With the recent, shocking revelations that Kristen Stewart had cheated on R-Patz with a much older and much married man, whether you happened to be Team Edward or Team Jacob, there certainly seems to be a growing Anti-Team Bella movement as fans of the couple and their Twilight franchise have been left both furious and appalled at the alleged treatment of their smouldering hero.
The couple, who met whilst working together on the hugely popular boy-meets-girl with a fantasy-inspired-twist movie adaptations, had seemed rock solid during their three year relationship and maintained a low-key public presence.
Rob Pattinson recently fanned the flames on marriage rumors in a rare discussion about the relationship, telling Blackbook Magazine literally last week, “There was a magazine, with these pictures, saying I was getting married. No one ever knows what is true or what isn’t,” he says “Even my own mum called to ask me if it was true. It’s not. At least, not yet.” Not yet and potentially not ever, if the relationship can’t get past recent sordid events, which begs us to ask the question; can celebrity couples work together – professionally and personally?
Sure, there’s a whole bunch of examples of Hollywood hook-ups; it’s to be expected to a certain extent – what we’re usually talking about are super gorgeous, extremely charismatic and talented individuals whose day job demands the suspension of reality. Buff action hero? Kick ass heroine? It’s hot – and it’s not just you and I, snaffling handfuls of popcorn at the cinema while enjoying a little eye candy, that think so.
The adrenaline’s pumping and particularly, if the role demands chemistry, it’s not difficult to see how that could continue to flow – even after the directors yelled cut. In parts where close physical contact is required; the intimacy it’s necessary to foster to realistically portray the role doesn’t necessary disappear – a lot of actors believe that staying in character assists with performance – and if that sizzling transcends the fuzzy borders between the theatrical and the practical then it’s easy to see how there’s a transition from the silver screen to between the sheets.
What’s a significantly rarer find than these showbiz lust-fuelled liaisons are long lasting unions between celebrity co-stars and on-set colleagues… In certain respects, at least from a theoretical perspective, there are plenty of reasons why it would work. Who else, but a fellow megastar would understand and sympathetically respond to the inherent pressures accompanied by fame; media intrusion, loss of anonymity, unrealistic expectations and brutal criticism. Not to mention a natural disposition to suspicion when looking to find love; will they love me or the lifestyle? Who I am or who they perceive me to be?
Rita Hayworth, one of the original golden age sex sirens, once wearily remarked that she’d had it with men and their disappointment after they’d… “Went to bed with Gilda… and woke up with me.” If a romantic interest is attracted to their idol’s floppy haired, sweet and sensitive persona, they may be dismayed to encounter a feisty badass off screen – again, something, someone also in the movies would be in a position to appreciate and relate to.
In reality though, successful showbiz partnerships – particularly couples who’ve actually met on set or continued to work together are a relatively elusive phenomenon. Anna Paquin and Steven Moyer, stars of HBO’s smash hit True Blood, are a rare example of a couple who, despite continuing to collaborate professionally, have had as much success after the cameras have stopped rolling and not only nearing their second wedding anniversary, after tying the knot in a romantic beach ceremony in 2010 but are expecting to expand their family rapidly with twins due this fall.
Another showbiz couple that seems to have managed to go the distance are Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor. Despite not strictly meeting as co-stars; Ben was directing while Christine acted, they’ve since collaborated on various projects while building a solid family – Christine credits taking a backseat in her own career to concentrate on raising their children, with Ben pitching in when he’s available, with making their relationship work – critically, the couple agree maintaining a sense of humor is vital.
And who can discuss celebrity couples working together without a nod to the infamous Brangelina; a clear case of intense chemistry simmering over and igniting in real life after hitting it off on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith. After coming together amidst masses of controversy, the couple have since gone on to form one of the largest Hollywood broods and continue to fend off break-up and scandal rumors, the couple are thought to have recently got engaged; their alleged jeweller telling US Weekly “They’re both lovely, very talented people that compliment each other . . . when you’re with them, you can see how strongly in love they are.” He then goes on to confirm that Ms Jolies rock is a piece of jewelry boasting an estimated 16-carat, emerald-cut diamond, worth approximately $500,000…
So while celebrity couples that last may be a rare breed, it’s not an altogether impossible feat; with a little compromise, communication, a few laughs along the way and ensuring the spark doesn’t completely go out, it’s entirely achievable to live in Hollywood harmoniously… As for poor R-Patz and sneaky Cheatsten Stewart… Wasn’t Breaking Dawn a two parter? Can’t wait for the press calls for that one – awwwkward.
Chloe Taylor is a quirky Welsh copywriter with a flair for life coaching and champagne drinking.
Selma: Personally I don’t know how anyone could work with their partner. When do you get time to miss them? When do you get time for yourself? If it works for you then I truly commend your bravery. That must be some serious true love LOL. I recommend this DiscoveryGame to see how your partner likes to be loved so you don’t end up becoming just co-workers!
Giulia: Working with a spouse is generally not an easy thing to accomplish, and you should set clear ground rules before working together. Even the happiest of couples do not always agree on everything, and this is particularly true when it comes to money and business. I recommend this DiscoveryGame for all couples who work together to discover your career dreams and open conversations about future goals and aspirations.