Hollywood's Cutest Couples Reveal How They First Met
Henry & Liv Lo
The Last Christmas actor loves a woman who takes charge, and that's exactly what his wife, Liv Lo, did on the night that they met.
He said of the meet-cute, "It was one of those old-fashioned stories," none of this swiping left and right the Goldings! "We were in a club on New Year's Eve," Golding told Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. "And I saw her from afar and she was like, this wild cat. I was kind of just getting over my hangover from the day previous and I was like, 'I have no time nor energy on getting to know this girl.' "
But Liv didn't care about his hangover and instead approached him as he was heading to the bathroom, Henry said. "She just steps in my way, and she's like, 'Why haven't you said hello to me yet?! I'm leaving tomorrow and you're never gonna see me again. What're you gonna do about it?' "
The pair met up the next day for brunch and immediately started their relationship. "It's hot when a girl takes you pretty much by the collar," Henry said.
CHRIS & KATHERINE
Newlyweds Pratt and Schwarzenegger met in a place that means a lot to them both individually and as a couple. Pratt said of their meeting, "We met at church! There’s a lot of kismet, a lot of connections, but that is where we met." The couple — who got engaged after seven months of dating and tied the knot in June 2019 — are frequently seen attending Sunday services together.
KATY & ORLANDO
“In-N-Out plays a big role in my life,” Perry joked during a February 2019 interview about her relationship with Bloom on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “We bonded over an In-N-Out burger about three years [ago] at the Golden Globes. He stole one off of my table … he took it and I was like, ‘Wait! Who — oh, you’re so hot. Fine, take it.' "
“And then I saw him at a party and I was like, ‘How are those onions resting on your molars?’ He’s like, ‘I like you.’ And then, you know, cut to,” Perry said, showing off her engagement ring.
GINA & JOE
Rodriguez fell for LoCicero on the Jane the Virgin set — during a particularly racy moment.
“He came on as a stripper that my mother hired for my bachelorette party. Jane is, like, super against it and super terrified and just, like, doesn’t know what to do with all that. But Gina does," she joked on The Tonight Show. “He’s like a walking Photoshop. Like, perfection. It’s so terrifying. I think I was, like, drooling and trying to remember my lines at that moment.”
“Jane gave me a lot of things," she added. "Not only an amazing life and a dream come true, but ... my love — the love of my life.”
JAMES & JULIA
For Corden, it was love at first sight when he met wife Carey. Corden's friend Dominic Cooper introduced the two at a Save the Children event — where Carey was working at the time — and the chemistry was instant.
"I said, 'Hi, Jules. You might be the most beautiful woman in the world,' " Corden recalled to PEOPLE Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle. "She said, 'Well, thank you very much. That sounds like something you say a lot.' And I said, 'I’ve never said it before in my life.' That was it. That was it, really. I was in. And by an absolute miracle, so was she," he said.
"We sat and we very jokingly kind of planned the rest of our lives together, an hour and a half after we met," he revealed. "I remember saying to her, 'Well, what about on Friday we could do nothing together? ... And if our evenings are enough of nothing, then maybe this would be come something,' " he said. "And she said, 'That sounds like a fun idea.' "
Corden and Carey went on to tie the knot in 2012 and now share son Max and daughters Charlotte and Carey.
KATIE & JOHN
Couric may have liked husband Molner right away — but it took him a beat to call her the first time. "In 2012 I was single again and I asked a friend of mine, Molly, whose husband is a trauma surgeon, if her husband knew any other doctors because I thought I’d like to go out with a doctor,” Couric told PEOPLE's Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle. "And so she thought about it and she said, ‘We don’t really know a doctor, but we do know this banker named John Molner.’ And I said, ‘Does he have a pulse?’ ”
When Molner never called her, Couric asked her friend about him again, and “finally, after much badgering,” he rang. "He finally asked me out, we met at a restaurant and what can I say?” Couric recalled. “He had me at hello.”
