Love at first sight doesn’t happen for everyone. No first glances that led to forever here — these celebrity couples may not have fallen in love at first sight but they did discover it a little later. We’re talking about celebrity couples who took some extra time to discover the romantic possibility and we’re celebrating their happily ever afters that took a bit longer to bloom. From Chrissy Teigen and John Legend to Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds and more, these celeb couples found their ways to each other — and we definitely ship them.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
"I wasn't like, 'This is the woman I'm going to marry' from day one," Legend told Los Angeles Confidential in 2014. "For me I’m the kind of person who needs to grow into that feeling. It was probably a couple of years in when I could already see us being together forever."
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Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton
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Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell
"When I met her and her friends, I was suspicious of their unbridled happiness," he told Good Housekeeping. "I thought, 'Something stinks here; they're in a cult.'"
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
"It was really weird. I was like, 'Isn't this illegal?' It was really awkward," he told Howard Stern. "She was 14! She was like my little sister." And while she initially thought he was good-looking," Kutcher admitted he grew to be annoying "because I was like a big brother." Um, clearly they moved past that hella awkward phase.
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Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith
"After we had known each other for many years, we went out for dinner one night and I saw that he had grown from this lanky kid to this really responsible man," Pinkett Smith told Your Tango. "We started courting each other and our friendship turned into romance."
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Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde
"I met Jason, and I thought he was so charming ... but he didn't even get my number," Wilde told expert tips for a divorce-proof marriageAllure in October 2013. "Over the next six months we kept running into each other. [One night], my best guy friend walked up to him and said, 'This is Olivia's number. Use it.' That was the beginning."
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade
"She was like, 'Girl, you better drop that zero and get you a hero.'" Gabrielle said on The Late Late Show with James Corden, adding that she wasn't exactly head over heels upon their first meeting. "At the time he wasn't even drinking. So it was like sober guy in the bar, which is a little lurk-y. When I first saw him, he was just watching us from up above and we were down below." Hmm, seems she eventually didn't hate him looking at her.
Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston
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Adam Brody and Leighton Meester
Calvin Harris and Rita Ora
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Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn
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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
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Jamie Bell and Kate Mara
Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin
Baccarin recalled how she introduced herself to McKenzie but she didn't make much of an impact. And when she appeared on Gotham, she told him the story. "He was like, 'No! What kind of an idiot would do that?'That idiot right there."
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Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar
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Max Handelman and Elizabeth Banks
"I didn't meet my husband and think, I've met the man I'm going to marry," she told People. "I was like, He's cute. I'll f*ck him, because I'm 18 and in college." Those must've been some fun times.
Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor
Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse
"I thought his voice was annoying," Reinhart said of Sprouse. "I was like, 'That guy's got an annoying voice.' And now it's grown on me, I guess."
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Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford
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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
"We were buddies then," Ryan told Entertainment Weekly's SiriusXM show. "I remember it was funny because for about a year after Green Lantern had come and gone and we were both single. We went on a double date. She was on a date with another guy and I was on a date with another girl."
He added: "That was the most awkward date because we were just like fireworks coming across. It was weird at first but we were buddies for a long time. I think it's the best way to have a relationship is to start as friends."
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