These Celebrity Couples Dated Well Before They Became Famous

Hollywood is full of celebrity couples who dated before they were on the map. While everyone is familiar with today’s “it” couples, there are dozens of couples who dated before they hit the big time in the industry. Here are a few of the most famous couples who dated before they were stars.

Reese Witherspoon and Chris O’Donnell


Back when they were practically babies, Reese Witherspoon and Chris O’Donnell dated when they were both newcomers to the Hollywood scene. This was well before Witherspoon starred in her famous roles in “Pleasantville” and “Cruel Intentions” and also before O’Donnell burst onto the scene with his role in “Batman & Robin.”

Lisa Kudrow and Conan O’Brien


It is not surprising that comedians Lisa Kudrow and Conan O’Brien found a connection and dated. As two of the funniest people in entertainment, the pair met while taking an improv comedy class together. They eventually came to the decision that they were better off as friends.

George Clooney & Kelly Preston


George Clooney and the late Kelly Preston once dated seriously, even living together for a time. While the pair did not make it for the long haul, they both found lasting love with other celebrities. Preston was married to John Travolta until her death in 2020 while Clooney is now married to the famous lawyer Amal Alamuddin.

Liam Neeson & Helen Mirren


As they were making a name for themselves in the acting industry, Liam Neeson and Helen Mirren dated and lived together. The two met in 1981 when they worked together on the Oscar-nominated film “Excalibur.” The former couple has reportedly remained friends over the years.