17 Celebrity Couples Who Met Outside the Hollywood Limelight

When it comes to Hollywood romances, many of them start the same way. Two hot, beautiful people meet in a place where most hot and beautiful people do — a film set, night club, or even red carpet premiere — and fall in love. But while a ton of celebrities may meet in the classic Hollywood way, that's not the love story for every famous couple. These stars met under totally normal circumstances, proving that sometimes the stars just align — whether you're famous or not.

Matt Damon

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The A-lister lives a quiet life with his “civilian” wife.

Luciana Barroso

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The Elysium actor met then-bartender Barroso in 2003 when he was filming Stuck on You in Miaimi. They now have three children together.

Robin Thicke

The “Blurred Lines” singer met his estranged wife when they were just teens.

Paula Patton

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Though they recently announced their separation, Thicke and actress Patton actually met at a teen club on the Sunset Strip when Thicke was 14 and Patton was 16.

LL Cool J

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The NCIS: Los Angeles star didn’t meet his wife on set.

Simone Smith

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LL Cool J’s friend introduced him to his cousin Smith when the rapper was just 19. They married eight years later and have four children together.

Jeff Daniels

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The Newsroom star found love in a hopeless place.

Kathleen Rosemary Treado

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That hopeless place? High school. Daniels married his high school sweetheart in 1979.


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Bono’s wife didn’t originally know him by his one-word moniker.

Ali Hewson

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Hewson met her now-husband — who went by his birth name of Paul Hewson — when they were students at Mount Temple Comprehensive School. They started dating when Hewson (maiden name Stewart) was 15.

Ron Howard

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The Apollo 13 director has loved his now-wife since they were teens.

Cheryl Alley

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Howard was already an actor by the time he met his now-wife in high school. They have been married for almost 40 years.

Mark Zuckerberg

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Surprisingly, the Facebook founder didn’t meet his wife online.

Priscilla Chan

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The couple, who attended Harvard University together, met at a frat party.

Chris O’Donnell

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The actor can thank his roommate for this love connection.

Caroline Fentress

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O’Donnell was introduced to his college roommate’s sister, and the two hit it off so well that they got hitched when O’Donnell was 26.

Prince William

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This royal love story had the world swooning.

Kate Middleton

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The Prince first met his bride through mutual friends, and then later reconnected with her when they were students at St. Andrews. They currently have one royal son — and another baby on the way.

Jon Bon Jovi

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The Bon Jovi singer fell in love early.

Dorothea Hurley

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Hurley and Bon Jovi met in high school and have been together ever since. But there was no big wedding for them — they decided to get hitched in Las Vegas.

LeBron James

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It looks like this NBA star borrowed a page from Bon Jovi’s book.

Savannah Brinson

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James married his high school sweetheart Brinson in 2013 in San Diego.

Elizabeth Banks

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Banks locked eyes on her now-husband as an undergraduate.

Max Handelman

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The couple met at the University of Pennsylvania on the very first day of college, and Handelman proposed 10 years later.

Samuel L. Jackson

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Jackson and his wife have been married since 1980.

LaTanya Richardson

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Jackson fell in love with Richardson after meeting her in a class at Morehouse College.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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The Veep star also met her hubby in college.

Brad Hall

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The couple, who wed in 1987, met in class at Northwestern University.

Rainn Wilson

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The Backstrom star’s craft brought him and his wife together.

Holiday Reinhorn

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The married couple, who wed in 1995, started their romance in a college acting class.

Snoop Dogg

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The rapper is married to his first love.

Shante Broadus

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Snoop Dogg (or is it Snoop Lion these days?) were high school sweethearts at Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, Calif. They wed in 1997.

Timothy Olyphant

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This Justified star cheered on the Trojans with his now-wife.

Alexis Knief

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Knief met her actor husband when they attended college together at USC.