It’s a common thought that a celebrity marries a celebrity. Most of the times, these unions lead to their names being combined into portmanteaus like Brangelina and Kimye. However, sometimes, celebrities choose to marry people from outside their circles as well. Uncommon as they are, these are adorable unions that tell us that fame isn’t always everything. Here are 8 such marriages that have seen Hollywood celebs get married to normal folk.
Jerry Seinfeld and Jessica Sklar
Their love story looks like it’s straight from an episode of Seinfeld. Sklar was wearing headphones and filling a water bottle at the gym when Jerry started talking to her and made her laugh. She was admittedly going through a time tough then. A PR executive at the time, her marriage wasn’t quite going very well. It didn’t last long, and Sklar soon broke things off with her first husband.
Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe
This one’s a college romance that started with the two being very good friends. They met during a charity fashion show organized by Bagshawe and her friends, in which Redmayne volunteered to walk the ramp shirtless. This started a 12-year-long friendship that eventually led to the actor and the former publicist getting married in 2014.
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas
A yoga instructor by profession, Hilaria Thomas and Alec Baldwin started dating in 2011 after the latter broke off his marriage with Kim Basinger. About a year later, they tied the knot and are now parents to four children.
Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian
The romance between Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian started at the Coachella Festival. In fact, their first kiss happened onboard the Ferris wheel at the venue. The two got married in 2013 and welcomed a daughter in 2018. Lauren has co-founded a non-profit organization that combats bullying among young girls.
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied
2010’s Black Swan saw Natalie Portman perform some of the most difficult ballet moves in the book, and it was all thanks to Benjamin Millepied who happened to be her choreographer. The two got to know each on the sets of the film, and have been together ever since. Millepied is currently a director at L.A. Dance Project, a company that he founded.
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer
One of the greatest actresses of our generation is also someone who chose to marry someone from outside the Hollywood circle. The three-time Oscar-winning star married Don Grummer, an artist by profession, in 1978. This was actually her second marriage, after the death of her actor husband John Cazale. Meryl has four children with Grummer.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita
Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson met his husband Justin Mikita at the gym, but they prefer to tell people that their first meeting happened through mutual friends for some reason. Mikita is the co-owner of Tie the Knot, a nonprofit advocacy foundation, which advocates marriage equality and civil rights for gays and lesbians.
Paul Rudd and Julie Yaeger
This is a romance that started in 1995, the year Paul Rudd made his Hollywood debut with Clueless. Ready to further his career, he ventured into a publicist’s office, where Julie Yaeger also happened to be working. A few days later, he would ask her out and thus would begin a relationship that has lasted more than two decades. The couple has two children together.