19 married couples who have starred in films together

Some on-screen couples are married or were married in real life. Saban Films
  • A lot of celebrities who are or were married in real life have played couples in films.
  • Married pair Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have played couples in the movies “CHIPS” and “Hit and Run.”
  • John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are married in real life and in the movie “A Quiet Place.”
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It’s a special thing when two movie stars who are married to each other in real life play a couple in a film. Even though they’re actors playing fictional parts, there’s a special sort of spark knowing that at the end of the day, they’re a real celebrity couple.

Here are some famous couples who starred in movies while they were married or just before they got hitched.

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are marred in real life and in “A Quiet Place”(2018).

They starred in the movie together and Krasinski directed Blunt. Paramount

Part of the appeal of “A Quiet Place” was seeing this beloved Hollywood couple flex their acting chops together. Not only did the married couple play a married couple in the movie, but also Krasinski directed his wife in the supernatural thriller about a monster that hunts when you make a sound.

Two years before the film premiered, Krasinski told E! News, “I would rather act with Emily than direct [her]. I don’t know if I need that responsibility. She’s so good and I’d be so scared to screw it up. But happy to be in scenes with her because that would be really fun. We’re always up for doing something, it’s just gotta be the right thing.”

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were married when they filmed “By the Sea” (2015).

‘By the Sea’ was an emotional film. Universal Pictures

The couple fell in love on the set of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and got married in 2014, so they were married when they filmed their 2015 flick “By the Sea.” Interestingly, Jolie also wrote and directed the film which follows a long-term couple dealing with marital issues.

The real couple announced their divorce a year after the film was released.

In “Cruel Intentions” (1999), Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon were a couple playing a couple.

Witherspoon and Phillippe got married shortly after the movie premiered. Original Film

Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon were dating while they filmed “Cruel Intentions,” but Witherspoon got pregnant with their first child – Ava Phillippe – right before the movie came out and they got hitched in 1999, shortly after the film’s premiere.

They got divorced in 2007.

Will Arnett and Amy Poehler were married when they starred as siblings in “Blades of Glory” (2007).

Arnett and Poehler’s roles in this film were hilarious Dreamwork Pictures

Married in 2003, the couple played an ice-dancing duo of siblings named Team Van Waldenberg in the 2007 Will-Ferrell comedy “Blades of Glory.”

The couple announced their separation in 2012 and their divorce was finalised in 2016.

When they were a couple, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman starred in “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999), “Far and Away” (1992), and “Days of Thunder” (1990).

Kidman and Cruise have starred together often. Warner Bros.

Married in 1990, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were one of the most high-profile couples in Hollywood and starred in not one – but three – movies together as a married couple.

The pair divorced in 2001.

Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez were a couple when they starred in “El Cantante” (2006).

The film was a biopic starring this couple. IMDB

“El Cantante” was a biopic about the Puerto Rican salsa legend Hector Lavoe and although it starred a real-life musical couple – Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez – this film didn’t make it particularly big in Hollywood.

Married in 2004, the couple separated in 2011 and finalised their divorce in 2014.

Couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard starred in “CHIPS” (2017) and “Hit and Run” (2012).

Shepard wrote and directed two films that Bell starred in. Primate Pictures

One of the reasons Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard make such a beloved couple is their working relationship on-scren and off-screen. The pair played a boyfriend and girlfriend on a road trip in the 2012 comedy “Hit and Run” and then a married couple in the 2017 feature “CHIPS.” Shepard wrote and directed both films.

Read More: The 11 best pieces of advice Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have for keeping a relationship thriving

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan were a couple when they filmed “10 Years” (2011).

They first starred in ‘Step Up’ but were actually married in ’10 Years.’ Anchor Bay Films

The obvious Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan film to reference is “Step Up” (2006), but that’s the film where they met. They didn’t appear in a movie together as a married pair until 2011’s “10 Years,” in which they play a couple who return to Tatum’s hometown for his 10-year reunion.

The pair got married in 2009 but announced their split in 2018.

