Sep 25, 2014

Hollywood Couples We Root For: Part Deux

Man, pop culture news has been pretty depressing recently. The summer movie season has been weird and a little disappointing, and television has been less than diverting. Plus, between the deaths, suicides, and Modern Family winning big at the Emmy Awards, it's a pretty bleak picture off-screen as well. So to liven things up, I'm bringing back one of the earliest features on the blog.

Maggie Gyllenhaal hasn't yet left
Peter Sarsgaad for an orb of pure light.
Way back in 2011, in my second post, I talked about celebrity couples who needed to stay together, because the strength of their bonds actually helps people believe that love for normal, non-famous people can exist.

And that hope remains. I guess. I mean, all the couples are still together. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard are still keeping it weird. Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller are still alive. Jennifer Aniston is technically all up in Justin 'Sweatpants' Theroux, but everyone knows that Courteney Cox is the real love of her life. 

So let's look at more couples who prove love is real, even if it's just real for the pretty people. Without further ado, here is a list of Hollywood Couples We Root For, Part Deux:

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum

I have a soft spot for people who meet while filming a movie together, provided that neither of them are married to other people at the time. But while starting a relationship on a film set is pretty common, staying in that relationship once the crews have wrapped is rare. Human potato Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan met on the Step Up set, and, like happens when two attractive people are forced to sweat on each other, they fell in love. Over the years, they've remained pretty connected even as their fame levels have become drastically different. Disparity of fame is the death knell for so many celebs, but somehow these two still want to get up in each other's business even while one is a super-famous movie star and the other is the 3rd lead in The Witches of East End.  Also, since they're the prototypical Homecoming King and Queen, it's amazing that we don't all secretly hate them.

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris

America's current 'it' couple also happens to be the most adorable. They're the blond-ish, funny equivalent of the Garner-Afflecks. Also, when they act together in movies, it doesn't make us all a little uncomfortable. Anna Faris has been a known treasure for a while. She's consistently good-to-great in every movie she's in, even when playing the forgotten, quasi-villain in a Sofia Coppola movie. She's mined the ditzy-blonde/stoner for every ounce of comedy and then some. Chris Pratt, despite being great in Parks and Recreation (and Everwood before that), didn't really blow up until Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy this summer, when he became a bona fide movie star and won America's hearts with his endearing interviews and abs. 

Star power aside, Faris and Pratt are just cute together. They're people who you actually hope show up when you throw a barbecue, rather than that weird couple who you hope just brings those amazing deviled eggs and then leaves before it gets awkward, but then inevitably it's 10:30 and one of them is drinking the good wine (not the company wine) in the kitchen while you're just trying to do dishes and the other one keeps talking about how you need to keep up on your rain gutter cleaning and maintenance. What I mean to say is, the Faris-Pratts are juggernauts of fun, and let's hope they never get tired of each other.

Hayden Panettiere and That Giant She's Engaged To Wladimir Klischko
A fun trench and some stilts
make all the difference.
Okay, I'm pulling for this one solely because it's great to watch these two people in public together. Possibly my favorite thing in the world is couples with noticeable height and weight disparities, and it doesn't get much more disparate than the 5'0" Hayden Panettiere and her affianced, 6'6" Heavyweight Boxing Champion Wladimir Klitschko. Whenever they are on the red carpet together, it looks like she's a five year-old with too much makeup on and he's her butler/bodyguard. It's great. Add to that the fact that she's currently pregnant with his giant baby, and it's pretty clear that we're in for comedy gold in the future. Hayden and Wladimir are like the living embodiment of that parable where the lion and the mouse become friends and everyone learns that mice are awesome. Or something. I never really understood parables.

Donald Faison and Zach Braff
They'll never NOT be wonderful together. As Braff continues to become increasingly insufferable, he would do well to remember that he's the best when he's with his bestie.

Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
Okay, if Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are the couple you want at a barbecue, Megan Mullally and Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman are the couple you want to adopt you.  This perfect NBC-friendly couple is a strange combination of funny and (sometimes uncomfortably) sexy. These two cats are into each other in a major way, and it's nice to see a sex-positive relationship with a woman at the helm. Nick Offerman may be the manliest man who ever manned, but he's no match for Megan Mullally. God bless them both,

Maggie Smith and Michael Caine

Just kidding, I'm still not 100% convinced they're not the same person.

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