Our screen time is made memorable and extra magical when we get to see love stories unfold on TV. Over the years, we got to see some of the best and most dashing TV duos ever, and though not many of the actors who played them ended up living happily ever after in real life, some are still friends, sort of lovers, or at least good acquaintances. So we’ve put together some of the most nostalgic on-screen couples, and decided to take a look at what they’re up to today. What we discovered was, in some cases, expected, other cases heartbreaking, and, for many of them, totally shocking!
1. Tom Cruise And Kelly McGillis - Then
Tom Cruise and Kelly McGills played the memorable couple in 1986’s Top Gun, which completely rocked the box office. In the film, Pete Mitchell (Tom Cruise) meets Charlie Blackwood (Kelly McGills) not too long after he arrives in TopGun, the Naval Fighter Weapons school.
He is instantly smitten by her when they meet, and when they eventually cross paths again their relationship begins.
2. Tom Cruise And Kelly McGillis - Now
While the TV coupe obviously had tons of chemistry and seemed to be in for the long run, things were kind of shattered for fans during the film’s reprisal. Apparently, only Tom Cruise was asked to reprise his role, while McGills wasn’t even contacted.
In a candid interview she claimed that she wasn’t surprised, since she was in her 60s and unfortunately the industry has a bit of a double standard when it comes to older actors vs actresses.
3. Courtney Cox And Matthew Perry - Then
While Ross and Rachel undeniably got some of the biggest attention from fans in Friends, the type-A Monica Geller (Courtney Cox) and wisecracking Chandler Bing’s (Matthew Perry) love story was definitely iconic.
Though so many of us know their story by heart, for many, the iconic relationship was definitely something we didn’t see coming, but we are glad it became a thing.
4. Courteney Cox And Matthew Perry - Now
It’s safe to say that Friends became one of the most-watched shows in the history of time, with generation after generation spending a lot of time binge-watching the show.
The actors are all doing their thing, with Cox having recently opened an Instagram account that is booming, and Perry, who has gone through some rough times over the years, but seems to be completely recovered.
5. David Hasselhoff And Pamela Anderson - Then
Back in the day, almost no one hadn’t heard about Baywatch. The series was a sort of phenomenon back then, but you might be surprised to know that if David Hasselhoff had his way, Pamela Anderson may have not been part of the cast.
Apparently back then, Hasselhoff wasn’t convinced that all of the attention around Anderson at the time would be beneficial to the show. In the end, everything worked out though.
6. David Hasselhoff And Pamela Anderson - Now
Recently, during the premiere of Zac Efron and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson's own version of Baywatch, fans got to catch up with Hasselhoff and Anderson and to got to learn about whether or not the pair is still in touch.
Both sides have nothing but good things to say about each other, and apparently, they still meet every once in a while at different Hollywood functions.
7. Michelle Pfeiffer And Mel Gibson - Then
Dale "Mac" McKussic (Mel Gibson) and Jo-Ann Vallenari (Michelle Pfeiffer) are the smiting love couple in Tequila Sunrise. In the film, Mac is a former drug dealer who is trying to get his life back together.
Vallenari is a stylish restaurant owner who starts a relationship with Nick Frescia, played by Kurt Russel, but eventually, the two break up, and Vallenari ends up starting a love affair with Mac.
8. Michelle Pfeiffer And Mel Gibson - Then
Both Michelle Pfeiffer and Mel Gibson went on to excel in their careers, eventually becoming some of the most renowned and admired actors in Hollywood.
Gibson continued to star in several films, although he has been involved in some controversies over the year, and is now married to screenwriter Rosalind Ross. Pfeiffer has been married to David E. Kelley for over two decades now.
9. Michael Douglas And Sharon Stone - Then
Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone were co-stars and TV lovers in the 1992 erotic thriller Basic Instinct. In the film, Douglas plays the role of Nick Curran who, in the middle of a murder investigation, ends up meeting an enigmatic writer named Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone).
