Recently the interwebs swooned when actor Ryan Reynolds made some fun and sweet social media proclamations of affection to his wife and fellow actor Blake Lively. Individually each has a moderate amount of success in the film industry (but might be better known for just being hot people), certainly enough to support their cute and growing little family. The two met when their careers first intersected on the set of Green Lantern (2011). What’s that? You don’t remember Green Lantern? Well, that’s because it was terrible and not many people saw it. The film got a Rotten Tomatoes score of 26 (out of 100). But out of the wreckage of that movie came Reynolds and Lively’s romance. And as it turns out, there seems to be a trend in Hollywood of young celebrities hooking up on the sets of God-awful movies.
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan (now Jenna Dewan-Tatum) are another long lasting celeb couple that seems to have an almost unfair amount of fun with each other and their position in life. The two met on the set of the dance film Step Up (2006). Certainly Step Up was never designed to contend for an Oscar, and it’s fine for what it is, but it garnered a Rotten Tomatoes Score of 19. Still, 10 years later Tatum and Dewan-Tatum are going strong (and have improved on that Rotten Tomatoes score with some of their more recent projects).
Anna Faris and Chris Pratt are another so-cute-you-want-to-claw-your-eyes-out couple with a terrible movie as the start of their love story. Faris and Pratt met on the set of Take Me Home Tonight (2011), a movie you may only remember because it was tirelessly recommended to you by Netflix for about 2 years. You certainly didn’t see it in the theatres, nobody did. The film grossed 6 million dollars (and lost about 16 million overall). But weep not for Faris and Pratt, they found each other and their careers found new trajectories since. At this point in time Chris Pratt could make a YouTube video of himself clipping his toe nails it would make more money than Take Me Home Tonight.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are everyone’s favorite volatile couple that you are forced to hear about because the media has decided Miley Cyrus will always be a thing. Forever. They too met on the set of an awful movie, which really should not be a surprise since Cyrus has never been in a good movie. The two paired up during 2010’s The Last Song, an emotional heart string tugger with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 20 and a permanent spot on the Lifetime Movie Network.
While they are no longer together, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were the IT (capital letters) couple of not too long ago. The two actors met on the set of the franchise that they will both be forever known for: Twilight. The Twilight franchise made piles of money but was panned by critics. The teen vampire drama cleaned house at the Golden Raspberry Awards following it’s final installment Breaking Dawn-Part II, “winning” Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Actress, Worst Supporting Actor, Worst Ensemble, Worst Sequel, and Worst Screen Couple (though we have previously stated that we believe that the “Razzies” are a dubious award outfit). Both actors will try for the rest of their careers to separate themselves professionally from Twilight, but it’s likely the best they can do is separate from each other. Which they did in 2012.
So why do all these young actors keep hooking up on the sets of crappy movies? The answer may not actually be that exciting. Young actors are more likely to be in bad movies than their veteran counterparts, so these couples meeting on the set of a bad movie is actually the likely scenario. If you want a more interesting explanation, try this on: perhaps even these greenhorn actors knew that the movie they were filming was garbage. If that was the case, perhaps their heart was not in the project, leaving it room to wander elsewhere…