Jessica, Preston | February 1, 2019
We all love watching people fall in love in movies but unless you’re a voracious reader of Hollywood gossip magazines, you might not be in on the juicy secret:
Co-stars fall in and out of love behind the scenes just as often as their fictional counterparts.
Can you tell who’s really in love and who’s just pretending? It’s not always as easy as you’d think. Fans of Gwyneth Paltrow’s award-winning performance in “Shakespeare in Love” (1998) might think she had the real thing with her co-star Joseph Fiennes, but she was actually dating supporting actor Ben Affleck at the time. Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany both had great chemistry with Russell Crow in “A Beautiful Mind” (2001), but behind the scenes they only had eyes for each other – they married a few years later.
Real love doesn’t always translate to on-screen chemistry. In fact, lack of chemistry between married co-stars is often a good indication that the real relationship won’t last long. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s chemistry was electric in “Days of Thunder” (1990) and “Far and Away” (1992), but it was non-existent in “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999). The couple separated in 2001. Similarly, when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie starred in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (2005) their chemistry was so hot, it prompted speculation that Brad was cheating on his then-wife Jennifer Aniston (he’s denied this, but he did infamously start dating Jolie shortly after he left Aniston). Ten years later, however, things had changed: “By the Sea” (2015) was a dud, and Angelina filed for divorce the following year.
Sometimes you just can’t deny the chemistry is real (even if it didn’t last). What would “Twilight” (2008) be without Rob and Kristen? “The Notebook” (2004) without Rachel and Ryan? “Valentine’s Day” (2010) without Taylor and Taylor??
This Valentine’s Day, browse our list of movies starring real-life couples and see if you can spot who was smooching behind the scenes.