Joe & Sophie, Tom & Gisele and More Celeb Couples Who Shared Their Cute First Date Stories
Joe & Sophie
Sophie Turner thought that her husband Joe Jonas was going to be a catfish when she agreed to meet with him for the first time.
Turner told Elle that she was told twice (once by a movie producer and another time by Jonas' agent) that she would get along with her now-husband before agreeing to a date. Jonas then messaged her on Instagram asking if she'd want to meet while he was in London.
Turner said, “I expected him to show up with security and everything. I thought, ‘He’s gonna be such a d---.’ I brought all my guy friends to come with me to meet him, because in the back of my mind I still worried that he could be a catfish—or I don’t know what. I just wanted my guy friends with me. I had my rugby boys. I was safe.”
The pair met for the first time in a "local sh---- bar, dirty, with great music and people throwing up everywhere. It was that kind of place. Kind of like the worst, but also kind of the best."
Turns out, Jonas wasn't a catfish! In fact, the pair hit it off immediately. “He didn’t bring security. He brought a friend, and they drank just as hard as the rest of us. I remember the two of us spending only a couple of minutes on the dance floor, and then we just found a space far in the corner and we just talked. We talked for hours, and hours, and hours. And I was, like, not bored. It wasn’t contrived. It wasn’t small talk—it was just so easy. And soon we were, like, inseparable. I went on tour with him.”
The pair got engaged one year later, and married in Las Vegas, Nevada in May 2019. They followed up the impromptu vows with a wedding in France in July 2019.
Dylan & Barbara
The couple got adorably candid about their first date in a video for Vogue.
Sprouse poked fun at Palvin for being "not the best" at sharing food, citing their very first meal together as an example. "On our first date, the first night, you bit into — in a single bite, you ate a third of my burrito," he said. "And then you asked me to kiss you. That was our first kiss! After you horked down one-third of my burrito."
According to the model, she had no choice but to go in for the kiss after Sprouse procrastinated on getting physical. "Because It was already, what, like 3 a.m.? I had to take control because you wouldn't kiss me," she said. "And we'd been talking and texting for four months. I was like, 'Are you going to kiss me or what?'"
Vanessa & Michael
The Chicago White Sox player took the Riverdale actress on a cruise tour of the city's architecture for their first outing. "It was so beautiful. Michael planned it," Morgan said while playing a "Newlywed Game" for Kopech's MLB team following their January 2020 wedding.
"Our first date was actually the first time we met," she added.
"Which is kind of strange, but yeah, it's how Instagram works," Kopech joked.
Steph & Ayesha
The cookbook author and her NBA champion husband began their relationship as teen sweethearts. "We actually did have our first date down on Hollywood Boulevard. I picked him up in my '98 Astro van," she said on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
"He did have on 3XL shorts, so that’s a sign of the times. It was our first official date," Curry continued, adding that their itinerary included a trip to famed wax museum Madame Tussauds. "Listen, we were 18 and 19 so if that, like, clarifies anything ... And we got chai tea lattes."
Sarah & Wells
“That first date was a real trial by fire because I told him about everything that was happening,” Hyland told PEOPLE in September 2019.
The Modern Family actress met Adams just three days before she underwent a second kidney transplant in September 2017, following a lifelong battle with kidney dysplasia.
“Yeah, and the next night you told me even more,” the Bachelorette alum added.
Although the news may have seemed like a lot to process at the start of a new relationship, Adams said that wasn’t the way he saw things.
“I know it seems like this huge thing, but it didn’t feel like that,” said Adams. “The way I always thought of it was, there’s going to be times in my life where I’m going to need to lean on her and so this was just a time I was there for her.”
Gisele & Tom
Bündchen was instantly smitten after being set up on a blind date with the Patriots quarterback. "It was a funny story — because for some reason everybody thought they needed to, like, find me a boyfriend, so it was my third blind date," she said on The Tonight Show. After a pair of unsuccessful outings, the model made sure she could make a quick exit during her meeting with Brady if necessary. "The third blind date was actually Tom, and I was like, 'That's it. I'm not going on anymore blind dates. Let's meet for a drink,' because you know, a drink can take three minutes or two hours," she said. Obviously, Bündchen decided to stick around, and she has now been married to Brady for nine years. "You know, when I saw those kind eyes, I literally fell in love, like, right away. I was like, 'What?' He was just so — you know how sweet he is,'" she recalled.
Offset & Cardi
Offset invited his fellow rapper to join him at the 2017 Super Bowl after watching her impressive rise in the music industry. "I was like, 'Damn, I am on her!' I am like, 'S---, I like Cardi B!" he recalled in Rolling Stone. "That's a power move!" he added of his grand first date location pick.
Ellen & Portia
"We drove around in a car. Because we weren't supposed to be seen together," DeGeneres said of her date with her now-wife of ten years on BBC Radio 1xtra. "Everyone was saying, 'don't be seen' because she wasn't out yet … So we literally weren't allowed to go out and do stuff. We just drove around the neighborhood … It was cheaper than if she wanted to go to some fancy restaurant."
Zayn & Gigi
"We played it cool for like ten minutes, and then I was like 'You're really cute,'" Hadid said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show of her first date with the singer, which they went on after meeting at a birthday party a few years prior. "We connected really quickly. We kind of had the same sense of humor and just started sharing videos."
