Co-stars are a lot more than just people who act together. Some become best friends IRL. Some even stand by each other’s sides when they get hitched. And, in less-than-sporadic instances, some become romantically involved.
But, as you know, not all relationships end with wedding bells; there are a LOT of TV couples who broke up IRL but still had to work together. #AWKWARD That’s why they call it acting, people!
Don’t believe us? The CW alone has nine couples who remained friendly on set even though their real-life romances were totally dunzo. Other networks aren’t immune to the post-breakup work relationship curse, either. See which TV pairs dated, called it quits, and continued working on TV together below!
Daniel Sharman & Crystal Reed
TV SHOW: Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf couples are some of the BEST couples of all time, but sadly, not all of them last. In 2012, Daniel and Crystal started dating in real life, Making the Isaac-Allison relaysh even MORE perfect, and everything was right in the world. About a year later, the couple called it quits but remained friends and co-stars on the MTV series until Allison was killed and Isaac left Beacon Hills. We are still not over this couple breaking up.
Mark Salling & Naya Rivera
TV SHOW: Glee
A year after Glee began, Mark and Naya had a brief romance. Like their characters Puck and Satana who briefly who hooked up, kind of liked one another and eventually ended up being just friends, the actors decided a real-life romance wasn't for them. Despite rumors of a tumultuous set (to which Mark replied, "Silly rumors, we're the best of friends"), the pair acted together until the show ended in 2015.
Emma Roberts & Evan Peters
TV SHOW: American Horror Story
Emma and Evan relationship can be described in one word: INTENSE. They began dating in 2012 and by Christmas 2013 they were engaged. After three years together, they called off the pending nuptials in June 2015, but were still American Horror Story: Hotel co-stars. BUT WAIT! As of a few weeks ago, the couple is officially back on so it looks like their TV reunion won't be too horrible after all.
Photo: Instagram (@emmaroberts)
Rachel Bilson & Adam Brody
TV SHOW: The O.C.
OMG, Summer Roberts and Seth Cohen were one of the most adorable TV couples of the early '00s! And when the world found out that Rachel and Adam were a pair, IRL, it was total heaven. So, nothing was more heartbreaking than when the actors who played the iconic TV couple split up in real life after three years of dating.
During the show's final year on air, Seth and Summer ended up living happily ever after even though the real-life actors romance was dunzo. So, it's safe to say the pair was able to put any awkwardness from their breakup behind them during filming. The two are now in successful relationships. Rachel had her first baby with partner Hayden Christensen in 2014, while Adam married Leighton Meester that same year.
Sophia Bush & Jesse Lee Soffer
TV SHOW: Chicago P.D.
Sophia has a history of dating her co-stars, so this romance wasn't a huge shock to her fans. In fact, the California native dated three of her One Tree Hill colleagues when she was on the CW series — Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty and Austin Nichols.
After starting her role as Erin Lindsay on Chicago P.D. in January 2014, she was rumored to be dating Jesse, who plays Jay Halstead on the show. The rumors were eventually confirmed in August 2014 and the pair was together for nearly a year. The adorable couple called it quits in June 2015, but they are both still currently the stars on the NBC crime-fighting series and it doesn't appear that their off-screen romance has affected their badass personas on screen whatsoever. Thank goodness!
Hayden Panettiere & Milo Ventimigilia
TV SHOW: Heroes
In September 2007, the Heroes co-stars were seen getting cozy at an Emmys party. By December of that same year, they were officially an item, despite the fact that on screen they were NOT lovers. In fact, Hayden's character, Claire Bennet ,was the niece of Milo's character, Peter Petrelli.
The couple eventually broke up in 2009 over "lifestyle conflicts," but the series continued for another year. Luckily their characters didn't share too much screen time post-split.
Johnny Galecki & Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
TV SHOW: The Big Bang Theory
Leonard and Penny's on-screen relationship is something Big Bang fans have always been rooting for. Although the opposites-attract couple is finally set to tie the knot this season, in real life, Johnny and Kaley didn't have as much luck when it came to the romance department. The pair secretly dated for two years, which took a toll on the couple and ultimately led them to splitsville in 2010.
Rose Leslie & Kit Harington
TV SHOW: Game of Thrones
The on-screen romance between Ygritte (played by Rose) and Jon Snow (played by Kit) was super complicated the HBO show, and, in real life, Rose and Kit’s romance has definitely had its ups and downs. On the series, Ygritte is, *spoiler*, killed at the hands of Jon. We know — WTF?!
At the time that scene was filmed, the couple already knew what it was like to say goodbye, as they had already been broken up for about a year IRL.
Jennifer Garner & Michael Vartan
TV SHOW: Alias
After divorcing Scott Foley in 2003, Jennifer started dating her Alias co-star, Michael Vartan. On-screen, they played a couple that was totally perfect, but in reality their romance didn't last very long. The pair dated for a little bit, but broke up in 2004. They still had two years on the show together, but they made sure their former spark didn't ruin the on-screen chemistry.
Jennifer Carpenter & Michael C. Hall
TV SHOW: Dexter
Dexter began in 2006 and it was clear that Jennifer, who played Officer Debra Morgan, and Michael, who played her brother (and the lead character) Dexter Morgan, had some serious chemistry. Although they were siblings on the Showtime series, their relationship off screen was far from platonic; in fact, the duo tied the knot in 2008!
Unfortunately, Jennifer and Michael got divorced in 2011, but due to the show's success had to continue working together for two more years until the series ended in 2013.