7 Teen Shows That Sparked Real Life Romances
Devoted fans of the teen television category always love the potential of a fictional on-screen romance budding into the real thing! Viewers watch in awe of the on-screen chemistry between actors and can’t help but wonder if any of those emotions translate into the star’s real lives as well. Luckily, the avid fans that rooted for Seth and Summer or Serena and Dan will be happy to learn that some of these iconic teen couples did actually date in real life alongside their time together on screen! Follow along for eight teen series couples that dated and had real-life romances behind the scenes:
7. The O.C. — Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson
Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson played the iconic duo Seth and Summer on the short-lived but highly popular drama, The OC. A huge part of the appeal behind this mismatched couple is how different they both are! Summer was the most desired girl in school while Seth was considered a dork and simply pined for her from afar. Luckily, this duo eventually found each other and all our dreams (and Seth’s!) came true, especially after fans discovered that they were also dating in real life! Although their on-screen couple got a happily ever after, Brody and Bilson split after three years of dating shortly before the show aired its finale. Adam went on to marry Leighton Meester and Rachel dated Hayden Christensen for 10 years until their recent split.
6. The Vampire Diaries — Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev
Actress Nina Dobrev played Elena Gilbert on Vampire Diaries and her character was constantly torn about where her romantic loyalties lied when it came to the Salvatore brothers, Damon and Stephen. Luckily, in real life, Dobrev knew exactly with whom she belonged and dated Ian Somerhalder for three years before they called it quits in 2013. Despite the breakup, this duo was forced to continue their relationship on screen until Dobrev left the show in 2015. Ian went on to date, marry and have a daughter with Twilight star Nikki Reed while Dobrev has been linked with various Hollywood stars and was most recently spotted with Glen Powell.