17 Times Celebs Crushed on Other Celebs

These stars share the stories behind their celebrity crushes

01 of 17

Matthew McConaughey & Reese Witherspoon

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During a rapid Q&A segment on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, McConaughey revealed that he had a crush on Witherspoon when she was in the 1991 film, The Man in the Moon.

"I had a little bit of a crush on the young lady sitting to the left of me," McConaughey told host Ellen DeGeneres as he gestured at Witherspoon, his costar in the film Sing 2. "[Reese] was one of my early, early crushes and if you've seen the movie, you see! [It's] inevitable, what's not to have a crush on?"

As for Witherspoon's first celebrity crush? Jim Morrison — or, more specifically, Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison in the 1991 biopic, The Doors.

02 of 17

Dolly Parton & Jimmy Fallon

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The country music icon revealed her crush on the host of The Tonight Show during an interview with W Magazine.

"Well, I have a crush on Jimmy Fallon, but I'm big now, I can't excuse myself on that!" she said with a laugh, adding, "I think he is precious. He's so funny. We get along so good."

"Sometimes you never know who you're gonna connect with. I've always had good luck with late-night guys, you know? I always had a nice relationship with David Letterman and with Johnny Carson," continued Parton. "I guess there's something about that late-night people that kinda hits my fancy and I hit theirs somehow. I guess it's 'cause you feel like you can be more free late at night. You don't have to worry about what you say."

03 of 17

Jennifer Aniston & David Schwimmer

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He really is her lobster! Aniston and Schwimmer played love interests on Friends for an entire decade, so it's no wonder that the pair's on-screen chemistry was the result of an off-screen crush.

During HBO Max's Friends: The Reunion special, host James Corden asked the cast whether any of them engaged in off-screen romances with each other, and Schwimmer and Aniston had some swoon-worthy answers.

"I mean, the first season, I had a major crush on Jen. At some point, we were crushing hard on each other," Schwimmer admitted. "But it was like two ships passing, because one of us was always in a relationship and we never crossed that boundary. We respected that."

Aniston also brought up a conversation that the pair had about their first kiss. "Honestly, I remember saying one time to David, 'It's going to be such a bummer if the first time you and I actually kiss is going to be on national television. Sure enough, first time we kissed was in that coffee shop," she revealed.

The actress continued, "So we just channeled all of our adoration and love for each other into Ross and Rachel."

In a post-reunion interview with The Hollywood Reporter the show's creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, as well as executive producer-director Kevin Bright, were asked about whether they knew about the crush. Bright told the outlet, "It was a very hot topic on the set because the electricity between them in the scenes was like, 'Oh my God, they can't be acting that, there's got to be something!' Everybody was suspicious that something was going on."

04 of 17

Julianna Margulies & George Clooney

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Margulies revealed in her memoir, Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life, that she and Clooney had undeniable chemistry while acting on ER. The actress said their onscreen magic as a couple could not have happened if they didn't have a crush on each other.

"And with George and me, it was so organic," she continued, before adding that Clooney also became a mentor figure to her while on set. "I was just supposed to be a guest star, number 39 on the call sheet. But he treated everyone the same."

05 of 17

Anne Hathaway & Leonardo DiCaprio

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The Locked Down star played "Best, Worst or First" with Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and had to cop to her first celebrity crush.

"Leonardo DiCaprio, come on," Hathaway immediately said, later adding that her crush on Eddie Vedder was also "around the same time."

But when Fallon asked which era of DiCaprio she crushed on, Hathaway got the name of his '80s sitcom a little confused.

"He was on that show for a while, Who's the Boss?" Hathaway said at first before Fallon corrected her. "No, Growing Pains! I don't remember, I just remember being like, 'Hiii, who's that?!' "

06 of 17

Adam Rippon & Shawn Mendes

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Just days before he met Mendes at the 2018 Academy Awards, he admitted to Ellen DeGeneres during an appearance on her show that he had a crush on Harry Styles, but had since moved on to Jake Gyllenhaal — quickly mentioning he might have also developed a liking for Mendes.

"I was sleeping on Shawn Mendes — not with," he said with a sly smile. "I didn't realize how cute he was. I know Harry will be upset."