Throughout the movie, we see both of them engaging in a sort of cat-and-mouse relationship that became one of Hollywood’s most torrid character affairs.
10. Michael Douglas And Sharon Stone - Now
Though fame continued to be a prevalent characteristic of both actors’ lives, it didn’t come without some pretty difficult consequences. Scandal, drama, and scrutiny constantly followed both actors, but they both pushed through them in their individual lives.
Most recently, Douglas was in the news for being diagnosed with a tumor on his tongue, but thankfully, he beat it and is now healthy.
11. Charlie Sheen And Valeria Golino - Then
Hot Shots! was an American comedy film released in 1991, telling the story of Topper Harley (Charlie Sheen), who is sent on a top-secret mission named Operation Sleepy Weasel, commanded by his incompetent colleague.
When Harley begins showing some signs of having psychological problems, his therapist, Ramada (Valeria Golino) does her best to keep him from flying again, but they eventually start a passionate romance.
12. Charlie Sheen And Valeria Golino - Now
Among many other negative things, Charlie Sheen continued to be in the eyes of the public for decades, either for his interesting choice in (many) women, his rage issues, or his substance abuse.
Valeria Golino on the other hand continued to act and to focus on her career, winning several awards, including an Italian Golden Globe award, and the Best Actress award at the Venice film festival.
13. John Stamos And Lori Loughlin - Then
John Stamos and Lori Loughlin played one of TV’s most beloved couples in Full House, and since then, they have been both loved by fans, especially recently.
Back in the '80s though, they were Hollywood’s sweethearts, rising to fame almost at the same time especially in the soap opera circuit. Though they did date for a while back then, their relationship was more fruitful on-screen.
14. John Stamos And Lori Loughlin - Now
After eight successful seasons, Full House ended and the on-screen couple met again to reprise their roles in the series' sequel in 2016.
They did remain friends throughout all of these years, and Lori went on to marry fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, with whom she has two daughters and over 20 years of marriage. Stamos is also happily married to Caitlin McHugh with whom he has a son.
15. Linda Kozlowski And Paul Hogan - Then
If you know a little bit about Crocodile Dundee’s humble beginnings, you’ll probably know that Paul Hogan once rightly predicted that the film would become a big success, and it did!
He ended up playing the role of Michael J. in the film (and the two sequels), a character that was completely in love with Sue Charlton, played by Linda Kozlowski.
16. Linda Kozlowski And Paul Hogan - Now
What is probably a dream come true for fans happened back in the 1990s when the co-stars tied the knot after Hogan divorced his then-wife. The couple was together for over two decades and had one child together, but unfortunately, they eventually divorced in 2013.
According to Hogan, the couple had “irreconcilable differences”, and Kozlowski went on to remarry while moving away from the acting industry.
17. Hugh Grant And Andie MacDowell - Then
Four Weddings and a Funeral was released in 1994 and starred Hugh Grant as Charles and Andie MacDowell as Carrie.
The British romantic comedy was the first of several films from known screenwriter Richard Curtis and follows the life of a number of characters, but the unmarried best man Charles and his love interest, Carrie, steal the show’s entire cheesy love story.
18. Hugh Grant And Andie MacDowell - Now
Since the film, Grant has continued to star in a ton of movies, including most recently, The Gentlemen (2019) and The Undoing (2020). He is also happily married since 2018. MacDowell, on the other hand, lives a quieter life away from Hollywood, mostly spending time in other work fields and with her children.
She once shared in an interview that although she has now decided to stop acting, she wishes she had been less cautious when she was a young actress.
19. Ted Danson And Shelley Long - Then
Sam Malon (Ted Danson) and Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) were the iconic couples from one of the most well-known sitcoms in the history of television, Cheers. It’s curious though that the co-stars and on-screen couple were rumored to not like each other at all for years.
The happy, solid TV family was apparently not so solid in real life, though both actors have often denied the existence of the on-set tension.
