Celebrity couples who found love on set

Sparks flew for these celebrities in reel-to-real life

Couples who brought their romance from reel to real-life
Couples who brought their romance from reel to real-life
05 Jul 2017

Couples who brought their romance from reel to real-life

We all know the drill: when a drama starts, we get sucked into the world it creates and unknowingly start rooting for the couples we believe should end up together. Once in a while, however, these reel-life couples take it a step further and see romance blossom even when the cameras stop rolling.

Take the Song-Song couple for example. Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo have recently confirmed that they will be getting married on October 31, and that they started dating while filming their hit drama Descendants of the Sun. (Now we know why their on-screen chemistry was so believable.)

They’re not the only ones who have seen this transition from reel to real-life lovers, as new-generation powerhouse couples such as Fan Bing Bing and Li Chen, along with Song Seung Heon and Liu Yifei have also gone public in the last few years.

Click on to find out which celebs have seen sparks fly and their romance transition from reel to real-life.

Photos: TPG/CLICK PHOTOS

Song Joong Ki, 31, Song Hye Kyo, 35
Song Joong Ki, 31, Song Hye Kyo, 35
05 Jul 2017

Song Joong Ki, 31, Song Hye Kyo, 35

Found love on the set of Descendants of the Sun

Billed as the K-drama of 2016, there’s hardly anyone who wasn’t caught up with - or at least in the know of - Descendants of the Sun. Such was the pair's chemistry in the drama that fans soon started rooting for the Song-Song couple to date in real life, and dating rumours swiftly followed after the drama’s airing.

While they have never acknowledged such rumours prior to the wedding announcement, the couple is confirmed to have started dating while filming this project, and have dated quietly for about two years before announcing that they will tie the knot on October 31.

Photos: KBS

Jesseca Liu, 38, and Jeremy Chan, 36
Jesseca Liu, 38, and Jeremy Chan, 36
05 Jul 2017

Jesseca Liu, 38, and Jeremy Chan, 36

Found love on the set of Who Killed The Lead

A little known fact about how this double-J romance began: they worked together on the set of xinmsn web series, Who Killed The Lead, co-written by Jesseca, in 2014. They started dating a year later after sparks flew on set - presumably. The couple kept their relationship a secret and only went public about it in January 2016. Jesseca and Jeremy are set to make a trip down the aisle this year, at a beachside wedding in the bride's hometown in Langkawi, Malaysia. 

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Goo Hye Sun, 32, Ahn Jae Hyun, 30
Goo Hye Sun, 32, Ahn Jae Hyun, 30
05 Jul 2017

Goo Hye Sun, 32, Ahn Jae Hyun, 30

Found love on the set of Blood

In March 2016, this couple went public with their relationship. They met on the set of KBS drama Blood, which aired in 2015, but photos of them on a date were only revealed almost a year after.

In April of the same year, they announced that they would be getting married and tied the knot a month later, on May 21. The couple has since gone on to film a reality programme, Newlyweds’ Diary, on which they gave audiences a glimpse of what it’s like in a regular day of their lives.

Photos: tvN, KBS

Li Chen, 39, and Fan Bingbing, 36
Li Chen, 39, and Fan Bingbing, 36
16 Oct 2015

Li Chen, 39, and Fan Bingbing, 36

Found love on the set of Empress of China

Mega hit period drama Empress of China is notoriously famous for a few things: its opulent setting and wardrobe, the parade of cleavage in its courtesans and maids’ attires and the unfortunate censorship treatment meted out to the latter. The drama also saw the birth of a new showbiz coupling – Bingbing and Li Chen, who despite having little scenes together in the drama, fell for each other eventually. Many are expecting the couple to get married this year after Li Chen promised to make Bingbing his wife after he is done with his directorial debut project.

Photos: Fan Bingbing/Weibo and Fan Bingbing Studio

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Song Seung Heon, 41, and Liu Yifei, 30
Song Seung Heon, 41, and Liu Yifei, 30
16 Oct 2015

Song Seung Heon, 41, and Liu Yifei, 30

Found love on the set of The Third Way of Love

Cross-country romances are all the rage now and taking the lead in this trend is Korean actor Seung Heon and Chinese beauty Yifei who took their romance off-screen after starring in the Chinese novel-adapted movie. Never mind that their lovebirds characters met with a tragic parting in both the book and movie, fans worldwide found solace in the fact that the two actors are well, alive and dating for real. Things are as good as it gets for the couple. Now, who needs fictional happy endings?

Photos: Liu Yifei/Weibo and HS Media

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Michelle Chen, 34, and Chen Xiao, 30
Michelle Chen, 34, and Chen Xiao, 30
16 Oct 2015

Michelle Chen, 34, and Chen Xiao, 30

Found love on the set of Return of the Condor Heroes

In spite of all the criticisms and backlash directed at Michelle for taking on the iconic role of Xiao Long Nu and failing to look the part, one good thing came out of it - her relationship with co-star Chen Xiao who played Yang Guo in the drama. The newest Condor Heroes reel-to-real pairing (Singapore’s Fann Wong and Christopher Lee count as their predecessors) went public after they were caught spending a night together in the same hotel room in China. The couple found their happy ending and got married last year. They welcomed their first child, a boy, in December 2016.

