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17 celebrities who fell in love with someone working behind the scenes

Summary List PlacementJulia Roberts married cinematographer Daniel Moder in 2002. The two met while shooting the film "The Mexican" in 2000 — Moder was an assistant cameraman, and Roberts costarred with Brad Pitt. "He truly, to this day, to this minute, is just my favorite human," she told ET in 2018. "I'm more interested in what he has to say or his point of view just more than anybody." The couple share three kids: twins Hazel and Phinnaeus and son Henry. Gwyneth Paltrow met her husband, Brad Falchuk, on the set of "Glee," which he co-created. Falchuck was one of three creators of "Glee," and...

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Julia Roberts married cinematographer Daniel Moder in 2002.

The two met while shooting the film “The Mexican” in 2000 — Moder was an assistant cameraman, and Roberts costarred with Brad Pitt.

“He truly, to this day, to this minute, is just my favorite human,” she told ET in 2018. “I’m more interested in what he has to say or his point of view just more than anybody.”

The couple share three kids: twins Hazel and Phinnaeus and son Henry.

Gwyneth Paltrow met her husband, Brad Falchuk, on the set of “Glee,” which he co-created.

Falchuck was one of three creators of “Glee,” and he also co-wrote and executive-produced the show. He met his now-wife, the Oscar-winning Paltrow, on set when she came in for a guest spot as substitute teacher Holly Holliday. That was in 2010 — they didn’t start dating until 2014.

They got married in 2018 and then worked together again on Falchuk’s Netflix series “The Politician” in 2019. In fact, in 2021, Paltrow said she’d only act again if her husband was involved.

“I have to be f—ing the writer,” she told Naomi Campbell in January. “But that’s sort of it. If my husband writes something and he wants me to do it, then I’ll do it.”

Lauren Morelli, a TV writer and producer, fell in love with Samira Wiley while they were both working on “Orange Is the New Black.”

The two started off as friends, meeting when Wiley began playing Poussey Washington on the Netflix series. While writing for the show, Morelli (who was married to a man at the time) realized she was gay, and the two bonded over Morelli figuring out her sexuality.

Shortly after, they began dating and got engaged in 2016. They married in March 2017, and they welcomed a daughter, George, in May 2021.

Reese Witherspoon married talent agent Jim Toth in 2011.

Witherspoon is a client of Creative Artists Agency, where Toth is an agent and co-head of motion picture talent. But she actually met Toth at a party, during which his drunk friend was hitting on the “Legally Blonde” star, and he rescued her.

“It happened out of the blue. This really drunk guy was hitting on me, making such an idiot of himself, yelling at me,” she told Elle in 2012.Jim came over and said, ‘Please excuse my friend. He’s just broken up with someone.’ Jim was a really good friend, pulling him out of that situation. That’s just kind of who he is, a really good person,” she continued.

They wed in 2011, and they share a son, Tennessee.

Paul Rudd met his wife, Julie Yaeger, while she was working in his publicist’s office. They tied the knot in 2003.

Rudd and Yaeger have been married since 2003 and have two kids together, Jack and Darby.

But they met in the ’90s, right after Rudd starred in a little film called “Clueless.” On the advice of director Amy Heckerling, he moved to New York City and found a publicist. Upon arriving in the Big Apple, he went straight to the publicist’s office with his suitcases. A woman working there at the time, Yaeger, offered to bring them to her friend’s apartment — a few days later, he asked her to lunch, and the rest is history.

Natalie Portman met her husband, Benjamin Millepied, on the set of “Black Swan,” which he choreographed.

When Portman took on the role of unstable ballerina Nina in 2010’s “Black Swan,” she didn’t know she’d be getting a husband out of it, but she did. She met choreographer Millepied on the set of the film in 2009, and they began dating soon after.

They got married in 2012, and they have two kids.

When asked in 2017 what she cared about more from her “Black Swan” experience, winning an Oscar or meeting her husband, she said, “Yeah. The husband more.”

Christian Bale’s wife, Sibi Blažić, used to be Winona Ryder’s assistant.

The two have been married since January 2000, and they are private about most of their relationship, but we do know that Bale met Blažić in Los Angeles while she was working for fellow A-lister Ryder. Ryder and Bale became friends after the two costarred in “Little Women” together in 1994. Blažić and Bale now have two kids together.

Bale also stated that Blažić was a stunt driver during “The Dark Knight Returns.” He told The Wall Street Journal in 2014, “My wife was a stunt driver, she was chasing me through the city in ‘Batman.’ She was driving one of the cop cars. She can do 180s and stunts and all that. She terrifies me. My wife terrifies me.”

TV legend David E. Kelley and Michelle Pfeiffer have been married since 1993.

Pfeiffer and Kelley, the creator of shows such as “Doogie Howser, MD,” “Ally McBeal,” “Boston Legal,” “Big Little Lies,” “The Undoing,” “Big Sky,” and the upcoming “Nine Perfect Strangers,” have been together for almost three decades.

They met in 1993 on a blind date and got married later that year. They have two kids together.

“I never take him for granted. I’ve never met a person who has more integrity than my husband. I respect that. There’s his humor and intelligence, too, and he’s really cute, all those things — but if you don’t respect your partner, you’ll get sick of him,” she told Parade in 2012.

