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10 Couples Who Met on TV Show Sets

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For as long as Hollywood’s small and big screen industries have existed, actors have found unexpected romantic interests between takes. There are stories of long-term love like that of Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa who met while shooting ‘All My Children’ in 1995, and eloped the next year. And there are also tales of caution like that of ‘Dexter’s’ Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter whose two-year marriage ended in early 2012. While some relationships come to a fizzle over time, here are ten couples who met on the set and remain together today:

Lauren Graham and Peter Krause

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They knew each other beforehand, but they didn’t start dating until they were working on NBC’s ‘Parenthood’ in 2010. Krause and Graham have been gaga over each other ever since. They remained friends for 15 years in Hollywood, playing board games together. “He’s obviously a very confident, appealing guy, but he’s shy, and so am I,” Graham said in 2010.

James Roday and Maggie Lawson

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They tease each other on ‘Psych’ but possess a great chemistry with one another. So it’s not surprising to discover that the pair have been in a steady relationship since 2006. They seem to have as much fun off set as they do while filming the USA Network show.

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer

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While working on ‘True Blood,’ the actors started to date. In 2010 they got married to much fanfare. Now, Paquin and Moyer are parents two twins, a boy and a girl, who entered the world in September. The couple reportedly is thrilled to be new parents and to be embarking on this next step together.

Debra Messing and Will Chase

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When Messing and her husband split after 11 years of marriage, she was almost immediately linked to her ‘Smash’ co-star Will Chase. Messing’s divorce was finalized in June and since then it’s allowed her to step out more publicly with Chase. The 44-year-old actress hasn’t looked this young in quite a while.

Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney

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Fans of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ might be surprised to learn that these two curmudgeons found romance on the set. But they’ve been married since 2008, welcoming two sons since. Olson and McElhenney aren’t the only ones who found love in unexpected places: Married co-stars Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis also welcomed a child late last year.

Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Cortese

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They married in 2010 after meeting while shooting ‘Supernatural’ and had their first baby earlier this year. They’ve found time somehow to also star in a video for their favorite band, The Brian Buckley Band. Young Hollywood has a couple to hang its hat on.

Jennifer Morrison and Sebastian Stan

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Morrison got engaged to ‘House’ co-star Jesse Spencer while working on that show. Now she’s linked to ‘Once Upon a Time’ co-star Sebastian Stan. Stan actually dated Leighton Meester while they worked on ‘Gossip Girl.’ This is not new terrain for either of them. Moreover, ‘Once Upon a Time’ welcomed another couple, Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, a month before Morrison and Stan got together. Small world.

Josh Bowman and Emily VanCamp

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‘Revenge’ co-stars Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman began dating this year to the delight of millions of avid show followers. Earlier this month, gossipmongers were running amok amid news that the two were on the rocks. But it turns out that the fighting was all part of a televlsion storyline. For now, it seems that the real-life couple has endured.

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalter

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They started dating in 2009 after meeting on the set for ‘The Vampire Diaries.’ Now Nina Dobrev and Ian Shomerhalter are getting more serious, according to reports. “Nina and Ian are excited to celebrate the holidays together,” said the latest report. The pair lives together while filming the CW show and have spent holidays together.

Laura Leighton and Doug Savant

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The original ‘Melrose Place’ may not be on people’s minds anymore, but one lasting effect of that era is Leighton and Savant’s relationship. They married in 1998. The pair found each other on the rebound after Leighton broke up with another co-star, Grant Show, and Savant’s marriage ended. Sometimes the one you’re really meant to be with just sneaks up on you.

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