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    26 Actors With Such Sizzling Chemistry That It Made Us Wonder What Was Happening When The Cameras Were Off

    It's time to talk about Maxine Shaw and Kyle Barker's romantic chemistry on Living Single.

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which actors had the best onscreen romantic chemistry in movies and TV shows. Here are the electrifying results:

    Warning: Potential movie/TV spoilers ahead! 🚨

    1. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper as Ally and Jackson in A Star Is Born (2018):

    Jackson and Ally singing with each other in the studio

    "As soon as Bradley Cooper saw Lady Gaga in the bar singing 'La Vie en Rose,' there was an instant connection. And after her performance, when he went backstage and he touched her face to take off her fake eyebrow, and saw how beautiful she was without any makeup on...they were just amazing together."

    mikaelakempton

    2. Abbi Jacobson and D'Arcy Carden as Carson Shaw and Greta Gill on A League of Their Own (2022):

    Abbie Jacobson and D'Arcy Carden in "A League of Their Own"

    "It's been a while since a romantic relationship on a TV show had such a hold on me, but oh boy, Abbi and D'Arcy just have electric chemistry as Carson and Greta on A League of Their Own. Their offscreen friendship only made their onscreen romance feel all the more authentic and sincere. Even when they just share a glance, I swoon — I think it's some of the best onscreen chemistry we've gotten in a long time!"

    Nora Dominick

    3. Shay Mitchell and Bianca Lawson as Emily and Maya on Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017):

    Emily and Maya taking photo booth pictures together, and ultimately kissing in the last one

    "Out of all of Emily's girlfriends, Maya is the best. Paige tries to drown her and Alison is a jerk toward her, but Maya is the only one who treats her right. And though she 'dies,' we never see a body, and on this show, even seeing a body doesn't mean death — so she can still be alive if they ever do a reunion 😉."

    Ask_Aspie

    4. Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet as Jo and Laurie in Little Women (2019):

    Jo telling Laurie she can't marry him

    "They did such an amazing job playing Jo and Laurie, showing how their friendship developed and how flirty they were with each other. The scene where Laurie confessed his love for Jo and asked her to marry him on that hill, and then when she turned him down, you could see the pain written all over Timothée’s face. They were perfection."

    mikaelakempton

    5. Lana Condor and Noah Centineo as Jara Lean and Peter in To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018):

    Lara Jean explaining why she's afraid of being in a relationship to Peter

    "Lana and Noah have such a beautiful friendship that many of us can only dream for, and the way they act together on and off screen is very couple-like. Everyone loved them in To All the Boys I've Loved Before because their chemistry was so intense and well-displayed."

    nataliizavalaafloress

    "The chemistry they had on and off camera led to a really good setup for this legendary movie. It would not have been the same without Lana Condor and Noah Centineo!"

    camithy

    6. Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya as Queen and Slim in Queen & Slim (2019):

    Queen and Slim slowly dancing together in the juke bar while a monologue of one of their conversations plays over the scene

    "Their chemistry was absolutely incredible, and made the film unforgettable."

    deadcupcake02

    7. Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz as Rick and Evelyn in The Mummy (1999):

    Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz kissing at the end of "The Mummy"

    "They played such a GOOD couple! They didn’t have a toxic relationship, they genuinely loved and respected each other, and it was just healthy and awesome to watch. I loved these two together."

    nicmac

    8. Gina Rodriguez and LaKeith Stanfield as Jenny and Nate in Someone Great (2019):

    A montage of Jenny and Nate kissing

    "Gina Rodriguez and LaKeith Stanfield had wonderful chemistry — as you watched their relationship play out, it felt very real, and you wanted their screen time to last longer. Someone Great is centered around the friendship between the three female leads, but it's a rare movie where both the friendships and the love story were equally compelling, and that's because of the cast."

    jennr4ab11fa64

    9. Marc Evan Jackson and Andre Braugher as Kevin and Captain Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013–2021):

    Kevin telling a nerdy joke and Captain Holt cracking up at it

    "They are so similar — two straight-faced, secretly dramatic intellectuals who complement each other so well. In any episode where either one's life is in danger, their dynamic is depicted so beautifully!"

    ananyeah

    10. Jennifer Lopez and Jon Seda as Selena and Chris in Selena (1997):

    Jennifer Lopez and Jon Seda in "Selena"

    "I loved the chemistry between Jennifer Lopez and Jon Seda in Selena. It was this beautiful friendship on screen that made you believe they truly were falling for each other. Playing real-life people is probably hard enough without needing to also portray their love story, but I always loved watching them on screen together."

    calm4f5d10454

    11. Erika Alexander and Terrence C. Carson as Max and Kyle on Living Single (1993–1998):

    Erika Alexander and Terrence C. Carson in "Living Single"

    "From the beginning of the series, they had a hilarious, bickering relationship only Erika Alexander and Terrence C. Carson could pull off. But once they finally got together after years of sexual tension, their dynamic on screen was palpable! Their romantic chemistry is one of the best parts of Living Single, and something I'll never get sick of watching."

