TV shows have proven that guys and girls can be just friends and nothing more. (The best example: Lucas & Haley on One Tree Hill.) But did you know that guys and girls can actually be just friends and nothing more off screen, too?? We know, we know, that’s like… unheard of!
Okay, we joke… but how many times have you seen two actors who work together constantly take their on-screen chemistry and apply it to a real-life relationship? Pairs do it all the time after meeting on the set of a YA movie, like Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart, Jamie Campbell Bower & Lily Collins, Alex Pettyfer & Dianna Agron… They’re not great examples, considering all of those particular twosomes are no longer together, but you get the point; it would seem like a male and a female couldn’t work opposite one another without getting romantically involved, right?
But that’s simply untrue. In fact, there are plenty of pairings that frequently appear in films and remain completely platonic. We hear that about Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling, Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson and Meg Ryan & Tom Hanks. None of those specific duos really talk about not dating, but you can assume they never did. And even without them, there are still a bunch. Take all of the following movie co-star pairs — all of ’em actually explain why they never dated, proving that, yes, you can have a guy-girl friendship without ~feelings~:
Ansel Elgort & Shailene Woodley
Even though Ansel appeared as Shai's love interest in The Fault in Our Stars after portraying her brother in Divergent, he still didn't see her in any sort of romantic capacity.
"If a woman is really pretty, it's kind of hard [to be just friends]. I'm not going to lie," the handsome actor said in the April 2015 issue of Seventeen.
But then he corrected himself, "Actually, that's not true. Me and Shailene have a really platonic relationship. I've never once wanted her sexually, which is nice."
Miles Teller & Shailene Woodley
Make that TWO of Shailene's love interests who don't feel the love. Except, this time, her other Divergent co-star, Miles, said Shai would never date him.
"I've never dated Shailene," the Spectacular Now actor told Elle magazine. "She would probably be repulsed by the thought. She saw me eat a Honey Bun two years ago."
Emma Watson & Daniel Radcliffe
DanRad claimed that there were theories of a romance blossoming between him and his Harry Potter co-star; theories that, according to him, were far from true.
"I'm sorry guys, it's not happening," he exclaimed to Esquire magazine in 2009. "It's just not. There's something really incestuous about the idea of it."
Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence
The two frequently work with each other on the big screen, mostly because of director David O. Russell. So, naturally, the public wanted to know if there was or would ever be a real-life relationship between 'em.
"If it didn’t happen by now, it’s not gonna happen," Bradley told Entertainment Tonight at the 2013 Golden Globes. "I could literally be her father."
But age wasn't really the problem, considering he dated actress/model Suki Waterhouse after making that statement. "I said that once on a red carpet just as a diffuse thing," the actor recalled to Howard Stern in 2015. "And then it became a thing because the girl I was seeing was as young as she was."
"It just didn't happen," he continued. "It's not the way we are together."
And they both have said, "No sex!" That's right, "never."
Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet
In 1997, Leo & Kate took the world by storm, courtesy of Titanic. In 2008, they did it again via Revolutionary Road. According to them, though, their love only existed on the big screen... but they're still friends.
"I think the reason that friendship works is because there was never any romantic thing," Kate explained in Marie Claire U.K.'s November 2014 issue. "It's so disappointing for people to hear that, because in the soap opera of the Kate and Leo story, we fell in love at first sight and had a million snogs, but actually we never did. He always saw me as one of the boys; I've never really been a girly-girl. We needed each other to lean on because we were very young and working all kinds of crazy bloody hours and it was a shock to the system."
Kate Hudson & Matthew McConaughey
Kate & Matt have incredible chemistry, as evidenced in 2003's How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and 2008's Fool's Gold. However, there's zero evidence of any off-screen love between 'em. Why?
According to the actress, when the actor started stripping for the camera, she couldn't stop herself from giggling. "The fact that I couldn't stop laughing was a bad sign," she said. "He was making grunting sounds that I'd never heard before. No, Matthew and I wouldn't work."
Drew Barrymore & Adam Sandler
Their on-screen partnership began in 1998's The Wedding Singer, continued through 2004's 50 First Dates and went on to 2014's Blended. But, no, nothing remotely sexual happened between them when the cameras weren't rolling.
"Not even a little!" Drew exclaimed to Chelsea Handler in 2014. "Not even, like, as we say in The Wedding Singer, 'Church tongue.' Nothing, really."
"One night I screamed, 'Please look at it!'" Adam said of his privates. "No, we always just hung out and had a good time. We always socialized, but we never, it's good."
"That's probably why we've been able to stick together all these years because there never was that awkward moment," she chimed in.
"I respect Adam, I always have," Drew said during a separate interview that same day, with On Air with Ryan Seacrest. "We've always had this very platonic, wonderful love and appreciation for each other… and I appreciate what he does."