What do Hollywood sirens see in scruffy men? “They’re trying to reclaim that informal, off-camera part of themselves,” says sociologist and author Dr. Pepper Schwartz, a relationship expert. “They have to keep a certain image up. The guys thumb their noses at all that.” Still, these couples aren’t all that odd. “Want a real opposite?” asks Schwartz. “Find out how many are with car mechanics.”
JULIA ROBERTS & DANNY MODER
This is not Red Carpet Julia. “With Danny, her realness comes through,” a pal says of the couple (hauling dog food for black Lab Louie in Manhattan last November).
KATE HUDSON & CHRIS ROBINSON
Dress her up! Dress him down! Though their styles differ, “he makes me laugh every day,” Hudson has said.
CLAIRE DANES & BEN LEE
It’s true love for Danes and her cat in the hat. She has been with the Aussie guitar whiz for six years.
DREW BARRYMORE & FABRIZIO MORETTI
They mesh like church and state. Rocker Moretti must be the religious one—his pants are very holey.
LIV TYLER & ROYSTON LANGDON
The Lord of the Rings‘ queenly Tyler prefers to stand on fashion’s high ground. Her new husband’s (they married in March)
sense of style is more Middle Earth.
GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN
The difference between them was black-and-white at the May bat mitzvah of Sasha Spielberg (daughter of Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw) in Beverly Hills.