20 Hollywood Actors You Didn’t Realize Were Co-Starring With Their Own Kids

Ever watched a movie and thought that two of the actors looked weirdly similar? Don’t worry, you’re not going crazy – or seeing double! Chances are that it’s a family affair on screen. Yes, for every pair of Sheens or Sutherlands, there are plenty more stars who team up with their kids without you even realizing it. Take these 20 duos, for example…

20. Demi Moore

A movie about an exotic dancer? Not the most appropriate set to bring your kid to! But Demi Moore clearly had no qualms with taking daughter Rumer Willis to work with her while filming 1995’s Striptease. And that wasn’t all. Moore also had her seven-year-old girl cast as her on-screen child in the risqué flick.

Later, the two women worked together on Now and Then and TV show Empire, while Willis has since gone it alone with a role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. But the up-and-coming actress hasn’t forgotten that early experience with her mom. In November 2020 she even honored Moore’s birthday by posting a cute Instagram snap of the pair together on the Striptease set.

19. Carrie Fisher

Princess Leia’s son Kylo Ren may have turned to the dark side in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but at least Carrie Fisher’s real-life daughter was by her mom’s side all the way. In the 2015 sequel, Billie Lourd – in her screen debut – portrays Kaydel Ko Connix, a subordinate of Leia.

And in 2017’s The Last Jedi, Lourd’s character was playing an even greater role in the story. Sadly, though, this would be the last time the actress would get to play opposite her mother. Yes, following Fisher’s death in 2016, Lourd was the only one in the family to appear in 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker. Touchingly, she also stepped in to act as a body double for Leia during filming.


18. Ryan O’Neal

Fresh from an Academy Award nomination for 1970’s Love Story, Ryan O’Neal was Hollywood’s hottest new performer. So, what did he do next? Well, use his clout to cast his ten-year-old daughter! That canny move may have backfired a little, however. Unfortunately for Ryan, Tatum’s performance in Paper Moon somewhat overshadowed his own rising star.

Yep, Tatum received all the plaudits for her role as little orphan Addie. She even became the youngest performer to ever win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. But the critical acclaim apparently drove a wedge between Tatum and her resentful father, as their relationship deteriorated soon after. In 2009 Vanity Fair quoted Ryan as saying, “Everybody hated everybody because of that Academy Award.”


17. Janet Leigh

In 1960 Janet Leigh made movie history by becoming the first true scream queen in Psycho. Then, years after Janet was hacked to death in a shower in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, her daughter Jamie Lee Curtis perfected the horror heroine with 1978’s Halloween. And considering their respective contributions to the scary movie genre, the pair were almost destined to team up at some point.

But it actually took the mom and daughter 20 years to finally come together in the fittingly titled Halloween H20. A sequel to the original Halloween and its 1981 follow-up, the movie cast Leigh as the secretary of Curtis’ character in a role full of nods to Psycho. And while the pair’s time on screen together is short, it’s still a thrill to see the two horror icons united at last.


16. Sylvester Stallone

One of cinema’s most enduring creations, Rocky Balboa made Sylvester Stallone into the star he is today. And for the boxing series’ fifth installment in 1990, the actor decided he wanted his son in on the action, too. Then only 14, Sage aptly portrayed Rocky Jr., who fights for his father’s affection throughout the movie.

Unfortunately, though, Rocky V wasn’t the star-making vehicle Sylvester possibly envisioned it to be. In fact, it’s now widely regarded as the worst film in the series! And the actor realized this himself, calling the stilted sequel “a mistake” when speaking to The Sun in 2010. For his part, Sage shied away from acting in later life and allegedly declined an offer to return in 2006’s Rocky Balboa.


15. Jerry Stiller

Born with comedy in his veins, Jerry Stiller ruled the airwaves alongside wife Anne Meara in the ’60s. His role as the hotheaded Frank Costanza on Seinfeld endeared him to 1990s kids as well. And if that wasn’t nearly enough, the star had yet another claim to fame: being the dad of equally acclaimed actor and director Ben.

