Celebrities Who Met on Blind Dates
For these couples, a blind date led to happily ever after
Kamala Harris & Doug Emhoff
The Democratic nominee for Vice President met her lawyer husband of six years on a blind date coordinated by a mutual friend. In her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris wrote that Emhoff left her a long-winded voicemail before meeting her, then panicked that he'd blown it before they even met. But he needn't have worried: they hit it off immediately and wed a year later.
“Blind date, love at first sight, marriage, family, and an incredible life together. Through it all, no matter what, she is ALWAYS there for me and our family without hesitation,” Emhoff wrote in a sweet birthday tribute to his wife on Twitter.
Thalía & Tommy Mottola
The singer and actress revealed in a preview of this week’s episode of Facebook Watch’s Latin Music Queens that she and her music industry executive husband (who was previously married to Mariah Carey) were originally set up by a pair of famous friends.
“I met him in New York City on a blind date by Gloria and Emilio Estefan,” she revealed of their 1998 meet-up.
Emilio remembered masterminding the plan: "I believe a lot in destiny. I told Tommy, ‘You have to meet this girl.' I told Thalia, ‘You have to meet this guy.' It's two people that are so important in my life because we share so many incredible moments and they're my family."
TOM BRADY & GISELE BÜNDCHEN
The power couple first hooked up through a mutual friend. "This friend told me he knew a girl version of me," Brady told Details in 2009. "And he said to me he’d found a boy version of me," added Bündchen. Once face-to-face, the pair knew their friend had been on to something. "I knew Tom was the one straightaway. I could see it in his eyes that he was a man with integrity who believes in the same things I do," the model told Vogue, recounting the story to Jimmy Fallon in late 2018.
PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE
A mutual friend is to thank for their royal romance! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex - now married, parents to baby Archie and residents of Santa Barbara - were introduced by a friend (rumored to be designer Misha Nonoo) when she was still filming Suits in Canada, and things rapidly progressed from there.
"It was definitely a set-up — it was a blind date," Harry said during the couple’s revealing interview. "It was a blind date for sure."
Markle added that she went in with one big question: "The only thing that I had asked her when said she wanted to set us up was – I had one question, I said, ‘Well, is he nice?’ Because if he wasn’t kind it just didn’t – it didn’t seem like it would make sense."
KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN & TRISTAN THOMPSON
Kardashian opened up about being set up with the NBA player last summer during the Keeping Up with the Kardashians 10-year anniversary special. "I was put on a blind date with Tristan and that's how [we met]," she shared. "Brandon Jennings, who is a basketball player and a friend of mine and Malika [Haqq]'s, was like, 'You're such a good girl, I want to introduce you to someone.' I was at the Bel-Air hotel, and [Tristan] came to the dinner. I didn't want to go on a blind date, so Brandon kind of ambushed the blind date. We just connected."
LAUREN CONRAD & WILLIAM TELL
CHRIS HEMSWORTH & ELSA PATAKY
The actors' mutual dialect coach knew they would be the perfect fit. "It was like a blind date," Pataky shared on the Spanish show El Hormiguero. "We had never seen each other before. It was our dialect coach, the person who helped us both with the accent. So, this lady started to talk to each other about each other. Finally, she insisted so much that I thought, 'Okay, let's meet.' We talked on the phone and we met." The duo went on to tie the knot in 2010.
LENA DUNHAM & JACK ANTONOFF
The former couple of five years were set up by Antonoff's sister and comedian Mike Birbiglia. "It was a blind date by modern standards. I mean, I used the internet," the musician told Vulture. "[On the date] I told Lena everything about my whole life, because when you really like someone, you want them to know everything about you."
SALMA HAYEK & FRANÇOIS–HENRI PINAULT
The actress didn't even know she was on a date when friends set her up with now-husband Pinault. "My first date with my husband started badly," Hayek said, according to Latina. "I didn’t know it was a date. I thought I was going to an event, and then there was one person at it. I was set up by friends to think I was going to an event, because they knew I wouldn't go on a date! I was angry. And he didn't know, because he thought I knew he was coming just to meet him. I started out really badly, but, as you can see, it ended happy."
CINDY CRAWFORD & RANDE GERBER
The supermodel's agent, Michael Gruber, happened to be a friend of Gerber's and suggested they pair up as dates for his wedding. "We decided to meet the night before and get to know each other," Gerber told PEOPLE. "I was surprised at how cool and down-to-earth she was." They wed in 1998 and have two kids.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS & ALI WENTWORTH
"We met on a blind date," Wentworth revealed The Tonight Show. "I had a birthday party, all girls, and everyone said, 'You know, you have to start dating, Ali.' And I said, 'You know what, I live in L.A., it's either agents or actors — I'm not interested … And one of them said, 'You should go out with my old boyfriend, George Stephanopoulos.' And I said, 'No, thank you.'" Luckily, the comedian eventually agreed to meet the journalist. "I came in, we sat down, we both ordered the crab salad. And, I'm telling you, by the end of lunch, [it was] done. We were engaged two months later. Married six months later," she said.