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'The Kissing Booth 3': Joey King, Jacob Elordi broke up but kept working together. These exes did, too

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Running into your ex post-breakup is never fun. But having to keep acting like you're in love after you've called it quits? That's next level.

Joey King, 22, and Jacob Elordi, 24, stars of Netflix's rom-com trilogy "The Kissing Booth," met and began dating while filming the first film, which premiered in 2018, King confirmed that year to Bello Magazine.

Three years and two films later, the two have continued to play a couple despite their own relationship ending.

"The Kissing Booth 3" arrives Wednesday on Netflix, and prompts main character Elle Evans (King) to make a difficult choice between who she'll attend college alongside: her longtime best friend Lee (Joel Courtney), or boyfriend Noah (Elordi).

Jacob Elordi and Joey King star in "The Kissing Booth 3" on Netflix.
Jacob Elordi and Joey King star in "The Kissing Booth 3" on Netflix.

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"No one's thinking to themselves, 'That was easy' because it wasn't," King told Cosmopolitan last September of continuing to work with Elordi. "I'm sure people will analyze every movement and every detail. And you know what? Let them. But at the end of the day, I was just thrilled to be Elle Evans again. Elle Evans needs her Noah Flynn, and whatever that means for my personal life, I'll do anything to make sure the story of my character who I care about so much is complete."

King and Elordi made it work professionally even through rocky personal experiences. We're looking back on other famous couples who did the same.

Tarek El Moussa and Christina Haack, 'Flip or Flop'

Tarek El Moussa and Christina Haack had been married for a few years when they began co-hosting "Flip or Flop."
Tarek El Moussa and Christina Haack had been married for a few years when they began co-hosting "Flip or Flop."

Tarek El Moussa and Christina Haack had been married for a few years when they began co-hosting the HGTV home renovation series "Flip or Flop" in 2013.

Though the two called it quits in 2016, they continue to co-host the show and co-parent their two children, Taylor, 10, and Brayden, 5.

"At the beginning, it was like pulling teeth," El Moussa told USA TODAY in 2019 of working with his ex. "Today, we have a good working relationship."

And they've both since moved on: Haack is now dating Joshua Hall following her marriage to Ant Anstead ending; El Moussa proposed to "Selling Sunset" star Heather Rae Young last year.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, 'Q’Viva! The Chosen'

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony worked together plenty while they were a couple, but the content didn't stop when their marriage did.

The two briefly dated on and off in the late ’90s and early 2000s and collaborated on the 1999 song "No Me Ames" before tying the knot in 2004. In 2006, they starred in the musical biopic "El Cantante" and went on tour together the following year. They welcomed twins Emme and Maximilian, now 13, in 2008.

But in July 2011, the two announced an "amicable" separation. Just a few months later, the first episode of their reality talent competition show "Q'Viva! The Chosen" premiered, during which People reported Lopez joked that her and Anthony's relationship was “very Sonny and Cher after the divorce."

Now, following a split with fiancé Alex Rodriguez earlier this year, Lopez has reignited another one of her famed 2000s relationships: Bennifer is back.

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Jennifer Aniston and Tate Donovan, 'Friends'

Tate Donovan and Jennifer Aniston
Tate Donovan and Jennifer Aniston

Tate Donovan recalled feeling like he was "sort of dying inside" playing Jennifer Aniston's love interest on "Friends" amid their real-life breakup in 1994.

“I was just happy to be on the team. The only bummer was Jennifer and I were breaking up at the time,” Donovan told Us Weekly in 2018. “And so that was tricky to sort of act, and act like we are just meeting each other, and falling in love, or whatever, interested in each other, when we’re sort of breaking up. That was just tough.”

The couple had dated for two years, but the relationship was coming to an end as Donovan was filming his arc as one of Rachel's personal shopping clients-turned-love interest on the hit sitcom.

“It was just six episodes. I mean, only because we were breaking up. We were like, ‘Hey, can we not keep doing this? ‘Cause this is really painful and tough,’” he told the magazine.

Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere, 'Heroes'

Hayden Panettiere, left, as Claire Bennet, and Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrelli in a scene from "Heroes."
Hayden Panettiere, left, as Claire Bennet, and Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrelli in a scene from "Heroes."

Milo Ventimiglia vowed he would "never do it again" when asked about dating a co-star after his high-profile relationship with fellow "Heroes" star Hayden Panettiere came to an end before the show did.

The two began dating in 2007 after meeting on the set of the NBC superhero drama, where they both held starring roles: Ventimiglia as hospice nurse Peter Petrelli and Panettiere as high school cheerleader Claire Bennet. They called it quits in 2009 but remained working together on the show for another year.

“There are things that happen to you in your life that shape who you are," he reflected to Mr. Porter in 2017. "Everything I’ve been through from jobs to friendships to partnerships, everything has built me to who I am. You learn from it. You learn a better way of doing things. It wasn’t until my mid to late twenties that the job wears on you, relationships wear on you. But I wouldn’t change a thing. When you get knocked over the head in life, it builds your perspective.”

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Kissing Booth 3': Joey King, Jacob Elordi, more exes working together