Spouses on the screen: 10 films with actors married in real life

Many star couples refuse to shoot together for various reasons. Some are in the grip of prejudice, believing that common work promises separation. Others are afraid to remain in the shadow of a more popular spouse. We have collected films with actors who are married in real life, who nevertheless dared to appear together on the screen. And these films only benefited from the participation of celebrities with rings on their ring fingers.

Sky High (2019)

Victoria Tolstoganova and Aleksey Agranovich played spouses who are going through a crisis in marriage, from which personal secrets prevent them from getting out. The actors themselves admit that in real life they have no secrets. The couple openly sort things out – and so violently that the inner circle is waiting for a divorce. However, as soon as the passions subside, an idyll sets in in the house. The script for the melodrama was sent to Alexei, and it was he who advised taking Victoria for the female role. The director was categorically against the participation of real spouses in the film, but she changed her mind during the auditions – the couple looked so organic in the frame.

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Genre:
Drama, melodrama, detective

Actors:  
Victoria Tolstoganova, Alexei Agranovich, Taisiya Vilkova …

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:  
16+


Labyrinths of the Past (2018)

Brilliant Spanish actors and a happy married couple got the roles of former lovers. Fate took the young people on different roads, but because of a tragic event, the skeletons that had been stored for many years fell out of the cabinets with a roar. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem admitted that it was interesting to work together, because the director came up with an unusual move. Before filming began, the actors were asked questions about how they would act in a given situation. The random test was unscripted, but allowed the actors to get a better feel for the characters.

Original title:  
Todos lo saben

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darin…

Country:  
Spain, France, Italy

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:  
16+


Quiet Place (2018)

John Krasinski acted as an actor and director of a thrilling horror film , and his wife Emily Blunt, after reading the script, wanted to join the project. During the filming, the man did not stop admiring his talented wife – Emily instantly got used to the role and just as quickly left the image. John still cannot believe that he won the heart of a spectacular beauty, whom at the time of his acquaintance he considered “a girl out of her league.”

Original title:  
A Quiet Place

Genre:  
Horror, fantasy, drama

Actors:  
Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Milly Simmonds…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:  
16+


Escobar (2017)

No one could convey the image of a drug lord through the eyes of a woman in love the way Penelope Cruz did. The actress did not even have to try to portray passion, because she has been happily married to Javier Bardem for more than 10 years. The man looked closely at the chosen one for a long time, frightening him with her temper and hot temperament. Later, Javier realized that sincerity was hidden behind excessive emotionality – and he never regretted his choice.

Original title:  
Loving Pablo

Genre:  
Biography, drama, crime

Actors:  
Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard…

Country:  
Spain, Bulgaria, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:  
18+


California Highway Patrol (2017)

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are considered one of the cutest couples in Hollywood. The actors have been together since 2007, but in every look you can see the love that the spouses do not hesitate to show. The wedding ceremony was so modest that the court presented the newlyweds with a cake with a comic inscription “The worst wedding in the world.” Kristen and Dax weren’t upset because they really spent a little less than $150 on the celebration. The couple believes that broad gestures will not surprise anyone, and the money can be directed to more useful purposes.

Original title:
CHIPS

Genre:
Action, comedy, crime

Actors:
Michael Peña, Dax Shepard, Vincent D’Onofrio …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.0


Cote d’Azur (2015)

The film became famous not only for the star couple, but also for the credits, where the name was first indicated – Angelina Jolie Pitt. The most beautiful actors in Hollywood played a married couple at the peak of a relationship crisis – and the film turned out to be partly prophetic. A year after the premiere of the drama, Angelina filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, which officially ended in 2019.

Original title:
By the Sea

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Melanie Laurent…

Country:
France, Malta, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
18+


10 years later (2011)

Channing Tatum starred in a heartfelt melodrama with his wife Jenna Dewan, whom he met in 2006 on the set of the hit movie Step Up. The work on the film about the meeting of graduates came at the peak of the relationship between the actors, and in total the stars lived in marriage for 9 years. The news of the divorce came as a shock to everyone, as Channing and Jenna were considered the perfect couple. None of the spouses was convicted of treason or scandal, therefore, even after parting, they managed to maintain a warm relationship.

Original title:
10 Years

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Justin Long…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Dodgeball (2004)

American comedian Ben Stiller and actress Christine Taylor announced their separation in 2017, but the couple reunited again to the delight of fans. Stiller is connected with his beloved not only with sincere feelings, but also with great gratitude for the support in a difficult period. When Ben was diagnosed with prostate cancer, Kristin was there to help beat the cancer .

Original title:
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Genre:
Comedy, sports

Actors:
Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor, Ben Stiller…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Irreversible (2002)

Gaspar Noe wanted to shoot a real couple in the thriller, since the dialogues implied complete improvisation. Such interaction can be achieved between truly close people. Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel were married at the time, so they were perfect for the roles. The plot turned out to be so creepy that many viewers left the cinema hall long before the finale. In fact, for the first half hour, noise was broadcast in the background at a low frequency, causing emotional discomfort. This is exactly the reaction the director wanted to achieve, putting the unique idea above the convenience of the audience.

Original title:
Irréversible

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Ali (2001)

It is unlikely that there will be at least one person who has not heard of the legendary Mohammed Ali. The role of the famous athlete went to actor Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett-Smith played in tandem with the star husband, embodying the image of the boxer ‘s first wife . Initially, the actor refused to participate in the biographical drama , but after a call from Ali, he agreed. Will and Jada have been married for almost a quarter of a century, and over the years there have been rumors of their divorce. Smith admits that marriage is a difficult job, but he and Jada never gave in to difficulties.

Original title:  
Ali

Genre:
Drama, Biography, Sports

Actors:  
Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Jada Pinkett Smith…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.8

Age Limits
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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