Most Surprising Celebrity “How We Met” Stories

by Jennifer Lafferty

Most Surprising Celebrity “How We Met” Stories

While it’s common for celebrity couples to meet on the set or at a party, there are plenty of unique “how we met” stories as well. Here are 15 of the most surprising.


Kate Moss & Jamie Hince



Sometimes even celebrity supermodels like Kate Moss turn to the Internet for dating help. In 2007 she found her future husband, rocker Jamie Hince, while Googling men at a friend’s home in the south of France.


Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth



Reese Witherspoon met her agent husband Jim Toth at a party, when he was prompted to come over and apologize for his drunken friend who was hitting on her. Sounds like the opening scene of a romantic comedy.


Cynthia Nixon & Christine Marinoni



A political rally may not seem like the most romantic way for a couple to become acquainted, but that’s how actress Cynthia Nixon met her wife Christine Marinoni. The two have been together since 2004.


Scarlett Johansson & Romain Dauriac



Considering how popular tattoos are among celebrities, it seems fitting that Scarlett Johansson met her French journalist husband Romain Dauriac through a mutual tattoo artist friend who inked a horseshoe and the words “Lucky You” on Johansson’s rib cage.


Michael Caine & Shakira Baksh



Legendary actor Michael Caine was determined to meet Shakira Baksh, a model and former Miss Guyana, when he saw her in a Maxwell House commercial. After several phone calls they met and have been married since 1973.


Ellen Pompeo & Chris Ivery



Some celebrity couples meet in surprisingly ordinary ways. Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo met music producer Chris Ivery at a grocery store in 2003. The pair has been married since 2007.


Carey Mulligan & Marcus Mumford



Popular actress Carey Mulligan actually met her future husband, singer/musician Marcus Mumford, when they were childhood pen pals. They lost touch for a while but eventually rekindled their relationship after becoming famous adults. They married in 2012.


Matt Damon & Luciana Barroso



Matt Damon met future wife Luciana Barroso in 2003, when she was tending bar in Miami Beach. He says: “The moral is that when you’re tired, suck it up and go to the bar because you might meet your wife.”


Leah Remini & Angelo Pagan



The setting of actress Leah Remini’s introduction to her future husband, actor/salsa musician Angelo Pagan, was appropriately seductive. The two met at a Cuban nightclub restaurant where Pagan was singing, and for Remini it was love at first sight.


Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones



When Michael Douglas met current wife Catherine Zeta-Jones at the Deauville Fim Festival in 1998, he famously said: “I want to be the father of your children,” living up to the outrageous reputation he had acquired.


William H. Macy & Felicity Huffman



William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, who have been married since 1997, met at the Atlantic Theater Company where she was a student and he was a teacher/co-founder. After dating for fifteen years they tied the knot.


Tom Selleck & Jillie Mack



Blue Bloods star Tom Selleck was so taken with actress Jillie Mack, who was cast in a London production of Cats, he attended the show numerous times just so he could see her. The couple wed in 1987.


Gisele Bundchen & Tom Brady



Not all blind dates are disasters, especially with a couple like supermodel Gisele Bundchen and NFL star Tom Brady. When a friend fixed them up in 2006, Bundchen knew right away that Brady was “the one.” They were married in 2009.


Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith



Jada Pinkett Smith lost the chance to play Will Smith’s girlfriend on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air when she auditioned for the part in 1995 but soon became the actor’s real-life girlfriend and eventually, in 1997, his wife.


David & Victoria Beckham



In 1996, the future Victoria Beckham, a.k.a. Posh Spice, was impressed by a photo of soccer star David Beckham. When they met up after a game, Beckham recalls he was nervous, but her smile convinced him everything would be all right.