From Big Screen to Bedroom: 14 Famous Co-Stars Who Hooked Up
| November 18th, 2016
The Force may be strong with Luke Skywalker, but as Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, 60, explained to People magazine this week, it was Han Solo actor Harrison Ford who brought his own special magnetism to the set of the 1977 sci-fi classic. Fisher revealed that she and Ford, who was married at the time, had an affair during the making of the film – a subject she also goes into detail about in her new memoir, The Princess Diarist, about the behind the scenes action on the set of the first Star Wars film. Fisher, at the time of the affair, would have been 19, while Ford was 33.
“It was so intense,” Fisher said. “It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend.”
Fisher’s admission made headlines and also got us thinking about all the other co-stars – from Taylor and Burton to Brad and Angelina – who’ve taken an onscreen relationship to the next level off-screen, so we compiled a list of seven of the most famous big screen to bedroom relationships in Hollywood history.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
What were they filming?: Cleopatra (1963)
Romantic blockbuster or bomb?: Not just a blockbuster, but one of the most famous Tinseltown love stories of all time. Like the film on which they met, little about this romance moved along smoothly. It began as an extra-marital affair on both accounts, courting controversy and media attention that reached from Hollywood tabloids to the Vatican (neither of which were very impressed). They eventually married in Montreal – his second marriage, her fifth – then divorced, then married again, then divorced again, but remained indelibly linked, and in love, for the rest of their lives. In fact, when Taylor died she was buried with the last love letter Burton ever sent her, which he mailed just before his passing 27 years earlier.
Chance of a sequel?: Both have passed away but they will forever be known as one of Hollywood’s first, and most legendary, off-screen love stories.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
What were they filming?: Swing Shift in 1983, though they actually first met on the set of 1968’s The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band.
Romantic blockbuster or bomb?: 33 years later and the couple are still going strong. They’re one of the rare Hollywood couples that avoids the tabloid spotlight and manages to stay together in a town where the landscape is littered with broken marriages and torrid affairs. One reason they’ve managed to stay together, according to Hawn herself, is that the couple never in fact actually married. She said in a recent interview that they “would have been long divorced” by now had they walked down the aisle. So, apparently there’s something to be said for not putting a ring on it.
Chance of a sequel?: At ages 70 (Hawn) and 65 (Russell) respectively, the original love story is still playing out and figures to continue going strong for years to come.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
What were they filming?: Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
Romantic blockbuster or bomb?: As evidenced by the recent barrage of custody battle and embittered relationship headlines, this union, which took root during the filming of their 2005 spy thriller Mr. & Mrs. Smith, is over.
Dubbed “Brangelina,” their relationship got off to a rocky start when media and fans labelled Jolie a home wrecker, believing she moved in on Pitt and caused his divorce from then-wife Jennifer Aniston. The couple deny it but eventually came out as a pair, had three children, adopted another three, and then married in 2012 after spending more than half a decade as one of Hollywood’s most famous power couples. Jolie filed for divorce in September of this year.
Chance of a sequel?: Given the public accusations of abuse against Pitt, as well as their ongoing custody battle, it doesn’t look like this couple will be reconciling and giving it another go anytime soon.
Interestingly, however, her relationship with Pitt isn’t Jolie’s first big screen to bedroom experience. She’s also had relationships spawned on set with co-stars Jenny Shimizu (Foxfire), Jonny Lee Miller (Hackers), Timothy Hutton (Playing God) and Billy Bob Thornton (Pushing Tin). She married Miller and Thornton.
Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig
What were they filming?: Dream House (2011)
Romantic blockbuster or bomb?: They didn’t technically meet while filming Dream House – they knew each other prior to filming – but this is a unique instance where the movie they worked on proved a bomb while the relationship is a hit. Craig and Weisz began dating while filming Dream House and married in 2011, a few months before the movie came out. They maintain a very private relationship and mostly stay out of the public eye, which should be no surprise given this is a relationship with James Bond.
Chance of a sequel?: It looks like there’s no need for a second time around for these two. As long as they can manage to maintain a quiet life together outside of public scrutiny, their prospects are good.
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
What were they filming?: Days of Thunder (1990)
Romantic blockbuster or bomb?: For 11 years they were the toast of Tinseltown as one of the most recognizable celebrity couples going. They adopted two kids before calling it quits in 2001. Of the divorce, Kidman recently said, “Out of my divorce came work that was applauded so that was an interesting thing for me. It culminated in winning an Oscar and that caused an epiphany which was, ‘This isn’t the answer.’ I was holding a gold statue and I was the loneliest I’d ever been.”
Chance of a sequel?: Kidman is currently married to country star Keith Urban while Cruise went on to date his Vanilla Sky co-star Penelope Cruz in 2001 and marry actress Katie Holmes in 2006. They divorced in 2012. Still, there seems a better chance of a Days of Thunder sequel then a romantic do-over.
Barry Williams and Maureen McCormick
What were they filming?: The Brady Bunch
Romantic blockbuster or bomb?: This very Brady hook-up happened while the pair played brother and sister on the hit TV series. Both teens at the time, McCormick recalls the strange sensation that came with kissing her “brother,” though it didn’t stop them from dating briefly. In her autobiography she wrote, “I was ready to lose my virginity to Barry, and it might have happened one night at his house if not for his parents busting in on us.” Evidently, the relationship fizzled out.
Chance of a sequel?: Williams, 62, said last year that, “I think she is still hot but she’s married, which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about holding your breath for such a unique Brady reunion.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
What were they filming?: Daredevil (2003)
Romantic blockbuster or bomb?: In 2004, shortly after breaking off an engagement to his Gigli co-star Jennifer Lopez – which spawned the couples’ nickname “Bennifer” – Affleck began dating his Pearl Harbor and Daredevil co-star Jennifer Garner. The couple married and had three kids but separated in 2015. Affleck was accused in tabloid stories of having an affair with the family’s nanny.
Chance of a sequel?: The couple still live together and raise their kids and recent reports suggest that they could be on the road to reconciliation, so this sequel may happen after all. Which, for the record, is far more exciting news than either a Pearl Harbor or Daredevil sequel.