Celebrities who married people who are not famous
Hollywood marriages and relationships aren’t famous for their stability. It may be more convenient for celebrities to get divorced because both people are usually financially well-off, which makes going it alone a lot easier. Actors and musicians also have busy schedules, which can stand in the way of regular date nights or binge-watching Netflix for a full weekend.
Dating a celebrity can be hard no matter what; and if one-half of the couple isn’t famous, things can easily become even more problematic. Tensions can arise if one person isn’t used to the spotlight, or if there is a major difference in lifestyles. But while marrying a famous person may be difficult, it’s not impossible. Some Hollywood couples make their non-celebrity pairings work, like Hugh Jackman's marriage to Deborra-Lee Furness that has lasted for more than two decades. Jackman credits their strong marriage partly to the fact that they got together before he was famous. Director Ron Howard is still married to his high school sweetheart, and Matt Damon married a bartender he met early in his career. Meanwhile, Grammy-winner Adele makes it work with the CEO of a philanthropic organization.
Stacker combed through bio pages and news reports to see which famous people married non-celebrity counterparts. Some couples are just starting out, while others have been together for decades.
Click through to see which stars are married to people who aren’t famous.
Matt Damon and Luciana (Barroso) Damon
Matt Damon and Lucy Barroso are possibly Hollywood’s most well-known famous-not-famous couple. The two met in 2003, while Barroso was bartending and Damon was filming "Stuck on You.” Damon says he saw his future wife from across the room and headed straight over for a conversation. Barroso, who tells the story a little differently, says "The Martian” actor was just trying to hide from fans. Even though he was becoming famous, that didn’t stop her from putting him to work behind the bar.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tasha McCauley
Adele and Simon Konecki
Paul Rudd and Julie Yaeger Rudd
Funnyman Paul Rudd married former publicist Julie Yaeger in 2003. The two met after Rudd—who had recently starred in "Clueless”—moved to New York, arriving at Yaeger’s workplace in search of a publicist. Julie Yaeger Rudd sometimes works with her actor husband, although she takes on a behind-the-scenes role. She wrote the screenplay for "Fun Mom Dinner,” which Rudd acted in and executive produced.
Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth
Actress Reese Witherspoon married Jim Toth, a talent agent, in 2011. The couple had their first child—Tennessee James Toth—in 2012. Toth works at Creative Artists Agency, where Witherspoon is a client, and the couple met through mutual friends at a party in Los Angeles. Witherspoon was previously married to fellow actor Ryan Phillippe, with whom she has two children.
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas
Actor Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas, a yoga instructor, married in 2011 and have four children together. Hilaria says she didn’t know anything about the "30 Rock” actor when they met. After learning Baldwin was pre-diabetic, his health-conscious wife helped the actor adopt a healthier diet to shed 30 pounds.
Gal Gadot and Yaron Versano
Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond
Comedian Tina Fey and her composer husband, Jeff Richmond, have known each other since the ‘90s during Fey’s improv days at Chicago’s Second City. They also worked together while Fey was head writer and Richmond was musical director at "Saturday Night Live,” and most recently collaborated on the musical adaptation of Fey’s film "Mean Girls.” The couple married in 2001, and have two daughters.
Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer
Comedian Amy Schumer married chef Chris Fischer in 2018 after planning the wedding in only a few days. The world learned about their relationship—and Schumer’s pregnancy—mostly through Schumer’s Instagram account. They are expecting their first child this year. While Fischer may not be as recognizable as his new bride, he is a James Beard Award-winning chef who wrote a successful cookbook: "The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook.”
George Clooney and Amal (Alamuddin) Clooney
Actor George Clooney was one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors until he met Amal Alamuddin, an international human rights lawyer. The couple met through a mutual friend in 2013 at Clooney’s home in Lake Como, and married a year later. The actor, who told David Letterman that his agent predicted the marriage, is now a father of twins.2018 All rights reserved.