24 Former Famous Couples Who Had To Continue Working Together After Their Break Up

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1.Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

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Olivia and Joshua met on the set of HSMTMTS, where they played love interests — Joshua even improvised the scene where his character professed his love for Olivia's character. The two were allegedly together until around the summer of 2020, when Joshua was spotted with Sabrina Carpenter, thus the beginning of the heartbreak that inspired Olivia's album Sour and her hit song, "Drivers License." They both still currently star on HSMTMTS together. Olivia is reportedly single and Joshua is still rumored to be dating Sabrina.

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2.Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse in Riverdale

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Lili and Cole met on the set of Riverdale and were first rumored to be dating back in 2017, right around the same time their onscreen characters got together. They finally called it quits in 2020, but currently still star as Betty and Jughead on Riverdale. Since the breakup, Cole has begun dating Ari Fournier and Lili is reportedly single.

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3.Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray in One Tree Hill

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Sophia and Chad got engaged shortly after One Tree Hill began airing on TV. They divorced after five months of marriage in 2006, and continued to work on OTH together until Chad left the series in 2009. Their characters even dated in Season 3, as their real-life breakup happened behind the scenes. Sophia told Andy Cohen, "For me, at the end of the day, my job is my priority, and so I think at the end of it, it really let me just let go of it." Sophia is currently engaged to Grant Hughes and Chad is married to and has kids with Sarah Roemer.

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4.Charles Melton and Camila Mendes in Riverdale

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Camila and Charles met on the set of Riverdale back in 2017 and didn't start dating until 2018. The two split up in 2019 and are currently still starring on the series. Both Camila and Charles are reportedly single.

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5.Milo Ventimiglia and Alexis Bledel in Gilmore Girls and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

A side by side of Alexis Bledel and Milo Ventimiglia starring in Gilmore Girls and them as a real-life couple dressed in black attire at an event

Alexis and Milo met on set of Gilmore Girls and dated for about four years before calling it quits in 2006. Years later, they both reprised their roles in the revival series Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, and even hinted at their characters getting back together. Alexis is currently married to Vincent Kartheiser and they have one child together. Milo is reportedly single.

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6.Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline in Outer Banks

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Madelyn and Chase first met on set of Outer Banks and officially went public with their relationship during the summer of 2020. They announced their breakup officially in Nov. 2021, and are currently filming Season 3 of Outer Banks, where their characters are dating. Both Chase and Madelyn are reportedly single.

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7.Sabrina Carpenter and Griffin Gluck in Tall Girl 2

Sabrina Carpenter and Griffin Gluck in Tall Girl 2 and the couple in real-life dressed in black for an event

Griffin and Sabrina first met on set for Tall Girl and began dating shortly after. They were together up until around 2020, which was around the same time rumors about Sabrina's relationship with Joshua Bassett began surfacing. They both returned for the Tall Girl sequel, which came out this year. Sabrina is rumored to be dating Joshua Bassett and Griffin is reportedly single.

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8.Joey King and Jacob Elordi in The Kissing Booth 2 and The Kissing Booth 3

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Joey and Jacob first got together after meeting on set for the first Kissing Booth movie, but broke up in 2018, right before reprising their roles for the sequels. On the podcast, Mood With Lauren Elizabeth, Joey shared, "I'm a fan with how [the film] resonated with the world, it resonated with me. So going back and doing that and making the sacrifice of what, obviously, everyone is thinking about — outwardly addressing, but what I'm kind of on the sly addressing, making those sacrifices was totally worth it." Joey is currently engaged to Steven Piet, and Jacob has most recently been spotted with Olivia Jade.

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9.Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere in Heroes

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Hayden and Milo met on the set of Heroes and dated from 2007 to 2009. The two remained on the show until its finale in 2010. When asked about what it was like to date his co-star, Milo told Mr. Porter, "Never do it again. There are things that happen to you in your life that shape who you are. 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.” Currently, both Milo and Hayden are reportedly single.

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10.Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan in Alias

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Jennifer and Michael dated for about six months back in 2003, while they were starring on Alias together. After they broke up, they continued to work on the show together. Jennifer's real-life pregnancy in 2005 was written into the show as their characters prepared to have a baby of their own. Jennifer is currently dating John Miller while Michael is reportedly single.

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11.Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder in The Vampire Diaries

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Nina and Ian began dating in 2010 until their public breakup in 2013. However, their characters remained a couple on the series and even ended up together, despite Nina's exit (and eventual return) from the show in Season 8. They're both still friends in real life and when asked about their breakup, Nina told Andy Cohen, "Why can't everyone be friends? I think they have a beautiful baby, and they are happy and so am I. What's bad about that? I don't see any problem with that." Nina is currently dating Shaun White, and Ian is married to and has one child with Nikki Reed.

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12.Sarah Paulson and Cherry Jones in New Year's Eve

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Sarah and Cherry first confirmed their relationship in 2005, after Sarah kissed Cherry at the Tony Awards. Sarah shared, "She won a Tony Award, I kissed her, and all of a sudden I was outed. I didn't really think about it in that way at the time — I was just doing what one would do when a person they love has just won a big fat acting prize. What am I gonna do, pat her on the back and say 'good job, dude?' It didn't occur to me to do anything but what I did." They split in 2009, just two years before working together on New Year's Eve. Sarah is currently with Holland Taylor and Cherry is married to Sophie Huber.

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13.Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter in Dexter

Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter in Dexter: New Blood and as a real-life couple at an event

Michael and Jennifer first met on the set of Dexter but didn't start dating until the show's second season. The two got married in 2008 and divorced in 2011, but continued to star as siblings on the show until the series finale in 2013. They both also returned in their roles for the 2021 series Dexter: New Blood. Jennifer is currently married to Seth Avett and they have one child. Michael is married to Morgan MacGregor.

