All of the Stars Who Secretly Dated their On-set Crushes

“We knew it!”

That is what every Ross and Rachel fan screamed (in their best Chandler voice) when David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston admitted to having crushes on each other early on in Friends’ run. For a shipper, there is no greater satisfaction than learning that the actors playing your favorite couple have just as much chemistry in real-life. But sometimes, like with Schwimmer and Aniston’s revelation, you don’t actually learn about their relationship until years later.

The Friends’ lobsters pair are far from the only co-stars to secretly harbor feelings for each other while working together. Several hookups were going down on the set of Saved By the Bell, while an iconic couple from Beverly Hills, 90210 were in a relationship even more on and off then their characters. Plus, Miley Cyrus dated one of her movie co-stars with no one knowing and The Big Bang Theory fans’ minds were blown when it was revealed two of the show’s stars had dated for several years.

So which co-stars took their romance off-screen with fans never knowing? You’re definitely going to want to rewatch some of these TV shows to look for clues after finding out about all of the IRL hookups…

Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer

“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,'” Aniston confessed. “And sure enough, the first time we kissed was in that coffee shop.”

But the co-stars did take advantage of their time on-set together, with Schwimmer saying, “I thought back on the very first year or two, you know, when we had breaks from rehearsal, like, there were moments where we would cuddle on the couch.” Aniston added, “Or we would spoon and fall asleep on the couch.” Finally, Schwimmer admitted, “I’m thinking, how did not everyone know we were crushing on each other?”

Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki

The Big Bang Theory stars dropped a big bomb in 2010 when it was reported they had dated for two years, with Cuoco revealing details about their romance only after they split.

“It was such a huge part of my life and no one knew about it,” Cuoco said of her relationship with Galecki in an interview with CBS Watch! magazine. “It was a wonderful relationship, but we never spoke a word about it and never went anywhere together.”

Melissa Joan Hart and Ryan Reynolds

Long before he married Blake Lively, the Deadpool star made out with the ’90s TV icon after they co-starred in the 1996 TV movie, Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Miley Cyrus and Lucas Till

Till spilled the news about their two-month romance while promoting the Disney flick, telling an Atlanta radio station at the time, “I think it will make the movie a little better cause it was definitely real.”

Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini

“We didn’t date during Idol, which everybody thought we were dating,” she explained during a 2015 appearance on Watch What Happens Live, going on to reveal they did “date a little bit” while filming their 2003 box office bomb, From Justin to Kelly. 

She continued, “I think any two people who are thrown together that much [would eventually date]. ‘Timeless,’ you put that song on From Justin to Kelly—you can’t fight it!”

Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Hutcherson

During a joint appearance on an Australian morning show in 2012, the former couple was asked, “How long have you two been going out?” Hutcherson answered, making things even more awkward.  “We’re not. We were at one point, but she broke my heart…no, I’m just kidding,” he trailed off, to nervous laughter from Hudgens.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Lark Voorhies

If you thought the Saved By the Bell  characters were romantically cliquish on-screen, it was nothing  compared to all of the relationship drama going on behind the scenes. “All of us dated at one point or another—it was incestuous!” Gosselaar told People in 2009. “Sometimes the girls would gang up on the guys. Tiffani and Elizabeth would hate me, and then they’d hate Lark because Lark was talking to me, and Mario was supposed to side with someone. All that stuff you did in high school, like, ‘How could you talk to him?'”

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tiffani Thiessen

“It was very cute,” Alonzo shared. “It was hand-holding and looking over.” In an interview with People, Thiessen revealed the first time she drank alcohol she was with Gosselaar, saying, “Mark-Paul and I got to go to Paris [for a press tour]. We ate crepes, and my first sip of alcohol was with him. It felt at times like we were Barbie and Ken.” Or, perhaps, Zack and Kelly?

Mark Paul-Gosselaar and Elizabeth Berkley

“You’re in an environment—you know how it is,” he explained. “When you’re working on a set, and we were young, there’s no one around, really. I mean, you work and live in a bubble.”

Mario Lopez and Tiffani Thiessen

He wrote that they “went to movies, went out to eat, hung out at parties, danced together,” and eventually became an official couple. But Lopez admitted to being unfaithful, writing, “I thought that being loyal to Tiffani was the right thing to do. But I can’t say that I was capable at that age of following through on my noble intentions.”

Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling

“Brian Austin Green, I mean David and Donna from Beverly Hills, we were on camera together and we are off-camera something,” Spelling explained on the Woman on Top podcast in 2020. “[Brian] and I have different perspectives of what that was. There’s the young girl version and the young boy version, so two different versions.”

She continued, “It’s so funny, because to me, I was like, ‘Remember that summer we were together? You said ‘I love you and I said ‘I love you.’ And he remembers none of that. He was like, ‘No, we hooked up. We were friends.’ And I was like, ‘Cool, OK.’ Even now I’m like, ‘OK, cool.'”

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