20. Ted Danson And Shelley Long - Now
Danson has married three times and is still often seen in the acting business doing his thing. Long, on the other hand, has put an end to her filming days in showbiz and has pursued other interests mainly away from the public.
Either way, they will forever be remembered for the iconic bartender and proprietor of Cheers and the academic and sophisticated graduate student from Boston University.
21. Clint Eastwood And Meryl Streep - Then
The Bridges of Madison County was released in 1995 and portrayed a romantic drama between Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood) and Francesca Johnson (Meryl Streep). The film features Francesca as a war bride who lives with her two children and husband on a farm.
She eventually meets a photojournalist named Robert Kincaid, with whom she has an intense four-day love affair, starting a whirlwind of feelings and complicated encounters.
22. Clint Eastwood And Meryl Streep - Now
After the success of the film, which earned a whopping $182 million worldwide, both Eastwood and Streep went on to star in countless movies and to win an incredible number of awards.
It’s safe to say that both actors went on to become Hollywood house names, probably making up some of the best actors in their generation, and in history. Streep continues to act today, while Eastwood, who recently turned 90, enjoys his time with his family at home.
23. Kirsten Dunst And Tobey Maguire - Then
Probably one of the best love stories in a movie plot involves Spider-Man 2’s Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). The film starts with Parker’s infatuation with Mary Jane, who he does everything to get attention from.
Amongst Mary Jane getting engaged to another man, to having to rescue her from a villain, Spider-Man and Mary Jane will always have their special place in our hearts.
24. Kirsten Dunst And Tobey Maguire - Now
Though it is rumored that Dunst and Maguire did have a little thing back in 2011, to the disappointment of fans, the relationship was never confirmed.
Both actors continued to grace us with their talents in the industry, with Dunst eventually marrying fellow actor Jesse Plemons, with whom she has a son, and Maguire marrying jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer back in 2013, with whom he has two children. The couple has recently divorced.
25. Gillian Anderson And David Duchovny - Then
Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) were a huge deal in the known series, the X-Files. In the show, Scully is an FBI agent and a medical doctor who is partnered with another agent, who eventually becomes her lover, Special Agent Fox Mulder.
Though the relationship starts as very platonic at first, the couple eventually hits things off.
26. Gillian Anderson And David Duchovny - Now
Since starring on the show, Anderson has been in a number of TV shows, films, and plays, winning several awards for her incomparable talent. She is also in a relationship with screenwriter Peter Morgan and has three children.
Duchovny has since also starred in a number of known series and films, including Californication and the two revival seasons of The X-Files.
27. Catherina Zeta-Jones And Antonio Banderas - Then
It’s hard to believe that any of us don’t know who both Catherina Zeta-Jones and Antonio Banderas are. Their characters in The Mask of Zorro, Elena Montero, and Alejandro Murrieta, are some of the best characters in history.
In the film, Spanish-born Elena De La Vega plays the main love interest of Zorro. Though it doesn’t take long until she falls in love with him, for a while, she has no idea who the man behind the mask really is.
28. Catherina Zeta-Jones And Antonio Banderas - Now
Both Banderas and Zeta-Jones continue to make us all proud in the acting world, and any movie cast is now undeniably lucky to work with them.
After starring together in Zorro, each of the actors went on with their separate off-screen personal lives, with Banderas marrying twice and Zeta-Jones marrying iconic actor, Michael Douglas, with whom she has two beautiful children.
29. Tom Hanks And Robin Wright - Then
Forrest Gump is one of those classic films that generation after generation continues to watch and admire.
The iconic movie’s couple, Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) and Jenny Curran (Robin Wright) showed us friendship, love, companionship, and an irreparable kindness for each other throughout the entire movie plot in a way that makes it impossible to ever forget their beautiful and painful love story.
30. Tom Hanks And Robin Wright - Now
It’s safe to say that after their unforgettable performance in Forrest Gump, both Hanks and Wright made a name for themselves in Hollywood.