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14.Zendaya and Jacob Elordi in Euphoria

Zendaya and Jacob Elordi in Euphoria and as a real-life couple at an event

Jacob and Zendaya met on the set of Euphoria back in 2018 and dating rumors between them began to rise as soon as the series debuted a year later. The two never publically confirmed their relationship, however, they were spotted on vacation and on a date back in 2020. By Sept. 2020, the two had broken up but continued to star on Euphoria together. Zendaya is currently dating Tom Holland and Jacob has most recently been rumored to have been dating Olivia Jade.

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15.Jennifer Lawrence and Nicolas Hoult in the X-Men movies:

Jennifer Lawrence and Nicolas Hoult about to kiss in X-Men and siting side by side as a real-life couple

Jennifer and Nicholas met on the set of X-Men: First Class back in 2010 and dated until 2014, when X-Men: Days of Future Past wrapped. They've had to continue working together for X-Men: Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix. Jennifer is married to Cooke Maroney and reportedly gave birth to their first child together. Nicholas is with Bryana Holly and they have one child together.

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16.Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody in The O.C.

Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody in The O.C and as a real-life couple

Rachel and Adam dated from 2003 to 2006 and continued to play their characters on The O.C. until the show wrapped a year later. Rachel told Nylon, “It was definitely a unique experience, and I don’t think anyone else could have really understood it had they not been in it, so for that reason, it was super helpful and supportive, and I have total gratitude for the whole experience.” Adam is currently married to Leighton Meester and they have one child together. Rachel is reportedly single and has one child with Hayden Christiensen.

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17.Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and casually hanging out as a real-life couple

Amanda and Dominic met on the Mamma Mia set and dated from 2007 to 2011. They both returned to play their roles in the sequel — their characters still happily together. Dominic told Entertainment Tonight, "It was always going to be okay. You just have to be delicate with those situations." Currently, Amanda is married to Thomas Sadoski and they have two children together. Dominic has been dating Gemma Chan since 2018.

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18.Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony in Q’Viva! The Chosen

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony in Q’Viva! The Chosen and as a real-life couple at an event

Jennifer and Marc first met in 1998 and dated briefly, but both ended up in relationships with other people. After rekindling their romance, they got married in 2004 and had their twins in 2008. The two split in 2011, and months later, they reconnected to work on their show, Q’Viva! The Chosen. Jennifer even shared their relationship was "very Sonny and Cher after the divorce." Jennifer is currently dating Ben Affleck and Marc Anthony is dating Madu Nicola.

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19.Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan in Twin Peaks: The Return

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan in Twin Peaks: The Return and hanging out as a real-life couple

Laura and Kyle dated from 1985 to 1989 after meeting on the set of Blue Velvet. Three decades later, they reunited for the Twin Peaks reboot, where they played love interests. Kyle joked with Ellen Degeneres that doing the sex scene was like "Okay, here we go. Welcome back, 25 years later!" Currently, Kyle is married to Desiree Gruber and they have a child together. Laura is married to Ben Harper and they have two children together.

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20.Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison in Glee

Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison sitting in the theater in Glee and as a real-life couple at an awards show

In her book, Brunette Ambition, Lea shared that she and Matthew dated "for a Broadway beat" before starring on Glee together. On the series, she played a student who had a brief, but intense, crush on Matthew's character. Lea is currently married to Zandy Reich and they have one child together. Matthew is currently married to Renee Puente and they also have one child together.

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21.Blake Lively and Penn Badgley in Gossip Girl

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Blake and Penn dated from 2007 to 2010 but continued to play Serena and Dan until the series ended two years later — their characters even ended up together. Blake told Elle, "I remember there was one point where we were just afraid of how our personal lives overlapping our work life could be perceived by our bosses...[But then] we were like, ‘Oh no, that’s exactly what they want.’ They wanted us all to date...because then it fed their whole narrative." Blake is currently married to Ryan Reynolds and they have three kids. Penn is currently married to Domino Kirke and they also have a child together.

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22.Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake in Bad Teacher

Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake as teachers in Bad Teacher and as a real-life couple at an event

Cameron and Justin first began dating in 2003 after meeting at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. They broke up in 2007 but were reunited on the set of Bad Teacher, which premiered in 2011. Cameron told Us Weekly, "Justin and I have always had a good laugh together, and to make a movie where we get to have a laugh together, and there really was no one else who was more perfect for this part." Cameron is currently married to Benji Madden, they have one child together. Justin is married to Jessica Biel, they have two children together.

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23.Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper in The Guardians of the Galaxy movies

Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper in The Guardians of the Galaxy movies and at an event together as a real-life couple

Zoe and Bradley dated for about a year before calling it quits in 2012. They've since worked on two Guardians of the Galaxy movies, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. Plus ,they're both set to appear in the third Guardians movie as well. Zoe is currently married to Marco Perego Saldana and they have three kids together. Bradley is reportedly single and has one child with Irina Shayk.

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24.And Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki in The Big Bang Theory

Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki sharing a scene in The Big Bang Theory and hugging each other as a real-life couple

Kaley and Johnny secretly dated from 2007 to 2009, during the run of The Big Bang Theory, and their characters were together on the show. On Armchair Expert she shared, "Luckily, Johnny and I came out of it so brilliantly, and we’re closer today than we ever were." Johnny is currently married to Alaina Meyer and they have one child together. Kaley is reportedly single.

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