14 Feb The Most Famous Hollywood Romances, Part 1
1. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
It’s been said that there is a thin line between love and hate. During the filming of the romantic drama “The Notebook” (2004), that line was definitely crossed. Director Nick Cassavetes stated that Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams did not see eye to eye during production. He said that things came to a head during one scene where McAdams was reading lines off camera to Gosling. Ryan, apparently unhappy with McAdam’s line reading, asked Cassavetes if he could replace her with another actress. Fed up with the constant arguing, Nick put Ryan and Rachel in a room to hash out their differences. They both started screaming at each other and after some back and forth they were ready to get back to work.
It’s reported that Ryan came out of that “meeting” with a newfound respect for his co-star and that McAdams was happy to get things off her chest. After the film was completed, the pair started dating and during the MTV Movie Awards, they recreated the famous kissing scene from the movie. Sadly, their on-again-off-again relationship would officially come to an end in 2007. Ryan eventually found love with Eva Mendes, and McAdams began dating screenwriter Jamie Linden.
2. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel
One of the longest and most enduring Hollywood romances is that of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. They first met when filming the 1963 film “The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band,” but at the time Hawn was 21 and Russell was just 16. As fate would have it, they would be co-stars again in 1983’s “Swing Shift,” and that’s where their romance first blossomed.
Hawn had just divorced her second husband, Bill Hudson, while Kurt would soon divorce his first and only wife. After Russell’s divorce was finalized, he and Goldie officially became a couple. Their families would not only merge but expand when Hawn gave birth to their fourth child, Wyatt Russell. After 30 years together, their partnership shows no signs of slowing down. In a recent interview with talk show host James Corden, Goldie stated that she and Kurt were recently watching TV and came across “Overboard” (their most famous pairing on film). They scratched their plans to have sex and opted instead to lie down with a glass of wine and re-watch the film. She said that watching the movie reminded her of how and why she had fallen in love with Kurt in the first place.
3. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
Allegedly, Tom saw Nicole in the film “Dead Calm” and was so impressed with her performance that he recommended her for the female lead in “Days of Thunder.” Nicole auditioned and got the part, which led to them working together and subsequently falling in love. They were Hollywood’s “it” couple the entire time they were together, but it seems like outside forces were at work to split them apart.
Rumor has it that Tom’s devotion to Scientology led to the couple’s divorce. The Church of Scientology is very critical of psychology, and Nicole’s father just happens to be a famous psychologist in her native Australia. Perhaps concerns over her father’s influence over Tom may have led the Church to take drastic measures in splitting them up. However, another famous rumor claims that the long production schedule of Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut” took its toll on the couple. We may never know why they really split up, but at least Nicole found love with Keith Urban, while and Tom found (and lost) love with actress Katie Holmes.
4. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
Paul Newman is famous for his acting, his looks, his salad dressing, his race car driving and his 50-year relationship with “Three Faces of Eve” actress Joanne Woodward. They first met in a Broadway production of “Picnic,” where Newman was cast as one of the leads and Woodward was serving as an understudy. By Woodward’s own admission, she wasn’t very impressed with the good-looking leading man. She thought of him as just a pretty face. Newman, however, was smitten. He was thoroughly impressed with her looks but also with how she carried herself.
Still, despite how they may have felt about each other, Newman was married and a father of three. Things changed just a few years later, however, when both were cast in the film “The Long, Hot Summer.” Their chemistry on and off the screen was undeniable, and Newman would divorce from his first wife shortly after. He and Woodward would marry on January 29th, 1958 and they would remain together for the rest of their lives until Newman’s death in 2008.
When asked how they were able to sustain such a long-lasting marriage in such a fickle world as Hollywood, Newman quipped, “I have steak at home. Why should I go out for hamburger?”
5. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
In a scandal that rocked 1950s Hollywood, Elizabeth Taylor stole Eddie Fisher from her good friend Debbie Reynolds. In the ’90s, Hollywood history repeated itself. The only difference was that the players had changed and the women in this scenario were never “Friends.”
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston met in 1998 on a blind date orchestrated by their agents. Two years later, they would marry and become Hollywood’s newest “it” couple. It could not have seemed a more perfect pairing. Their romance was the stuff of Hollywood dreams. But Jen would soon have a rude awakening when Pitt was cast opposite Angelina Jolie in the action-comedy “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (2005). Though both Brad and Angelina deny ever consummating their attraction while Pitt was married, rumors abound that the two were most definitely intimate during his marriage to Aniston. Anyone who has ever seen the film can testify to the on-screen chemistry both Pitt and Jolie exude in the movie.
Brangelina, as they were referred to in the media, married in 2014. Pitt adopted Jolie’s children, and together they adopted another child. Jolie would also give birth to three more kids, expanding their family brood. Marriage and kids, however, did not prevent the couple from separating in 2016, when Angelina Jolie filed for divorce.