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Celebrities Who Fell in Love With Non-Famous People


Hollywood is full of power couples such as Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, but there are also plenty of stars who have found love outside the spotlight.

In fact, some of Tinseltown’s longest-standing twosomes are those who either met ahead of their life-changing fame, such as Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman, who met in college, or childhood sweethearts Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley.

“I didn’t meet my husband and think, I’ve met the man I’m going to marry,” Banks told Allure of her spouse in May 2015. “I was like, He’s cute. I’ll f—k him, because I’m 18 and in college.”

Others, including Christina Aguilera and Matthew Rutler, Julia Stiles and Preston J. Cook, and Jimmy Kimmel and wife Molly McNearney, met on the job — Rutler was as a production assistant on the set of the Grammy winner’s 2010 film Burlesque, while Cook was a camera assistant for Stiles’ 2015 flick Go With Me.

As for writer McNearney, she explained to Glamour in February 2014 of her now-husband, “All the writers would socialize after the show, and we would just hang out more and more.”

Jennifer Garner, for one, who finalized her divorce from famous ex Ben Affleck in November, is thrilled to be with a man who’s not in her field. “[Jennifer] loves that [boyfriend John Miller is] not in the entertainment industry and is just a simple guy,” an insider shared with Us Weekly in March.

Scroll through to find out which other stars have found love with regular people.

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Kevin Jonas and Danielle Jonas

The former hairdresser had no idea what she was in for when she met the Grammy nominee in 2007, just as the Jonas Brothers were becoming household names. The New Jersey natives tied the knot in December 2009 and went on to welcome two daughters: Alena in February 2014 and Valentina in October 2016.

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Miles Teller and Keleigh Sperry

“He was so charming and charismatic,” Sperry told Vogue of the night she was introduced to her now-husband. “I adored him from the first moment we met.” The pair, who have kept a low profile since exchanging vows in September 2019, bonded over their shared love of travel and music.

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Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Juvonen

Though Juvonen’s isn’t a household name, she’s been on the Hollywood scene for some time as a film producer for Flower Films, which she co-owns with Drew Barrymore. In fact, it was on the set of the company’s Fever Pitch film, which starred Fallon and Barrymore, that she met the late-night talk-show host.

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Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn

The “Shape of You” singer may be one of the biggest artists in the world, but his wife, Seaborn, has a much-less glamorous title as an “advisory consultant.” Though the couple, who met as teenagers, didn’t date as kids, only reconnecting in New York City in 2015, their hometown connection proved strong: Sheeran confirmed his marriage in 2019’s “Remember the Name.”

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Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer

Schumer’s now-husband had his own claim to culinary fame as one of Massachusetts’ top chefs ahead of his marriage to the comedian, but his star rose exponentially once the pair tied the knot in February 2019. The couple, who were introduced by Fischer’s sister Molly Fischer, a.k.a. Schumer’s assistant, share son Gene, who was born in May 2019.

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Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney

McNearney was a writer’s assistant on Jimmy Kimmel Live when she fell for the host — and vice versa. She told Glamour in February 2014 that though Kimmel initially insulted her upon meeting, calling her penchant for triathalons “really stupid,” his mastery of the kitchen won her over. “We really liked each other as friends, and then it just kind of turned. He cooked for me, and that was it,” she joked. “It sealed the deal.”

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Julia Stiles and Preston J. Cook

Cook not only landed the job of a camera assistant on the set of 2015’s Go With Me, but a future spouse in leading lady Stiles. The couple got engaged in December 2015 and exchanged vows nearly two years later, while the actress was pregnant with the couple’s first child, Strummer.

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Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley

The Bon Jovi frontman may have “seen a lot of faces,” but it was Hurley’s that made the biggest impression: The twosome were high-school sweethearts in Sayreville, New Jersey! They tied the knot in April 1989 and haven’t looked back since. The couple share four kids.

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Britney Spears and Sam Asghari

After meeting on the set of Spears’ 2016 video for “Slumber Party,” for which Asghari was her love interest, the model broke the ice with the princess of pop by joking with her when she introduced herself between takes. “She said, ‘Hi, I’m Britney,’ and I said, ‘I’m sorry, what’s your name again?’” he recounted. “I tried to be funny. I don’t think anybody got it.” Asghari did give Spears’ his digits, however, and she called him for a sushi date after later finding his note in her handbag.