Patrick Dempsey got his hair cut by his future wife, Jillian, for three years before making a move.

When Dempsey’s name appeared in Jillian Fink’s schedule in 1994, she thought it was a joke, she told People in 2002. But the “Can’t Buy Me Love” star actually turned up for a haircut, and they flirted for three years before they started dating.

In 1999, they wed, and then welcomed three kids. They even worked together on “Sweet Home Alabama,” with Fink as a make-up artist on set.

However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Fink filed for divorce in 2015, citing irreconcilable differences. But the two worked through it, and they officially called off the divorce in 2017.

Michelle Williams and director Thomas Kail met on the set of “Fosse/Verdon,” and now they are married with a baby.

Kail is best known as the director of “Hamilton,” for which he won a Tony. He also directed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical, “In the Heights,” as well as “Grease: Live,” and the biographical mini-series “Fosse/Verdon,” in which Williams starred as Gwen Verdon.

Kail, who also was an executive producer on the show, and Williams announced their relationship and their engagement and Williams’ pregnancy all at once in People in December 2019. They made their red carpet debut the following month. Williams gave birth last summer, a few months after they secretly wed.

TIna Fey has been married to “30 Rock” composer Jeff Richmond since 2001.

Richmond and Fey met while they were both living in Chicago, and they dated for seven years before getting married in 2001. That same year, Richmond moved to New York City to join Fey on “Saturday Night Live.” She had been a writer and performer there since 1997, and he was eventually hired as the show’s musical director. They have two daughters.

They’ve continued to work together on almost all of Fey’s projects — Richmond was the composer for “30 Rock,” “Mean Girls,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Great News,” “Mr. Mayor,” and is a producer on “Girls5eva.”

Fey and Richmond also collaborated on the Broadway adaptation of “Mean Girls,” with Richmond on music and Fey writing the book. They were each nominated for Tonys.

After Casey Wilson was cast on David Caspe’s sitcom “Happy Endings,” the two began dating behind the scenes.

Caspe, who created, wrote, directed, and produced “Happy Endings,” met Wilson, who played Penny on the show, when she was cast in 2010, but they didn’t start dating until the next year.

“I was the boss,” he told The New York Times ahead of their May 2014 wedding. “I didn’t want to screw everything up.”

Wilson, for her part, was more sure about their romance.

“I liked him the whole time because he is the most kind, genuine and funny person I have ever met,” she said. “But David felt it was not a good idea to get involved with the actresses.”

The couple worked together again on the NBC sitcom “Marry Me,” starring Wilson, that was loosely based on their life. They now have two kids, Max and Henry.

“Game of Thrones” co-creator David Benioff is married to actress Amanda Peet.

As “Game of Thrones” is still one of the most popular (and scrutinized) TV shows of all time, Benioff is arguably more well-known than his wife, Peet, who has starred in “Dirty John,” “Brockmire,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” and more. They’ve been married since 2006 and have three kids together.

They are working on one of their highest-profile collaborations this year, a Netflix series called “The Chair,” which Peet wrote and produced. Benioff (and his “Game of Thrones” collaborator D.B. Weiss) produced the show, as well. It stars Sandra Oh.

“Mr. Robot” writer and creator Sam Esmail and Emmy Rossum have been married since 2017.

Esmail and Rossum met when he directed her in his directorial debut, “Comet,” in 2014, in the middle of her “Shameless” run.

In 2015, Esmail’s biggest hit “Mr. Robot” premiered on USA and the two announced their engagement after two years of dating. They got married in 2017 and welcomed their daughter in May 2021.

Max Greenfield has been married to casting director Tess Sanchez since 2008.

Sanchez was actually the executive vice president of casting at Fox for nine years before exiting in August 2020. Although she worked at Fox, she wasn’t involved with the casting of her husband’s show, “New Girl.” Instead, Deadline reported, she was involved with the casting of  “9-1-1,” “The Masked Singer,” “Prodigal Son,” “Empire,” “Bless the Harts,” ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Duncanville,” “Gotham,” “Last Man On Earth,” and “The Mindy Project,” to name a few.

“I’ve been married for so long now, I don’t even remember dating,” Greenfield joked to ABC News in 2014. “She’s the boss. Yeah, she’s the boss. She keeps me in the ground, as opposed to grounded,” he added.

They have two children together.

Lorene Scafaria and Bo Burnham are a match made in directorial heaven.

Burnham, a comedian, actor, writer, and director, has been dating Scafaria, the director of “Hustlers,” “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” and “The Meddler,” since 2013.

At the end of his newest Netflix special “Inside,” he included a note thanking her. It read, “to lor, for everything.”

Eric Bana is married to publicist Rebecca Gleeson.

The Australian actor has been married to Gleeson, a former TV publicist according to the Daily Mail, since 1997, and they have two kids together.

He told 9Honey Celebrity in 2020 that his wife is a big part of his success.

“I always listen when it comes to my wife and when it comes [to] books,” he said while promoting “The Dry.”

He added, “She’s got an amazing track record. I think every adaptation I’ve been a part of — and there’s been quite a few — has been a result of being passed across the pillow. With the exception of ‘Black Hawk Down,’ every adaptation I’ve been in, my wife has read the book and recommended it.”

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