16 On-Screen Couples We Always Wished Were a Thing IRL

Caroline Olney | Nov 21, 2016 Celebrities
16 On-Screen Couples We Always Wished Were a Thing IRL
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Every now and then, we'll see a couple on screen that has SUCH good chemistry, we can't help but wish they were a couple in real life. (Like Han Solo and Princess Leia, for example). And then eeeeevery now and then, that couple (or one-half of the duo) will speak up years after the movie or show is finished and admit that they really were a couple IRL -- or at least had something going on. (Like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, for example.) And then we get really excited, because of course.

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We can't help but be a little nosy. We love the gossip and the drama of a good celebrity fling. But the truth is that many of our OTP (or One True Pair, as the kids say) are just works of our overzealous fangirl minds. Though, who can blame us, wouldn't it be incredible if Ross and Rachel had dated IRL? And now that Carrie Fischer confirmed that she and Harrison Ford were doing the dirty on the set of Star Wars, it has gotten our twisted minds wondering who else had something to hide while shooting on location. 

And in honor of our favorite movie couple (Carrie and Harrison) turned one-time IRL fling, here are 16 other on-screen romances we wish were a thing in the real world. The chemistry is just so good, we can't help but dream!

  • David Schwimmer & Jennifer Aniston


    We humbly believe that Monica and Chandler were the best couple Friends ever saw, but if we're talking straight chemistry, there's no doubt that David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston were it. They may have spent more time fighting than they did actually dating, but they had that something throughout it all that made us believe David and Jen could have made it in real life.

  • Jake Gyllenhaal & Heath Ledger


    Let's not even pretend for a second that the chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain isn't some of the best we've ever seen. Both actors are (or in the case of Heath, who died in 2008, were) straight, but in a sense, that makes their performances as Jack and Ennis even more incredible. And it makes us want a Jake/Heath relationship even more.

  • Gina Rodriguez & Justin Baldoni


    In Jane the Virgin (which, by the way, is fantastic and if you're not watching it, you should be), Gina Rodriguez's character, Jane Villanueva, is in and out of a relationship with Justin Baldoni's Raphael. Though at this point it seems like Jane is officially with the other guy in her life, we still have hope that Gina and Justin's chemistry could translate to a real-world relationship. How could you deny that cuteness?

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  • Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling


    As a whole, Crazy, Stupid, Love was really only okay. But Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling's relationship as Hannah and Jacob was really, really good -- whatever was going on between these two on set seems like it'd be something that'd go beyond, right ...? Anyway, sorry, Notebook fans -- we'd take an IRL Emma/Ryan relationship way before a Rachel/Ryan one. (And yes, we know that Rachel and Ryan did actually date for two years after The Notebook, but our preference still stands.) On a related note: Their chemistry was so good that in 2013, they were once again cast as a couple in Gangster Squad, and next up, you can see them together again in La La Land.

  • Sanaa Lathan & Taye Diggs


    To be fair, Taye Diggs has good chemistry with everybody. But his on-screen relationship with Sanaa Lathan in Brown Sugar was something special, even for him. Dre and Syd had one of those relationships that we knew would happen for them waaaay before they figured it out, and a small part of us is hoping this same sitch could play out between the actors, too.

  • Carrie Fisher & Harrison Ford


    Princess Leia and Han Solo's love-hate-it's-actually-love relationship from Star Wars (movies IV through VII) is famous, and we all kinda had a hunch something was going on between Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford while the first three movies were filming. It took Carrie 40 years to admit it, but in 2016 she finally opened up about the affair she and Harrison had back in the '70s. (Can we say we told you so??)

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  • Mike Colter & Krysten Ritter


    Whether they're fighting or, you know, not, the pull between Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter in Jessica Jones is hard to ignore. We're very willing to forget the fact that Mike Colter is married in real life -- next to Krysten's Jessica Jones, Mike's Luke Cage is good enough to do that to us. And, yeah, we're still mad at Marvel for not giving us more of these two in 2016's Luke Cage.

  • Jennifer Grey & Patrick Swayze


    Maybe it's the dancing or maybe it's the music, but it's really hard to deny the chemistry between Baby and Johnny in Dirty Dancing. It's also really hard for us to deny how much we wish this had happened in real life. Funnily enough, Jennifer Grey told Glamour in 2015 that she didn't recognize what she and Patrick had right away: "He came in [to test] along with a bunch of other guys. I didn't think we had chemistry .... It doesn't have to do with whether you like someone or not. It's just you either have it or you don't."

  • Caitriona Balfe & Sam Heughan


    Yeah, dude. We're just going to go ahead and give them the title of TV's Sexiest Couple for their roles as Claire and Jamie on Outlander, and they didn't get that title just because they're both insanely beautiful. They got it because they just work together, and, to be honest, we can't look at these two interact on or off screen without assuming there's something going on between them.

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  • Keanu Reeves & Sandra Bullock


    We first fell in love with them as Jack and Annie in 1994's Speed. Then they reunited in 2006 for The Lake House. And all this time, we've been obsessed with how beyond adorable they are, and what a flawless chemistry they have. Did something ever happen with them in real life? Or will something ever...? PLEASE, UNIVERSE, make this happen!

  • Jenna Fischer & John Krasinki


    After watching nine seasons of Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski building a perfect relationship as Jim and Pam on The Office, learning that both were happily married to other people in real life was not only shocking, but honestly heartbreaking. Still, it doesn't take away from the insane chemistry that they have together -- these are two people who just know how to be together, and that is an incredible thing to watch.

  • Lori Loughlin & John Stamos


    Everyone who was in and around the Tanner household in Full House had good chemistry, but Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky stood out from the beginning. They maybe could have actually happened in real life, too -- they both always said the timing was never right for them, but in 2013 John Stamos told HuffPost Live that Lori could have been "the one who got away."

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  • Danielle Brooks & Samira Wiley


    On Orange Is the New Black, Poussey (Samira Wiley) and Taystee (Danielle Brooks) never become a thing because, much to Poussey's dismay, Taystee isn't really interested in girls. But the chemistry that they have as best friends is as incredible and satisfying as it'd be if they were a couple, and thanks to that, we find it pretty easy to dream up a world where these two date in real life.

  • Kristen Wiig & Chris O'Dowd


    Since Bridesmaids was mostly about the ladies (not that we're complaining), Kristen Wiig and Chris O'Dowd's Annie and Rhodes didn't get as much of a moment as they deserved. But the little we saw of them was stellar -- and it did a lot to convince us that their bond goes way beyond the borders of the set.

  • Tony Leung & Maggie Cheung


    Just for fun, here's a curveball: In the quietly amazing and (with the risk of sounding really pretentious, we'll say it) underrated 2000 film In the Mood for Love, Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung play neighbors who slowly fall in love with each other as their spouses strike up an affair, again, with each other. Tony and Maggie's relationship is careful and restrained, so it's really the chemistry between these two that sells the story and convinces us they're perfect for each other on (and off) the screen.

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  • Matthew McConaughey & Kate Hudson


    Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson's characters spent a lot of time torturing each other in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, so the fact that they stayed together at the end of the movie was made believable by how sure we were that they liked each other. And we were sure of that, of course, because of the insane chemistry between them. There were a couple of years after this movie came out where both Matthew and Kate were single (incidentally right around the time their other movie together, Fool's Gold, was released) so maaaybe something happened with them then. Maybe. Or maybe not. Yeah, we know. We'll keep dreaming.

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