Hollywood Couples Open Up About Why They Love (or Hate) Working Together

From Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick to Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, see what actors have to say about being lovers and coworkers 

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Jared & Genevieve Padalecki

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"Being able to show her off to the cast and crew was awesome," Jared told PEOPLE of working with his wife in the CW reboot of the '90s series Walker.

Working together was how the parents of three met in 2008, when Genevieve had a guest-starring role on Padalecki's show Supernatural, which aired its series finale in 2020.

"She sacrificed so much while I was in Vancouver [shooting Supernatural]," says Padalecki of Genevieve, whom he wed in 2010. "She was home a lot with the kids, changing diapers and making lunches. So getting her back out with people with similar passions and interests was awesome to see. It's good to flex those muscles again!"

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Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick

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Parker and Broderick have been married for 22 years, so they've got the offscreen romance down. What will happen when they collaborate?

The talented couple will be taking their romance to the Broadway stage when they open a limited run of Neil Simon's classic play, Plaza Suite, initially delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic but coming soon.

The Sex and the City actress wrote of the opportunity to act alongside her hubby: "A classic American comedy. A legendary playwright. An actor whom I get to love onstage and off. 2 actors, 6 roles. Neil Simon's comedy about love, marriage, children and all the absurdity and heartbreak that can happen in room 719. Plaza Suite is back on Broadway. Starring Matthew Broderick and his wife."

She added, "I feel I've waited a lifetime."

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Penélope Cruz & Javier Barden

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The actors, who tied the knot in 2010, star opposite one another in the romance drama Loving Pablo. "I love working with him, but it's not something we want to do every year or every couple of years. Once in a while," Cruz told E! News at a screening of the film.

"It's easy, but at the same time, there's an extra challenge of going beyond the personal and diving into the fictional and it's scary because it forces you to go the extra step, but it also makes you grow as an actor," Bardem told reporters of working with Cruz on the movie. "It makes you work another set of mechanisms that perhaps with another actor or actress you wouldn't work the same way."

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Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher

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The Spy Who Dumped Me star revealed why she and her former That '70s Show costar/now-husband don't share the screen these days. "[It's] probably not going to happen," she said of doing a project with Kutcher on Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist. "I can't look at him and not be like 'What are you doing?' … No, it's weird. In a scene with him, I was like 'Oh, I see you acting.' Like, I can catch it … and he looked at me and was like 'What's that face you make?' and I was like 'We can't do this.' We can't be together in a scene."

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Seth Rogen & Lauren Miller Rogen


Miller Rogen is the writer-director of the Netflix comedy Like Father. "You would think it would be easy for me to get cast in the film because of that — it wasn't," her husband revealed on The Tonight Show. "The role was for, like, a Canadian man in his mid-30s and I read the script and I was like, 'Perfect.' And then my wife is like, 'So I'm starting auditions next week.' And then she would just keep showing me these auditions of all these guys. She's like, 'This guy is handsome, what do you think of this guy?'" Rogen finally admitted he wanted the role, but his wife wasn't thrilled by the prospect. "She was like, 'I don't know … The character isn't like you,'" he said. "I eventually talked her into letting me do it."

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John Krasinski & Emily Blunt

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Krasinski acted alongside and directed his wife of almost eight years in A Quiet Place and its equally successful sequel. According to him, the experience only made their relationship grow stronger. "I never have loved my wife more than after we did this movie," he told PEOPLE. "For me, it was a trust thing. We trust each other in day-to-day life for sure, but when you trust each other in this way it's different."

"We were really honest with each other from the beginning. By the time we were shooting, it was just the best," the actor added, joking that they could have been "announcing our divorce right now if it did go the wrong way."

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Dave Franco & Alison Brie

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The real-life spouses portray a boyfriend-and-girlfriend pair in The Disaster Artist, and have worked together on numerous projects in the past."[It was] really fun," Franco told HelloGiggles about working with his wife on the film. "We've worked together a few times as of late. It's just easy working with family and with friends, because you feel comfortable with one another, and that's so important as an actor. That makes me more open to taking risks and trying things that I wouldn't on a set where I felt insecure. It just really opens me up and makes me my best self."

"It's so nice to work with your person, to be on set with someone who is the person you feel the most comfortable with in the world," agreed Brie when she later talked to the outlet. "It's a really great feeling, especially to be intimate with them on set or to have romantic or kissing scenes with that person. It's delightfully easy. He just makes a great point and he and I talk about this all time. We do really love working with each other."

