14 Times Celebrities Played Matchmaker
These are the stars you need to befriend if you want to fall in love with another A-lister
Alfred & Jennifer
Matchmaker: Jonathan Groff
Spider-Man actor Molina and Frozen director Lee tied the knot in a romantic garden ceremony in August 2021, Lee announced on her social media.
One shot showed the couple sharing a sweet kiss in a garden, while Molina and Lee happily exchanged vows underneath a floral archway — with Frozen star Jonathan Groff appearing to act as the officiant — in another picture.
Lee also gave a shoutout to Groff in another Instagram post, writing in the caption, "This beautiful, generous soul is the reason Fred and I met."
Alongside a photo of herself with the Broadway star, Lee added, "We owe him the world."
Leslie & Nicolette
Matchmaker: Billy Porter
During a January 2021 chat on Live with Kelly and Ryan, Odom Jr. recounted how Broadway star Porter was a professor of his at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and later tapped him to be his assistant director on a show in New York City.
Odom Jr. recalled "this really talented ... college junior or senior" — a.k.a. Robinson — auditioned for a part, and he just felt their paths would cross, even if she didn't land a role in the show.
"As fate would have it," Odom Jr. recalled, she scored a different part in the show and as assistant director, "it was my responsibility ... to make sure she felt welcome and part of the family," he joked. The two started hanging out after their production wrapped — and never stopped.
Jasmine & Anthony
Matchmaker: Lin-Manuel Miranda
How lucky Jasmine Cephas Jones and Anthony Ramos were to be alive ... when sparks flew on the set of the Broadway musical Hamilton, in which they both starred. After Ramos proposed in Paris, show creator Miranda reminisced about their origins in a heartfelt tweet, writing: "First table read, Hamilton, 2015, Off-Broadway: *Anthony keeps sneaking glances at our newest cast member, Jasmine* Me: Ruh-roh."
Chris & Katherine
Matchmaker: Maria Shriver
Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger went from friendly to future spouses in less than a year, and they do have Schwarzenegger's mom, Maria Shriver, to thank for their match-up. "Maria helped set them up," an insider said.
Priyanka & Nick
Matchmaker: Ralph Lauren
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have the designer to thank for their "very casual" relationship … kind of. While Lauren didn't exactly hook this pair up with romantic intentions, he did dress them both for the 2018 Met Gala. "We were both wearing Ralph Lauren and we decided to go together … Yeah, we were on the same table and we already know each other," Chopra said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. "So he was like 'Hey, you wanna go together?' And I was like 'Yeah, okay, let's go together.' It ended up working out."
Sophie & Joe
Matchmaker: Hailee Steinfeld
After Steinfeld worked with Joe Jonas' band DNCE on their 2015 track "Rock Bottom," Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner reached out to her close friend for details on the singer. "I mean, I will say, I did get that text from Sophie being like, 'So tell me about Joe,' and I was like, 'Go for it,' " Steinfeld shared on Nova 96.9. Turner took the actress's advice and announced her engagement to the frontman in October 2017.
Khloé & Tristan
Matchmaker: Brandon Jennings
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star talked about meeting basketball player Tristan Thompson on the show's 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."
Thompson player thanked the matchmaker and fellow athlete when he and Kardashian announced that they were expecting daughter True. "Btw, shoutout the brodie @brandonjennings for bringing this King and Queen together. Love my G," he commented on his love's pregnancy announcement on Instagram.
Harry & Meghan
Matchmaker: Possibly Misha Nonoo
"We were introduced by a mutual friend," Prince Harry revealed during the couple's joint engagement interview. "It was definitely a set-up — it was a blind date." Although they have declined to confirm the friend's identity in order to "protect her privacy," it's long been speculated that designer Misha Nonoo is the mystery connection. Nonoo's ex-husband Alexander Giles once worked with Harry's cousin, Princess Eugenie. Meanwhile, the designer met Markle several years ago when they were seated next to one another at a lunch. "I love her to death," Nonoo told the Evening Standard of the soon-to-be royal. "She is the coolest girl in the world. She has the most remarkable and generous spirit. I aspire to be as philanthropic as she is, and to have as much of an impact as her."
Meghan & Daryl
Matchmaker: Chloë Grace Moretz
Meghan Trainor has Moretz to thank for her romance with Daryl Sabara, who's best known for his role in the Spy Kids film franchise. "I asked every person I met since day one, 'Find me a boyfriend!' Like, especially new friends too," the "Better" songstress tells Chelsea Handler on her eponymous Netflix show. "Chloë Grace Moretz is a friend of mine, and day one of meeting her, I was like, 'You know anybody that I could date? Or love? Whatever,'" Trainor recalled. "And she's like, 'I know the nicest guy in the world, Daryl, and you should meet him.' I was like, 'Daryl? Okay.'" It worked: The two got married in December 2018 and are expecting their first child together.
Sofia & Joe
Matchmaker: Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Yet another reason we'd like to brunch with Ferguson: He helped introduce Sofia Vergara to husband Joe Manganiello after her split from Nick Loeb. "The day that I sent the press release [announcing the breakup], Joe immediately contacted Jesse Tyler Ferguson, like, 'Please, please, please tell her I want her number.' And I'm like, 'Jesse, no, he's too handsome,' " Vergara recalled. "Then, after two days of Jesse trying to convince me, I'm like, 'Okay, give him my number.' I'm thinking, I'm in New Orleans shooting, and he's in L.A. Nothing's going to happen. But we started talking a lot, and then he showed up in New Orleans. Since then we've been inseparable."
Cameron & Benji
Emily & John
Matchmaker: Anne Hathaway
If you remember correctly, Hathaway gave her newly acquired Paris wardrobe to Emily Blunt at the end of 2006's The Devil Wears Prada. Even better: Hathaway then introduced her to John Krasinski, whom she married in 2010. (And it's not the only The Devil Wears Prada love match: Blunt introduced her sister Felicity to costar Stanley Tucci, and they tied the knot too!)
Ellen & Portia
Matchmaker: Ed Helms
We wouldn't necessarily call Helms a modern-day cupid, but this is a decent start: While running lines in Portia de Rossi's trailer on the set of Arrested Development, Ellen DeGeneres was on their TV. "This was before you guys were an item," Helms recalled to the now-married DeGeneres. "She said, 'Man, I am so into her.' Cut to two months later, and you guys were a thing. I take full credit because I didn't talk her out of it." Makes sense.
James & Julia
Matchmaker: Dominic Cooper
Late Late Show host James Corden was introduced to his now-wife Julia Carey by his former roommate. Cooper and Corden had gotten very close when they shared a home — which happened to have only one bed — so it's no wonder the actor was able to help his friend make a love connection. "We'd often wake up curled next to each other," Cooper told the Evening Standard about living with Corden. Cooper is now godfather to Corden and Carey's 5-year-old son Max.