Throughout his career, Ben gladly cast his pop in supporting roles – most notably Maury Ballstein, the title character’s agent in 2001’s Zoolander. But familial bonds didn’t prevent the odd on-set disagreement, as Jerry divulged to The New Yorker in 2012. “He wanted perfection, and I was getting a little huffy,” he said of his son’s directorial style. “I didn’t even want to be in the movie.” Yikes.


14. Brendan Gleeson

Harry Potter fan? Then you’re no doubt aware that Domhnall Gleeson portrayed Ron Weasley’s brother Bill in The Deathly Hallows. But did you know that the actor shared the screen with a real member of his family? Yes, that’s his dad, Brendan, chewing up the scenery as “Mad-Eye” Moody!

The father-and-son team have tackled darker material together, though. In 2014’s Calvary, Brendan portrayed a church minister attending to Domhnall’s incarcerated killer in a scene that – although tough to film – was ultimately rewarding. Speaking to UPI in 2014, the proud dad gushed of his offspring, “It was a real treat to engage with an actor of that quality.”


13. Meryl Streep

Few stars have the critical credibility of Meryl Streep. And as Streep has 21 – yes, 21 – Academy Award nominations to her name, acting alongside her must surely be a daunting prospect for even the most seasoned screen veteran. Yet there’s probably at least one person who finds the screen legend’s presence more comforting than challenging. Yep, we’re talking about Mamie Gummer – Streep’s daughter.

In 2015’s Ricki and the Flash, Gummer stepped into the role of the neglected child of Streep’s runaway mother. And despite all the on-screen animosity between the pair’s characters, their close relationship may have actually made the acting easier. Gummer suggested as much to The Daily Telegraph, saying in 2015, “I don’t know if I could have done it with anyone else. It would have been very hard with a stranger to unleash that degree of emotion without worrying.”


12. Tom Hanks

Let’s face it: Tom Hanks is pretty much America’s dad now. He seems the supportive and easy-going type – just the kind of guy you’d want in your corner when life goes south. On screen, though, the star has given moviegoers a glimpse of himself as a no-nonsense patriarch. And in this role in 2008’s The Great Buck Howard, he appeared opposite his actual son Colin.

In the dramedy, Tom portrays a stern taskmaster who disapproves of his author son’s career choices. But it’s all just acting, of course! In real life, we bet the Forrest Gump star encourages you to follow your dreams. And given Colin’s own journey to Hollywood, that impression may not be too far off the mark.


11. Blythe Danner

It’s only natural for parents to try to push their kids the extra mile. But when Blythe Danner appeared on stage with Gwyneth Paltrow back in 1994, the mom may have been a little too demanding on her kid. Explaining herself on her daughter’s Goop podcast in 2018, Danner admitted, “I thought you had to sweat blood and tears to give a great performance, and you never did.” Ouch.

Still, that didn’t stop the duo from working together again in 2003’s Plath. And although they played a real-life mother-daughter pairing with a complicated relationship – Aurelia and Sylvia Plath, of course – they didn’t seem to have any further fallings-out on set. Perhaps Paltrow’s Oscar helped Danner accept that her daughter actually has talent?


10. Angelina Jolie

For her role in 2014’s Maleficent, Angelina Jolie decked herself out with some truly scary horns and claws. And while these accouterments helped the glamorous star sell her role as the “Mistress of Evil,” it did have one unwanted effect. As the actress explained to Entertainment Weekly in 2014, her horrific appearance left child actors too petrified to perform with her.

Now, given that Jolie’s character spends much of her time with the young princess Aurora, this was naturally a problem. So, producers turned to the one kid who wouldn’t run away no matter how the actress looked: her daughter Vivienne. “It had to be a child that liked me and wasn’t afraid of my horns and my eyes and my claws,” the star told Vanity Fair. “It had to be Viv.”


9. Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges may be a Hollywood legend, but he’s not the only person in Tinseltown with that last name. First, there’s his older brother, Beau, who appeared alongside Jeff in 1989’s The Fabulous Baker Boys. Then there’s his father, Lloyd – a movie mainstay who gave his boys their first exposure to the business called show.

