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    29 Celebrities Who Married "Regular" People And How They Met

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    Usually, when you read about a Hollywood A-lister embarking on a whirlwind romance with one of us regular folks, it's just a story from Wattpad or However, for some IRL Y/N's, life imitates art.

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    Here are 29 celebrities who married "regular" people:

    1. While Riz Ahmed was busy preparing for The Sound of Metal in New York, he went to a local café, where he jostled over the same laptop plug points with author Fatima Farheen Mirza.

    Riz and Fatima on the red carpet
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    They tied the knot in a small ceremony in late 2020.

    2. After veterinary technician Tracey McShane said she hoped her next boyfriend was like Jon Stewart, her roommate set her up on a blind date with the comedian himself.

    The animal rights activist and comedian on the red carpet
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    He proposed by getting the New York Times' crossword editor to include clues specific to the couple, and they got married in May 2000.

    3. When Ariana Grande was looking to buy a new house where she could escape the hustle and bustle of LA, her team found real estate agent Dalton Gomez, and she asked them to arrange an in-person meeting because he was cute.

    4. On a ferry to New York's Fire Island, Wanda Sykes saw Alex Niedbalski talking to a child and fell in love, and a friend introduced them because Wanda's kitchen remodel required the granite countertops Alex was selling.

    comedian and businessperson
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    In 2008, they tied the knot in a private ceremony in Las Vegas.

    5. Carl Dean first spotted Dolly Parton outside a Laundromat in Nashville, and he took her to meet his parents within a week of meeting her.

    "Jolene" singer and her reclusive husband
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    Against her record label's wishes, they were married two years later in a small ceremony attended only by her mother. 

    6. Ellen Pompeo met music producer Chris Ivery at a grocery store, and they started dating six months later.

    Actor who played Dr. Meredith Grey on "Grey's Anatomy" and music producer at a Roc Nation event red carpet
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    They got married at City Hall in New York City in 2007.

    7. Ed Sheeran had a crush on Cherry Seaborn in high school, and a mutual friend helped them reconnect while she was working on Wall Street and he was playing in New York.

    "Perfect" singer standing behind the consultant, who is clasping his hand
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    A few months later, he invited her to Taylor Swift's Fourth of July bash. The couple tied the knot in a "top-secret ceremony" in January 2019.

    8. Hairstylist Jillian Fink thought it was a joke when she saw an appointment booked under Patrick Dempsey's name, but after three years as her client, he became her boyfriend.

    The hairstylist and the actor who played Derek Shepherd on "Grey's Anatomy"
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    They got married in 1999.

    9. While staying at the comedian's vacation home, Amy Schumer's personal assistant Molly invited her brother, chef Chris Fischer, to come cook for them.

    The comedian and the chef
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    While planning a birthday party for Rachel Feinstein, Amy and Chris grew closer, and they tied the knot in 2018.

    10. At a wedding, one of Vince Vaughn's best friends introduced him to his wife's childhood best friend, real estate agent Kyla Weber, and he was nervous to date her because of how far away she lived.

    The actor who played Billy McMahon in "The Internship" and the Canadian real estate agent on the red carpet
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    However, they corresponded through email and phone calls, and they tied the knot in 2010.

    11. Christian Bale didn't have any interest in getting married until Winona Ryder introduced him to her personal assistant, Sibi Blažić.

    The actor who played Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho" and the former model/makeup artist on the red carpet
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    In January 2000, they eloped in Las Vegas. A few years later, Sibi worked as a stunt driver on Batman, which Christian starred in.

    12. The day he moved to Manhattan, Paul Rudd took his luggage to his publicist's office, and Julie Yaeger, who worked there, offered to drop it off at his friend's apartment so he wouldn't be late to an audition.

    The actor who plays Scott Lang in "Ant-Man" and the writer
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    He asked her out to lunch a few days later, and they got married in 2003. 

    13. One night after the production of Stuck on You had been moved from Hawaii to Miami, a few crew members dragged Matt Damon to a bar with them, where he met bartender Luciana Barroso.

    The actor who played the titular character in "Jason Bourne" and the former bartender
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    They got married in 2005. He said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, "I don’t know how else our paths would’ve crossed if that didn’t happen. If all those things didn’t happen.”