Couple Warren Beatty and Annette Bening had chemistry in “Love Affair” (1994).

The coupe got hitched right before filming ‘Love Affair.’ Courtesy of Amazon

After meeting on the set of “Bugsy” in 1991, the couple got hitched the following year and played lovers in the 1994 film “Love Affair.” Now, decades years later, their real-life relationship continues.

When they were married, Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan were in the thriller “Flesh and Bone” (1993).

In the middle of their marriage Quaid and Ryan’s marriage they filmed ‘Flesh and Bone.’ IMDB

The couple got married in 1991 and shortly after they starred in the 1993 thriller “Flesh and Bone.” The pair got divorced in 2001.

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor were a couple when they filmed “Zoolander” (2001) and “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” (2004).

This hilarious couple was in ‘Zoolander’ and ‘Dodgeball’. Paramount Pictures

Married in 2000, this funny couple starred in 2001’s “Zoolander” and 2004’s “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” during their 17-year marriage.

They split in 2017.

Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly were in “Creation” (2009) together.

The married couple played Charles Darwin and his wife Emma. BBC Films

The married couple joined forces for the biopic about Charles Darwin’s life. He played Charles, she played his wife Emma. The film didn’t leave a huge mark on Hollywood, but the couple is still going strong and has been married for over 15 years.

Long-time couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith starred in “Ali”(2001)

The Smiths starred in this Muhammad-Ali biopic. Columbia Pictures

Smith starred in the Muhammad-Ali biopic as the iconic boxer and Pinkett-Smith had a role as Muhammad Ali’s wife Sonji Roi. The pair is still married over a decade after this movie debuted.

Funny couple Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy were a hit in “Bridesmaids” (2011).

The air marshal in ‘Bridesmaids’ is actually McCarthy’s husband. Courtesy of Amazon

“Bridesmaids” will forever be one of Melissa McCarthy’s most beloved roles, but a lot of people still don’t know that the air marshal in the film was played by her husband Ben Falcone. The pair got married back in 2005.

Since then, Falcone has directed several McCarthy films (“Tammy,” “The Boss,” and “Life of the Party”) and often has cameos in his wife’s movies.

Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz have starred in nine films together and they were married when they filmed some of them.

Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz are still married. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Though they didn’t get married until the following year, Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz played ex-spouses in Woody Allen’s 2009 film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” Their chemistry sizzled off the screen and Cruz won an Oscar for that performance.

Since then, they have starred in several films together including “Loving Pablo” (2017) and “Everybody Knows” (2018).

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were a pair in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966).

Real-life lovers played a married couple who couldn’t stand each other. Courtesy of MoCa

They were Hollywood’s most famous and aspirational couple at the time, but the real-life lovers duked it out in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” as a mean married couple who couldn’t stand each other.

During their marriage, Madonna and Sean Penn filmed “Shanghai Surprise” (1986).

Penn and Madonna starred in this the year after their wedding. MGM

If you don’t remember “Shanghai Surprise,” you’re not alone. The 1986 film starred Madonna and Sean Penn a year after their wedding and despite their star-power, the film was a bit of flop.

The pair got divorced in 1989, a few years after the movie debuted.

Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh were in multiple films together during the duration of their marriage, including “Much Ado About Nothing” (1993).

Thompson and Branagh did lots of films together. BBC Films

This thespian couple married in 1989 and starred in three films together – “Much Ado About Nothing” (1993) “Dead Again” (1991), and “Peter’s Friends” (1992). They ended up divorcing in 1995, shortly after Thompson said Branagh had an affair with fellow actor Helena Bonham Carter.

Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello star in “Bottom of the 9th” (2019).

‘Bottom of the 9th’ is a dramatic movie about sports. Saban Films

The pair wed in 2015 and in 2019 they starred in their film together as a married couple. “Bottom of the 9th” is a sports drama and, in it, Joe Manganiello plays a once-aspiring baseball player who ended up in jail and Sofia Vergara plays his love interest.