When the Olympian and singer crossed paths at the Oscars, the gold medalist couldn't help but snap a pic with his crush, posting the adorable photo on Twitter. "I planted the seed and I saw the harvest. He is cute, he is sweet, and the other guy is @ShawnMendes," Rippon tweeted, while in the photo he tilted his head toward Mendes as the singer smiled.

07 of 17

Mandy Moore & Shane West

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Teen girls everywhere fell in love with West after his dreamy performance in A Walk to Remember. And it turns out, the movie's other star, then 16-year-old Moore, was just as smitten as the rest of us.

She confessed her love for the "so cool" West in a reunion interview with Entertainment Weekly, saying that she was caught up in the experience of her character, Jamie, who falls for West's character, Landon, in the film.

"He was the character to me and there was definitely a part of me that absolutely fell in love with him," she said. "I don't know if I could discern the difference between him and the character at that point in time because, again, it was my first experience doing anything like this and I was a 16-year-old, impressionable girl." Can't say we blame her.

08 of 17

Bella Thorne & Kristen Stewart

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During a candid interview with Harper's Bazaar, Thorne opened up about her bisexuality and revealed she wanted to date a woman. As for which celeb caught her eye, the star was quick to name Kristen Stewart. "She's so hot," Thorne said. "She seems like the raddest chick, I'd be so down."

09 of 17

Dwayne Johnson & Rachel McAdams

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While PEOPLE's 2016 Sexiest Man Alive is very happy in his relationship with wife Lauren (they've been together since 2007 and have two daughters together), Johnson does have an innocent celebrity crush, just like the rest of us. After admitting that he's crushed on McAdams (and J. Lo!), the actor stopped himself. "Lauren is going to kill me!" he said jokingly. "It's not going to get me in trouble with Lauren because that's where I'm going to stop."

10 of 17

Lindsay Lohan & Harry Styles

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Can you imagine if 'Larry' was actually a thing? The Mean Girls actress told The Sun that she turned down Styles one night when he came to her hotel room at 2 a.m. and knocked on her door. "I didn't know it was him," she said. "He was in a suit. I said, 'Well, you're very good-looking – can I help you?' That was it."

11 of 17

Jimmy Fallon & Nicole Kidman

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In 2015, Kidman revealed that a friend had set her and Fallon up … but that the Tonight Show host hadn't realized it was a date. "And you wouldn't talk," she told him, years later on his show. "You wouldn't say anything, and then you put a video game on or something … and so after about an hour and a half, I thought, 'He has no interest, this is so embarrassing' … and then I was like, 'Maybe he's gay.'"

12 of 17

Christian Bale & Drew Barrymore


Bale revealed that he and Barrymore had gone on one date together. "We went to see some bloody awful horror film, and that was that end of it," he told GQ Australia. "She never called again."

13 of 17

Martha Stewart & Ryan Gosling


"I was into Ryan Gosling for quite a while," she told Entertainment Weekly in 2013. "I watched every one of his movies."

14 of 17

Emma Watson & Josh Hutcherson


We think they'd work together really well, tbh. "I love Emma Watson, I'm dying to meet her," he told MTV in 2013. Apparently, he even tried to reach out. "I tried to get my manager to call, like, 'Er, could you like call Emma's manager and see if we could like, meet or something?' " Unfortunately, it didn't work out. "It hasn't happened yet. One day, fingers crossed!" he said.

15 of 17

Terrell Owens & Jennifer Lopez


Not only is Lopez his celebrity crush, but Owens has actively tried to make it happen. "I've been trying to find her," he said in a 2015 interview. "If somebody can reach out to her and tell her I'm looking for [her]." As Owens surely knows now, the singer is engaged to longtime love Alex Rodriguez.

16 of 17

Diane Keaton & Channing Tatum


We are so Team Chiane. While the actress has never married, she has said she would marry Channing Tatum in a heartbeat. When Ellen DeGeneres informed her he was already married at that time, Keaton responded: "I'm sorry? Channing Tatum is actually married to someone else? Not me?"

17 of 17

Helen Mirren & Vin Diesel


On Late Night with Seth Meyers, Mirren talked about seeing Diesel give a speech, saying he was "so smart, and so funny, and so cool," adding, "I just sort of fell a little bit in love with him right there and then." And we know Diesel has a thing for her too, saying she should be in the Fast and Furious movies — "There are so many options!"

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