Celebrity friends who played couples in TV and movies

Longtime friends Abbi Jacobson and D’Arcy Carden play lovers in “A League of Their Own.”

Abbi Jacobson and D'Arcy Carden at the premiere of A League of Their Own

Abbi Jacobson and D’Arcy Carden.

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Jacobson and Carden met 15 years ago at an Upright Citizens Brigade improv class and became close friends. In the Amazon Prime Video TV adaptation of the 1992 film “A League of Their Own,” they play two secret lovers on the Rockford Peaches baseball team.

“It was just two friends working with an intimacy coordinator and French kissing a bunch,” Carden told Glamor magazine about filming romantic scenes together. “I just remember on set in Pittsburgh like, Wow, we’ve been kissing every day this week. Like, that’s what we’re doing now.”

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have been friends for almost 20 years, playing a married couple in “Revolutionary Road”.

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are seen on stage during the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation 4th Annual Saint-Tropez Gala at Domaine Bertaud Belieu on July 26, 2017 in Saint-Tropez, France.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

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Winslet and DiCaprio formed a close bond while filming the 1997 blockbuster “Titanic.” Years later, they played a married couple in the 2008 drama “Revolutionary Road,” for which Winslet won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama.

“He’s my friend, my really close friend,” Winslet told The Guardian in 2021. “We’re bonded for life.”

“(500) Days of Summer” stars Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt became friends on the set of the 2001 indie film “Manic.”

Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 2009

Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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Deschanel and Gordon-Levitt’s on-screen chemistry as romantic leads in “(500) Days of Summer” led to speculation that the two were dating, but Gordon-Levitt shut down the rumors in a 2012 interview with Playboy magazine.

“It’s crazy when people say that,” he said. “Whatever. Zooey and I just think it’s funny. It’s funny. We’ve been friends for 10 years. She loves movies, music, and art, and she’s incredibly knowledgeable about those things.”

Charlotte Ritchie told the News that she and “Feel Good” love interest Mae Martin have an “extremely close” friendship that “makes the story stronger and the characters deeper.”

Mae Martin and Charlotte Ritchie

Mae Martin and Charlotte Ritchie.

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Ritchie and Martin first met in Edinburgh in 2012 through mutual friends. Martin told Autostraddle in 2020 about writing some of her jokes with Ritchie in “Feel Good.”

“Charlotte’s a friend of mine and we’d been in LA together and she’d done this deep American accent as a joke,” Martin said. “I knew I wanted to get that in and have her do it. She pulled it off so much. It was a really hard scene to get through because I was laughing so hard.”

Best friends Natasha Lyonne and Cleo DuVall played love interests in “But I’m A Cheerleader” and reunited as an on-screen couple in “The Intervention.”

Clea DuVall and Natasha Lyonne hug and pose at the Emmy Awards

Clea DuVall and Natasha Lyonne.

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DuVall and Lyonne met through their mutual agent, forming a close friendship that made acting together feel natural and easy, DuVall told the Criterion Collection.

“We could do no wrong together,” she said of working with Lyonne on “But I’m A Cheerleader.” “Every take felt good and right because we were so present with each other in a way that I can’t say I’ve been with very many actors in my career. That feeling came back when Natasha was in the first film I directed [“The Intervention”]. We played lovers, and it was the same kind of easy, lived-in feeling. Even in the more challenging scenes, it felt like there was something there that wasn’t happening all the time.”

Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara have collaborated many times during their 40-year friendship, most recently as Johnny and Moira Rose in “Schitt’s Creek.”

Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara

Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara.

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Levy and O’Hara first met as comedians at Second City in the 1970s. They went on to play a married couple in “Best in Show” in 2000 and exes in “A Mighty Wind” in 2003.

“You’re lucky to work with friends, and I think it’s nice to see friends together,” O’Hara told Buzzfeed. “I like to know when people know each other and have a story; it comes across on the screen. I think it’s fun for people to see. It is for me.”

Jennifer Aniston’s “Wanderlust” costar Paul Rudd is “a dear friend”.

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Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd.

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Aniston and Rudd first met when they starred in the 1998 film “The Object of My Affection,” Insider’s Kim Renfro reported. They remained close friends, and worked together again when Rudd joined the “Friends” cast as supporting character Mike Hannigan in 2002.

They played an on-screen couple again in the 2012 film “Wanderlust” (which also starred Aniston’s now-ex-husband Justin Theroux).

“I love him. He’s a dear friend,” Aniston told The Hollywood Reporter while talking about working with Rudd again. “We just have a real affection for each other and I’m just honored every time I get to work with him.”

George Clooney and Julia Roberts have been good friends since they starred together in “Ocean’s Eleven” and reunited as an on-screen couple in “Ticket to Paradise.”

Julia Roberts and George Clooney laugh at the Cannes Film Festival

Julia Roberts and George Clooney.

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Roberts and Clooney played love interests in 2001’s “Ocean’s Eleven” and 2004’s “Ocean’s Twelve.” They appeared together in “Money Monster” in 2016, and most recently played a divorced couple trying to convince their daughter to get married in the new film “Ticket To Paradise.”

“What a relief that we’re not Hollywood friends,” Roberts told People magazine in 2016. “I just told him an hour ago, ‘Thank God we really like each other, or we’re in hell.’

Taika Waititi and Rhys Darby’s characters fall in love in “Our Flag Means Death”, but the actors’ friendship goes back a long way.

A shared photo showing Rhys Darby and Taika Waititi.

Rhys Darby and Taika Waititi.

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Darby and Waititi met at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in 2003, and worked together on ‘Flight of the Conchords’ and ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ before co-starring in ‘Our Flag Means Death’.

“Despite a long friendship, we haven’t been on screen together that much, going against each other like that,” Darby told Hype. “It was a fun journey for both of us.”

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney were internet friends before they created the TV show “Catastrophe” and starred as the main couple.

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan.

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Horgan and Delaney met through Twitter and became writing partners and co-stars on their show “Catastrophe.”

“I think it’s easier with a friend when you get the first one out of the way,” Horgan said of filming romantic scenes together. “With friends, you can say, ‘My thigh hurt.’ Or you can say, ‘Could you please shift the weight on me?’ Or you can say, ‘Do you mind if I get a towel to dry myself off?'”

“Harry Potter” stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were such close friends that they dreaded kissing each other in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”.

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Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in the “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ​​Return to Hogwarts” special.

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Watson and Grint grew up together on the set of “Harry Potter,” which made their kiss scene in “Deathly Hallows” an uncomfortable experience.

“The only good thing about it was the fact that we were both in the same boat,” Watson told MTV News in 2009. “We were both just like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe we have to do this. This is so difficult. Really difficult. So I could take comfort in the fact that Rupert felt the same way.”

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