Happy Valentine’s Day/Singles Awareness Day/Sunday to all of you! I shamefully admit that I am extremely behind schedule writing this post. It’s currently 3:30 on Valentine’s Day 2016), and I put off writing this so I could go see an 11am showing of Deadpool (which is awesome). Unfortunately this means that I did not give myself ample time to research this topic, which I thought would be fairly interesting. So the list you are about to see is full of romances that bloomed on the set of…shall we say horror-ish movies? It proved to be quite difficult to find actual stories of romance that bloomed on the sets of horror films. I’m not a quitter though, so I was determined to get at least five, and dammit I tried. I tried so hard, so here you go! Enjoy this list as much as you can, and I hope it gives you a chuckle or two on this “holiday.”
Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt – Seven
First of all, Seven is a horror film. I stand by Jonathan on that one. Anyway, I’m actually surprised I didn’t know about this one. Apparently Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow began dating on the set of David Fincher’s masterpiece. They dated for three years and actually got engaged, only to call it off after six months of engagement. Maybe this isn’t exactly “true love,” but I’ll count it.
Jeff Goldblum & Geena Davis – The Fly
Interestingly enough, Jeff Goldblum helped Geena Davis get the role of Veronica
Queef Quaife in David Cronenberg’s 1986 body horror film. This was their second film together, and their chemistry is palpable on screen. That chemistry is what makes The Fly such a tragic film, since it actually makes you want to see these two lovebirds make it. As many of you may know, that would not be the case. It would turn out to foreshadow their actual relationship though, as they were married in 1987 and divorced by 1990.
Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer – True Blood
These two comprise the only couple on this list that are still together today! Paquin and Moyer began dating during the HBO series’ first season in 2007 and were married in 2010. They are still happily married. Paquin even came out as bisexual in a PSA four months before her wedding, helping to”inspire and engage everyone, especially straight people, to become active participants in the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.”
Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart – Twilight
Before you immediately click “X” on the top right corner of your screen (or the red circle in the top left corner for any Mac users out there), hear me out: I fully understand that Twilight is not a horror movie. I just didn’t want to post a list with four items. There, I said it. Now that that is out of the way, we can focus on this thing that is Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. They met on the set of Twilight in 2008 and managed to keep a low-profile relationship for several years until she was caught kissing her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders in 2012. She eventually issued an apology to Pattinson, but he confirmed that they had split up during an interview in 2014.
Courteney Cox & David Arquette – Scream
This is a Hollywood relationship that hurts my heart. Cox and Arquette met in 1996 while filming Wes Craven’s seminal slasher film Scream, and were married before the third film was released. They would eventually separate in 2010 and divorce in 2013 after nearly 14 years of marriage (they filmed Scream 4 during their separation). This break-up was just so difficult to face because they really did have great chemistry in front of the camera (and I had finally gotten used to calling her Courteney Cox-Arquette). Now, Cox recently split from Snow Patrol band member Johnny McDaid and Arquette married to Entertainment Tonight correspondent Christina McLarty while taking bit parts in awesome horror movies.
As I mentioned before, I did not give myself ample time to research this topic, so that’s on me. Do you know of any other couples that met while filming a horror movie? Let me know in the comments below or shoot me a Tweet!