Have you ever been pushed into a blind date by a mutual friend? Well you aren’t the only one, and celebrities aren’t exempt from peer pressure either. In fact, you’d be surprised by how many famous couples actually met this way. So here are 40 pairings which show that no matter how big the star, they’re not beyond some well-meaning meddling.
40. Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger
Actor and stand-up comedian Patton Oswalt met his wife Meredith Salenger virtually through their friend Martha Plimpton after the latter had put on a dinner party. She’d invited both Oswalt and Salenger to the event which the funnyman had missed, but they subsequently exchanged messages on Facebook. Oswalt told US weekly in 2017, “… By the time we met on our first date I was so head over heels.”
39. Keira Knightley and James Righton
Despite playing several loved-up movie characters, actress Keira Knightley was initially reluctant to marry. But that all changed when fashion designer friend Alexa Chung introduced her to Klaxons keyboard player James Righton. She told the U.K. edition of Harper’s Bazaar in 2013 that the negatives she associated with marriage were “actually quite liberating and quite nice.”
38. Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak
Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons got engaged to boyfriend Todd Spiewak just days after his character’s on-screen proposal. But their relationship was kick-started in 2002 by the former’s best friend – who also happened to be Spiewak’s boss. And the pair are still going strong today.
37. Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith
Jada Pinkett-Smith met her future husband Will during auditions for classic TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She was just 19 at the time, but a joint dinner with their shared friends opened Pinkett-Smith’s eyes. She told the beauty magazine Glamour in 2017, “… I saw that he had grown from this lanky kid to this really responsible man. We started courting each other and our friendship turned into romance.”
36. Pete Sampras and Bridgette Wilson
Tennis legend “Pistol Pete” Sampras initially saw his future wife – model and TV personality Bridgette Wilson – in a movie theater. He expressed an interest to his friend, who then arranged a surprise date for them both. Wilson didn’t follow tennis, but she agreed to meet after seeing a picture of Sampras. And they both played a winning game; today they’re happily married with two children.
35. Louis Tomlinson and Eleanor Calder
One Direction star Louis Tomlinson owes his relationship with assistant stylist Eleanor Calder to fellow band member Harry Styles. The former told Seventeen magazine, “[Calder] was a friend of [Styles’]. He worked with her friend at a local bakery. One day, [the singer] met up with his friend, [Calder] came, and we met.”
34. Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra
Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are the new hot couple, and Dwayne Johnson admitted to being their burly cupid to Entertainment Online in 2018. He’d met them both in the previous year; Jonas on Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Chopra on Baywatch. And the couple’s relationship is going strong; the two walked down the aisle together in 2018.
33. Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt
Even though actors Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt are apparently no longer together, the two were one of the most high-profile couples back in the day. The popular entered into a seven-year relationship in 1998 after a blind date arranged by none other than their agents. However, in January 2020 U.K. newspaper the Daily Mirror quoted several “friends” of the pair who claimed that the two were back on.
32. Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux
Fans just want to see Aniston lucky in love and thought fellow actor Justin Theroux might be her chance. The pair initially met via friends in 2007 working on Tropic Thunder – though it is reportedly not clear whether it was Ben Stiller or Robert Downey Jr. They started dating a few years after their introduction, but their romance wasn’t meant to be, and they split amicably in 2018.
31. Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock
Singer Kelly Clarkson is perhaps best known as a judge on talent show The Voice, but how did she meet her husband? Producer Brandon Blackstock is actually the son of Clarkson’s manager, but he was married when they were first introduced. When Clarkson discovered he was flying free and single at the 2012 Super Bowl, however, she couldn’t help but turn her chair for him.
30. Katie Couric and John Molner
TV personality Katie Couric trusted her friend Molly’s matchmaking skills to find a date – and she struck lucky. Initially, Couric had wanted to date a doctor, but her pal’s surgeon husband didn’t know any available ones. Instead they suggested banker John Molner – who made the perfect first impression. It was love at first sight, and the couple married in 2014. Couric told People magazine, “He had me at hello.”
29. Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos
As a celebrity comedian, Ali Wentworth was tired of dating actors and agents, so her friend suggested someone different: the latter’s ex. Wentworth was against the idea, but she finally agreed to a blind date with TV presenter George Stephanopoulos. In a 2017 airing of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Wentworth said that “by the end of lunch, [it was] done. We were engaged two months later [and] married six months [after that].”
28. Tamera Mowry-Housley and Adam Housley
Sister, Sister star Tamara Mowry-Housley met her journalist husband Adam Housley thanks to their economics teacher Robert Sexton. According to Marie Claire, Housley saw a picture of the actress among photographs of the professor’s star pupils and singled her out. As a result, the latter got them in touch via the internet and now they’re married with children. Mowry-Housley told Yahoo! Lifestyle in 2018, “I always say, ‘He got me with his words.’”
27. Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher
Not even a country divide could stop singer Carrie Underwood and former ice hockey star Mike Fisher from meeting. At the time of their first blind date – set up by the former’s bass player Mark Childers – the couple lived in different time zones. Nevertheless, there was an undeniable attraction; the two married in 2010 and now have two children together.
26. Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian
It’s fair to say the Kardashians have few secrets in their dating lives. As such, reality TV fans will be familiar with Kourtney Kardashian’s tumultuous relationship with Scott Disick. Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis told entertainment website In Touch, “I introduced [Kardashian] and [Disick] at my house in Mexico.” The relationship resulted in three children, but the couple sadly broke up in 2015.
25. Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson
Despite the Kardashians being an open book, Kim Kardashian was unaware her sister Khloé had met her ex beau on a blind date. Brandon Jennings, who is a professional basketball player, set her up with fellow athlete Tristan Thompson and they ultimately had a child together. However, the pairing was doomed by infidelity on Thompson’s part – resulting in a 2019 separation.
24. Josh Groban and Kat Dennings
Kat Dennings co-starred in the sitcom 2 Broke Girls with Beth Behrs, and the latter actress introduced her to singer Josh Groban. Dennings announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014, “[She’d] always talked about how great he is and [how they had] been friends for years. And she thought we were both, you know, nerds.” It wasn’t to be, however, and the couple decided to split two years later.
23. Jon Stewart and Tracey McShane
Comedian and TV host Jon Stewart – widely known for his work on The Daily Show – married his blind date Tracey McShane. Apparently, the latter knew the production assistant for Wishful Thinking who suggested that she meet Stewart. Apparently, McShane and Stewart’s first date was to a Mexican restaurant. And it must have been a good encounter, because they’ve been together ever since.
22. Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady
They say opposites attract, but Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen’s similarities drew them together. A friend introduced the model to quarterback Brady because they were so alike – right down to their devout faith. Despite meeting young and under what Brady told Oprah Winfrey were “pretty trying circumstances,” the couple stayed together. And their dedication paid off; the two have been an item since 2006 and have two children together.
21. Joe Manganiello and Sofía Vergara
Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello not only share a passion for acting, they also have a friend in common: Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The latter worked with Vergara on TV comedy series Modern Family and they all attended the same party. Ferguson then went on The Late Late Show with James Corden in 2015 and claimed that some time later, Manganiello had called her and asked for Vergara’s number after he’d broken up with an ex. And the rest, as they say, is history; the two are now married and have a child together.
20. Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber
Businessman Rande Gerber has actress and model Cindy Crawford’s agent to thank for their marriage. Michael Gruber was getting hitched himself and thought the pair would hit it off. So he set them up as each other’s plus one, and the night before the big day they got chatting. And it turns out the agent also has a talent for successful matchmaking, since Gerber and Crawford have been married since 1998.
19. Kenya Moore and Marc Daly
Kenya Moore made a name for herself as a television personality on the reality TV series The Real Housewives of Atlanta. As a result, she made friends in those circles, and that included chef Roblé Ali – who knew Marc Daly. The latter thought that the two would make a good couple and subsequently set them up. Moore and Daly married in 2017, but they sadly divorced two years later.
18. Lauren Conrad and William Tell
William Tell and Lauren Conrad’s love story dates back to their high school days when the latter was a fan of the former’s band. She wrote in a blog post in 2016, “I met my husband when I was 16 and sitting onstage at one of his concerts. Ten years later we were set up on a blind date.” And it was meant to be, because the TV personality married her musician high school sweetheart in 2017.
17. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton
Jeffrey Dean Morgan met his wife while he was working on horror TV series Supernatural with Jensen Ackles. The actress invited Morgan out on a double date with his wife and a blind date – who turned out to be actress Hilarie Burton. The pair bonded over tequila, but it went beyond booze; the couple walked down the aisle together in 2019 after a decade-long relationship.
16. Meghan Trainor and Daryl Sabara
Singer Meghan Trainor’s friends with actress Chloe Moretz and she inquired about single guys her pal knew. Talking to People in 2016, the singer said, “I was like, ‘You know anybody [who] I could date? Or love? Whatever.’ And she’s like, ‘I know the nicest guy in the world… and you should meet him.’” That man was, of course, Spy Kids actor Daryl Sabara, and the two have been married since 2018.
15. Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky
Australian actors Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth both have their accents to thank for their chance encounter. The former told the Spanish TV show El Hormiguero, “It was like a blind date. We had never seen each other before. It was our dialect coach, the person who helped us both with the accent. So, this lady started to talk to each other about each other. Finally, she insisted so much that I thought, ‘Okay, let’s meet.’” And it turned out great; the two have been married since 2010 and have three kids together.
14. Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid
You’d never guess the celebrity who links renowned Friends actress Cox with musician Johnny McDaid: Ed Sheeran. In an interview with OMG! Insider in 2013, the latter said, “My housemate [Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid] who I’ve lived with for a year, I introduced him to Courteney Cox. They started dating and [are] crazy about each other.” And despite briefly separating, they still remain together – though no wedding is on the horizon yet.
13. Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman
Actors Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman met when they both attended Palm Springs Film Festival in 2008. However, if it wasn’t for a mutual friend, they might never have met. Hathaway spoke with Harper’s Bazaar in 2015 about that first exchange. She informed their matchmaker, “I’m going to marry that man.” And it came true in 2012.
12. Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault
Actress Selma Hayek’s first encounter with businessman and future husband François-Henri Pinault was a surprise date. The star informed Latina, “I was set up by friends to think I was going to an event, because they knew I wouldn’t go on a date. I was angry. And he didn’t know, because he thought I knew he was coming just to meet me. I started out really badly, but, as you can see, it ended happy.”
11. Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt
Emily Blunt starred in The Devil Wears Prada alongside Stanley Tucci, and she must have thought a lot of the actor. As a result, she introduced him to her sister Felicity at her wedding, and the pair got along spectacularly. They got married just two years after that day and have since had three children together.
10. Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris
Although they’re no longer together, vocal artists Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris were in relationship for over a year. What’s more, their mutual singer friend Ellie Goulding takes responsibility. The latter told The Sun in 2015. “I did play matchmaker, that’s true.” The star continued, “I thought, ‘They’re both really awesome and both really tall, they’ll be brilliant together.’”
9. Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift
It seems that Swift has a pattern when it comes to dating. She also started a relationship with actor Jake Gyllenhaal after a friend introduced them. That pal was none other than Gwyneth Paltrow – who set them both up at a dinner she hosted. The latter told USA Today in 2010 that she was surprised that anyone had found out about the event. Meanwhile, the coupling itself was short-lived.
8. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
A friend introduced singer Justin Timberlake to actress Jessica Biel – a dating process which he described to Us Weekly in 2012 as “very-un-Hollywood-esque.” He continued, “There was nothing starry about the way we got together. We met and got talking. Afterwards I asked my friend if I could call her and ask her out. My friend called [Biel] and [she] said yes, and so I called her.”
7. Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer
Actress and comedian Amy Schumer met her husband Chris Fischer when he came to cook for both her and sister Molly. The latter had put Fischer’s name forward as a talented chef, and he must have made one heck of a dinner, because they settled down together soon after.
6. Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas
Sophie Turner – perhaps best known for her role in Game of Thrones – had her sights set on musician Joe Jonas. And she knew someone who had worked with him: singer Hailee Steinfeld. A few phone exchanges later, Turner was in contact with Jonas, and the two have been married since 2019.
5. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
Comic book fans have slammed The Green Lantern for its quality, but one positive thing did result from the movie; Ryan Reynolds met Blake Lively on the set. However, things didn’t really turn romantic until they met up again during a double dinner date with different people. Reynolds informed Entertainment Weekly, “That was like the most awkward date for the respective parties because we were just like fireworks coming across [the table].”
4. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas
Catherine Zeta-Jones actually met her future husband and fellow actor Michael Douglas through TV star Danny DeVito in 1998. Douglas was immediately smitten and the two bonded over their shared birthday. In an interview on On Air with Ryan Seacrest 20 years later, Douglas revealed his closing line to her was, “I’m going to be the father of your children.” And it came true.
3. Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden
So who’s the link to rock star Benji Madden and actress Cameron Diaz? That would be the former’s sister-in-law and reality TV celebrity Nicole Richie of The Simple Life fame. She told Us Weekly in 2014 on the subject of their dating, “I’m going to take responsibility for everything. I’m happy for anyone who is happy, and I want everyone to be surrounded with love.”
2. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski
Hathaway has already mentioned her fondness for Emily Blunt – who she starred with in The Devil Wears Prada. But did you know she also played matchmaker herself for Blunt and actor John Krasinski? Talking to Ellen DeGeneres in 2011, he revealed how he fell for Blunt instantly, and she enchanted him before they’d even shaken hands. And she must have felt the same way too, since they’ve been married since 2010.
1. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry met on a blind date, though it isn’t clear who was behind the encounter. And according to E! News it was the prince’s friend and Ralph Lauren PR woman Violet von Westenholz who set up the date. Either way, it led to a royal wedding and one of the most high-profile relationships of recent years.