Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are just one of the 10 famous Hollywood couples that met on the set of a TV series.
Love is everywhere. More often than not, people find love in places where they couldn’t have imagined. This in fact applies to majority of lovers. The same can, however, no longer be said for couples who met on set of film or TV productions as that has become quite a norm for some time now. These days, one kind of expects a film or TV production to birth at least one love story.
It isn’t strange that this happens. Being on the set of a TV production means spending extended periods of time together over a number of years. All things being equal, if the chemistry is good, the proximity aids emotional attachments and hence, relationships. In this list, we will walk through 10 Hollywood couples who met on set of TV shows.
10 Hollywood couples who met on popular television shows
1. Kit Harington and Rose Leslie
This is one of the most popular TV show catalyzed love stories in recent times. The fantasy drama series “Game of Thrones” (2011-2019), was a show loved by all and sundry. Kit’s character, Jon Snow, and Rose’s character, Ygritte (a wildling girl) had quite an intriguing on screen love dynamic that piqued the interest of viewers. It was, therefore, not shocking that they took it beyond the show. They were first rumoured to be dating in 2012. Kit denied the rumours at the time, but four years later, they went public with their relationship. The couple got married in 2018 and have been blessed with a child.
2. Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas
The couple first met on set of the American TV drama series “Once Upon A Time”, which debuted in 2011. Ginnifer played Snow White and Josh played Prince Charming. For them, it was an immediate connection. They started dating almost instantly, and got married in 2014. The couple have two children together.
3. Grace and Trai Byers
Grace and Trai met on set of the popular Black-American drama series “Empire“. Trai played Andre, the bipolar son of Cookie and Lucious Lyon and Grace played Anika, an on and off love interest of Lucious’. For a while, the couple kept their relationship under wraps, but there were rumours that they had an instant attraction. They eventually got married in 2016.
4. Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons
Theirs is a case of make-believe turned reality. The couple played the roles of husband and wife, Peggy and Ed Blumquist in the TV series “Fargo” (2014-present). They became friends and maintained that for almost two years before they started dating. In an interview with People Magazine, Jesse said he knew after meeting her that she will be in his life for a long time. The couple got engaged in 2017 and welcomed a son, Erin, in 2018.
5. Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk
Brad and Gwyneth met on set of the TV series “Glee” (2009-2015), where the former is one of the show’s creators and the latter guest starred as Holly Holiday. At the time of their meeting, the two had just recently gotten divorced from their partners. They sparked relationship rumours when they appeared together at Robert Downey Jnr.’s 50th birthday. In 2015, they made their relationship official to the public and tied the knot in 2018.
6. Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos
The lovebirds met on the set of TV series “All My Children” (1995–2001; 2010). Interestingly, they played love interests Hayley Vaughan and Mateo Santos. It is said of them that their chemistry was obvious and immediate. They secretly began dating and in 1996, the two “eloped”. The couple are still together and have three children.
7. Joseph Morgan and Persia White
The couple met on set of the famed TV series “Vampire Diaries” (2009-2017). Joseph played Klaus Mikaelson and Persia played Bonnie’s mom, Abby Bennett. Their first meeting happened in the show’s third season. They went on to make a short film titled “Revelation”. The pair confirmed their relationship in 2013 and got married in 2014 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Joseph also became the step father of White’s daughter from a previous relationship.
8. Peter Hermann and Mariska Hargitay
Peter and Mariska met on the set of the TV series “Law & Order: SVU” (1999–present). They first met in the series’ second season where Mariska played Olivia Benson and Peter played Trevor Langan. Mariska admitted to Peter on their first date that she was instantly drawn to him. In an interview with InStyle, she said, “I just about passed out when I saw him there. I thought, that’s my husband.” They exchanged vows in 2004.
9. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett
Will and Jada’s love story goes back over two decades. The two met on set of the famous TV show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (1990-1996). Jada auditioned to be the girlfriend of Will’s character, but didn’t get the role. Will later saw her on “A Different World” and knew there was connection, only that he was still married to ex wife Sheree Fletcher at the time. “I had a realization I wasn’t with the person I was supposed to be with,” Smith said on a 2018 episode of “Red Table Talk“. Will eventually separated from Sheree after the latter ended things. He got married to Jada in 1997. The couple have two children together.
10. Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli
Sami and Lauren met on the set of famed TV show “Orange is The New Black” (2013-2019). Samira played Poussey and Lauren was a writer on the show. Samira said in an interview that she fell in love with Lauren’s mind before meeting her in person. “I was really attracted to Lauren’s mind first before I met Lauren the person. I got her script and I was like: ‘This person’s really talented, I can’t wait to meet this person,’” she told Bust Magazine. Incidentally, Lauren was still married to a man at the time and was yet to discover her sexuality. They started off as friends and eventually advanced into something deeper. They got married in 2017.
Actors fall in love on set all the time, and it is only natural since they spend most of their lives on one set or the other. One can imagine how reminiscing it would be for costars turned couples. The thought of what would’ve been if they hadn’t taken the roles that brought them to their life partners. Who knows how many other should-be couples have missed out on love stories such as these? May the craft they love so much keep breeding the utmost beauty and blissful relationships.
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