During Jeff’s childhood, Lloyd pulled strings to get his son on TV show Sea Hunt. Then, years later, the Big Lebowski star returned the favor by having his father cast as a shady politician in Tucker: The Man and His Dream. Hopefully that wasn’t any kind of reflection on how Jeff really sees his dad…


8. Will Smith

If you need someone to play your son on screen, then it makes sense to use your own, right? That may have been Will Smith’s thought, anyway, when the actor cast his boy Jaden in 2006’s The Pursuit of Happyness. And though that role was his first, Jaden arguably stole the show from his father. The pre-teen even ended up nabbing an MTV Movie Award for his performance.

Alas, the same couldn’t be said for the Smiths’ next project together: 2013’s After Earth. Opening to bad box-office takings and worse reviews, the movie became Will’s “most painful failure.” Why? Because he’d got his son involved. “I led him into it,” the star rued to Esquire in 2015. “That was excruciating.” Still, given Jaden’s success since, it probably didn’t hurt his career too much!


7. Stellan Skarsgård

Stellan Skarsgård has been working with director Lars von Trier since the 1990s. And when the time came for Stellan to team up with his equally famous son Alexander on screen, it was appropriately in 2011’s Melancholia. There, Stellan plays the best man to the True Blood star’s groom in a wedding that doesn’t exactly have a happy-ever-after.

Yes, Skarsgård’s role was less than pleasant. Not a surprise if you’re familiar with von Trier’s output! But although the Thor actor may have played “a douchebag” in the movie, Alexander had just been happy to be with his dad. Speaking to MTV News in 2011, the Swedish star said of his pa, “It was awesome. We’ve never worked together before. He’s one of my best friends.” Aww.


6. Melanie Griffith

As a girl, Melanie Griffith almost lost an eye to a lion on the set of her mother Tippi Hedren’s movie Roar. Oof! You’d understand her not wanting to go into the family business after that. And yet Griffith did become a star in her own right. So, of course, did her own daughter Dakota Johnson.

Just like her mother had done for her, Griffith helped her daughter put her foot on the first rung of the showbiz ladder. Thankfully for Johnson, though, there were no wild cats to act alongside on the set of 1999’s Crazy in Alabama. Instead, the then nine-year-old simply played her mom’s on-screen kid.


5. Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood may have portrayed his fair share of outlaws, but it seems he’s a family man deep down. So much so, in fact, that the famed actor and director loves to cast his kids in supporting roles. Most notably, his son Scott made his name appearing in Gran Torino, Invictus and Trouble with the Curve.

But Scott isn’t the only member of the Eastwood household to have gotten in on the Hollywood action. There’s also daughter Francesca, who has a small part as a waitress in Clint’s 2014 music biopic Jersey Boys. Alison and Kyle have appeared in The Mule and J. Edgar, respectively, too. Must be nice to be the kid of a legend!


4. Susan Sarandon

As a child, Eva Amurri had the best role model anyone could ask for: her mother, Susan Sarandon. And it seems that the Oscar winner led by example. Amurri explained on a 2019 episode of Yahoo! Finance’s My Three Cents, “I think the biggest lesson there was just the permission to want a lot for yourself, career-wise as a woman. I think that was extremely valuable to me.”

So, Amurri began her first steps into acting – with a little help from her mother, of course. In 2002 the then 17-year-old played the daughter of Sarandon’s former groupie in The Banger Sisters. Fans of Friends may also remember that Amurri appeared alongside her mom in the episode “The One with Joey’s New Brain.”


3. Judy Garland

There are few Hollywood mother-daughter relationships as iconic as that of Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli. Through roles in The Wizard of Oz and Cabaret, respectively, Garland and Minnelli both became titans of the silver screen. But while the pair famously performed together on TV in The Judy Garland Show, few can recall them appearing in the same movie.

The two did, though – albeit only once. Way before Minnelli came to fame as Sally Bowles, the star made her movie debut alongside her mom in 1949’s The Good Old Summertime. And at just three years of age, the star is completely unrecognizable in the role of Garland’s on-screen daughter.


