- Breakups can be difficult, and working with an ex can make the healing process more challenging.
- Joey King and Jacob Elordi broke up before filming the “Kissing Booth” sequels.
- Ex-couples like Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse continue to star on TV together after breaking up.
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Breakups can be hard, particularly when your ex also happens to be your coworker.
Maintaining a professional relationship with your ex can be tough for even the best actors, but some Hollywood couples have managed to move past their splits for the sake of their careers.
Here are some celebrity couples who have worked together after a breakup:
Joey King and Jacob Elordi met on the set of “The Kissing Booth,” but they broke up before filming the sequels.
Joey King and Jacob Elordi met on the set of “The Kissing Booth” in 2017 and dated for over a year before breaking up in 2018.
In 2019, King went on the podcast “Mood With Lauren Elizabeth,” where she seemingly alluded to being reunited with her ex on set.
“It was fine. It was good,” King said, indirectly addressing working with Elordi. “I think for me because I am very much a frickin’ huge fan of ‘The Kissing Booth’ myself … I’m a fan of how it resonated with the world, it resonated with me, so going back and doing that and making the sacrifice of what, obviously, everyone is thinking about and what I’m not outwardly addressing, but what I’m kind of on the sly addressing, making those sacrifices was totally worth it.”
In a recent interview for the September cover of Cosmopolitan, King was again asked what it was like to work with her ex.
“No one’s thinking to themselves, That was easy, because it wasn’t …” she told the publication.
“There’s so much I want to say,” she continued. “What’s the most, um, correct way to go about this? Elle Evans needs her Noah Flynn, and whatever that means for my personal life, I’ll do anything to make sure the story of my character who I care about so much is complete.”
Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson’s on-screen romance lasted longer than their real-life one.
In 1998, Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson reportedly started a real-life romance while working together on season one of The WB’s “Dawson’s Creek.”
Although their characters Joey and Pacey found love on the hit teen drama, Holmes and Jackson’s off-screen romance was short-lived.
The two continued to work together on the show until its finale in 2003, and still maintain a friendship today.
Charlize Theron and Sean Penn promoted a film together after breaking up.
Sean Penn and Charlize Theron reportedly started dating in December 2013, but the Hollywood A-listers were friends for years before things turned romantic.
At the beginning of their relationship, Theron worked on “The Last Face,” which Penn directed.
According to Us Weekly, Penn even proposed to Theron on a 2014 trip to Paris. But a year and a half into the relationship, the two called it quits.
Theron has said that the breakup was mutual.
“… We were in a relationship and then it didn’t work anymore. And we both decided to separate,” the actress told WSJ Magazine in 2016.
Even though their romantic relationship was over, Theron and Penn had to work together on reshoots for “The Last Face” and promote the film together at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 after their breakup.
Blake Lively and Penn Badgley’s characters continued to date on “Gossip Girl” after their off-screen relationship ended.
They broke up in 2010 but continued to play a couple on the show until it ended in 2012. Their characters, Dan and Serena, even got married on the series finale.
According to the show’s executive producer, Joshua Safran, Badgley and Lively didn’t want their breakup to interfere with the show.
“They kept the breakup hidden from the crew, which you could never do now. I don’t even know how they did it. They kept it from everybody which is a testament to how good they are as actors. Because they did not want their personal drama to relate to the show,” he told Vanity Fair in 2017.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart dated on and off throughout the release of “The Twilight Saga” films.
But all of that on-screen passion may have been due to the fact that they were dating in real life too.
Stewart and Pattinson reportedly began dating sometime in 2009. But their relationship seemingly ended before the release of the final “Twilight” film in 2012 after Stewart was photographed kissing married director Rupert Sanders while starring in “Snow White and the Huntsmen.”
The actors continued to work together to promote the release of “The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn – Part 2” after their reported breakup.
According to the HuffPost, Stewart and Pattinson got back together for a short time in 2012 before ending things for good in 2013.
Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco continued working together on “The Big Bang Theory” after they split.
Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki played a happily married couple on the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” but their off-screen relationship didn’t last.
According to the HuffPost, the actors quietly dated in real life from 2007 to 2009, however, they kept their relationship a secret for the sake of the show.
