TV Couples Who Broke All Boundaries And Took Their Love To Real Life

We gathered your favorite on-set couples that became lovers in real life, spilling the dramatic details of the boundaries some of them had to break to be together.

Kit Harington and Rose Leslie – Game of Thrones

One of the primary love stories in the second season of “Game of Thrones” was the one between Jon Snow and Ygritte. The actors who played this on-screen couple obviously had an instant connection, as it wasn’t long before they were dating in real life. The show may not be known for having happy endings, but Kit and Rose’s relationship certainly bucks this trend. The beautiful Icelandic scenery clearly added some heat to the pair’s growing romance.

Kit Harington and Rose Leslie – Game of Thrones

Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman – Revenge

VanCamp and Bowman started dating whilst filming the now-canceled ABC drama “Revenge”. Whilst the relationship between their characters on the show was full of secrets and lies, their off-screen life together seems to be much more harmonious. Things are still going strong seven years later, with the couple becoming engaged in 2017. Relationship goals? We think so! When asked whether they had any plans on getting hitched in 2018, the actress shyly said, “Maybe.”

Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman – Revenge

Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin – Veronica Mars

Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin played Logan’s parents on “Veronica Mars”. Their onscreen marriage may not have been successful but their real one has stood the test of time, as they’ve been married since 1997. They have two daughters and have worked together on various projects. They’re currently starring in “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” on Bravo. Staying happily married for over two decades in Hollywood is no easy feat, which goes to show just how perfect they are for each other!

Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin – Veronica Mars

Blake Lively and Penn Badgley — Gossip Girl

Lovebirds Dan Humphrey and Serena van der Woodsen may have tied the knot in the finale of “Gossip Girl”, but Blake Lively and Penn Badgley’s relationship had fizzled out by the end of the show’s second season. The actors split up halfway through series two, however, they kept it a secret from the other cast members for months. That’s one way of taking the “staying friends with an ex” concept to another level!

Blake Lively and Penn Badgley — Gossip Girl

Alexis Bledel and Milo Ventimiglia – Gilmore Girls

Alexis Bledel and Milo Ventimiglia were an item on Gilmore Girls, but romance blossomed offscreen too. The pair met when Milo joined the show in 2001, and they began dating a year later. They kept their relationship secret for four years and even talked about marriage. However, it wasn’t to be, as they split in 2006. The former couple must be on good terms these days as they reprised their roles for the Gilmore Girls Netflix reboot in 2016.

Alexis Bledel and Milo Ventimiglia – Gilmore Girls

Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis – It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Charlie Kelly, portrayed by the hilarious Day, was obsessed with Mary Elizabeth Ellis’ character (known as ‘The Waitress’) for eight seasons of the show “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”. So much so that there was a restraining order to keep him away from her. The good news is, there’s no such legal barrier in place in real life. He and Mary Elizabeth Ellis have been happily married since 2006 and had their first child together in 2011.

Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis – It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

James Roday and Maggie Lawson – Psych

Roday and Lawson fell in love on the set of the “Psych”, which aired from 2006-14. They dated for the duration of filming the show, but it wasn’t to last, with the pair splitting in 2014. Lawson went on to marry her co-star in “Back in the Game”, Ben Koldyke in 2015 at his family’s ranch in New Mexico. However, this relationship wasn’t meant to be either, as in 2017, the actress filed for divorce.

James Roday and Maggie Lawson – Psych

Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin — Once Upon a Time

Josh and Ginnifer fell head over heels in love whilst shooting fantasy series “Once Upon a Time”. They played Snow White and Prince Charming and clearly the passion they showed on-screen spilled over into real life. The pair dated for several years before they got married and became parents. They now have two sons together and are living happily ever after. Now don’t try and tell us that fairy stories don’t happen in real life!

Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin — Once Upon a Time

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher — That ’70s Show

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher met in 1998 when they both starred in the hit TV show “That ‘70s Show”. She was just 14 when the first episode aired, and her on-screen kiss with Ashton was her first kiss ever. Whilst it took the pair many years to realize that they were destined to be together, the couple are now happier than ever. They married in 2014 and have two children together.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher — That ’70s Show

Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof — Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof met whilst filming the cult TV classic “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. However, they didn’t start dating right away as Alexis didn’t like to date people he worked with. A year after they first met, he became unable to resist Alyson’s charms, with the pair eventually marrying in 2003 in Desert Hot Springs, California. They have two daughters together – Keeva Jane Denisof and Satyana Marie Denisof, and currently, live in Encino.

Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof — Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev — The Vampire Diaries

Elena Gilbert may have a tough time choosing between Stefan and Damon
Salvatore on the TV show “The Vampire Diaries”, but for a long time, the actress who played her was very much Team Ian Somerhalder. Nina and Ian dated for a number of years but unfortunately didn’t get their happy ever after. They split in 2013, however, the former couple remain good friends, even regularly catching up over dinner. It’s always nice when exes can get along!

Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev — The Vampire Diaries

Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki — The Big Bang Theory

Kaley and Johnny dated in secret for two years whilst filming “The Big Bang Theory”. Despite their characters’ relationship going from strength to strength, their own fizzled out and the couple split soon enough. The co-stars remain on good terms and Kaley is now engaged to someone else. We’re sorry things didn’t work out, but we salute the pair for managing to keep their relationship a secret in Tinsel Town!

Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki — The Big Bang Theory

Lea Michele and Cory Monteith — Glee

The actors began their romance in 2012, not long after “Glee” began filming. They spent much of their time together and quickly began planning for their future. However, destiny played a cruel trick and changed their plans, as in 2013, Cory passed away as a result of substance abuse. Lea displayed immense strength to recover from this traumatic event, and only recently has she started dating again. She says that she feels Cory’s presence every day.

Lea Michele and Cory Monteith — Glee

Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson – Dawson’s Creek

Katie and Joshua dated in real life before their characters Joey and Pacey got together on “Dawson’s Creek”. They were in a relationship for the first two seasons of the show, with Katie calling Joshua her first love. She has described their romance as “incredible and indescribable. Katie went on to marry Tom Cruise, but they’re now both single and she is reportedly turning to Joshua for support. Could these former flames reunite? Only time will tell!

Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson – Dawson’s Creek

Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley — Wuthering Heights

Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley first met whilst filming the hit TV series “Wuthering Heights” and they felt a strong mutual attraction right away. A year after filming ended, they gave into their passion and began dating. The pair married in 2014 in secret, saying their vows in an 18th-century French castle away from the eye of the paparazzi. In 2015, they became parents when Charlotte gave birth to a baby boy.

Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley — Wuthering Heights

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan — Outlander

There’s much speculation surrounding Sam and Caitriona’s relationship. They’re often seen holding hands and attending social events together, yet the pair have always been reluctant to confirm that they’re an item. Whether they are or not isn’t certain, but no-one can deny the passion they share on-screen. The stars of “Outlander” have arguably the hottest chemistry on television. We bet you can’t watch series one’s wedding episode without blushing! The affair between Claire and Jamie really is hotter than the sun.

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan — Outlander

Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer – House

Jennifer and Jesse got together soon after joining the cast of “House” together. They dated for two blissful years and he even proposed to her at the top of the Eiffel Tower whilst on holiday. However, things went downhill from there and they called off their engagement the following year. The worst thing is, their characters in the show continued dating and they even tied the knot in the 2009 finale. Talk about pouring salt in the wounds!

Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer – House

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer – True Blood

The chemistry between these two actors was just so perfect that they started dating not long after filming the show’s pilot, a year prior to it even hitting our TV screens. It wasn’t just a fling either, as these two tied the knot three years later and went on to have twins together – Poppy and Charlie. Moyer has previously said that by day three or shooting, he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Paquin.

