They Met on the Set
Movie co-stars often fall in love—but not forever.
Ben Stiller, who plays a neurotic fortysomething in the movie Greenberg (out this week), is probably one of the few actors brave enough to admit that yes, costars do fall in love—just to make their attraction seem real on screen, of course.
But Stiller, whose costar in the midlife-crisis tale is the sexy if relatively unknown Greta Gerwig, is quick to add that you’ve got to remain in control and remember it’s only a movie. “Many actors fall in love with their co-stars,” he says, “leave their spouse and then a few months later they split, too.” In other words, what seemed so romantic and passionate on the set can quickly become boring away from it.
No word on what Christine Taylor, Stiller’s wife, thinks about on-the-set romances. They’ve been happily married for ten years, though, which says a lot in Hollywood.
Some actors have been just as lucky as Ben and Christine. Others have made really bad choices. Take a look at some of the more famous workplace romances in Hollywood:
THE CIRCLE OF LOVE
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton. Met in 1999 on the set of the forgettable drama Pushing Tin. Divorced in 2005.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Met in 2005 on the set of the forgettable thriller Mr. and Mrs. Smith. He divorced Jennifer Aniston to be with Jolie. Still together despite periodic rumors of a breakup.
Remember this pair? Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow. Met on the set of Se7en (1995). Split in 1997.