11 Celeb Couples Who Met On Blind Dates Or Were Set Up By Friends Like Normals
With all of the vast connections in Hollywood, it's not surprising that all an unattached celeb has to do to score a date is flex some of those networking skills. While a star who is single and ready to mingle may have her pick of the litter, sometimes the best way to score a legit date — as in, with someone who would actually be a good match — is to be set up by a friend or a publicist who not only knows the celeb, but a good potential partner as well. And in an industry where pretty much everyone is stunning, talented, and has more than a few Benjamins to throw around, celeb blind dates can end up actually working out pretty well.
Of course, not all relationships are meant to last. But still, whether the celeb couple is still going strong or dated for years but eventually called it off, it's clear that the blind date definitely has some serious advantages to it — like having a trusted friend help pick out the perfect partner for you, based on what that person knows about you and the Future Potential Husband. There's also something to be said for doing all of the legwork yourself and going out on a blind date with someone that you've met online (hey — celebs have done it, too!) Just let the following celeb couples be your blind date guide!
1. Taylor Swift & Calvin Harris
#Tayvin exists solely because of Ellie Goulding. The "On My Mind" singer introduced Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris and knew they'd be the perfect pair.
"I did play matchmaker. That's true," she told the Sun about introducing the two. "Calvin is a really great mate and he's so fantastic, and Taylor is such a cool person who I love. I thought, 'They're both really awesome and both really tall, they'll be brilliant together!'"
2. Tom Brady & Gisele Bündchen
How cute is this? Tom Brady revealed that he and his model wife were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend who knew they'd be perfect for each other.
"This friend told me he knew a girl version of me," Brady told Details magazine in 2009. "And he said to me he'd found a boy version of me," the model added.
And they lived happily ever after!
3. Carrie Ann Inaba & Jesse Sloan
The DWTS judge is the only celeb on this list who actually met her partner on a completely blind date — she met Jesse Sloan online.
"I met him on eHarmony," Inaba told Access Hollywood in 2011. "I was dating all these younger guys. I was like, 'Maybe I need to change it up a little."
Though the two got engaged after Sloan popped the question on live television, the pair ended up calling off their engagement before they could walk down the aisle.
4. Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively's meet-cute is the stuff sitcoms are made of. The two were on a double date (while dating other people!) but couldn't deny their attraction to each other.
"That was like the most awkward date for the respective parties because we were just like fireworks coming across [the table]," Reynolds told Entertainment Weekly earlier this year.
5. Emily Blunt & John Krasinski
Introduced by Emily Blunt's Devil Wears Prada co-star Anne Hathaway in 2008, John Krasinski told Ellen DeGeneres that he was head over heels for his future wife upon their first meeting:
It was one of those things where I wasn’t really looking for a relationship and I was thinking I’m going to take my time in L.A. Then I met her and I was so nervous. I was like, "Oh god, I think I’m going to fall in love with her." As I shook her hand I went, "I like you."
6. Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux
It looks like the happily married Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have pal Robert Downey, Jr. to thank for their wedded bliss — the actor introduced the pair!
"He and Jen fell in a real, legit fashion," RDJ told Details in 2009.
7. Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel
After meeting now-wife Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake had to call up their mutual friend to make sure it was cool to ask her out, he told reporters during a 2012 press conference.
"There was nothing starry about the way we got together," the singer revealed. "It was very un-Hollywood-esque, in fact. We met and got talking. Afterwards I asked my friend if I could call her and ask her out. My friend called Jessica and Jessica said yes, and so I called her. I did it the old fashioned way — by telephone."
8. Courteney Cox & Johnny McDaid
Courteney Cox and Snow Patrol singer Johnny McDaid were introduced by mutual friend Ed Sheeran, the redheaded singer told OMG! Insider.
"My housemate [Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid] who I've lived with for a year, I introduced him to Courteney Cox. They started dating and [are] crazy about each other," he revealed in
Though the relationship was going so well that the two got engaged, they called things off before they made it down the aisle.
9. Anne Hathaway & Adam Shulman
As for how Anne Hathaway found ultimate happiness with husband Adam Shulman, the two have their mutual friends to thank, he told Life & Style.
10. Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick
Even though Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are no longer together, the couple have three adorable children together. And to think that it all happened because of the creator of Girls Gone Wild, Joe Francis, who "introduced Kourtney and Scott at [his] house in Mexico." He told InTouch, "Scott came as the guest of a friend of mine, and they met in my master bedroom."
11. Pete Sampras & Bridgette Wilson
The tennis champ saw his future wife of 16 years at an L.A. movie theater in the '90s and was instantly hooked.
"I said to my friend, half-kidding, 'I'd love to meet her,'" the athlete told In Style magazine in 2000. The friend got Bridgette Wilson's number from another mutual friend and attempted to set up a date — only Bridgette Wilson had no idea who the tennis champion was.
"I had never watched tennis, so I wasn't familiar with him," she recalled to the magazine. "But when I saw his picture, I was like, 'Oh yeah, he's a cutie.'" And the rest is history.
Now, to score a friend who has some serious Hollywood connections...