2. Jon Voight

Wanna know about feuding Hollywood families? Well, for starters, there’s Jon Voight and Angelina Jolie’s famously fractious relationship. Yep, the two haven’t been on the best terms since Jolie’s early childhood, when Voight left the family. But even despite this bad blood, the two still managed to pull it together for one shared screen appearance.

In 2001, you see, Voight was cast as the on-screen dad to Jolie’s title character in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. However, while this may have seemed to be a sign of father and daughter making up, the pair’s relationship apparently didn’t get any better afterward. The fact that Voight didn’t reprise his role in 2003’s The Cradle of Life suggests as much, anyway.


1. Robin Williams

Some of you may remember seeing Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda appearing in a Nintendo promo back in 2011. That wasn’t the first time the pair had teamed up on camera, though. Not at all! Seven years earlier, Zelda and Robin had shared the screen in little-known flick House of D. And given the dramedy only earned just under $400,000 at the box office, we bet you didn’t flock to the movie theater to see it.

Directed by David Duchovny, House of D sees a teenage Zelda portray the girlfriend of Anton Yelchin’s character Tommy Warshaw. Robin, meanwhile, stars as Tommy’s developmentally disabled best friend. And while reviews for the doomed film were brutal – Roger Ebert even coined the adjective “doofusoid” to describe it – Zelda’s role did at least earn her a mention on People’s list of upcoming talent in 2007.


If you’re the son or daughter of a Hollywood star, though, you’ve probably seen your famous parent pucker up on screen. Embarrassing! And, yes, it’s probably just as bad when you learn the smacker wasn’t actually in the script. That’s right: many movie kisses – from quick pecks on the cheek to passionate smooches – were filmed entirely on the fly. Here’s a look at just 20 of them.

20. Roger Moore and Valerie Leon in The Persuaders


Veteran British actress Valerie Leon has had the good fortune to work alongside such legends as Richard Harris, Richard Burton and Roger Moore. She’s shared the screen with the suave James Bond star on no fewer than four occasions, in fact. And the lucky lady has even had the opportunity to get up close and personal with Moore on set.

While filming an episode of classic ’60s series The Saint, for instance, Leon took part in a three-in-a-bed scene with Moore. That’s not as risqué as it sounds, though. In fact, the actress went so far as to describe the moment as “terribly innocent.” And Leon has also spilled the beans about another amorous encounter with the former 007. According to the Islington Tribune, she said in 2017, “I was also in The Persuaders, and Roger gave me an unscripted kiss. I just closed my eyes and enjoyed it. They kept it in.”

19. K.J. Apa and Casey Cott in Riverdale


One of the most memorable Riverdale episodes has to be season four’s “Wicked Little Town,” when the gang tackle Hedwig and the Angry Inch. And two of the teen drama’s stars certainly got into the spirit. In the cult musical, Hedwig typically wades into the audience to give one lucky spectator a smooch. So, Casey Cott and K.J. Apa decided to uphold the tradition – even if they had to go off-script.

Speaking to TV Insider in April 2020, Cott revealed all, saying, “Halfway through shooting that number, I was like, ‘I should just go kiss K.J.’ So I planted one on his cheek… Then the next take, I went in to do the same thing, and he turned his face and we just kind of laid a big one on each other… After that, we were like ‘This is exactly what it should be.’”

18. Camilla Luddington, Justin Chambers and Jessica Capshaw in Grey’s Anatomy


Grey’s Anatomy addicts know that, in the very last episode of the show’s 14th season, Camilla Luddington’s Dr. Jo plants a kiss firmly on Alex’s lips. Then she does exactly the same to Arizona. And while these smooches seem to catch both recipients, Justin Chambers and Jessica Capshaw, entirely off guard, that’s for good reason. You guessed it! The whole moment was entirely spontaneous.

Luddington confessed all when she retweeted a clip of the three-way kiss on Twitter. The actress wrote, “Ha!!! It was unscripted, but I thought hello?!!! Who wouldn’t want to also smooch Arizona Robbins?” Well, indeed. And Luddington’s admission was met with nothing but admiration by fans of the long-running medical drama.

