You Probably Didn't Know That These Celebrities Are Married to Totally "Normal" People
We've come to believe that celebrities date celebrities, end of story. With Hollywood being what it is, that seems like the only plausible answer for these A-listers. Every celeb has a neverending busy schedule, or a crew of paparazzi that follow their every move. So it makes sense that they would want to date someone who understands that lifestyle. Yet, it's that busy life that causes some celebrity relationships to end, and our hearts to break. So it's not surprising that some stars have looked elsewhere for love.
Lucky for us, there are some celebs out there that have ended up with ordinary (read: non famous!) people, proving that love really can be found anywhere, with anyone. Yes, you single people, it's possible: You can find your future famous partner at a bar, a music festival, the hair salon, or even at the gym! These 18 celebrities met their non-celeb counterparts at regular places you probably visit every day. Not to mention, each story is as sweet as the next. Read on to see how these celebs found their partners.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
Their story is the definition of a fairy tale and is so famous we'd be surprised if you didn't know! But here's your refresher: Kate and Will met at St. Andrew's University in 2001, but after graduating, the paparazzi was so relentless it caused a break-up in 2007. A couple months later, the most-talked-about couple got back together and after an eight-year courtship Will proposed with his mom's sapphire engagement ring in Kenya in October 2010. The two announced their engagement on November 16, 2010. It's safe to say the whole world was watching the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011 as Kate stunned the world by wearing a gorgeous Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen ball gown, reigniting the trend of long sleeve wedding dresses. Kate and Will have two adorable children, George, 3, and Charlotte, 1. #royalgoals
Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe
The adorable British couple met when they were both in high school—Eddie Redmayne, who attended the prestigious Eton College (where he was classmates with Prince William), met Hannah Bagshawe when he volunteered at her school's charity fashion show. At the after party, Redmayne said he spotted her across the room and struck up a conversation. They remained friends, spending more and more time together until eventually they started dating. Their first public appearance was in 2012, and while on vacation in May 2014, Redmayne proposed. The two were married on December 15, 2014 in a "Winter Wonderland"-themed wedding. In June 2016, Redmayne and Badshawe welcomed their first child, daughter Iris Mary Redmayne.
Vince Vaughn and Kyla Weber
Funnyman Vince Vaughn has always tried to keep his relationships private, so it was a complete surprise to everyone that the star proposed to Canadian real-estate agent Kyla Weber on Valentine's Day in 2009. It was rumored that they met at a wedding when a mutual friend introduced the two. Almost a year later, Vaughn married Weber in January 2010 in his hometown of Chicago. The couple has two children, daughter Lochlyn, 5, and son Vernon, 3.
Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth
Reese Witherspoon met her future husband Jim Toth one night out when Toth's friend was trying to hit on her in not the nicest way. "This really drunk guy was hitting on me, making such an idiot of himself, yelling at me," she told
in 2012. "Jim came over and said, 'Please excuse my friend. He's just broken up with someone.' And I remember thinking, his friend is such an ass, what a jerk." But Witherspoon couldn't help being charmed by Toth, and she and the Hollywood agent started dating soon after the encounter. Witherspoon and Toth married in California in 2011 and have one son, Tennessee, along with Witherspoon's two children from her previous marriage to actor Ryan Phillippe.
Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso
While shooting the movie Stuck On You in Miami in 2003, Matt Damon ended up at a bar where Luciana Barroso was bartending. He was smitten, and asked her out. "I don't know how else our paths would have crossed if that didn't happen," Damon said. "The moral is that when you're tired, suck it up and go to the bar because you might meet your wife." The couple had a very low-key New York City Hall wedding ceremony in December 2005 and renewed their vows in the Caribbean surrounded by close friends and family in 2013. They have three daughters together along with Barroso's daughter from a previous relationship.
Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian
Probably one of the cutest couples on Instagram has to be actor Aaron Paul and wife Lauren Parsekian. Parsekian, the co-founder of the non-profit Kind Campaign, met Paul at Coachella Music Festival. The following year at Coachella, the couple said they fell in love and that night he told her he was going to marry her. Their first date was a trip to Las Vegas, where they almost got married at the famous Little White Chapel. Eventually, Paul proposed on New Year's Day 2012 in Paris. The couple had a 1920s carnival-themed wedding in May 2013. "She's the greatest woman that has ever existed," he told
. "No offense to other women on this planet, but she is hands down the best.
Julie Bowen and Scott Phillips
Modern Family actress Julie Bowen has been happily married to real-estate investor Scott Phillips for 12 years. The pair got engaged Thanksgiving of 2003 and married September 2004. Together, they have three sons: Oliver, 9, and twins, John and Gustav, 7. "At first I loved my husband and then I loved the kids and now I love our family," she told
. "When I see my husband with my kids, it makes me so happy. When I see my kids all sitting down at the table together, I'm like 'This is awesome. We did this!'"
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer
After losing a boyfriend to cancer in 1978, Meryl Streep's brother came to help her out, with friend and sculptor Don Gummer in tow. Though Streep and Gummer didn't hit it off right away, the two wrote letters to one another while Gummer traveled for work. Just six months after meeting, Streep and Gummer married in September 1978 and have been together ever since! The two have four children together, and Gummer has been nothing but supportive to his Academy Award-winning wife. When Streep won her Academy Award for Best Actress for The Iron Lady, she gave her hubby the sweetest shoutout: "First I'm going to thank Don, because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech they play him out with the music," she said. "And I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives you've given me."
Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego
The super-secret couple had a quick engagement period before getting married in 2013. After multiple relationships with fellow actors (like Keith Britton and Bradley Cooper), Saldana was seen with Italian artist Marco Perego in June 2013, months after breaking up with Cooper. Soon after, Saldana and Perego secretly wed in July of that year outside of London. The couple had twin boys, Bowie Ezio and Cy Aridio Perego-Saldana in November 2014. Saldana loves sharing photos of her husband and children on Instagram, whether it's a sweet message to her hubby or adorable pictures of her twin boys.
Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe
Most known for his time at Saturday Night Live, it was the hilarious show that brought Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe together. Meyers was attending SNL cast member Chris Kattan's 2008 wedding when he met Ashe, a lawyer. "I had a sense that she was the closest I'd ever met to someone who I could see myself with," he told
. "Pretty much right away." Meyers proposed to Ashe in 2013, and the two got married in Martha's Vineyard on September 1, 2013. Earlier this year, Meyers and Ashe welcomed their first child, son Ashe Olson. "I can't picture a better way to honor what my wife did than naming him after her," he said on his show, Late Night With Seth Meyers.
Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld
Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld have had one of the longest marriages in Hollywood. They met at a Reebok Sports Club in 1998, and though Jessica was engaged at the time, her marriage didn't last long. Soon after her divorce, Jerry proposed in November 1999 and married her on Christmas Day the following month. The two have been married ever since, and have three children: Sascha, 15, Julian, 13, and Shepherd, 11.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tasha McCauley
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tasha McCauley's relationship was so low-key, no one really knew about it until after they got married! McCauley, who's a robotics scientist and co-founder of her own company Fellow Robots, tries to stay out of the spotlight as much as possible, which Gordon-Levitt respects. The couple started dating in 2013, and got married at their home in December 2014 without anyone knowing. Gordon-Levitt and McCauley just welcomed their first child, a son, in mid-August of this year.
Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond
Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond met at the acclaimed Second City Theater in Chicago in 1994, where Fey was a member of the improv troupe and Richmond was a piano player. After dating for quite some time, Fey and Richmond married on June 3, 2001. A couple of years later, Fey created 30 Rock, where the two worked together: Fey was the executive producer, writer, and main character and Richmond was the musical composer. The couple has two daughters, Alice, 10, and Penelope, 4.
Patrick Dempsey and Jillian Fink
Patrick Dempsey walks into a hair salon and meets the love of his life. Okay, it's not as simple as that, but essentially that's what happened. Jillian Fink, who owns the L.A. hair salon Delux, checked her appointment book one day in 1994 and saw "Patrick Dempsey" written down. She thought it was a joke, until he showed up. "I was shocked, but at the same time I was happy because he was so cute," Fink told
. Three years of haircuts later, they started dating and got married in 1999. The couple has three kids together, daughter Talula, 14, and twins Sullivan and Darby. Though they filed for divorce in 2015, Dempsey and Fink are back and better than ever. "Our marriage was not something I was prepared to let go of," he told
recently. "I didn't feel like we had done all the work. And we both wanted to do that work. That's where it started."
Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney
When Jimmy Kimmel first met Molly McNearney, he insulted her…for partaking in triathlons! "'That's really stupid! What a waste of time.' That was the first and only thing he probably said to me the entire first year of working there," McNearney told
. McNearney started on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as an assistant, and worked her way up to her current job as the co-head writer for the show. Eventually, Kimmel noticed McNearney and invited her over to dinner, where she found all of her favorite foods prepared by him. "He had made them all from scratch," she said. "I couldn't believe it, and I realized how incredibly thoughtful and generous he is." Kimmel proposed in South Africa in August 2012, and got married July 2013. They have one daughter together, Jane Kimmel, who's 2.
James Corden and Julia Carey
If you've ever seen the Carpool Karaoke with Stevie Wonder, you'll understand how much James Corden loves his wife, Julia Carey. The pair was introduced by British actor Dominic Cooper in 2009, and completely hit it off. Corden proposed Christmas Day of 2010, and the two had their first child together, Max, in March 2011. September 15, 2012, Corden and Carey got married at the Babington House in the U.K. Since then, they've had a girl, Carey, in 2014.
Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee
Jesse Williams met his future bride, Aryn Drake-Lee, when he was a teacher for middle school and high school students in New York City. He hit it big by getting a major role opposite of Alexis Bledel in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, and Lee has been there for him since day one. "She's been with me through all different facets of my career," he told
. "Being intelligent and self-made is a big deal for me."
Dolly Parton and Carl Thomas Dean
Can you believe Dolly Parton and Carl Thomas Dean just celebrated 50 years of marriage?! The two met outside of a Wishy Washy Laundromat in Nashville, Tennessee, on one of the first days Parton moved there. "I was surprised and delighted that while he talked to me, he looked at my face," she said. "He seemed to be genuinely interested in finding out who I was and what I was about." They got married on May 30, 1966, and have been with each other ever since.