    14. Human rights lawyer Alexi Ashe was her sister's plus-one to Chris Kattan's wedding, where she met Seth Meyers.

    The TV host and the lawyer on the Emmys red carpet
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    Her sister works backstage on Saturday Night Live, where both Chris and Seth have been cast members. The couple got married in 2013.

    15. A friend stopped by George Clooney's house on the way to Cannes, France, and introduced him to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.

    The lawyer and the actor who played Gov. Mike Morris in "The Ides of March"
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    On My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, George said, "I got a call from my agent who said, 'I met this woman who is coming to your house, who you’re going to marry.'"

    16. While Meryl Streep was mourning the death of her boyfriend/costar John Cazale, her brother brought his friend Don Gummer to help her pack up their things, and she exchanged letters with the sculptor until moving in with him.

    The sculptor and the actor who played Julia Child in "Julie and Julia"
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    In September 1978, six months after losing John, she married Don in her parents' garden.

    17. Ellie Woods and Jordan Fisher were best friends growing up, and they officially started dating while Ellie was a student at the University of Alabama.

    Clinical dietetics major and actor who played John Ambrose McClaren in "To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You"
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    They got married at Walt Disney World in November 2020.

    18. Ryan Piers Williams and America Ferrara met during his University of Southern California days when he cast her in his student film.

    The director and the actor who played Amy Sosa on "Superstore" on the red carpet
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    They got married in 2011.

    19. Reese Witherspoon met talent agent Jim Toth when he saved her from being hit on by his drunk friend at a party.

    The actor who played Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde" and the acting agent
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    She told Elle, "Jim said, 'I'm gonna show you every day what a good partner is, what a good person is. I'm going to take care of you. I'm gonna do this so much that you're gonna get used to it.' I was like, 'What are you talking about?' I've never had anybody like that in my life."

    20. Jon Bon Jovi started dating Dorothea Hurley in high school, and they've been together ever since.

    The Bon Jovi front man and the restaurateur on the red carpet
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    They got married in 1989. He told People magazine that "mutual respect" is the secret to their decadeslong marriage.

    21. While Ken Jeong was still a practicing physician, he met Tran Ho at a happy hour mixer for single doctors.

    The comedian and the doctor at a formal event
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    They tied the knot in 2004. He named his comedy special You Complete Me, Ho after her.

    22. Jesse Tyler Ferguson met lawyer Justin Mikita at the gym.

    The lawyer and the actor who played Mitchell Pritchett on "Modern Family"
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    The couple used to tell people they met through mutual friends instead. They got married in 2013.

    23. While she was filming The Mexican, Julia Roberts fell in love with camera operator Danny Moder.

    The actor who played Vivian Ward in "Pretty Woman" and the cinematographer
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    Since their wedding in 2002, they've collaborated on projects such as The Normal Heart and Mona Lisa Smile.

    24. Lisa Kudrow met advertising executive Michel Stern when he was dating her roommate, but they didn't get together until they reconnected at a friend's birthday party six years later.

    The advertising exec and the actor who played Phoebe on "Friends"
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    She said that, when he'd come over to her apartment to pick up his then-girlfriend, she would leave the room so that people wouldn't be able to tell she liked him. They wed in 1995.

    25. Hairdresser Danielle Deleasa was on a family vacation in the Bahamas when she met Kevin Jonas, who got her phone number from her big sister.

    The oldest Jonas brother and the star of "Married to Jonas"
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    He tracked her flight home and called the minute the plane landed. They got married in 2009.

    26. While at a business conference in Aspen, George Lucas met investment guru Mellody Hobson.

    The Lucasfilm founder and the chairperson of Starbucks
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    They were wed in 2013.

    27. Matthew McConaughey was in a club making margaritas when he spotted Camila Alves, and he invited the designer and her friends to join his group for drinks.

    The actor who played Connor Mead in "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" and the designer on the red carpet
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    They got married in 2012.

    28. Cynthia Nixon was serving as a spokesperson for the education nonprofit Alliance for Quality Education when she met founder Christine Marinoni.

    The nonprofit founder and the actor who played Miranda Hobbes on "Sex and the City"
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    During their three-year engagement, they met with legislators and lobbied for the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York City. The couple wed in 2012.

    29. And finally, Aaron Paul met documentary filmmaker and nonprofit founder Lauren Parsekian at Coachella, where they shared their first kiss on the Ferris wheel.

    The "Westworld" and "Breaking Bad" actor with the filmmaker at a "Westworld" event
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    They wed in 2013.

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