The Best Celebrity "How We Met" Stories
Your favorite famous couples' meet-cutes range from funny to downright adorable.
By the nature of their careers, we know a lot about celebrity couples. We listen to and read their interviews about love, see paparazzi photos of them on dates, and even scour through their weddings' details when they're made public. But even if you avidly follow your favorite famous duo, you might not know their entire romantic timeline, starting with how it all began. If you've ever found yourself wondering how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met or how Chrissy Teigen and John Legend first hit it off, you've come to the right place. Here, we've summarized the best celebrity meet-cute stories, which range from absolutely adorable to downright hilarious.
As expected, many celebrities connected through their careers. Some starred in movies, television shows, and music videos together. Others were first introduced at award shows, and one very famous couple even met when one of them mentored the other! Work isn't the only place where celebrity sparks flew, though. A number of relationships began thanks to the help of a mutual friend—there's nothing like a good matchmaker! And in total twists of fate, a few stars actually happened upon each other by chance.
The best part of these first encounters is how much they vary in terms of how they went down. Some celebrity couples peg their romances to "love at first sight," but not all! In fact, one actress is convinced her now-husband initially didn't like her at all. Find out why—and read the rest of these sweet stories—ahead.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds met while filming The Green Lantern but they started off their relationship as friends. It wasn't until they went on double date together (dating other people!) that they realized they only had eyes for each other, the Deadpool actor told People
George and Amal Clooney
George and Amal Clooney met at a dinner gathering that George's parents also attended. According to his father, Nick, it was love at first sight. "I really think by the time that first [meeting] was over, his and her fates were sealed, both of them," he told People
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met on a blind date. As the Duke of Sussex put it during their post-engagement BBC
interview, the Duchess of Sussex "just tripped and fell into [his] life."
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
Chrissy Teigen met John Legend when she starred in his "Stereo" music video; he immediately impressed her on set. "I walked into John's dressing room to meet him, and he was ironing," she told Cosmopolitan
. "I said, 'You do your own ironing!?' He said, 'Of course I do.'" The rest is history.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
Though Prince William and Kate Middleton both attended St. Andrews University, royal expert Katie Nicholl told reporter Katie Couric that they actually met before college. They got acquainted "through some of her friends—they knew Prince William and Prince Harry."
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian
Coffee (and vermin) brought Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian together. He told The Late Show
's Steven Colbert that he ran into his wife at a Rome café when he sat at the table next to her. Her agent tried to scare him off by saying there was a rat nearby, but the Reddit co-founder wasn't fazed. The two got to talking when Williams asked him if he really wasn't afraid of rats!
Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady
Gisele Bündchen was smitten with Tom Brady right away. "We met through a friend," she shared in a Vanity Fair
interview, and his "beautiful, charismatic smile" charmed her. "You know that feeling of, like, you can't get enough? From the first day we met, we've never spent one day without speaking to each other," she explained of the immediate attraction.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher's paths first crossed when they played love interests on That '70s Show. Years later, their on-screen chemistry turned into the real thing.
David and Victoria Beckham
Victoria and David Beckham's romance also began with "love at first sight," according to a letter to herself Posh Spice wrote for British Vogue: "It will happen to you in the Manchester United players' lounge," she recalled. "While the other football players stand at the bar drinking with their mates, you will see David standing aside with his family. (He's not even in the first team at this stage—you are the famous one.) And he has such a cute smile. You, too, are close to your family, and you will think how similar he feels to you. He's going to ask for your number. (He still has the London-to-Manchester plane ticket on which you wrote it.)"
Barack and Michelle Obama
In an O! The Oprah Magazine issue, President Barack Obama detailed how he met Michelle. Apparently, he owes it all to student loans (no pun intended). With college debt to worry about, he took a good-paying internship at a law firm—his future wife was his mentor: "I asked her out. She refused. I kept asking. She kept refusing 'I'm your adviser,' she said. 'It's not appropriate.' Finally, I offered to quit my job, and at last she relented. On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb."
Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski
Emily Blunt thinks her and John Krasinski's love story is "kind of lame," but we'd have to disagree. As she retold to Late Night's Seth Meyers, she was at a restaurant with a friend when her friend saw someone she knew: The Office's Krasinski. "He was actually sitting with our friend Justin Theroux. And then he abandoned Justin and came over to talk to us. He did not eat. He just stood there and made me laugh."
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard
These two met at a Detroit Red Wings hockey game. "I thought to myself, 'Who is this sparkly creature?'" Dax Shepard told Good Housekeeping
. Actually, Kristen Bell was a little too "sparkly." "When I met her and her friends, I was suspicious of their happiness. I thought, 'Something stinks here; they're in a cult.'" He'd go on to appreciate his wife's positivity enough to marry her.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia di Rossi
When did Portia de Rossi know Ellen DeGeneres was "the one?" Instantly. "There was definitely a lot of chemistry between us, but I didn't allow myself to think of being with her just because of the place I was at. I was still on Ally McBeal and still closeted, and this seemed inconceivable. But I really never stopped thinking about her," she explained to The Advocate. Years later, she made her move.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. met on the set of I Know What You Did Last Summer but didn't start dating until years later. "We had made plans for dinner with a mutual friend and the person canceled," Gellar told People
. "We decided to have dinner anyway and never looked back."
Elton John and David Furnish
David Furnish came into Elton John's life when the singer "wanted to meet new people." He asked a friend to organize a dinner party for him and Furnish was on the guest list. "I was attracted to David immediately. He was very well dressed, very shy. The next night we had dinner," he told Parade
Viola Davis and Julius Tennon
. The actress asked for "a big black man from the South who looked like a football player," and voilà, the actor (and college football player) appeared weeks later!
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel's 7th Heaven co-star, Beverly Mitchell, shared the actress and Justin Timberlake's meet-cute story with Access Hollywood Live. According to People
, she told the outlet, "It was at the Golden Globes." "It was so cute because they were like—it's that moment like, 'I like you, I think you like me.' It was very, very, sweet," she went on, adding that "they were definitely flirting."
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
Nicole Kidman met Keith Urban at an event, but it was only love at first sight for one of them! "I had such a crush on him and he wasn't interested in me," she told Ellen Degeneres. "He didn't call me for four months," she recalled with a laugh. Urban clearly looks back fondly on their meeting, though—he posted a photo of the two taken on the very day.
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