Life imitates art

Real-life couples who have starred together on screen


Most people can’t think of anything worse than working alongside their spouse. But not these celebrity couples, who have spent weeks on set with their better half – and enjoyed it! 

Actor John Krasinski, best-known for his long-running role in the American sitcom The Office, has been married to British The Devil Wears Prada star Emily Blunt for over 12 years.

In 2018 the parents of two co-starred in science-fiction horror story A Quiet Place (that John also directed!). They play a mum and dad who sacrifice everything to protect their children in a terrifying post-apocalyptic world plagued by bloodthirsty monsters. 

Despite being warned time and again that their decision to work together could be a disaster, the pair didn’t listen and later told the media that it actually made their relationship stronger. Emily expanded to HELLO! at the film’s New York City premiere: “I think we grew. I think it’s just exciting to discover that professional side to each other and to embrace it... It was very special.” 

Enthusiastic as they are about joint projects, John and Emily believe it's important to be selective. “We’ve been offered romantic comedies and turned them down because you don’t want your own marriage to be the narrative of the film – it can go horribly wrong and be very cheesy,” they once said.

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Hollywood veterans Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem are old hands when it comes to working together. The Spanish power couple, who've been nominated for a whopping 26 Goya awards between them, have been married since 2010 and share two children. They actually met on the set of the 1992 film Jamón, Jamón, though it wasn’t until they reunited in 2007 for Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona that romance would finally blossom. They have appeared together in many projects, including The Counselor (2013) and Loving Pablo (2018). 

Yet despite an impressive shared filmography, and admitting that they enjoy working together, they're aware that it's possible to have too much of a good thing. In 2019, the stunning Madrid-born actress disclosed: “The idea of it happening every year is kind of scary. You never know if that might mix things up too much. My instinct is that it would. I think it’s better for it to just be once in a while.” And, she added: "We wouldn’t want to always play a couple."

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