Insider celebrity facts are kind of like naked bodies on a nude beach: the ones you want to see are never there. You may ogle, admire, even respect the stars who keep their private lives under wraps but learning who they got paired up with when no one was looking is a great guilty pleasure. Many of the famous people you appreciate on stage and screen never publicly talk about their mates or kids, which just adds to their mysterious auras. Here’s a list of married/committed couples you may not know about – some of these quirky matches are sure to surprise you.
Michael Emerson & Carrie Preston
You know Emerson best for his unsettling role as the mysterious Ben Linus on “Lost” and as one of the stars of “Person of Interest.” Preston was also on “Lost” but is remembered most for her outstanding role of Arlene Fowler Bellefleur on “True Blood.” On “Person of Interest,” she played Emerson’s character’s lover. Guess all those sparks ignited both on stage and behind closed doors.
Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy
These two dated for many years before marrying, and Macy allegedly proposed several times before Huffman accepted. Huffman is a veteran star of stage and the big screen and is best known for her lead in “Desperate Housewives.” Macy’s most memorable roles were his Academy Award-nominated performance in the movie Fargo and in his current starring part on Showtime’s “Shameless.”
Maya Rudolph & Paul Thomas Anderson
Rudolph’s longtime partner, director Paul Thomas Anderson, is the father of their four children and most known for box office hits Magnolia and There Will Be Blood. She is a veteran comedy star who played a variety of hysterical characters on the legendary Lorne Michaels’ cutting-edge comedy show “Saturday Night Live.”
David Cross & Amber Tamblyn
This is a bar bet just waiting to be won. Few people would ever guess that wacky David Cross, known mainly for his role as Tobias Fünke on “Arrested Development,” married “Joan of Arcadia” and “House” star Amber Tamblyn in 2012. Tamblyn is the daughter of veteran movie and TV actor Russ Tamblyn and singer and artist Bonnie Tamblyn.
Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman
Megan Mullally’s husband of nearly 13 years, Nick Offerman of “Parks and Recreation,” is a big fan and loving supporter of his equally famous wife who’s biggest starring TV role yet was on the smash sitcom “Will & Grace.” She recently starred in the TV series “You, Me and the Apocalypse.” Both actors are typically remembered for their eccentric, off-beat personalities, both on and off screen.
Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen
Isla Fisher, a lovely Australian actress best known for her role in the classic movie The Great Gatsby, is married to outrageous British comedian/actor Sacha Baron Cohen. They waited eight years after they met to marry in 2010 and they have three children. And if you think this is a weird coupling, check out No. 14!
Jason Momoa & Lisa Bonet
Maybe opposites really do attract, at least opposite statures. Jason Momoa, the giant star of the megahit “Game of Thrones” married the striking and petite Lisa Bonet, who played the moody teenage daughter Denise on “The Cosby Show,” in 2007. Fun fact: Momoa’s first lead role was on “Baywatch” in 1989.
Vincent Kartheiser & Alexis Bledel
Nothing like landing a role on a hit show and meeting your life mate! Kartheiser and Bledel met on the set of the riveting period drama “Mad Men” and married in June 2014. Since they played star-crossed lovers involved in an ill-fated affair on the show, they will probably never have to pay for couple’s therapy.
Jennifer Grey & Clark Gregg
2001 was big for this couple: they married and had their daughter Stella in that year. Grey danced her way into Gregg’s arms as easily as she made Dirty Dancing a hit movie and won “Dancing With the Stars.” Gregg’s biggest claim to acting fame was in Iron Man and he’s also a successful director.
Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer
Some ‘life imitating art’ scenarios are weirder than others. Paquin and Moyer, who played a vampire aficionado and a troubled vampire respectively on the disturbingly addictive TV series “True Blood,” started dating in 2007 and married in 2010. They hooked up in all kinds of ways on the TV show during the same period.
Mark Harmon & Pam Dawber
Harmonius Pam Dawber may have had a soft spot in her heart for charming spaceman Mork (the late, great Robin Williams) when she played Mindy on the groundbreaking comedy “Mork and Mindy,” but she ended up marrying stoic actor Mark Harmon, best known lately for starring in “NCIS,” in 1987. Been going strong for almost 30 years!
Mireille Enos & Alan Ruck
A mistress of changing her looks to match the role, Enos was equally compelling as the dowdy star of “The Killing” and the glamorous lead in “The Catch.” Ain’t no flies on her handsome husband Ruck either, who got his first big part in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and also appears in “The Catch.”
Claire Danes & Hugh Dancy
Danes has been playing slightly loopy ladies since she burst on the scene in “My So-Called Life” in 1994 and currently as the troubled lead in “Homeland.” She married Dancy in 2009 and they’re parents to son Cyrus. Dancy was the lead on “Hannibal” and currently stars in “The Path.” Reviewing their work days must be really interesting!
Calista Flockhart & Harrison Ford
The “Ally McBeal” star shocked many fans when she became engaged to veteran actor Harrison Ford on Valentine’s Day, 2009. But the 22-year age difference didn’t deter her from marrying him the next year and they appear to have a solid partnership. Now if she can just keep him from crashing vintage airplanes into golf courses.
David Tennant & Georgia Moffett
Actors face all kinds of challenges when they take a role, but among the most awkward casting ever was Moffett playing the daughter to her husband’s character on the cult hit “Doctor Who”! The powerful actors married in 2011 and have three children, who are hopefully entertained by dad talking as the voice of The Fugitoid that he provided for the animated “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
Daniel Craig & Rachel Weisz
Not many women get the thrill of being married to a James Bond portrayer like Daniel Craig…and not many men have the privilege of tying the knot with an actress with impressive credits in over 54 productions including The Bourne Identity and The Deep Blue Sea. The couple wed in 2011.
Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard
These two awesomely comedic actors married in 2013, three years after they met at a mutual friend’s birthday party. But they eschewed the typical celebrity extravaganza; the whole wedding – including the cost of the gas to the courthouse, cost $142. They have two daughters.
Jimmy Kimmel & Molly McNearney
Kimmel had a much-publicized rocky relationship with comedian/actress Sarah Silverman years before he married his long-time girlfriend Molly McNearney in 2013, a writer on his popular show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” They have one child together. McNearney is also an actress who might have to ad lib a lot to keep Kimmel awake – he suffers from narcolepsy.
Aaron Paul & Lauren Parsekian
Paul was on the right track and ‘Breaking Good’ (haha) when he married Parsekian in May of 2013. The renowned “Breaking Bad” alum was engaged to Parsekian for 16 months before marrying her at a picture-perfect outdoor venue in Malibu, California. Parsekian is also an actress as well as a director.
Ben Feldman & Michelle Mulitz
Feldman, another memorable star of “Mad Men,” married his long-time partner, actress Michelle Mulitz, after a 10-month engagement. Post “Mad Men,” Feldman had lead roles in “Drop Dead Diva,” “Silicon Valley” and “Superstore.” Mulitz’s acting credits include John Dunn’s Last Run, Limited, Sluts, and Bitches and Whores!