Bright Side

9 Acting Duos That Played Lovers Once, and It Worked Out So Great They Decided to Do It Again

Some acting duos turn out to be so great that they continue to appear together in their following films. For example, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have played lovers on the big screen 3 times, including the Oscar-winning La La Land. And Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio worked together on Revolutionary Road after the success of Titanic. But there are dozens of other sincere acting duos that we often forget about.

We at Bright Side are inspired by these movie duos that show the feelings we totally believe in, no matter what the movie or the genre is.

Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe

A Beautiful Mind (2001), Noah (2014)

The first time Russel Crowe and Jennifer Connelly played lovers was on the set of A Beautiful Mind in 2001. Also, the actress met her future husband there, actor Paul Bettany, who she has been married to ever since.

13 years later, Connelly and Crowe played the roles of husband and wife in Noah. In one of her interviews, Jennifer said that she loved working together with Russel, “Russell is someone who really explores the material in the rehearsal process, so we started investigating everything together. But working with my husband is still better.”

Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal

Brokeback Mountain (2005), Love & Other Drugs (2010)

Jake Gyllenhaal really loves working with Ann. In an interview, the actor told journalists that he and Anne are able to depict several kinds of love on screen: romantic, family, and friendship.

Ann, in turn, is grateful to Jake for the support in the difficult and very open scenes in Love & Other Drugs. Both actors had partners while working on the film, which only made the process harder. But Jake and Ann continued their friendship after the shooting process and that has made them much closer and turned them into real friends.

Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson

Wedding Crashers (2005), Midnight in Paris (2011)

Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson first played lovers in the comedy film Wedding Crashers that got mostly negative reviews from the critics. And Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen was incredibly successful: the movie team created something like a tour guide around the most romantic and significant places in the French capital.

By the way, during the shooting process, all the tabloids were filled with speculations about the relationship between Rachel and Owen. But in fact, Rachel was in a relationship with a different colleague — Michael Sheen.

Rosario Dawson and Will Smith

Men in Black II (2002), Seven Pounds (2008)

Making the sci-fi Men in Black II was pretty easy for the actors, but when making Seven Pounds, Smith had trouble: he couldn’t stop being nervous before the bed scene with Rosario because he kept thinking about his wife Jada. Rosario even made a funny comment that if Jada was invited to the set, it would make things much easier for Will.

Will laughs about it, "Even though it wasn’t very serious, I decided to share my feelings with my wife. And she said something like, “Don’t make me ashamed, man, go and show everyone how great you can work.”

Diane Lane and Richard Gere

The Cotton Club (1984), Unfaithful (2002), Nights in Rodanthe (2008)

Diane and Richard absolutely adore each other: they fool around during shootings and joke with each other during interviews. For example, after the premiere of Nights in Rodanthe, Gere made a joke that he kept sending Diane different scripts, but she kept refusing from doing a movie with him. And Lane thinks that together they make a far stronger impression than when they are in different films.

Gere and Lane have appeared in 3 films in 24 years. They gave all they had to all the roles, and in one of the interviews, Lane admitted that all 3 times, she was charmed by Gere and there was definitely some kind of chemistry between them.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck

Gigli (2003), Jersey Girl (2004)

The movie duo of Lopez and Affleck in Gigli was not accepted well by the critics or the public: the film received 6 Golden Raspberry anti-awards, including Worst Film, Worst Director, Worst Actor, and Worst Actress. At about the same time, Jennifer and Ben canceled their engagement just one day before the wedding and Lopez herself had a very hard time dealing with breaking up.

And the film that was released just one year later, Jersey Girl, was more successful but Ben Affleck’s on-screen wife, Jennifer Lopez, dies at the very beginning of the film and then there is a relationship developing between Ben Affleck’s and Liv Tyler’s characters. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were not able to support a friendly relationship and have not appeared on the screen together ever since.

Amy Adams and Christian Bale

American Hustle (2013), Vice (2018)

After Vice was released on the big screen, Amy Adams admitted that in every film she does with Christian, there is a scene where she loudly tells him off. Amy laughs, “I yell at him all the time.”

The films the actors did together are incredibly successful, both American Hustle and Vice had very good reviews from the critics and Christian got an Oscar for his role in The Fighter.

Julia Roberts and Clive Owen

Closer (2004), Duplicity (2009)

During the shooting process of the complicated drama Closer, Owen had to portray a psychological sadist that kept tormenting the character played by Julia, but the actors still felt a mutual respect toward each other.

Since then, the actors have been friends. And are, in fact, so close that Clive himself insisted on Julia taking part in Duplicity and he invited her to the team. And George Clooney made sure that Owen got the role: he even planned the meeting between Owen and director Tony Gilroy.

Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd

Overnight Delivery (1998), How Do You Know (2010)

Reese and Paul showed teenage love onscreen in 1998, and 12 years later, they met again on the set of the comedy How Do You Know.

Both films got pretty mixed reviews from the critics, but the simple comedies with Witherspoon and Rudd are the best things to watch on a cold autumn evening.

What movie couples do you like more than anyone else? Do you think that the actors who are really married find it easier to play the role of lovers on the screen or does it only make the job harder?