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Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney

The Oscar winner had tongues wagging over her new mystery man when she stepped out with the New York City art dealer in June 2018 after being introduced by Lawrence’s BFF Laura Simpson. Seven months later, they got engaged.

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Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe

The British star didn’t let his star status stand in the way of his relationship with the financial publicist, whom he began dating in 2012 and married in 2014. “They have a very relaxed and supportive relationship,” an insider told Us of the couple in December 2014. “They seemed to have always known they were going to spend the rest of their lives together.” The couple share two kids.

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Christina Aguilera and Matt Rutler

The “Genie in a Bottle” singer was swept off her feet by the production assistant while working together on the set of 2010’s Burlesque. After getting engaged in February 2014, they went on to welcome daughter Summer in August 2014. (Aguilera also shares son Max with ex-husband Jordan Bratman.)

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Patrick Dempsey and Jillian Fink

The pair first met at a hair salon where Fink worked in 1994. Though they’ve had their ups and downs, filing for divorce in January 2015, they worked it out, calling the legal request off in November 2016. They share daughter Tallula and twins Darby and Sullivan.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tasha McCauley

Gordon-Levitt hinted to Howard Stern in 2013 that he and McCauley, with whom he shares two kids, met through mutual friends. “I have a girlfriend but I tend not to really like to talk about it in public,” the 500 Days of Summer actor said at the time. “She is not in show business.” He wed the Robotics CEO one year later in December 2014.

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Brendon Urie and Sarah Orzechowski

Orzechowski, who has been married to Urie since 2013, proved dreams do come true when she made a big impression on the Panic! at the Disco singer at one of his shows. He told fans in a Reddit AMA in 2014: “I met Sarah while touring for Pretty. Odd. She was dating someone else at the time, but I couldn’t get her out of my mind. By some good fortune and some help from mutual friends, we met up again 8 months later when she happened to be single.”

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Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman

The Hunger Games star admitted to Allure in May 2015 that she didn’t expect to marry sports writer Handelman when she first hooked up with him as a teenager. Their love went the distance, however: They got married in 2003 and welcomed kids Felix and Magnus in 2011 and 2012, respectively. “Really, what happened was I’ve never met anyone that I liked more,” she said. “In the early years, did I have crushes or little interests here and there? I know my husband did, and so did I, but we stayed together.”

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Julianna Margulies and Keith Lieberthal

Good husband! The Good Wife actress married the New York-based lawyer in November 2007 and welcomed son Kieran in January 2008. The family reside in Manhattan, where the ER alum filmed her CBS drama. “I met my husband at a dinner party that I wasn’t going to go,” Margulies said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in February 2011. “I feel bad because people objectify him and they’re like, ‘Oh, your husband is so hot.’ The truth is, he is unbelievably bright and smart and went to Harvard Law.”

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Maria Menounos and Keven Undergaro

Undergaro, who said his “I dos” to the former E! coanchor in a live, on-air ceremony on New Year’s Eve in 2017, was by Menounos’ side long before her rise to fame — she told Yahoo in December 2018 that “it was love at first sight” when she met her man as a 19-year-old college student. Two decades later, they got engaged.

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Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich

Sexy support. Moore married the film screenwriter-producer in November 2003, 19 months after they welcomed daughter Liv. Their son Caleb arrived in December 2007 In February 2015, the actress gushed about her hubby after winning her first Oscar for Still Alice. “He was the first person to see the movie,” she told press backstage. “We walked out, and he said, ‘You’re going to win an Oscar,'” she recalled. “That’s how much he supported me from the very, very beginning.” She joked in her speech: “I read an article that said that winning an Oscar could lead to living five years longer. If that’s true, I’d really like to thank the Academy because my husband is younger than me.”

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Paul Rudd and Julie Yaeger

Yaeger was working as a publicist in New York City when the Ant-Man star, who was a client of her coworker’s and a transplant to the Big Apple, walked in. She reportedly offered to watch his luggage while he headed out on an audition, and the rest, as they say, is history. They share son Jack and daughter Darby.