Photos: Michelle Chen/Weibo, Cathay Studio

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Kevin Cheng, 48, and Grace Chan, 26
Kevin Cheng, 48, and Grace Chan, 26
16 Oct 2015

Kevin Cheng, 48, and Grace Chan, 26

Found love on the set of Blue Veins

After months of secrecy and denials, Kevin finally went public with co-star Grace, who is known to be 22 years his junior. Good wishes rang in for the couple and they requested for the media and public to give them “some space” for their relationship grow. Despite their wide age gap, the couple are dating with marriage in mind, said Grace, “I’m serious about it (marriage). Dating is about having a future. If not, why bother?” With Kevin getting on his years, guess we can expect to hear wedding bells tolling for them soon (within the next two years, in fact).

Photos: TPG/CLICK PHOTOS, PBE Media

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Christy Chung, 47, and Golden Zhang, 35
Christy Chung, 47, and Golden Zhang, 35
16 Oct 2015

Christy Chung, 47, and Golden Zhang, 35

Found love on the set of If You Love

Another large age-gap and May-December pairing with 12 years of age difference between them, Christy and Golden started dating after they were paired up on a Chinese reality dating series, If You Love. Clearly, nothing stands in Christy’s pursuit of true love – not her past of two failed marriages or the fact that she’s the older partner in the relationship. “Love knows no boundaries… Age is not important. What’s important is mutual love and understanding,” she once said. And the biggest bonus for Christy? Her three daughters approve of her beau and get along well with him. Third time's the charm for Christy as the couple tied the knot last year.

Photos: TPG/CLICK PHOTOS

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Kim Tae Yong, 48, and Tang Wei, 38
Kim Tae Yong, 48, and Tang Wei, 38
16 Oct 2015

Kim Tae Yong, 48, and Tang Wei, 38

Found love on the set of Late Autumn

She was his leading lady on the set of Late Autumn but sparks didn’t fly between director and actress until years later, after they got to know one another better. It was a relationship no one saw coming, especially since Tang Wei appeared to have stronger chemistry with her co-star Hyun Bin on the movie set, and both director and actress took everyone by surprise when they released news of their secret and private wedding affair which took place in Sweden in July 2014.

Photos: Tang Wei/Weibo

Nicky Wu, 47, and Cecilia Liu, 30
Nicky Wu, 47, and Cecilia Liu, 30
16 Oct 2015

Nicky Wu, 47, and Cecilia Liu, 30

Found love on the set of Scarlet Heart 1 & 2

Nicky and Shishi (Cecilia) gave Scarlet Heart fans the best present they could ask for when the two actors started dating two years after the drama, which featured a tragic love line between their characters, ended its run. While details are fuzzy as to when they officially got together, word has it that feelings developed between the two after collaborating – as a couple again – on two back-to-back series, Scarlet Heart 2 and Incisive Great Teacher. The pair got married in January 2015 and Nicky made headlines for sealing the deed before even proposing to his wife which was revealed when he shared pictures of his six-months-late proposal in June.

Photos: TPG/CLICK PHOTOS and Tangren Media

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Candyce Toh, 37, and Ang Junyang, 36
Candyce Toh, 37, and Ang Junyang, 36
16 Oct 2015

Candyce Toh, 37, and Ang Junyang, 36

Found love on the set of Project SuperStar 1

Both Junyang and Candyce were rivaling contestants on Project SuperStar but instead of seeing each other as competition, they fell in love and started dating midway through the series. Two years after going on the show, Junyang left for Taiwan to work on his music career and bought Candyce a Golden Labrador Retriever, Tuffy, to keep her company. They said ‘I Do’ three years later and after five years of marriage, the parents welcomed their baby girl Azalea n April last year.

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Qi Yuwu, 40, and Joanne Peh, 34
Qi Yuwu, 40, and Joanne Peh, 34
16 Oct 2015

Qi Yuwu, 40, and Joanne Peh, 34

Found love on the set of C.L.I.F. 2

Both Joanne and Yuwu have worked together on a handful of Channel 8 dramas previously but it was not until a fateful drama sequel called ‘C.L.I.F. 2’ came along that saw sparks fly between the two. As an onscreen couple in the wildly popular TV series, the two decided to take their relationship one step further after feeling a mutual attraction for each other. They tied the knot in a super low-key affair a year later and welcomed their first child together in August 2015. Joanne and Yuwu expanded their brood and welcomed their second child, a baby boy, in April this year.

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Watch past episodes of C.L.I.F. 2, C.L.I.F. 3  on Toggle.

Special mention: Huang Xiaoming, 39, and Angelababy, 29
Special mention: Huang Xiaoming, 39, and Angelababy, 29
16 Oct 2015

Special mention: Huang Xiaoming, 39, and Angelababy, 29

Even after tying the knot in what is dubbed the ‘wedding of the century’, little is known about Angelababy and Xiaoming’s love story - apart from the fact that it all began in 2010, or even earlier in 2009. What we do know, however, is that Baby’s then-rumoured boyfriend has been paving the way for her in showbiz since 2010, from starring as female lead in his ‘Unbearable’ MV to getting her into the Pepsi family and then some more. After years of denials, they finally went public on Angelababy’s 25th birthday in 2014, when Xiaoming surprised her with a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder gift – with him seated behind the wheel.

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