19 Romantic ‘How They Met’ Stories About Celebrity Couples

Life hack: closing eyes with a celebrity across the room, apparently.

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds came close on the set of Green Lantern but both were in a relationship. A year later they had a double date – with other people – but couldn’t deny that the chemistry between the two was much stronger.

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Stanley Tucci met his wife Felicity Blunt at his devil wears Prada costar’s wedding.

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on Late Night with Seth MeyersEmily Blunt explained that she loved Stanley so much from their time together on set that she invited him to her and John’s wedding. He met her sister Felicity there and the rest is history.

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Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso met when Matt ducked behind the bar at the club where she worked to hide from fans.

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In an interview with Vogue Australia, Luciana explained that Matt was hiding behind the bar hoping to chat and have a drink, but Luciana decided to put him to work instead. The two spent the rest of the evening having drinks together and it just clicked.

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George Takeic met his husband, Brad Altman, in the 1980s at a gay running club, where he asked Brad to help him train for a marathon.

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on Oprah: Where are they now? George explained: “He was the best runner in the club and he looked great too. So I went up to him and asked him to train me for my first marathon.” The couple has been married since 2008.

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Reese Witherspoon met her husband Jim Toth when he rescued her from his drunk boyfriend at a party.

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Andy Samberg Met his wife Joanna Newsom backstage at one of her concerts because he was a… enormous fan.

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Their mutual friend, Fred Armisen, introduced them and Andy says he saw “heart bells” when she immediately recognized him from the “Just 2 Guyz“Lonely Island video.

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Stephen Colbert flew back to his hometown to consider whether he wanted to ~really~ marry his old girlfriend… and very quickly met his current wife Evelyn McGee-Colbert at an afterparty.

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Stephen’s girlfriend had given him an ultimatum at the time: they will get married or separate. Stephen decided to spend a week back in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina to think about it and soon realized he wasn’t ready to marry her yet. While he was there, his mother invited him to see a musical, where he saw Evelyn across the room. He immediately thought there’s your wife, you’re going to marry her. She cut into line for him at the after-party, he had gathered the courage to talk to her, and they realized they had grown up together but gone to different schools. They ended up talking for two hours, but Stephen was convinced she was just being nice, not that she liked him. He decided to test his theory when someone else stepped in to talk to them. He turned his back for a few minutes to give her a chance to get out of the conversation with him… and when he turned around she was still there, smiling at him. You can see Stephen tell this sweet story for an episode of The late show here.

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Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli felt an instant connection when they met on the set of Orange is the new black to discuss Samira’s character in an episode Lauren was writing.

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Neil patrick harris and David Burtka Met when passing on a street corner in NYC through a mutual friend that Neil thought David was dating.

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Lauren Conrad first met her now-husband William Tell while onstage at one of his concerts when she was 16.

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Billy Porter loved Adam Davis when he ran into him on the street, and was thrilled to learn that whoever he thought was a handsome stranger was actually his dinner guest for the night.

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Billy first saw Adam while walking to a restaurant with his friends and was in love with him before learning that Adam was also attending dinner. Billy sat down next to him and it clicked. The couple dated for a year before splitting up in 2010, but they remained close friends throughout. They got back together in 2015 after watching Hamilton in the Public Theater. Billy explained the night to… People magazine: “I felt it, and the tears came, and I stopped, and he said, ‘I love you, and I’ve always loved you, and if there’s a chance I’d like to – I would love to have another chance at this.’ He was the one who escaped – so it wasn’t hard. The yes came easy and immediately!” They got married in 2017.

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Tamera Mowry and Adam Housley were founded by their economics professor at Pepperdine University.

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Michael Buble was immediately blown away by Luciana Lopilato after a concert, and had drunkenly worked up the courage to ask about her later that night at a party.

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Nikki Bella met Artem Chigvintsev when they were partners on Dancing with the stars, and now the two are engaged.

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Wanda Sykes first saw her wife, Alex Niedbalski, boarding a ferry, and was introduced to her by chance after telling a mutual friend about her plans to remodel her kitchen.

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Wanda saw Alex on a ferry to Fire Island and thought to himself: Wow, that’s what you need, Wanda. She told a friend the next day, who promptly told her to start using cheap pick-up lines instead of boring stories about things like remodeling her kitchen to ~get things started~ with people. It turns out that that friend was all wrong, because when Wanda told the next person she met about her kitchen remodeling plans, they introduced her to Alex — who happened to be selling granite countertops. The couple has been married since 2008.

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And finally, Hugh Jackman met fellow actor Deborra-Lee Furness on the set of his first acting gig after drama school, Corelli. He was in love with his costar from the moment they met, revealing his feelings to her over dinner while they were making crêpes together.

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