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Chris Hemsworth & Elsa Pataky

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The actors, who married in 2010, starred opposite each other in the war drama 12 Strong. "It was fantastic," Hemsworth told ET of filming with his wife in New Mexico. "It felt like a little holiday, you know? Because the kids stayed in L.A. and Elsa and I got to go to Albuquerque for a week and kind of work together and hang out. You have kids and all the sudden that's everything — so that period for us was a great opportunity to just kind of hang out and work together. And we didn't have to do much rehearsing as far as playing husband and wife."

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Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys

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The couple starred together on The Americans for six seasons. "Last year, when I directed my first episode and directed Keri for the first time, she was pregnant, so I was very cautious in my approach, and I mean that purely physically," Rhys recalled during FX's Television Critics Association press day.

"It's great," added Russell about working with her partner. "Obviously, working with anyone any amount of years this closely, there is such an incredible shorthand and you kind of know what the other is thinking before they think it. I have always and still do respect Matthew's work on the show so much. He's so fun to work with as an actor, so as a director, it's good ... I have to say, even when he's not directing, which is why I thought it was such a great idea for him to direct, he's always problem-solving and making things better and blocking lines or coming up with ideas, so I thought it was a really good, natural thing for him to do."

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Bryan Greenberg & Jamie Chung

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Chung told PEOPLE that she and her then-fiancé immediately felt connected to the Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong script when they first read it together. "We were like, wow, this is kind of similar to how we met in real life," she revealed about the 2015 movie they starred in together. "Because it's all about missed opportunities and just right timing, right? So you meet somebody who really piques your interest, but you're in a relationship and so you put things off and then you run into each other again."

Greenburg also opened up about working with Chung to Entertainment Tonight. "It was fun! She's such a great actress," he said of filming. "We help each other all the time with auditions and stuff. So I'm used to it. I don't know, she might have been a little more freaked out than I was. I was really into it. She suggested that we get separate hotel rooms when we shoot just to build the chemistry, which annoyed me but I think it worked."

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Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas

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The Once Upon A Time star told HelloGiggles that falling in love with now-wife Goodwin during the show's first season was "magical." "On and off screen it was magical," Dallas shared. "And I think, particularly the first season, [it] had that kind of quality to it, and it was really exciting to play that couple Snow White and Charming, that couple that has that pure love, that real pure love from the start ... I can remember now when we were shooting the pilot, when we were shooting that scene where [Charming] rides up on the horse and [Snow's] asleep in the coffin and surrounded by the dwarfs, and for all he knows, [she's] dead. He goes to kiss her and she wakes up, and I remember it had started to snow when we were there, and it seemed so symbolic and magical."

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Stephen Moyer & Anna Paquin

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Moyer directed and acted alongside Paquin in some very steamy True Blood scenes. "It's not as awkward as you would think," Paquin told Entertainment Weekly about filming sex scenes with other actors in front of her husband. "If you were to picture the perfect day at work for your spouse, would that be it? Probably not, but this is just kind of how it's always been. So it doesn't feel as bizarre."

Moyer was equally chill about the experience. "There are moments where I'll be watching the monitor [and say] 'Oh, Joe [Manganiello], just move your hand up towards Anna's breast. And can you move your thumb just a little bit towards her nipple? Great.' And then I'll go 'Babe, babe, enjoy it.' I'm certainly talking to her as 'babe.' 'Darling, go for it, yeah, feel the nipple," he said.

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Dax Shepard & Kristen Bell

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Shepard and Bell teamed up to voice characters on the children's series Terrific Trucks. The actor told PEOPLE that working together is one of their "favorite ways to spend time together." "Mainly I'm jealous of my wife's outstanding voiceover career and I'm really trying to bite at her heels. That's the one thing she's really got me on — well, there's a few things, but that's certainly one of them," he jokingly added.

As for Bell, the project was definitely a mix of work and play. "I love working with my husband, I do it whenever I can," she said. "But I rarely work in a playing field where I have a leg up over him, because he's a really good writer/director/actor, and I'm just a decent actor. I'm a passable actor. So it was great to see him be a little hesitant and look to me and be like: 'Did I do that right?' … It was nice to see his confidence waver ever so slightly to remind me that he's human and not perfect and good at everything!"

Their latest project is the NBC summer TV series Family Game Fight.

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