Love Actually

When celebrity on-screen lovers become the real deal
Monday , 07 February 2011
Love Actually
Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn

With intense work schedules and little time to mingle with the outside world, it’s not uncommon for the stars to become enraptured by their co-stars, with on-screen romances going from reel to real. Ahlan! takes a look at some of ollywood’s hottest couples on-and off-screen… Lights, camera, lurve!

The Couple: Goldie Hawn Kurt Russell

The Film: Swing Shift
The Relationship: The day that Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell split is the day that Ahlan! stops believing in true romance.

In the 80s Goldie and Kurt were the young darlings of Hollywood. She was a leading star with blockbusters including Private Benjamin and Wildcats. He was a bona fide heartthrob with his popular-at-the-time mullet and white vest combo. The couple met on the set of Swing Shift and later starred in Overboard together in 1987, disproving the Hollywood taboo that states couples who film together split afterwards.
The couple, who have been together for over 25 years and have one son, recently starred in Ashes To Ashes, a movie written and directed by 65-year-old Goldie.

The Couple: Taylor Swift Taylor Lautner

The Film: Valentine’s Day
The Relationship: The twee couple immediately fell for each other on the set of the 2010 romcom with the film crew insisting, “As soon as they met their eyes lit up. They completed each others sentences and giggled at their teen jokes, which no one else seemed to get. They were cute.”

The couple dated for a few months after filming ended in 2009. An insider spilled, “Lautner liked her more than she liked him. He was like a lost puppy following her everywhere. She ended it.” Taylor, now 21, cited the Twilight hunk as being too young for her and later wrote a song on her Speak Now album apologising for dumping the actor. The pair remain good friends.

The Couple: Drew Barrymore Justin Long

The Film: He’s Just Not That Into You
The Relationship: Drew and Justin’s love affair began after working on the 2009 romantic comedy He’s Just Not That Into You. What ensued was a series of on/off trysts with Drew, 35, using lovelorn Justin, 32, as her rebound man between love affairs with various rockers. However, when Jennifer Aniston showed an interest in the Funny People actor, Drew lashed out with pals insisting, “She knew she had to make it known that Justin’s her man.”
And she did just that after rekindling her romance with Justin after their 2010 hit Going the Distance.

The Couple: Jessia Szohr Ed Westwick

The Show: Gossip Girl
The Relationship: On screen Jessica and Ed hate each other, yet their TV loathing developed into off-screen passion with the amorous couple often spotted cuddling and kissing in public. However, with the actors still only in their prime, their relationship has turned into an on/off affair, with the pair becoming “friends with benefits” and Ed insisting, “I’m 23, let me live like a 23 year old.” A friend added, “Ed’s a handsome Englishman in New York, he’s living the dream, women throw themselves at him. He loves Jess but there’s just too much temptation around him. They’ll get together again when the time is right.”

The Couple: Freida Pinto Dev Patel

The Film: Slumdog Millionaire
The Relationship: He was a little known scrawny English actor, she was a sought-after model from India, and at 26 she was six years his senior – no one expected Freida Pinto and Dev Patel to fall in love especially as she was engaged to her boyfriend of two years! Despite desperately trying to keep their relationship under wraps from prying paps, the couple went public in 2009, just after their hit movie’s world premieres.

The Couple: Jennifer Aniston Vince Vaughn

The Film: The Break Up
The Relationship: After being dumped by her hubby of seven years, Brad Pitt (in favour of his co-star, Angelina Jolie), Jen found it befitting to rebound with her own cuddly co-star, Vince Vaughn.

The 40-year-old actor was the Derailed star’s first big romance post Brad. While the couple kept their relationship under wraps, close pals hinted of a wedding. Unfortunately the couple split after one year in 2006, with Vince calling the 41-year-old “too needy” and citing their relationship was surrounded by “too much drama”. Vince went on to marry a real estate agent with whom he has just had his first child. Jen is still enjoying the dating game.

The Couple: Robert Pattinson Kristen Stewart

The Film: Twilight
The Relationship: Are they? Aren’t they? Following years of speculation R-Patz and K-Stew finally admitted last year they were indeed a couple, having already dated undercover for two years. With their relationship in the open Rob began to talk about his feelings toward the American beauty, causing the notoriously shy star to consequently dump him! “Kristen hated the press attention her relationship with Rob brought,” spilled a pal. “She felt like she was losing her identity and so kicked him to the curb.”

The Couple: Penelope Cruz Javier Bardem

The Film: Vicky Christina Barcelona
The Relationship: Sultry Penelope, 36, is renowned for dating her co-stars – Matthew McConaughey, Tom Cruise and Matt Damon are just a few – but despite meeting Javier in 1992 while filming Jamon, Jamon, they remained “just good friends” until 2008 when they were filming Vicky Christina Barcelona and the couple fell in love.
They notoriously private couple secretly wed two years later in the Bahamas and have just their first child – a boy – last month.

The Couple: Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie

The Film: Mr Mrs Smith
The Relationship: Brad and Ange’s story of how they met onset is perhaps the most notorious because it entailed Hollywood’s Mr Perfect cheating on TV darling, Jennifer Aniston. Their split shattered T’Town’s image of the ideal couple. The affair remains a controversial subject with the press still turning on Ange as they support Team Aniston. “The reason why people still feel for Jen is because she hasn’t found love since Brad,” insisted a source. “He was the one for her and he broke her heart especially when he had children with Ange, it was like salt to the wound. That’s why even after five years the public are still rooting for Jen.”

The Couple: Blake Lively Penn Badgley

The Show: Gossip Girl
The Relationship: Blake Lively and Penn Badgley have known each other since childhood, but they didn’t begin dating until the first season of Gossip Girl. Despite their on-screen characters splitting ways, the couple kept their three-year romance strong until last year when the 23-year-old blonde ditched the suave, 24-year-old hunk in order to pursue more A-list hotties in order to turbo launch her career. A source added, “After ditching Penn she moved onto Leo DiCaprio and Ryan Gosling. She has Hollywood domination on her mind and she’ll use any man to get there.”

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