17. Jim Caviezel and Taraji P. Henson in Person of Interest


The kiss that Joss Carter shares with John Reese just before she dies is arguably one of the most unforgettable moments of Person of Interest. But in a 2013 interview with TV Line, showrunner Jonah Nolan revealed that actors Taraji P. Henson and Jim Caviezel actually smooched on the fly. Shockingly, he also admitted that he initially wasn’t a fan.

Nolan said, “I’ll be honest, Greg [Plageman, executive producer] and I were not terribly interested in seeing that take because the moment on the page was about the enduring friendship between these characters. Yet from the beginning, I was kind of always rooting for that connection, that spark, so finally we sat down and looked at the take like, ‘Aww…’ It’s very earned. It’s very real.”

16. Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Sands in A Room with a View


Helena Bonham Carter has admitted that she didn’t have much kissing experience at all – let alone on camera – when she was cast as Lucy Honeychurch in period drama A Room with a View. Then just 18 years old, the actress kept everyone waiting to cement her character’s romance with Julian Sands’ George Emerson. But she eventually plucked up the courage on the spur of the moment, as she recalled in a 2015 interview with The Criterion Collection.

Carter also revealed that she’d had other things on her mind when the “magic moment” finally occurred. The star said, “It’s very hard to walk across a plowed field in high heels. I just knew I had to get to [Julian] without falling down – and then not laugh when he kissed me.”

15. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in Jurassic World


Believe it or not, but Jurassic World’s Claire and Owen were never meant to kiss in the long-awaited reboot of the dinosaur franchise. Yes, really! Take it from Bryce Dallas Howard herself. She told Out magazine that her on-screen smooch with Chris Pratt had never been in the original script before adding, “And then on the last day, that happened…”

Apparently, Howard was left just as surprised by the kiss as the rest of the crew. Well, except for director Colin Treverrow, who had secretly discussed with his leading man the prospect of a spontaneous smooch. In a DVD feature, Treverrow admitted, “The idea was we’re just going to have Chris Pratt surprise [Bryce] in front of 200 people. And that’s the take that’s in the movie.”

14. Steve Carell and Oscar Nuñez in The Office


After learning that one of his employees is gay, The Office’s Michael Scott does everything he can to prove that he’s not homophobic. And, yes, in one particularly cringeworthy scene, that includes kissing said employee squarely on the lips. But Steve Carell’s hilariously awkward smacker with Oscar Nuñez only occurred on the spur of the moment, as the recipient of that kiss went on to explain.

Nuñez told The A.V. Club, “We were just supposed to hug, and [Steve] kept hugging me. And that particular take, he came in really close, and I’m like, ‘Where is he going with this?’ Oh, dear, yes, here we go.” The actor revealed that he was also concerned the moment would be ruined by a guffawing cast or crew member. Luckily, though, everyone on set managed to stifle their laughs long enough for the shot to survive.

13. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth in The Last Song


It’s fair to say that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth had one of the most high-profile on/off relationships in recent Hollywood history. And it began in unusual circumstances, too, as on the same day they met, the pair shared their very first kiss on camera. Hemsworth and Cyrus were filming the 2010 Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Last Song, in case you didn’t know.

Yet this intimate moment only came by way of a last-minute instruction from director Julie Anne Robinson. Initially, the Australian actor and the former Hannah Montana star were simply supposed to frolic in the sea for a montage scene. But Hemsworth approved! During a 2010 press junket, he explained, “It was kinda good, because I hadn’t had any time to think about or get nervous about, you know, the kiss.”

12. Tommy Davidson and Jada Pinkett Smith in Woo


You wouldn’t necessarily imagine Will Smith to be the kind of guy to start a fight. He’s just too nice for that, surely! But the A-lister very nearly came to blows with Tommy Davidson following an improvised scene with his wife in Woo. Jada Pinkett Smith and Davidson had agreed to mix things up during the finale of the 1998 romantic comedy by busting some moves together. Then things eventually went off a little too off-script with an impromptu kiss.

