In Hollywood — as in real life — it's sometimes best to look for love outside of one's work pool. Just ask George Clooney, Matt Damon, Julianna Margulies and more! They're just a few of the stars who gave hope to the masses by falling for non-famous folks. The "Money Monster" star, for example, married British barrister Amal Alamuddin in September 2014. (Really, though, there's nothing "average" about Amal Clooney, who specializes in international human rights law and has represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and served as an adviser to former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.) Keep reading to get the scoop on more stars who found love with non-celebs…
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It was love at first sight for Matt Damon, who fell for bartender Luciana Barroso at Miami Beach's Crobar in 2003 — even though she was yelling at him. "I was hiding behind the bar because I was getting hassled… [Luciana] said, 'What the hell are you doing here?' because I didn't work there and I was behind her bar," the A-list actor told Hello! Canada in 2010. "People have that saying about seeing someone across a crowded room — I swear to God, that happened to me… Something incredible happened the first time I saw her." The couple — who have four children including Luciana's daughter from a previous relationship — married on Dec. 9, 2005.
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Eddie Redmayne is an Oscar-winning actor but the love of his life works in a different profession entirely. Eddie began dating his now-wife, financial publicist Hannah Bagshawe, while he was in college. The pair married in 2014 and have since welcomed two children.
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Before she found love with her "The Americans" co-star Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell was married to craftsman-contractor Shane Deary, whom she met through a mutual friend. The duo wed on Valentine's Day 2007 but split in December 2013.
New Jersey hairdresser Danielle Deleasa was on vacation in the Bahamas in May 2007 when Kevin Jonas approached her after seeing her walking on the beach with a flower in her hair. The duo got engaged on July 1, 2009, tied the knot just months later and welcomed daughter Alena Rose in February 2014. Their second daughter, Valentina, was born in October 2016.
Though she's romanced some of Hollywood's hottest stars (Ryan Reynolds, Sean Penn, Jared Leto and more), Scarlett Johansson has also looked outside of the spotlight for love. She dated ad exec Nate Naylor, whom she reportedly met through mutual friends. Then she found love with French journalist Romain Dauriac, who, according to E!, now manages a creative agency. In 2014, the duo welcomed daughter Rose and secretly tied the knot. Their love didn't last and the couple split in 2017. Scarlett is now dating "Saturday Night Live" star Colin Jost.
Like her "The Good Wife" alter ego, Julianna Margulies' husband, Keith Lieberthal, is a lawyer — which was a definite plus for the Emmy winner. "I love actors," she told Ellen DeGeneres in 2011. "I love working with them. I don't want to live with them. I've been there and done it."
Seth Meyers met lawyer Alexi Ashe at a wedding. They tied the knot in September 2013 and welcomed their first child, son Ashe, in March 2016. Their second son, Axel, was born in the lobby of their apartment building (!!) in April 2018.
Vince Vaughn and Canadian real estate agent Kyla Weber connected at a mutual friend's wedding and tied the knot in January 2010. The duo have since welcomed two children.
Actress Julia Stiles found love behind the scenes when she fell for camera assistant Preston J. Cook on the set of "Blackway" in 2015. The couple wed in September 2017 and welcomed their first child, son Strummer, one month later.
The story of how Marcia Cross met her stockbroker husband, Tom Mahoney, is kind of like the start of a rom-com. "I was walking behind him at a flower shop, and I loved his voice," she told Health magazine in 2008. "I thought, 'Oh my God, you're stalking someone; get out of the store!' I asked the saleswoman, 'Who's that guy?' She said, 'Do you want to leave your number?' It's wild — my whole new life got created that day. If that woman hadn't said that, I wouldn't have left my number." He called, and just six months later, on June 24, 2006, they were married. The couple welcomed twin daughters in February 2007.
It takes a brave man to date Adele. (Make one wrong move and prepare to be the subject of a chart-topping breakup album.) Fortunately, British financier-turned-charity head Simon Konecki is up for the challenge. The duo met in their native Britain in 2011 and welcomed son Angelo the following year. Adele and Simon tied the knot in 2016.
Max Handelman and Elizabeth Banks
Elizabeth Banks and investment banker Max Handelman met on her first day of college at the University of Pennsylvania. They tied the knot on July 5, 2003. (Nowadays, Max works as a producer.)
Anne Hathaway has romanced more than one regular guy over the years. The "Ocean's 8" star dated Italian real estate developer Raffaello Follieri for four years before he was arrested for fraud in 2008. Heartbroken but undeterred, Anne bounced back with jewelry designer Adam Shulman. The couple wed in 2012 and welcomed their first child together, a son, in 2016.
The skies must've been friendly! "It was very romantic — she was working on the plane," Kelsey Grammer told Jimmy Kimmel in 2011 of meeting Virgin Atlantic Airways flight attendant Kayte Walsh on a flight to England in December 2009. "We went out for a coffee several days later and had a magical night in the snow around Christmastime." The duo tied the knot on Feb. 25, 2011, and have since welcomed a daughter and two sons.