They continued working on “The Big Bang Theory” until 2019 and seem to have remained good friends. In 2017, Cuoco even shared a photo on Instagram of her now-husband Karl Cook hugging Galecki on the set of the show.
However, on a recent episode of Dax Shepard’s podcast, “Armchair Expert,” Cuoco shared that right after they broke up, it felt like the showrunner Chuck Lorre wrote in intimate scenes just to “f— with” them.
“… When we broke up, obviously it was a little sensitive for a minute, but I remember those weeks that Chuck had written these episodes where all of a sudden our characters were like sleeping together every other second,” she told Shepard.
Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan continued their on-screen romance on “Alias” after their breakup.
However, Garner and Vartan continued working together until the show ended in 2006.
Vartan has said that he has no regrets about the time he spent with Garner.
In 2005, he told USA Today that their breakup was “benign,” and that he and Garner are “better off as friends.”
Tony Kanal and Gwen Stefani remained bandmates after their breakup.
Gwen Stefani dated her No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal in the band’s early days.
She told Howard Stern in 2016 that the two kept their relationship a secret after her older brother and fellow No Doubt member Eric Stefani declared his little sister off-limits.
The relationship even inspired Gwen to cowrite one of the band’s biggest hits, 1995’s “Don’t Speak.”
Per HuffPost, Kanal told The Guardian, “We were on tour for ‘Tragic Kingdom’ for 28 months. We were going through the breakup, and in every interview we were talking about it so we were opening this wound on an hourly basis. It was so brutal but I don’t know how we made it through.”
Jack White and Meg White of The White Stripes called of their personal relationship before ending the band.
Jack and Meg White, of The White Stripes, initially convinced the world they were siblings, but much to their fans’ surprise, the two were actually husband and wife.
According to Rolling Stone, the couple married in 1996 and divorced in 2000.
After releasing their first studio album, “The White Stripes” in 1999, Jack and Meg continued to play together until the band broke up in 2011.
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are divorced, but they continued making music together after their split.
Lopez and Anthony are also raising their twins together.
Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall continued playing siblings on-screen after breaking up in real life.
Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall played siblings for eight seasons on the hit Showtime series, “Dexter.” But in real life, the two shared a romantic relationship for part of the series’ run.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the costars were married from 2008 to 2011, but Hall and Carpenter continued to work together post-divorce until the show ended in 2013.
Carpenter has said that the two maintained a mutual love and respect for one another even after the marriage ended.
“Our marriage didn’t look like anyone else’s, and our divorce didn’t either … I said it before just because the marriage ended doesn’t mean the love did,” Carpenter told a panel at the PaleyFest “Dexter” Fall Farewell event, per Us Weekly.
Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray broke off their real-life relationship before “One Tree Hill” ended.
Sophia Bush and Murray were able to keep things professional despite their breakup, but Bush has admitted that it was a mistake to get involved with her costar.
“We were two stupid kids who had no business being in a relationship in the first place,” she said during a 2018 appearance on “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen.”
Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake worked together on “Bad Teacher” years after their breakup.
The couple didn’t let their breakup stop them from working together – they both starred in 2011’s “Bad Teacher,” and even shared a love scene in the film.
Their fellow costar Lucy Punch told MTV in 2011 that “there wasn’t any drama” on set.
“I go on set and I’m like, ‘Oh, they’re just great friends it turns out [and] really mature and adult. How boring!'” the actress said.
Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere met on the set of “Heroes,” but they split before the show ended.
Hayden Panettiere portrayed Milo Ventimiglia’s niece on the hit NBC drama, “Heroes,” and per E! News, they shared a two-year romantic relationship off-screen.
After their relationship ended in 2009, the two continued to work together until the series finale in 2010.
Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse broke up in real life, but their characters have more relationship drama to play out on “Riverdale.”
Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse connected on the set of The CW’s “Riverdale” back in 2016 and quietly started dating.
They were private about their on-again, off-again relationship, but in August 2020, Sprouse announced on Instagram that the pair separated in January and officially broke up in March of that year.
“I wish her nothing but the utmost love and happiness moving forward,” he wrote in the post. “All I’ll say about it, anything else you hear doesn’t matter.”
Similarly, their “Riverdale” characters, Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones, have been dating on and off since season one.
Although their real-life relationship is over, Sprouse and Reinhart’s on-screen drama is still playing out on the show’s current season five.