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Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso

Barroso opened up about her fateful meeting with the Martian star to Vogue Australia in May 2018. “I was working as a bartender in South Beach [Miami] and he was shooting a movie there and the crew ended up in the bar one Saturday night,” she said. “So I put him to work with me! … He had trained as a bartender for a film years before, so he started making drinks. And he made me a ton of money in tips that night, because, of course, everyone wanted to go and see him. So it turned into a really fun night and then 15 years later here we are!” Damon and Barroso share four daughters.

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Sandra Bullock and Bryan Randall

The Birdbox actress took up with the photographer in September 2015 after he snapped pics for her son Louis’ 5th birthday party. Though he isn’t as high-profile as some of her exes (including Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Gosling and ex-husband Jesse James), their relationship seems to work just fine for the Oscar winner — a source told Us in June 2019 that she “knows Bryan is the one.” “Bryan is such a sweet soul, and things couldn’t be more different from the toxic relationships she’s been in before,” the insider shared.

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Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth

Another shot at love! The Wild actress told Elle magazine in January 2012 that the CAA agent came to her rescue when they first met. “This really drunk guy was hitting on me, making such an idiot of himself, yelling at me,” she said. “Jim came over and said, ‘Please excuse my friend. He’s just broken up with someone.'” The line worked: The couple went on to marry in March 2011 and welcome son Tennessee in September 2012. Witherspoon shares custody of daughter Ava and son Deacon with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe.

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Jessica Alba and Cash Warren

What a story! The duo met when Warren was a production assistant on the actress’ 2005 film Fantastic Four. They later married in a Beverly Hills courthouse ceremony in May 2008 and welcomed children Honor and Haven and Hayes in June 2008, August 2011 and January 2018, respectively. 

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Keira Knightley and James Righton

The Imitation Game actress went public with the Klaxons keyboardist in April 2011, and exchanged vows in May 2013. In December 2014, they welcomed their first child, Edie. 

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Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied

Hot teacher! The Oscar winner and dancer-choreographer fell in love on set of Black Swan in 2009, and announced they were both engaged and expecting their first child in December 2010. “There was no way the attraction could be missed. I don’t think he could help himself — she’s dazzling!” an insider told Us at the time. The couple welcomed son Aleph June 2011 and daughter Amalia in March 2017. 

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita

The Modern Family star wed the Tie the Knot co-founder in July 2013 after nearly two years of dating. “I think I actually cried first before it even started,” Mikita told Access Hollywood of the nuptials that year. Ferguson added: “I understand why people elope. I needed a Xanax! It was great, it was a beautiful day.”

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Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson

Fairy-tale ending! After divorcing Nick Lachey in 2006, the singer went on to marry the former NFL player in July 2014. They welcomed daughter Maxwell in May 2012, son Ace in June 2013 and daughter Birdie in March 2019. “Eric is the best. Being married, for me, it defines so much more than even having kids,” the fashion mogul told Access Hollywood in September 2014. “I feel sexier as a wife and a mom!”

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Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery

The Grey’s Anatomy actress married the music producer in November 2007 in NYC. They welcomed daughter Stella in September 2009, daughter Sienna in August 2014 via surrogate and son Eli in December 2016. 

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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

The How I Met Your Mother alum wed the celebrity chef in a romantic ceremony in Italy in September 2014. The couple had their twins, Harper and Gideon, whom they welcomed in 2010 via surrogate, by their side. “It was nice, very small and intimate. Only about 45 people were there,” the Broadway vet said on The View days after his nuptials. “It was less about a proclamation and more about a declaration that I was able to share in front of our kids.”

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Julia Roberts and Danny Moder

The Oscar winner met the cameraman while filming The Mexican in 2001 and married a year later. “I hope that there are people who agree that I have done some good, kind things in my life, but to really, ultimately, stand fully in a moment of realizing that I was born to love and to be the wife of this man,” Roberts told Good Morning America at the time. “He is formidable. He is a man among men, unselfish and all-encompassing.” The couple welcomed twins Phinnaeus and Hazel in November 2004 and son Henry in June 2007.

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Adam Shulman and Anne Hathaway

Hathaway got engaged to the actor-producer in November 2011 after three years of dating. The couple tied the knot in Big Sur, California, in September 2012 before welcoming their first child together, son Jonathan, in April 2016. “I’m so delighted by [Adam],” she told USA Today in 2011. “He’s all the things you want a partner to be. I so find joy in his presence.”

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