Seth & Lauren
The now-married couple's relationship got off to a very dangerous start. "The night of our first date, we went and played mini-golf and then got in a major car accident on a freeway," Miller Rogen shared on The Tonight Show. "A 16-year-old had stolen his dad's car and hit us, drove off, and we spun across three lanes of traffic. [Seth] totaled his car, my roommate had to come drive him home. And that was our first date." Luckily, things have since calmed down for the pair. "I feel very lucky every day," the director added of life with her actor husband.
Rachel & John
Rachael Ray and her husband John Cusimano have been have been happily married for over 12 years now—and it all started with one very late night. "We were out until 4 a.m.!," Ray told PEOPLE on set of The Rachael Ray Show as she recalled the night they met at a mutual friend's party. "He told me what he had made himself for dinner the night before, and I assumed that if you’re not a chef and you made what he told me he made, that he was gay. So I was going to set him up with a friend of mine—another handsome Italian man—and he said, 'Oh, I'm not gay!’ So we stayed out until 4 in the morning that really was our first date."
Kate & Danny
Kate Hudson and Danny Fujikawa celebrated their "first date anniversary" in December 2017, which prompted the actress to share what went down between the then-platonic pair the previous year. “A year ago today Danny took me on a hike and what I thought was just a hike with a family friend turned very quickly into an unexpected first date,” she captioned the post. “No moves were made on this first date. In fact, it took months for him to make a first move!”
Jennifer & Alex
Twelve years after first meeting at a baseball game, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez went on their first date at the Hotel Bel-Air after a chance encounter reconnected the pair.
“He was sitting there in his white shirt, very confident and manly, but then he was just so talkative!” Lopez, who announced her engagement to the athlete in March 2019, recalled to Vanity Fair. “I think he thought I was going to be this loud person, but I’m not. I just listen. So he’s talking, talking about his plans, about how he had just retired from baseball, about how he saw himself getting married again, all these things you wouldn’t normally talk about on a first date. I don’t know if he thought it was a date. I thought it was a date.”
George & Amal
In October 2013, George Clooney invited now-wife Amal to visit him in London where he was supervising the recording of the score for his 2014 directorial outing Monuments Men at Abbey Road Studios. The historic location proved to be a great location for the couple's first official date. "That was a good first date," Clooney recalled to The Hollywood Reporter.
Not only would the evening give the actor time to get to know the human rights lawyer better, it would also give him a chance to see how Amal would manage the onslaught of press attention in the future. "We went for dinner," he said. "[Amal] said, 'Let's go to this place.' It was one of those places that was incredibly hip and chic. And when we came out, there were 50 paparazzi there. But she handled it like a champ."
Travis & Kylie
The former couple discussed their non-date first date in their GQ cover story, revealing that their romance first started at Coachella with what the mag described as "a hang that went well." It went so well that Jenner decided to pack her bags and hop on his tour bus. "Coachella was one of the stops on his tour," she explained. "So he said, 'I'm going back on tour — what do we want to do about this?' Because we obviously liked each other. And I was like, 'I guess I'm going with you.'"
The pair remains co-parents to daughter Stormi Webster, 2.
Goldie & Kurt
Following a night of dancing at The Playboy Club on their first date, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn — who have been together since 1982 — both agreed that "the night wasn’t over yet," and wound up at a home the actress had recently purchased to renovate.
"We eventually found our way upstairs, looking around at imaginary furniture and we were in the imaginary bedroom, now, and we are realistically having sex," the actor recalled during an appearance on Harry, "when the police walked in because we had to break into the place to get in."
"That was our first date,” Russell said. "It was a lot of fun, I’ll tell you what. I can’t believe it was a long time ago."
Meghan & Daryl
Meghan Trainor and Daryl Sabara's first date consisted of bowling and karaoke with another couple — and concluded with a pretty memorable kiss. "He kissed me at the bowling alley," she revealed to Cosmopolitan. "I told my security to step outside 'cause I didn't want to be watched. LOL." The singer continued: "He was the best kisser ever. I know I'm really good at kissing, but I was shocked when he was."
Pete & Ariana
Davidson was beside himself with nerves when now-ex fiancé Grande invited him over for their first hangout, a post-Met Gala get-together at her house. "I had to ask her friend if it was okay if I stayed [when everyone else was leaving]. I was like, 'Hey, I should leave, right? She hates me, right?' And she was like, 'No, I think you should stay,'" Davidson said on The Howard Stern Show. After spending time with Grande one-on-one for awhile, he finally made his move: "I literally was like, 'Hi, can I kiss you, please?'"
Blake & Ryan
Sofia & Joe
Emily & John
After he worked up the courage to ask Blunt on a date, Krasinski, who was admittedly scared "to even say hi to her," took the actress to a (wait for it) shooting range. "I think that I was so sure that I would never end up with her because she'd be like, 'This is ridiculous. I can have anyone. Not you.' I was like, 'You know what? I'm going to blow it right away and then that way you don't feel bad.' "
Nikki & Ian
Reed and Somerhalder first began their whirlwind romance with workout dates and trips to farmers markets. However, they solidified their new love with a dinner date at Craig's in West Hollywood, which is decidedly less sweaty than the former.
Kristin & Jay
A 24-hour trip to Nashville served as one of Cavallari and Cutler's most memorable first dates. "It was the most fun I've ever had," she said. Now, raise your hand if you can say that about any of your recent first dates.
Aaron & Lauren
It all started at ... Coachella. Paul was smitten with the Kind Campaign co-founder at first sight, and things quickly escalated on their first date when Paul suggested they marry that same night. "The Little White Chapel ended up being closed," he said. "We probably would have gone through with it. It would have been a pretty funny story. But I'm happy we got married when we did – a year later."