On-screen couples whose chemistry is so convincing that one romantic pairing is not enough. Here we take a look at couple pairings that make us believe in love again
Valentine's Day got us thinking about some of the best rom-coms with the best pairings that are so good they have returned to do another movie together. Think back to the days of classic black and white movies, fronted by Hollywood glamour couples like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, who acted in 10 musicals together beginning with Flying Down To Rio in 1933.
Let us look at the more recent ones:
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio
It has been 25 years since Titanic (1997, pictured) was released and lead stars Winslet and DiCaprio are still as close as ever. In fact, after the filming wrapped, they followed up years later and rekindled that on screen magic with Revolutionary Road in 2008. Winslet has said in an interview that on multiple occasions, she and DiCaprio have a brother-sister relationship, there was one point during the making of Titanic where she found herself attracted to her best friend (or at least attracted to the character he was portraying). Her feelings got muddled during the scene where Jack and Rose are intimate for the first time in the touring car. Surrounded by steam and passion, Winslet explains to Rolling Stone that the “Rose” in her loved the “Jack” in Di- Caprio, which ended up creating some complex feelings.
Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler
If ever you need a good laugh, these best friends will deliver in all three of their movies, The Wedding Singer (1998, pictured), 50 First Dates (2004) and Blended (2014). So convincing is their chemistry that there are rumors that they are planning for a fourth movie. We cannot wait.
The Wedding Singer started it all and has all the usual ingredients in a cookie-cutter style rom-com: Boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, and boy-wins-girl. The movie tells the tale of a wedding singer (Sandler) who falls for a waitress (Barrymore) who is engaged to a loser. But as all good rom-coms go, he wins her and the hearts of a legion of fans (even spawning a Broadway spin-off in 2006). The storyline may be weak, but the 1980s soundtrack won our hearts.
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks
The darling of all rom-coms, Ryan and Hanks have the formula down pat that after their first movie Joe Versus The Volcano (1990). They got back another three more times for Sleepless in Seattle (1993, pictured), You’ve Got Mail (1998) and Ithaca (2015). It is difficult to pinpoint one instance where the chemistry was right because in their case, it was the whole package — from dialogue to body language, it just works.
The late scriptwriter Nora Ephron wrote some of the best, and cheesy, lines for Sleepless in Seattle and this one takes the cake:
Sam Baldwin (Hanks): “It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together, and I knew it. I knew it the first time I touched her. It was like coming home, only to no home I’d ever known. I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew it. It was like magic.”
Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey
With only two movies under their belt How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003, pictured) and in Fool’s Gold (2008), we can safely say there might be one more in the pipeline. According to ET Online, McConaughey did not discount the fact that they might work on another rom-com. He says: “The male and the female,
or whoever the two leads are, they have to have some kind of chemistry where you go, ‘I buy that! I wanna be there!’”
“And we pulled that off a few times,” McConauhey adds...“And that’s why we like working with each other.” This is why he would be down to work with Hudson again, under the right circumstances. Namely, if they found “the right script for the right movie”.
Jane Fonda and Robert Redford
Their on-screen tie-ups date back to the 1960s right up to the noughties with four films under their belt: The Chase (1967), Barefoot in the Park (1979) The Electric Horseman (1979, pictured) and Our Souls at Night (2017). The latter is a story that touches on some of the more sensitive topics such as growing old alone. Fonda’s character Addie asks Louis (Redford) for a sleepover and in their own quiet way, they find profound love and companionship in their silver years.
Movie critic Roger Ebert’s online platform describes it best: “Even if Redford’s character initially is somewhat taken aback by the idea of senior citizen sleepovers. He and Fonda boast a combined 114 years of acting experience.”
In People Magazine, they summed up their working relationship as: “Bob Redford and I start- ed working together in our 20s,” Fonda says, as footage of their classic films play in the background. “And we’ve had a film relationship and a friendship that has gone almost 50 years,” Redford adds.
From reel to real
Here are the on-screen couples who took it beyond the hours of filming and settled into their real roles as couples
Zendaya and Tom Holland
The latest hot couple to occupy the headlines recently is Holland and Zendaya (pictured), who met and fell in love on the set of 2017’s Spider-Man:
Homecoming. A year ago, they tried to keep it under wraps but the Paparazzi had outed them and they had no choice but to come clean on this. At last check, the relationship is still hot and heavy.
Here are some other successful couples who met on set, got hitched and are still married:
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Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are the few couples who managed to keep their relationship under the radar. They met on the set of The Place Beyond the Pines (2012, pictured) and they now share two daughters together.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr met while filming the Scooby-Doo movies but cupid hit them in 1997 when they starred together in I Know What
You Did Last Summer and started dating in 2000 and got married in 2002. A lifetime by Hollywood standards, the couple now have two kids together.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have one of the longest marriages in Tinseltown. They met in 1997 when Jada auditioned for the role of Smith’s girlfriend in
the sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but she did not get the part. But as all good romances go, she won his heart and they got married but admitted to a brief separation in 2016. They overcame that storm and are now stronger than ever. Together, they have two kids — actors Jaden and Willow.
The movie has been picked, the next question is ‘what to wear?’ Lucky for you, we have pulled together some ideas
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