There are plenty of things to be said about celebrity couples that played family members on the small or big screen. That’s why we took our time investigating all the romantic duos that played brother and sister in movies, as well as those that played siblings on television, and the stars who dated their on-screen parent in real life. But sometimes the feelings of romance from one actor go unrequited by the other — and those are the actors we’re looking at today.
Cole Sprouse once harbored feelings for his TV stepmother; Avan Jogia hinted at a potential crush on his television mom. But, as with everyone else on the list, these guys’ crushes went one-way, as they didn’t end up dating IRL:
Long before Cole appeared as Jughead on Riverdale — heck, even before he starred on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody — he was making waves as Ross' son, Ben, on Friends. And with Ross' quickie marriage to Rachel in Las Vegas, that made Jennifer Aniston's character Cole's character's stepmother.
"I remember I had the most massive crush on Jennifer Aniston," he told Glamour in a recent interview. "It rendered me speechless almost every scene I would do with her."
"I remember, one time I was supposed to give my line, and she stared at me, and I blanked," he recalled. "I just completely shut up; I didn't know what to say. One of the crew members was like, [does a little voice] 'Little boy's got a crush!' Everyone started laughing. I remember being stricken with fear, just paralyzed with fear that this secret that I had held had gotten out. Looking back, it's those experiences that made it the most fun."
Avan's post-Victorious television comeback, Twisted, was short-lived, but we'll still remember the moment he kinda-sorta showed interest for his on-screen mom, Denise Richards.
When asked, point-blank, if he ever has "improper thoughts" about his television mother, he laughed, saying, "It is ~twisted~ — that's the name of the show."
"She's very sweet, she's very dedicated and just [has] the best energy on set," he adds, "and just, like, spades and spades of good vibes, and that's really what you want with any co-star."
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According to Barry Watson, his ~little sister~ from 7th Heaven STILL has a "massive crush" on him. (Though, considering that JB's married to Justin Timberlake, we somehow doubt it.)
"I am pretty sure every teenage girl had a crush on Barry," Beverley Mitchell once wrote. "I mean look at him. Jess and I did for a minute. I mean it really isn't fair that he had better hair. "
Speaking of Beverley...
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The 7th Heaven alum isn't shy about her one-time crush on her on-screen brother, Barry Watson.
She exclaimed to Refinery29, "I'm like, 'Barry. We had a crush on you for the pilot when you were this hot guy. Then we got to know you, and then you became our brother, and then that became really awkward.'"
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In 2013, Access Hollywood caught up with the brunette beauty, who you most likely know as Gretchen from Mean Girls. It was during that interview that she confessed the feelings she used to harbor for her Party of Five brother, Scott Wolf.
"[Scott] is such a doll, I love him. He's my family… He looks like he's 19 still," she said. "Scott was everyone's crush! It's disgusting to say that because he was my brother and I think of him like a brother now. But, you know, to my teenage heart, yes, maybe he was, but there's nothing wrong with that!"
Access Hollywood also got another former child star to confess his familial crush: Malcolm-Jamal Warner admitted to having less-than-sister-like feelings for Lisa Bonet while they were filming The Cosby Show.
"Early on, it was Lisa, just because we were so close in age," he said of Lisa, who's Zoe Kravitz's mother. "But, you know, I never had a shot. You just know. At 13, 14, you know when you have a shot or not, even at that age."
There were rumors flying around that the eldest of the kids of The Brady Bunch hooked up with his on-screen mother, Florence Henderson, IRL, but that's not actually the case.
"When those little things called hormones start kicking in, you get excited by even inanimate objects," Barry wrote in his 1992 autobiography, Growing Up Brady: I Was A Teenage Greg. "It wasn't that I sought to bed her. I just wanted to spend time with her."
During the series' second season, with Barry's 16-year-old hormones raging, he went out on a so-called restaurant date with his then-36-year-old married co-star. The night ended with a peck on the cheek.
Flo addressed the rumors, saying, "That whole thing with Barry got blown way out of proportion. I guess in a sense it was a date, because Barry thought it was. But of course, I had no idea that his intentions were to 'date' me. It has made for a good story though!"
Shirley Jones spilled the tea on TV daughter Susan Dey's feelings for TV son David Cassidy in her 2013 memoir, aptly titled Shirley Jones: A Memoir.
She claimed that the actress who played Laurie Partridge "had a great big crush on David, and he didn't reciprocate her feelings." According to the matriarch, David saw Susan as "the sister he had never had."
"Throughout the series, Susan Dey continued to be crazy about David, but he didn't handle her emotions for him particularly well or sensitively, Shirley wrote. "She wouldn't listen to my advice to stay away from David, and I found myself warning her over and over against getting involved with him."