Celebrities can often pick and choose who they date, but that doesn’t mean they necessarily want to date people within their industry. It also doesn’t mean that all Hollywood stars are image-obsessed jerks who only care about the appearance or status the people they date.
In fact, many of Hollywood’s biggest stars have dated and even married everyday people who don’t exactly sparkle and shine in front of the red carpet cameras. As expected, some of these relationships started well before these famous people reached the point of stardom.
From Pierce Brosnan and Hugh Jackman to Christie Brinkley and Julia Roberts, here are some of the most surprising Hollywood couples of all time.
Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith
Keely Smith might not look like the woman you would expect to marry James Bond, but this couple is very much in love. They have been married since 2001 and Brosnan is known to gush about his wife and the love they share on a regular basis, even after 15 years together. They married in 2001 in a Catholic church in Ireland and they have two kids together.
Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder
Julia Roberts makes our list twice. The first time was because she didn’t choose to marry a hunky leading man but instead cameramen Daniel. Let’s be honest here for a moment, Daniel isn’t bad to look at but this is Julie freaking Roberts. She could literally have her choice of any guy in Hollywood or beyond.
Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault
Okay full disclosure here, Pinault is worth billions of dollars. But he also has a child with celebrity and model Linda Evangelista. Selma was even pregnant with his child at the same time. Even with his infidelity they remained together. Talk about dating way out of your league.
Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
Okay let’s be real here. Max is not a bad looking guy and I’m sure a lot of girls wouldn’t throw him out of bed in the morning. But Banks looks like she just stepped off the stage at a fashion show. These two met during Elizabeth’s first year in college and they dated for 11 years before getting married and having two children. Good job Max.
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy
Has anyone else ever thought that William H. Macy looks like a cartoon character? In all fairness he is immensely talented and well-known in Hollywood. With that being said, Huffman is super attractive and could probably land a ton of better looking guys in Hollywood. They’re happily married and have two adorable children and that’s really any of us can ask.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Jay-Z totally wins the dating pool. He’s not a bad-looking guy, but compared to Beyoncé he’s quite a bit lower on the beauty totem pole. There is no question that Beyoncé is one of the hottest and most desired women in the world. She is also a renowned singer, a fashionista, and an overall well-rounded businesswoman. They have a daughter together and they remain one of the most powerful entertainment-based couples in the world.
Adriana Lima and Marko Jaric
Adriana is a Brazilian supermodel and a Maybelline spokesperson. Her husband is NOT. With that being said, he’s not a bad looking guy, he’s just not what you would expect from this super hottie. The Victoria’s Secret angel met the Serbian NBA player in 2007 and after 9 months of dating, they eloped on Valentine’s 2009. They have children together and that’s enough to make guys everywhere jealous of Marko.
Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend
That geeky guy next to the amazingly hot redhead is Geoffrey Arend. He is what we like to call “Geek chic” and he’s way above his dating profile. It was the Mad Man bombshell who chased after him. We want to inherit his superpower and use it for evil.
Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond
Tiny Fey is beautiful, smart, sexy, talented, you name it and that’s her. Her husband Jeff is… well… not Tiny Fey. He’s shorter than his wife, he’s 10 years older than her, and he waited seven years to marry her. The couple got married in 2001 and had a Greek Orthodox wedding. Fey even admitted once in an interview that Jeff is the only guy she’s ever been with. They have two daughters together.
Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy
If you listen really closely you can hear Uncle Joe and Uncle Jesse weeping from their Full House in San Francisco. It was revealed when she was 27 years old that Mary-Kate was dating the 44-year-old Olivier. Honestly this looks like a father-daughter photo and not a picture of lovers.
Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee
Jesse Williams is an actor and a Tommy Hilfiger model who stars as Dr Jackson Avery in Grey’s Anatomy. He met Aryn long before he got famous and they have stayed together ever since. They married in 2012 and have a kid together. They have both recently said they are still madly in love.
Marisa Miller and Griffin Guess
Victoria’s Secret angel Marisa Miller once topped Maxim Magazine’s Hot 100 list and graced the highly-coveted cover of a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She is also married to world’s happiest guy (we assume) Griffin Guess. Griffin is an American talent manager and music producer who owns Cartel Records and Cartel Management. Dude’s not ugly but he’s no Marisa Miller that’s for sure.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness
Hugh Jackman has become an iconic, sexy, and rugged actor that women swoon over. His wife Deborra isn’t ugly, but she’s definitely not what we expected from the actor’s wife. Deborra is 13 years older than him, and you can see that on her face. This happy couple got married after only 4 months of dating. They’ve been happily married for 18 years and have even adopted two children. One of which we hope they named Wolverine.
Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson never leaves the house without eyeliner and lipstick, and Wood claims that’s what attracted her to him in the first place. The couple was engaged for a while, but never actually got married. In August 2012, Wood came out as bisexual on Twitter. This is the strangest looking couple on our list.
Elisabetta Gregoraci and Flavio Briatore
Yes that picture above is of a husband and wife. Flavio is a well-known businessman and Formula One manager, while Elisabetta is the ex-model for Wonderbra. They had a baby together in 2010. Flavio also has a daughter from an older marriage with another model.
Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel
Billy Joel isn’t a bad looking guy, but Christie Brinkley was killing it when they were together in 1985. They have a daughter together, Alexa Ray. Joel and Brinkley divorced on August 25, 1994, but remained on friendly terms.
Aaron Johnson and Sam Taylor-Wood
Johnson and director Sam announced their engagement in October 2009 and got married on 21 June 2012. Johnson changed his last name to Taylor-Johnson and uses it as his stage name. They have two daughters, Wylda Rae and Romy Hero and he’s also stepfather to Sam’s daughters from her previous marriage. Not a bad looking couple, but not what we would expect from a well-known Hollywood name.
Mel B and Stephen Belafonte
Former Spice Girl Mel B has been married to husband Stephen Belafonte for seven years. Mel B has formerly said she found love with film producer Stephen after hooking up with several women and actor Eddie Murphy. The two have a child together named Madison Belafonte. He’s also not a bad looking guy but think of all the hot men Mel B could have ended up with. I think about it every second of every day.
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton carried around vials of each other’s blood. I feel like that explains their entire relationship. He’s a great actor known for films like Slingblade. And Angelina is incredibly beautiful and talented, and one of Hollywood’s biggest power players, and an amazing humanitarian. Definitely a lop-sided relationship.
Julie Roberts and Lyle Lovett
The Pretty Woman star had a marriage with Lyle Lovett, and it confused all of her fans. It was a match that surprised everyone, and it didn’t last either. They married 1993 and called it quits in 1995.
There is nothing wrong with these couples, it’s just not what we would expect from people who can have the pick of anyone they want. Perhaps this proves that not all of Hollywood are shallow people who choose vanity over real life.