    Kayla Yandoli

    12. Alyson Hannigan and Amber Benson as Willow and Tara on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003):

    Tara telling Willow she's "something special"

    "Willow and Tara! I was so heartbroken when Oz left Buffy the Vampire Slayer that I never thought I’d want Willow to be with anyone else, but she and Tara just were so perfect for each other. Even when things were bad, they loved each other so much."

    thetimble

    13. Salma Hayek and Matthew Perry as Isabel and Alex in Fools Rush In (1997):

    Isabel and Alex kissing for the first time

    "I LOVE the movie Fools Rush In — the chemistry between Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek is great! They play a couple who are total opposites, but their chemistry just works — you’re rooting for them to make it."

    junkemailannie

    14. Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson as Adonis and Bianca in Creed (2015):

    Adonis braiding Bianca's hair in bed

    "They were such a beautiful, realistic couple — they should've given Michael B. and Tessa some kind of an award for sure!"

    ashols115

    15. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as Carol and Therese in Carol (2015):

    Therese smelling the perfume on Carol's neck

    "Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara's characters in Carol were practically dripping off the screen with chemistry — it’s what made the movie so damn good."

    tamaraow

    "This was literally one of the best onscreen relationships I've EVER seen."

    callmeoreo

    16. Jamie Clayton and Freema Agyeman as Nomi and Amanita on Sense8 (2015–2018):

    Amanita and Nomi proposing to each other at the same time

    "Amanita and Nomi from Sense8! They're just so in love and deeply connected to each other that I literally sometimes forget they are actors. The chemistry is wonderful, and their genuine interactions are just the sweetest and most tear-jerking ever."

    koontzk87

    17. Angel Bismark Curiel and Indya Moore as Papi and Angel on Pose (2018–2021):

    Angel and Papi proposing to each other at the same exact time at the ballroom

    "Papi gives Angel the utmost respect, constantly lifts her up, and pushes her to pursue her modeling dreams. It's very corny, but anytime they express their feelings for each other, it's very passionate."

    Ajani Bazile

    18. Winona Ryder and David Harbour as Joyce and Hopper in Stranger Things 4 (2022):

    Winona Ryder and David Harbour in "Stranger Things 4"

    "I just started watching Stranger Things for the first time this year (yes, I know I'm 100 years late to the party), but I'm SO happy I'm here. I watched Seasons 1–3 before Season 4 dropped in May, and in every episode leading up to the end of S4, I was rooting for Joyce and Hopper to get together! No one but Winona Ryder and David Harbour could deliver such an intense, hilarious, and loving dynamic. I love whenever they have silly arguments, even in the most dangerous situations — and when they finally kissed in Season 4, I was ecstatic (to say the least!)"

    Kayla Yandoli

    19. Tom Holland and Zendaya as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and MJ in Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019):

    Peter telling MJ she looks pretty in the theatre, and MJ teasing him while responding in the same, loving way

    "Despite being absolute best friends in real life (and now romantically involved), they displayed their affections for each other extremely well on screen. Fans loved them together, and will only continue to ship them!"

    nataliizavalaafloress

    "Tom Holland and Zendaya were pretty cute together in the Spider-Man movies — they portrayed the awkwardness in teenage relationships so well."

    brianam15

    20. Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps as Monica and Quincy in Love & Basketball (2000):

    Monica challenging Quincy to play a game of one-on-one for his heart

    "Sanaa Latham and Omar Epps in Love & Basketball should be at the top of this list."

    —Aimee Renaud, Facebook

    21. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor as Satine and Christian in Moulin Rouge! (2001):

    Satine and Christian singing "How wonderful life is now you're in the world" to each other, ending it with a kiss

    "Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge!. I still have hope for these two all these years later!"

    gabbywatson0708

    22. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio as Rose and Jack in Titanic (1997):

    Jack pretending to drive in a car, asking Rose where she wants to go, and her responding with: "To the stars"

    "Their chemistry was undeniably good in Titanic — whenever you saw both of them on screen, you believed in their love. Especially when Rose got off the lifeboat and Jack rushed to her and said how stupid she was for getting off the boat — from start to finish, their connection was just so real."

    dannabaste14

    23. Jack Dylan Grazer and Jordan Kristine Seamón as Fraser and Harper on We Are Who We Are (2020):

    Fraser and Harper embracing each other on the balcony

    "They start out as friends, but you root for them to get together from the beginning because of how much chemistry they have. Fraser supports and loves Harper no matter how they identify their gender, and even helps them explore it. To see their friendship slowly turn into something more so organically and realistically is so beautiful. The last scene, where they finally find each other on the balcony and kiss, is just perfection. Their love for each other truly surpasses gender and sexuality and is really just based on who they are on the inside, and it’s an incredible thing to watch."

    strawberrylumps22

    24. Matthew Daddario and Harry Shum Jr. as Alec and Magnus on Shadowhunters (2016–2019):

    Magnus and Alec expressing their love for one another

    "Alec Lightwood and Magnus Bane are one of the best couples on TV, and you cannot change my mind about it. They’re so cute together and they make each other better, and they're able to completely open up to each other."

    cheese

    25. Dan Levy and Noah Reid as David and Patrick on Schitt's Creek (2015–2020):

    Patrick proposing to David on their mountain hike

    "We all know David is a dramatic person, and we love him for it, and never have we seen Patrick roll his eyes or ridicule his husband for his quirks and insecurities. David is Patrick's safe space when he's nervous about coming out to his parents; Patrick is David's home when it comes to voicing his inner musings that he'd stifled otherwise. Their proposal was just about the perfect depiction of this — Patrick choosing four gold rings because he KNOWS David that well, David asking if he's sure because he has difficulty loving himself. MY WHOLE HEART."

    ananyeah

    26. And Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia as Morticia and Gomez in The Addams Family (1991):

    Gomez staring at Morticia sleeping, saying: "I would die for her. I would kill for her. Either way, what bliss"

    "They fit together like puzzle pieces, and the actors who played them flowed so well that almost nothing could stop the rhythm. The Addams Family will forever be the most iconic movie of all time, and that is partially because of Huston and Julia's exquisite chemistry."

    tigresssss13

    Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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