Pussy.
  • Chris Brown and Rihanna, were close friends before they started dating years before it was officially announced to the press in 2008. Most people know how the relationship ended. For those whom don't, lets just say it wasn't good.
  • They've never stated otherwise, but it's generally accepted that Beyoncé and JayZ first started dating when Jay-Z asked her to be on his song "'03 Bonnie and Clyde". They've been Happily Married ever since.
  • Lachy and Emma of The Wiggles (the current Purple and Yellow wiggles respectively) have been dating offscreen for about 2 years. They got engaged as of recent too.
  • Morgan Rose, the drummer of Sevendust, was married to Rayna Foss, bassist of Coal Chamber. They have a child together as well.
  • Guitar god Steve Vai married Pia Maiocco, bassist of the all-girl hair metal band Vixen.
  • Nick Lachey met his wife Vanessa when she played his love interest in his video for "What's Left of Me", which is ironic about divorce from his first wife Jessica Simpson
  • Jamie Bell and Evan Rachel Wood met when they played a couple in the music video of Green Day song "Wake Me Up When September Ends". They got married seven years later, had a son but separated in 2014.

    Theater 
  • Kim Crosby and Robert Westenberg met while appearing in Into the Woods (playing Cinderella and her Prince respectively). While the characters broke up by the end of the play, the actors married and remain happily so.
  • Orfeh and Andy Karl, the original Paulette and Kyle the UPS guy of Legally Blonde: The Musical, are Happily Married, after having their own romance on the set while performing in the musical adaptation of Saturday Night Fever.
  • RENT has a couple examples: Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel are the most well-known, having met during the play's original run in 1996 (they got married in 2003 and divorced ten years later). Also, Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Angel) dated his makeup artist while filming The Movie.
    • In the play's 2007 Australian run, Anthony Callea (Mark) and Tim Campbell (Roger) became a couple, adding a fun layer to the Ho Yay between the characters. They married in 2014.
  • William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman met during their stint with the Atlantic Theater Company and remain happily married to this day.
  • Cate Blanchett met her playwright/screenwriter husband Andrew Upton while she was performing in a production of The Seagull. According to her, "He thought I was aloof and I thought he was arrogant. It just shows you how wrong you can be, but once he kissed me that was that."
  • Referenced by a Shakespearean actor who was asked if he thought Hamlet had slept with Ophelia. He replied "Never on the West End, maybe on tour."
  • Stephen McGann played Dominic in Shamrocks and Crocodiles at the National Theatre, where he met playwright Heidi Thomas. Over twenty years later, she's head screenwriter on Call the Midwife, where he's playing Dr Turner. They're still happily married.
  • In the original Broadway production of "A Little Night Music", ingenues Victoria Mallory and Mark Lambert, whose characters realize at the end that they love each other and then run away together, snuck off between shows one day to get married. Not only is the marriage still strong, their daughter Ramona recently played her mother's role in a major Broadway revival!
  • On the 25th anniversary tour of Les Misérables, barricade boys Jason Forbach (Feuilly) and Joe Spieldenner (Grantaire) began dating. When Forbach took over as Enjolras partway through the tour, showcasing the pair's chemistry, the delighted cries of Enjolras×Grantaire shippers could be heard 'round the world. They're now engaged.
  • Stephanie J. Block (Elphaba) and Sebastian Arcelus (Fiyero) met when they were doing Wicked. Their version of As Long As You're Mine is thus very believable.
  • Damian Lewis met his wife Helen McCrory while doing a production of Five Easy Pieces, where they played an adulterous couple. According to the director, they ended up sneaking off to jazz clubs during rehearsal, and the romance just continued. They're Happily Married with two children.
  • Sir Michael Redgrave and his wife, Rachel Kempson (later Lady Redgrave), fell in love while co-starring in Flowers of the Forest at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1935. In his autobiography, Redgrave recollects that the scene required him to extinguish a lamp which failed to turn off on cue due to an electrical malfunction, and then turned off unexpectedly when he and Rachel had just embraced on stage. The audience laughed a little, but once the performance was over, he and Rachel fell into each other's arms in earnest. The couple married soon after and remained more or less Happily Married until Redgrave's death.
    • Redgrave and Dame Edith Evans also had a brief affair during the production of As You Like It at the Old Vic in 1937, where he was playing Orlando and she, Rosalind. He was 28 (and married to Rachel) and she was 48. Redgrave later stated, "Edith always had a habit of falling in love with her leading men; with us it just went rather further." They broke up soon after production ended, but remained lifelong friends.

    Web Comics 
  • 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.

    Web Original 
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • 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

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