JENNIFER & ALEX
Despite embarking on a red-hot romance after reconnecting in early 2017, Lopez and Rodriguez actually met 12 years prior, at a baseball game, while the singer was still married to ex Marc Anthony. But it took Lopez tapping Rodriguez on the shoulder during a chance encounter in Beverly Hills for the pair to jumpstart their relationship.
The athlete was searching for his lost car in a parking lot when Lopez made her move. “I turn around, and I do not recognize this person,” he explained on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “And it’s Jennifer, but she’s dressed up as Harlee from Shades of Blue … And it took me about four or five seconds. And she said, ‘It’s Jennifer! It’s Jennifer!’ I go, ‘Oh my God, Jennifer, you look beautiful.’ I was so embarrassed and then I got a little nervous, and I’m like, ‘This is so goofy.’ We all know who Jennifer is and she’s everywhere.”
Once everyone was properly identified, Lopez reminded him he had her number and said to reach out — which he promptly did that night.
“It was just one of those things where you feel compelled to do something you wouldn’t normally do,” Lopez recalled in the pair’s December 2017 Vanity Fair cover story. “I almost yelled out ‘Alex,’ but I am the shyest person when it comes to things like that.”
ANGELA & COURTNEY
In a sit-down interview with PEOPLE for The Jess Cagle Interview, Bassett revealed she met her now-husband, fellow actor Vance, in drama school — when he had a girlfriend.
"He had a beautiful, beautiful girlfriend at the time, who was also in drama school with us,” Bassett recalled. "So maybe about 14 years later, our paths crossed here in Los Angeles. And I was single, he was single. And I had such an appreciation for him over those years — of his consistency, how he treated other people, of what a supporter he is, what a connector of people and ideas he is, how passionate he is."
SARAH & WELLS
The couple has been going hot and heavy since they took their relationship public over Halloween 2017. And according to Modern Family star Hyland, it’s all thanks to a direct message Bachelor in Paradise alum Adams sent her on social media after exchanging flirty tweets.
"Have you seen those memes of 'Slide into the DMs?' That. He slid into my DMs," Hyland revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
HUGH & DEB
After more than two decades of marriage, Jackman can still remember the day he met his wife Furness like it was yesterday. At the time, The Greatest Showman star, was in his early 20s and had just booked his first acting gig on the Australian TV series Correlli, which Furness, 13 years his senior, was starring in.
"Deb, she was a big star. I get picked up, and Deb is in the front seat of the car. I’ll never forget," Jackman recalled to PEOPLE. "She took off her seatbelt and she turned around and put out her hand and took off her sunglasses and said, ‘Hi, I’m Deborra-lee Furness, nice to meet you.’ I remember thinking, ‘I like this girl.' "
HARRY & MEGHAN
Prince Harry and Markle have a mutual friend to thank for their royal romance! The couple revealed that they were set up on a blind date in the summer of 2016 and knew very little about each other before they met. "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."
MANDY & TAYLOR
Mandy Moore has Instagram to thank for meeting, dating and ultimately marrying Goldsmith, the frontman for the band Dawes. "I took a picture of their album and posted it on Instagram," the This Is Us actress revealed to PEOPLE. "Somehow, Taylor saw it and sent a note to me. We started emailing back and forth, then we went on a date and the rest is history. Thanks Instagram, for helping me meet my fiancé!"
KIM & KANYE
"I met him I think in 2002 or 2003. He was recording a song with Brandy, and I was her friend," Kardashian West recounted of the moment she and husband West first met. "I vividly remember hanging out with him and then they did a video together, so I'd see him a few times. He was asking his friends: 'Who is this Kim Kardajan?' He didn't know what my name was."
ALI & GEORGE
Don't write off blind dates! Wentworth and Stephanopoulos fell hard for each other after being set up by a mutual friend. "We met on a blind date," the comedian revealed on 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.' " Eventually, Wentworth agreed to the meet-up, thinking that if nothing else, a date with the former White House Communications Director would be "a good dinner party story." Wentworth didn't even bother to shower before the date, arriving in a black suit with unshaven legs. "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 shared.
