She auditioned for the role of his girlfriend on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1995. "They said I was too short to play the part," the actress, who nevertheless went on to win the star’s heart, has said. How short-sighted!
Here’s all you really need to know about how on-set attraction works (whether or not it’s acted on until after filming, or after other relationships have been dissolved): "We ended up being brought together to do all these crazy things, and I think we found this strange friendship and partnership that kind of just suddenly happened," Jolie said in Vogue of working on 2005’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith with Pitt. " I think a few months in I realized, ‘God, I can’t wait to get to work.’ . . . Anything we had to do with each other, we just found a lot of joy in it together and a lot of real teamwork. We just became kind of a pair." Yeah, kind of-the pair that launched a thousand tabloid headlines.
This couple crossed paths while working on Pearl Harbor, then costarred in 2003’s Daredevil. During the latter, Affleck was engaged to Jennifer Lopez, but after Bennifer split his friendship with Garner took on new dimensions. They were married in 2005. "We’re both pretty nice," Garner told Marie Claire. "We can handle conflict in a very loving and adult way."
"Everything about my husband is sexy, especially his lips." Preston has said of Travolta, whom she met while filming the 1989 film The Experts. The couple, who suffered the tragic loss of their son Jett in 2009, are expecting a baby boy later this year. They are also the parents of 10-year-old Ella.
Garth and Facinelli met in 1996 while working on the film An Unfinished Affair. Five years later they were married in a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony, and they now have three daughters. How do they pursue separate careers and stay close? "We eat together every night," Garth has said. "Family dinners are a lost art in our society. If my husband is across the country shooting something, we’ll Skype him in to eat with us."
Beatty was one of Hollywood’s most firmly confirmed bachelors until he and Bening costarred in 1991’s Bugsy together. "With Warren and me, it was just a mutual feeling, and it was something that we both took very seriously very quickly," Bening told Good Housekeeping.
The American Danes and the British Dancy met on the set of 2007’s Evening. They tied the knot in France last year. "While relationships are work, this just didn’t feel like it," Danes has said. "It’s the kind of work that feels energizing rather than enervating. I find it very freeing to know that, okay, it takes constant nurturing and attention, but I can also stop looking for the one."
These Dexter costars, married in 2008, dealt with frightening news when Hall was treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma (the disease is now in remission). In his Golden Globes acceptance speech in January, Hall singled his wife out with: "Jennifer, all my love and gratitude."
The 1996 hit Scream kicked off both a venerable franchise and the Arquettes’ unconventional love story. "Before he moved in, David would say, ‘How are we ever going to meld together, because our tastes are so different?’ " Cox has said. "Maybe it’s because we’re truly in love that we can."
They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but in the case of this hot couple their attraction (on the set of his series Las Vegas in 2004, when her band, The Black Eyed Peas, guested) blossomed into marriage.
They worked together on his comedy series Bosom Buddies and reconnected while filming 1985’s Volunteers. Married more than 20 years, Hanks still likes to tell an interviewer, "I have the hots for her." (All together now: Awww.)
These Men in Trees costars leaned on each other as their respective marriages were ending, Tupper told People in 2007, but didn’t get together until they were single: "The line," he said, "was never crossed." She’s now on Hung, he’s on Grey’s Anatomy, and their son, Atlas, was born in 2009.
When she worked with Fox on Family Ties in the mid-‘80s, Pollan was dating someone else. But when they were both cast in Bright Lights, Big City, their ties strengthened and they wed in 1988. "I look at Tracy sometimes and I have two feelings," Fox told Oprah Winfrey in O. "One is that she becomes more beautiful every second; and more important, I look at her and say to myself, ‘Damn, you’re smart. Boy, did you make the right choice.’ "
"I met him on the first day of filming [1988’s Lemon Sky ]," Sedgwick told MORE. "I remember sitting around a rehearsal table, and every time I looked up from the script, he would be staring at me. I thought, He thinks I’m awful. Later, he told me, ‘I was looking at you because I thought you were so hot.’ " Twenty-two years later, they have one of show biz’s most enviable long-running marriages.
Their chemistry sizzled in 2004’s Alfie, but after Law was caught in an affair with his children’s nanny Miller broke off their engagement. Cut to 2009, when both were starring in Broadway plays, and this impossibly good-looking couple was suddenly back on. They’re rumored to be planning their wedding later this year.
Roberts met cinematographer Danny Moder on the set of The Mexican in 2000. His marriage at the time was reportedly strained and Roberts would soon break up with Benjamin Bratt. On July 4, 2002, before a gathering of friends and family who thought they were attending an Independence Day celebration, the couple staged a surprise wedding. "The key to beauty is always to be looking at someone who loves you, really," Roberts has told Allure.
She costarred in his 1984 film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and is glad she didn’t blow it at the audition: "I thought, ‘What can I say to him that he hasn’t heard before?’ " she has said. " ‘Gee, I loved E.T.‘? That would be ridiculous. So when we finally met I said nothing. When the meeting was over, he got up and said, ‘Thanks for not saying anything about E.T.‘ " They married in 1991.
Director Freundlich cast Moore in his 1997 indie The Myth of Fingerprints, and after two kids and six years together they married. ‘‘We started to see each other about two weeks into it," Moore recalled to Entertainment Weekly. "It was casual. I don’t think either of us was thinking that we were going to have two children!’‘
The 2001 film Piñero, about the Latin poet-playwright-actor, was the project that brought this couple together. They married in 2002 and have two children."My family is like a sanctuary to me," Bratt has said. "I always turn to them for support and strength. I take comfort in knowing no matter which path I choose, my family stands behind me."
Hawn’s only 5 1/2 years older than Russell, but there was a time when she deemed that too big an age gap. In 1967 she auditioned as a dancer for The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, featuring Russell, then a big Disney teen star. "I notice a guy who’s really short and really adorable, and he’s playing the drums," Hawn has said. "He’s one of the kids in the family band. It happens to be Kurt Russell. . . . I thought he was awful cute. But he was too young. So anyway, two husbands later, children later, everything, I am looking at guys for Swing Shift. . . and in comes Kurt Russell." After 26 happily unmarried years together, they’re still an item.
They met on 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer, started dating in 2000 and were married two years later. "I’m so grateful I don’t have to go looking for a man on a Saturday night," Gellar has said. "I was always terrible at chatting up men."
Their love story had an inauspicious start: He kept her waiting for their first discussion of her role in his 1985 film White Nights. And he was married. But as the film progressed, Mirren wrote in her autobiography In the Frame, their attraction "became a clear and unavoidable force." When the director met her in London after separating from his wife, she writes, "my fate was sealed."