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer – True Blood

Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson – The OC

Although Summer took several seasons to fall for the ultra-loveable geek Seth in “The OC”, Rachel Bilson realized her feelings for Adam Brody much more quickly. They became a couple in season one, despite initially denying being romantically involved. Unfortunately, the pair broke up after three years together and have since begun relationships with other actors. Brody is now married to Leighton Meester who played the role of Blair on Gossip Girl.

Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson – The OC

Amy Poehler and Will Arnett – Arrested Development

Amy Poehler and Will Arnett met whilst filing “Arrested Development”. They were a quirky duo and one of the world’s funniest couples until they called it quits after nine years together. They announced their separation in September 2012 but neither have elaborated on the reasons for their split. Poehler says it’s ‘too sad’ and ‘too personal’ to talk about. This celebrity split certainly had us reaching for the tissues and questioning if love is real!

Amy Poehler and Will Arnett – Arrested Development

Jerry Ferrara and Jamie-Lynn Sigler – Entourage

Ferrara and Sigler met on the set of Entourage in 2008 when she played herself in a guest-starring role. The couple became an item on and off screen, with the stars dating in real life not long after her first cameo. Sadly, they called it a day in 2009, with a source close to the couple blaming work demands for the split. Sigler is now happily married to baseball player Cutter Dykstra, with whom she has two sons.

Jerry Ferrara and Jamie-Lynn Sigler – Entourage

Jason Segel and Linda Cardellini – Freaks and Geeks

“Freaks and Geeks” co-stars Jason Segel and Linda Cardellini were in a serious relationship, with their romance extending past the show’s 2000 finale. They called it a day in 2007 and Segel has since openly discussed the split. Although he claims he didn’t base the character of Sarah Marshall in his movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” solely on Cardellini, he has acknowledged that she dumped him in a similar fashion. Ouch, if you’ve ever seen that scene, you’ll know that’s got to hurt!

Jason Segel and Linda Cardellini – Freaks and Geeks

Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan – Alias

Jennifer began dating her “Alias” co-star after splitting from her first husband Scott Foley in 2003. Onscreen, her character Sydney fell for Michael, played by Vartan, whilst working together for a top-secret branch of the CIA. However, there was nothing secret about their offscreen romance, and the pair dated for just over six months. Both went on to marry (and then divorce) other people, with Garner having three children with the actor Ben Affleck.

Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan – Alias

Maggie Q & Dylan McDermott – Stalker

Their CBS show “Stalker” lasted only one season, but Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott’s relationship has gone from strength to strength, lasting long beyond the cancellation. The couple, who met on set and immediately hit it off, have been engaged since January 2015. 56-year-old McDermott, who has been married before and has two daughters, said that he and Maggie are in no rush to tie the knot and that they’re currently just enjoying their engagement.

Maggie Q & Dylan McDermott – Stalker

Tea Leoni and Tim Daly – Madam Secretary

After ending her 17-year long marriage to actor David Duchovny, Leoni went on to date Tim Daly, who plays her husband in the popular political drama “Madam Secretary”. They’ve been dating since 2014 and things are still going strong between the couple. The pair keep their relationship as private as they can, with Leoni vowing to “never speak again” about her relationships in the wake of her very public split from David Duchovny.

Tea Leoni and Tim Daly – Madam Secretary

Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys – The Americans

Whilst their characters’ relationship on “The Americans” is full of drama and conflict, things are going much more smoothly for the couple in real life. Russell and Rhys have been an item since 2013 and welcomed a son together in 2016. She has two other children, a son and a daughter, with ex-husband. Russell has been in a relationship a co-star before back in the late ‘90s when she dated her fellow “Felicity” actor Scott Speedman.

Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys – The Americans

Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush – One Tree Hill

Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush played passionate high schoolers Lucas and Brooke on “One Tree Hill” from 2003 to 2012. That passion spilled over into real life for the actors and they began dating. They became engaged in 2004 and married a year later. However, it wasn’t to be, and they called it quits just five short months into their marriage. Bush attempted to get an annulment, but this was denied. They were granted a divorce in 2006.

Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush – One Tree Hill

Kat Dennings and Nick Zano – 2 Broke Girls

Nick Zano played the love interest of Kat Dennings on the CBS show “2 Broke Girls,” and it wasn’t long before the pair took romance off-screen as too. Just a few weeks after breaking it off with then-girlfriend Haylie Duff, Zano and Dennings went to a Lakers-Rockets basketball game in 2011 and showed the world just how into each other they were. These guys weren’t afraid of PDAs! By 2014, the couple had called it quits and Dennings began dating Josh Groban.

Kat Dennings and Nick Zano – 2 Broke Girls

Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser – Mad Men

In the globally acclaimed AMC series, “Mad Men”, the characters Pete and Beth cheat on their spouses, launching into an illicit and scandalous affair. But Vincent Kartheiser and Alexis Bledel’s real life relationship is seemingly much more romantic and lacking in such scandal. The couple were very professional, only becoming an item once season five had finished. They went on to marry in California in 2014 and welcomed a son a year later.

Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser – Mad Men

Keri Russell and Scott Speedman – Felicity

This pair dated in the ‘90s whilst starring alongside each other in “Felicity”. In the show, her character was continually torn between her love interests, Ben and Noel, but in real life, she ended up choosing Scott. Their romance wasn’t to last and they split, however, they remained great friends. Despite Scott being many women’s dream man at the time, he says he was far from, which may be why they ended up breaking up!

Keri Russell and Scott Speedman – Felicity

Leighton Meester and Sebastian Stan – Gossip Girl

Singer and actress Leighton Meester began dating Sebastian Stan whilst filming hit TV show Gossip Girl in 2008. Unfortunately, their romance didn’t last, and they split after two years. She described the breakdown of their relationship as “really sad” and “really hard” in various interviews. Meester is now married to the actor Adam Brody, whom she met whilst filming The Oranges in 2010. They have a daughter together who was born in 2015.

Leighton Meester and Sebastian Stan – Gossip Girl

Melissa Benoist and Blake Jenner – Glee

Benoist’s character Marley might have chosen another man over him on Glee, but Blake Jenner is the one that she wanted in real life. The pair dated before getting engaged in 2013 and marrying a year later. Unfortunately, their adorable romance wasn’t to last, as after two years of wedded bliss, they filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. We don’t know what drove the couple apart, we just know that things started off so very promisingly!

Melissa Benoist and Blake Jenner – Glee

Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton – Stranger Things

Rumors surrounding young actors Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton have been circulating for some time, but they have only recently made their relationship official. The “Stranger Things” sweethearts have finally revealed that they’re an item and that they’ve been dating for some time. Natalia says that she has fun working with Charlie during filming, and that there are definitely pros and cons to having your boyfriend with you on set. We bet there are Natalia!

Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton – Stranger Things

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos – All My Children

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos met whilst filming “All My Children” in the mid-nineties and they hit it off immediately. It wasn’t long before love blossomed and the pair became an item. The two eloped in May 1996 and they went on to have three children: Michael Joseph Consuelos, Lola Grace Consuelos, and Joaquin Antonio Consuelos. They are one of TV’s most iconic couples. Ripa is still hosting her morning show whilst Consuelos stars on CW’s “Riverdale.”

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos – All My Children

Anna Torv and Mark Valley – Fringe

Anna Torv and Mark Valley met on the set of US sci-fi series Fringe in 2008 and quickly hit it off. The pair dated secretly during the filming of the show’s early episodes and went onto marry. However, their marriage lasted just one year, and they divorced. In the show, Mark plays Anna’s ex-lover, who actually turned out to be pretty evil and died. He then came back to the show by way of hallucinations.

Anna Torv and Mark Valley – Fringe