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Forget high-profile coupling - These celebrities married 'normal' people

Sasha Brady

Published 28/12/2015 | 08:10

Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian
Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian
Aaron Paul and wife Lauren (nee Parsekian) have been married since 2013. Photo: Instagram
Scott Phillips and actress Julie Bowen attend the Fox And FX's 2014 Golden Globe Awards Party on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Actor Paul Rudd (L) and Julie Yaeger attend the premiere of Marvel's "Ant-Man" at the Dolby Theatre on June 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Meryl Streep (R) and Don Gummer pose on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/ MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
Matt Damon and wife Luciana Damon attend the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

We're familiar with the perils of high-profile celebrity coupling in an industry where relationships come and go. That's why it's refreshing to see a Hollywood star fall in love with a partner who isn’t in the spotlight; someone with a ‘normal’ life and a ‘regular’ job.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tasha McCauley

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The 'Inception' actor has always favoured a low-key, private life so it's no surprise that he married someone who isn't in 'the industry'.

His wife, Tasha McCauley, is the co-founder and CEO of Fellow Robots (a company that creates robots that are used in retail, transportation, and personal assistance) and is the director of business development at GeoSim.

The fiercely private couple met through mutual friends and began dating in 2013. They wed the following year at a low-key ceremony at their home and earlier this week became parents to their first child, a baby boy.

 

Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman

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'The Hunger Games' actress met her husband, Max Handelman, when they were both studying at the University of Pennsylvania and tied the knot, 10 years later, in 2003. His career as an author and a producer doesn’t qualify as ‘regular’ but he appears to pursue a low-key existence away from the spotlight.

The couple who are parents to Felix (4) and Magnus (2) - born through surrogacy - are committed to making their relationship work.

Elizabeth recently said to Allure magazine,  "We have always dreamed about our life together. And we work together every day, and we have a lot of respect for each other on every level. And then there's love. And then there's lust. So it's great."

 

Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian

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Aaron Paul gained superstar status through his role as Jesse Pinkman on 'Breaking Bad' but is renowned for his down-to-earth nature. His wife of two years, Lauren Parksekian, is the founder of The Kind Campaign: a non-profit organisation that works to combat bullying through education and awareness campaigns.

On Lauren's most recent birthday, Aaron referred to his wife as "my pretty little bird" when wishing her a special day. "You have changed my life and have single handedly made this world a kinder place," he shared. "I like you a lot…Hugs and kisses all over your pretty little face."

 

Matt Damon and Luciana Barosso

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Matt Damon met his wife Luciana Barosso when she was working as a bartender in Miami in 2003 and married at New York City Hall in 2005. They are the parents of three daughters, as well as Barroso's daughter from a previous relationship, and renewed their vows in April this year on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.

'The Martian' star claims the secret for his marriage remaining happy is that he still feels fortunate to be with her after ten years of marriage.

"I'm lucky I found my wife. If there's any secret it's that. It's to feel lucky."

 

Julie Bowen and Scott Phillips

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The Modern Family star's husband, Scott Phillips, is a real estate investor and software developer. The pair have been happily married since 2004 and are parents to Oliver (8) and twin boys John and Gustav (6).

"I would have had a bullet in my head so long ago if I was married to me!" the actress joked to Us Weekly in 2012. "He is so patient, and takes care of me like nobody's business."

 

Paul Rudd and Julie Yaeger

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Paul Rudd met his wife, Julie Yaeger (a former publicist), in 1995 when he was in New York promoting Clueless. As the story goes, he ended up staying at her apartment and never left.

The pair have been married since 2003 and have two children together, a son, Jack Sullivan and a daughter, Darby.

The actor rarely speaks out about his personal life but appears to hold traditional values high when it comes to love.

He recently said to Elle magazine, "My wife and I have been together for 16 years. My parents were married my whole life until my father passed away a few years ago."

 

Meryl Streep and Don Gummer

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Meryl Streep's career and relationship both enjoy steady, long-term success. She's been married to her sculptor husband, Don Gummer, for 36 years and they have four daughters together.

They chose a life away from Hollywood and raised their family on the East Coast in Connecticut.

In her acceptance speech after winning the Best Actress Academy Award in 2012 for 'The Iron Lady', the actress paid tribute to her loving husband.

"First I’m going to thank Don because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech they play him out with the music and I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives, you’ve given me," she said.

 

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