Tom Hanks has starred in over 80 movies throughout his career and has been married to Rita Wilson for over 20 years. Wright has married three times and could be recently seen leading the series, House of Cards.
31. Hayden Christensen And Natalie Portman - Then
Another perfect match on TV was Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) and the infamous Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) in the Star Wars films. Though their relationship didn’t eventually work out in the end, while it did last on-screen, we were all for it.
The actors still speak very highly of each other to this date, and once, Christensen even said that in order to make his character believable, he had to fall a little bit in love with Portman. We can't imagine that was too hard.
32. Hayden Christensen And Natalie Portman - Now
Today, Portman is a reference for one of the best actresses in Hollywood and is happily married to her ballet-dancing hubby Benjamin Millepie, with whom she has two children.
Fun fact, the actress gave birth to her daughter Amalia, just a few days before she received a nomination for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. Hayden continued to focus on his acting career and also gained some interest in farming. He was married to fellow actress Rachel Bilson for ten years, with whom he has a daughter.
33. Harrison Ford And Karen Allen - Then
Raiders of the Lost Ark was released in 1981, and quickly became one of America’s most known action-adventure films.
The movie, which was directed by Steven Spielberg, stars Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) and Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), who develop one of the most ardent love stories on-screen. The adventurous story includes an amount of adventure that is hard to find these days.
34. Harrison Ford And Karen Allen - Now
Ford went on to act in a number of successful films and franchises, and eventually made quite a name for himself in the industry. Allen, on the other hand, decided to move away from acting and instead developed an affinity for knitting, even starting her own textile company back in 2003.
Today, she is an acting teacher and stage director, and lives a much quieter life than back in the day.
35. Diane Keaton And Woody Allen - Then
Annie Hall is another classic on this list that included a memorable TV couple Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) and Alvy Singer (Woody Allen). The romantic comedy film was actually directed by Woody Allen and involved Singer trying to understand where he failed in his relationship with Annie Hall.
After marrying other people their lives bring them back to each other, and the rest is history.
36. Diane Keaton And Woody Allen - Now
After her success as her Annie Hall persona, Keaton decided that she wanted to experiment a bit with her talent in the industry, moving on to become an accomplished dramatic performer. Over the course of her career, she has starred in more than 50 movies and is still going strong.
Like Keaton, Woody Allen continued to rise in his career after his performance in Annie Hall and is now one of the world’s most recognized directors and actors.
37. Kristen Stewart And Robert Pattinson - Then
Ah, the old Twilight days. Who doesn’t remember this complicated and fervent TV couple from all of the Twilight saga series? The couple, who was involved in a love triangle, included Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), and Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).
Spoiler alert, after everything they went through, they ended up together both on-screen, and for awhile, off-screen too.
38. Kristen Stewart And Robert Pattinson - Now
Just like their relationship on-screen, Stewart and Pattinson's love story was pretty complicated off-screen. The couple seemed to be head over heels for each other, which, after the chemistry, they showed on screen was not surprising.
Unfortunately though, they eventually called it quotes after being involved in a huge scandal when Kristen was found cheating on Pattinson with director, Rupert Sanders.
39. Brad Pitt And Julia Ormond - Then
Legends of the Fall was released in 1994 and starred huge actors such as Brad Pitt, Julia Ormond, Anthony Hopkins, and Aidan Quinn. The Western film follows three brothers and their father who all live in the wilderness during the early 20th century.
In the midst of nature, war, and rivalry between brothers, Tristan Ludlow (Brad Pitt) and Susannah Fincannon-Ludlow (Julia Ormond) fall in love.
40. Brad Pitt And Julia Ormond - Now
For a while, Ormond went on a hiatus from the screen and no one knew what she was up to. She eventually returned ten years later and stronger than ever, producing a documentary called Calling the Ghosts, about women in Bosnian concentration camps.
She went on to win two Emmys for it. Brad Pitt, on the other hand, has been literally everywhere, rising to become one of Hollywood’s most renowned actors.