In his autobiography, Davidson recalled how he had first leaned in for a smooch — much to Jada’s surprise. He went on, “I didn’t know this: you have to rehearse a kiss. You can’t just spring it on your co-star… And I didn’t think it was all that big of a deal.” Will certainly felt differently, however, and “went all gangsta” on Davidson. But, thankfully, the situation never turned physical. The trio are now good friends, too. All’s well that ends well, eh?

11. Jillian Bell and Jonah Hill


As a star of many a Judd Apatow comedy, Jonah Hill no doubt has plenty of experience improvising. The same could be said of former Saturday Night Live writer and Eastbound and Down star Jillian Bell. And the pair put their skills to hilarious use for a memorable scene in 22 Jump Street – one that goes from confrontational to passionate and back again within seconds.

In the hit sequel, Hill’s hapless cop Schmidt and Bell’s college student Mercedes are constantly warring. But when they get into a physical fight, their relationship takes a turn for the unexpected. Before the cameras started rolling, both actors had agreed that their characters should share a kiss in between hitting each other. And we’re glad they did, as it’s undoubtedly one of the most side-splittingly ridiculous parts of the movie.

10. Jake Johnson and Max Greenfield in New Girl


Although their friendship was never anything more than a platonic bromance, New Girl’s Nick and Schmidt couldn’t stop kissing each other in the quirky sitcom. During a 2013 appearance on On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Jake Johnson even joked that he’d more frequently locked lips with Max Greenfield than with any of his girlfriends. Still, he took some time getting used to his co-star’s amorous ways.

Greenfield told Seacrest, “We’ll do a lot of improv on the show, and I’ll just go in and kiss [Johnson] sometimes. [The New Girl producers] usually don’t put it in. And, finally, they put it in after about the seventh time I’d done it.” The actor added that Johnson had initially responded aggressively to being kissed without warning. Over time, though, he apparently became more relaxed about it.

9. Gemma Whelan and Indira Varma in Game of Thrones


One of the most eagerly awaited moments of “Stormborn,” the second ep of Game of Thrones’ seventh season, was the kiss between Indira Varma’s Ellaria Sand and Gemma Whelan’s Yara Greyjoy. You’ve probably guessed by now, though, that the pair weren’t originally supposed to lock lips at all. In 2017 Whelan told Entertainment Weekly, “It just seemed like something we should do. It was meant to be a suggestion [of flirting], and then it became more sexual than we expected because it seemed right.”

But the pair’s spontaneity also affected an unsuspecting stunt double. You see, as Whelan injured her back during filming of the pivotal scene, her stand-in had to take part in that on-screen kiss, too. And the prospect was something the woman appeared to find terrifying, according to Varma. The actress said, “I don’t think [the stuntwoman had] ever been put in that situation before. She’s used to falling over and being attacked and all the stunts, but to be kissed by an actress was a bit beyond her.”

8. Dylan O’Brien and Holland Roden in Teen Wolf


While appearing at Madrid’s Showtime Con 2 event in 2017, Holland Roden revealed a secret that shocked Teen Wolf fans to their very cores. The kiss that started everything between her character, Lydia, and Dylan O’Brien’s Stiles hadn’t been scripted. In fact, she’d had no idea that her co-star was even going to plant a kiss on her cheek.

And that one innocent peck snowballed into one of the show’s key romances. Yes, as audiences started to “ship” the couple online, producers realized that there could be something in the idea. Much to fans’ delight, then, “Stydia” soon became a genuine storyline in the hit teen drama.

7. Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2


Woody Harrelson certainly wasn’t afraid to reveal his true feelings for one of his Hunger Games co-stars in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. In 2016 the star admitted, “I have a crush on Elizabeth Banks. I’m not going to lie. I think she’s a beautiful woman, I think she’s a marvelous actress, and I just love her as a person.” Little surprise, then, that Harrelson decided to steal a kiss from the actress in the sequel.

Harrelson later said of that smooch, “[Elizabeth] didn’t know I was even going to do it. I just kissed her.” And apparently Banks had few qualms about the actor’s opportunism. According to a reporter from the Associated Press, the star deliberately kept forgetting her lines during the scene in question so that she got to enjoy even more kissing time with Harrelson.

6. Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in The Last Jedi


Of course, not all spontaneous on-screen kisses are moments of pure passion. For example, The Last Jedi sees Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker tenderly plant a peck on the forehead of Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia after telling her, “No one’s ever really gone.” It was an improvised scene that went on to pack an emotional punch with audiences. As Star Wars aficionados know, the film was only released in theaters after Fisher’s untimely death, making the beautiful display of affection even more poignant.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight in 2018, Hamill revealed that he had felt the unscripted kiss was the right thing to do at the time. He said, too, that the scene would always be “really momentous… because Luke was saying goodbye to his sister forever.” Owing to Fisher’s death, though, Hamill has never been able to bring himself to watch this farewell.

5. Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams in American Hustle


In American Hustle, Jennifer Lawrence’s Rosalyn Rosenfeld starts arguing with Amy Adams’ Sydney, the mistress of her conman husband. But their bathroom altercation takes a turn for the unexpected when Rosalyn kisses Sydney wildly before laughing cruelly. And no one was more surprised at this impromptu moment than the film’s director, David O. Russell.

Yes, in 2013 Russell told Vanity Fair that while he’d been pitched about the idea of a kiss between the two women, he had had no idea exactly when it would occur. Then, at a press conference for the movie, Adams explained that she’d been behind the spontaneous act. She was keen to praise Lawrence, though, for her commitment. In Adams’ eyes, the smooch “didn’t just feel like a moment where two girls are going to kiss on screen – it felt emotional.”

4. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow


Back in 2014, Edge of Tomorrow screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie told Film School Rejects that he had found it difficult to find a natural place in the movie for the two leads to kiss. He continued, “[It] always felt false. It always felt like they weren’t focused on what was really important.” And, in fact, the idea was almost junked completely until Emily Blunt stepped in.

Just as her character, Rita, is about to bid farewell to Tom Cruise’s Cage, Blunt plants a kiss on the A-lister’s lips. McQuarrie revealed that this came totally on the fly, saying, “It was not in the script. It was not even discussed.” But Blunt had a good explanation for her sneaky smacker. McQuarrie claimed that he’d asked Blunt why she’d chosen such a moment, only for the star to reply, “It just felt right. It felt right, and I did it.”

3. Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis in Top Gun


Tom Cruise has a reputation for being such a complete professional that it’s hard to imagine him ever forgetting a line. But although he’s super-famous, he’s still human. And, fortunately, the star had a novel method for disguising his sudden memory loss while filming a scene for 1986 classic Top Gun. He simply kissed his co-star instead.

Yes, the first smooch between Cruise’s Maverick and Kelly McGillis’ Charlie was never in the original script. But when the leading man failed to remember his next line during the streetside showdown with his co-star, he decided to turn their argument into something more passionate. And the rest, as some people say, is blockbuster history.

2. Neil Patrick Harris and Burt Reynolds in B.L. Stryker


The kiss that Burt Reynolds planted on a young Neil Patrick Harris back in the 1980s had quite the effect. It turned the Doogie Howser actor gay! Well, not really, even if Harris does make a joke to that effect in his 2014 memoir. The peck in question came while filming an episode of Reynolds’ short-lived detective series B.L. Stryker.

In Choose Your Own Autobiography, Harris explains, “As a joke at the end of one take, Burt leans over and kisses you square on the mouth. The crew thinks this is very funny, but it makes you uncomfortable. Uncomfortable and, it will ultimately turn out, gay. Burt Reynolds’ kiss makes you gay.”

1. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation


It’s one of the most talked-about movie moments of the 2000s. Bill Murray’s Bob whispers into the ears of Scarlett Johansson’s Charlotte in the final scene of 2003 rom-com Lost in Translation. Then the pair share a kiss. And while, sadly, we never learn the words Bob utters, we do now know that this climactic smooch was entirely unscripted.

In a 2013 chat with The Daily Beast, director Sofia Coppola said, “I remember sometimes [Murray] would spring things on [Johansson], and it was fun to get her reaction.” That wasn’t the only time Murray flexed his improv skills in the acclaimed movie, either. Apparently, he also came up with all the dialog in the sushi bar scene – where his only direction was to make Johansson laugh.