In February 2004, Alice Kim was a 20-year-old waitress at Korean club Le Prive in Los Angeles when a 40-year-old Nicolas Cage came in and swept her off her feet. They got engaged two months later and married on July 30, 2004. After they tied the knot, Alice got a new last name — and a minor role in the 2007 movie "Next," which her husband produced. The couple divorced in 2016 after welcoming son Kal-El.
Jesse Williams had yet to achieve "Grey's Anatomy" fame when he met his future wife, real estate agent Aryn Drake-Lee Williams, while he was working as a teacher in New York. "She's been with me through all different facets of my career," he told USA Today in 2010 of his then-wife. "She's stuck with me through thick and thick and thick and thin." The duo tied the knot in 2012 and welcomed two children before calling it quits in 2017 and launching a bitter custody and support payments battle.
Lily Allen and Sam Cooper, an upscale decorator who owns a building company, were friends for years before they took their relationship to the next level in July 2009. The duo, who suffered a 2010 miscarriage, got married on June 11, 2011, and welcomed two children. The couple called it quits in 2018 after Lily revealed she'd cheated with female escorts and Oasis singer Liam Gallagher.
Danny Moder, Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts previously dated actors Benjamin Bratt, Jason Patric, Liam Neeson, Kiefer Sutherland and Dylan McDermott, but it was cameraman Daniel Moder who stole her heart. The couple met on the set of "The Mexican" in 2000 and married two years later. Together, they are parents to two sons and one daughter. "Getting married to Danny. That was the first, like, my life will never be the same in the most incredible, indescribable way," Julia said on the Goop podcast in 2018. "He truly, to this day, to this minute, is just my favorite human. I'm more interested in what he has to say or his point of view just more than anybody. Really, we're so lucky in that way. We just really, really like each other and we just enjoy each other's company."
In January 2004, six months after she split from teacher Danny Mozes after 16 years as a couple, Cynthia Nixon met education activist Christine Marinoni at a fundraiser in New York City. The duo welcomed son Max on Feb. 7, 2011, and tied the knot the following year.
After marrying and divorcing fellow Hollywood actor Ryan Phillippe and dating actor Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon sparked a new romance with talent agent Jim Toth. The duo tied the knot in 2011 and welcomed a son, Tennessee, in 2012. Reese made sure to acknowledge her hubby on Valentine's Day 2019, sharing a photo of the two on Instagram with the caption: "Love my Valentine! ❤️ #9years of love and putting up with all my picture taking."
Eric Clapton was 54 when he met 23-year-old Melia McEnery at a Los Angeles party in 1999. The rocker and the graphic artist married on New Year's Day 2002 in a surprise service after friends and family gathered for the christenings of two of Eric's oldest daughters. The couple have since welcomed three daughters themselves.
When a then-married Christina Aguilera sparked with someone on the 2010 set of "Burlesque," it wasn't with one of her co-stars. It was with production assistant Matthew Rutler. The couple first stepped out together right after Xtina announced her separation from her former husband, music exec Jordan Bratman. She and Matt have since gotten engaged and welcomed daughter Summer Rain.
She's dated Diddy and Ben Affleck and married Marc Anthony, but Jennifer Lopez decided to go for a regular guy in 2011 when she began hooking up with backup dancer Casper Smart. It's not the first time J.Lo has gone for a non-famous dude — or for a dancer. Remember when she married waiter Ojani Noa? And dancer Cris Judd? But she and Casper split in 2016 and J.Lo is now engaged to former MLB star Alex Rodriguez.
Like Jennifer Lopez, Madonna has a thing for dating normal guys. (The father of her daughter Lourdes is trainer Carlos Leon.) Back in 2014, Madge romanced Dutch dancer Timor Steffens. Before him, she hooked up with another hoofer, Frenchman Brahim Zaibat.
Evangeline Lilly might have romanced "Lost" co-star Dominic Monaghan for five years, but by the time the series came to an end in 2010, she'd found love with Norman Kali, a production assistant on the hit show. The duo have since welcomed two children.
Before she found love with Joe Manganiello, Sofia Vergara romanced entrepreneur and Loeb's Onion Crunch creator Nick Loeb, whom she met at a Golden Globes party in 2010. The duo were even engaged from 2012 to 2014.
Oprah Winfrey's other half is entrepreneur Stedman Graham, the chairman and CEO of a management and marketing consulting firm that specializes in corporate and educational markets. The duo, who first met at a charity event, were friends for years before they took their relationship to the next level in 1986. While they've never tied the knot, Oprah and Stedman maintain that they have a "spiritual union."
When University of Southern California student Ryan Piers Williams cast America Ferrera in his 2003 student film, who knew he'd chosen both his future wife and a future star? The actress and the aspiring director moved in together in 2007, got engaged in June 2010 and tied the knot on June 27, 2011. Ryan went on to write, direct, produce and act in the 2014 feature film "X/Y." The couple welcomed their first child, a boy, in 2018.