GEORGE & AMAL
It was pretty much love at first sight for this A-list couple — or at least, it was for Clooney! His father, Nick Clooney, told PEOPLE that when George first met Amal — at a dinner party attended by mutual friends and mother Nina Clooney — in 2013, the Oscar winner was instantly smitten. “Nina and I were actually the ones who answered the door when Amal came in," Nick told PEOPLE. "She introduced herself to us and we talked. She was obviously very charming, gorgeous and so clearly accomplished, but by the time we had supper that night, it was clear there was a kindness to her and an inclusiveness. By the end of supper, I started looking over at Nina and saying, ‘Look ouuuut, this could be trouble for this young man!' " Four years later, they're married — and are parents to twins Ella and Alexander!
GLORIA & EMILIO
The Estefans met during a jam session back in 1975. "In comes Emilio. He's playing the accordion in very short shorts, and he looked like he was naked, so that was the first impression that I got," Gloria said in an interview for PEOPLE and ABC News' new series People Icons. "Then my mom drags me to a wedding a few months later, and I walk in the door, and there [he is] playing 'The Hustle.' He tracked me down two weeks later."
JOHN & EMILY
"It was one of those things where I wasn't really looking for a relationship and I was thinking I'm going to take my time in L.A.," Krasinski said on an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "Then I met her and I was so nervous. I was like, 'Oh god, I think I'm going to fall in love with her.' As I shook her hand I went, 'I like you.' "
STEPHEN & EVELYN
Colbert knew instantly his wife was "the one" when he saw her in a theater lobby and thought, "Her. That's your wife. You're going to marry her." The couple's love story began later near the buffet line at the show's after-party. "You will kick yourself for the rest of your life if you do not turn around and say hello to her," Colbert remembered saying to himself upon seeing Evelyn who, the two later discovered, he had grown up with.
REESE & JIM
When Witherspoon was hit on by a "really drunk guy" one night at a pal's party, she never guessed that the "jerk's" behavior would somehow lead to meeting her now-husband, talent agent Toth. "Jim came over and said, 'Please excuse my friend, he's just broken up with someone,' " Witherspoon recalled to ELLE magazine of the couple's first encounter.
"I remember thinking … Jim was a really good friend, pulling [his drunk pal] out of that situation. That's just kind of who he is, a really good person."
TOM & RICHARD
For Ford, "love at first sight" was something he experienced when coming face-to-face with his now-husband, Buckley, on an elevator ride 30 years ago. "By the time that elevator landed on the ground floor I thought, 'You're the one.' That's it. Click. Sold," Ford said during an appearance on The Jess Cagle Interview. "It was literally love at first sight." He continued: "Our eyes locked and within a month we were living together. We have been together ever since."
AARON & LAUREN
"We fell in love at Coachella," Paul shared when asked about how he and his wife, Lauren, met. The actor expanded in a different interview with PEOPLE: "The first night her and I hung out, we had our first kiss on the Ferris wheel. I told her that night that one day I was going to marry her."
JOE & SOFIA
Manganiello and his now-wife, Vergara, first met at the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2014 back when the Modern Family actress was still engaged to Nick Loeb. "I mean she had a boyfriend at that time, so I probably could have got in a fight for doing that," Manganiello said about not dating Vergara until she was single. "I'm not trying to start a fight at the White House," he added.
CHRISSY & JOHN
Teigen and Legend first met on the set of Legend's "Stereo" music video in 2007. "I'm not going to lie. We hooked up. [And then when he went on tour] I left him by himself for a while," she told Cosmopolitan. "The worst thing you can do is try to lock someone like that down early on, then have them think, 'There's so much more out there.' I played it cool for a long time. Never once did I ask, 'What are we?' Marriage was never my goal, because I've never been very traditional. I was just happy to be with him."