Actors often have to kiss their co-stars on screen – it’s just a part of their job. People love watching movies, but can you imagine what films would be like if there were no love stories? If characters never had romantic involvements, and would never kiss? Because love is such an integral part of life, it also needs to be an integral part of film.
Kissing your co-stars isn’t always as fun as it sounds. When one or two of the parties involved actually have partners in real life, it can make things pretty awkward. There’s also a chance that they won’t find their fellow actor attractive (chances are pretty slim here since Hollywood people are generally very good looking, but still). And what if the other actor has bad breath, or they’re a really bad kisser?
Even though actors usually know who they’re dealing with, it’s basically like smooching a complete stranger. So they need to be really lucky to get a decent kissing partner. But every now and then, actors don’t only put up with locking lips on screen, they actually enjoy it. It’s fine when you don’t mind kissing your co-star, but when the chemistry is off the charts – it shows on camera as well.
These actors liked kissing their on-screen partners and had no problem admitting it. Some of them went their separate ways, some went on to dating each other, and some even got married. But they were all pretty impressed with their fellow stars’ skills in the kissing department. So who are some of Hollywood’s best kissers?
Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt
Bryce Dallas Howard starred in Jurassic World and its sequel, Fallen Kingdom, along with Chris Pratt. The two play the park’s operations manager and a Velociraptor expert who works at the park, who strike up a romance. And apparently, Bryce was quite impressed with her co-star’s kissing – or more specifically his breath, which according to her was like “starburst.” When asked about it, she said, “He’s perfect in every way.” And we tend to agree.
Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick
Ryan Reynolds, star of movies like Deadpool and The Proposal, actually met his current wife Blake Lively on the set of Green Lantern, in which they co-starred. But she wasn’t the only actress who dazzled him with her kisses. When a Twitter follower asked him what it was like to kiss Anna Kendrick in the horror flick The Voices, he replied “like taking your face to Awesometown.” Anna then hilariously replied that the “Kendrick-train” also had “local stops in Awkwardville and Tolerableshire.” We just love her self-deprecating style!
Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe
Harry and Hermione may not have been love interests, but Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson weren’t off the hook. They had to shoot a scene in which Harry and Hermione supposedly kiss, as a Horcrux fools Ron’s imagination. But although they knew each other since they were 11, apparently it wasn’t that awkward. Daniel had said, “It was quite enjoyable. I quite liked it. She was very good as well, I might add.” And Emma added, “He is a good kisser. I can definitely vouch for that.”
Penn Badgley and Blake Lively
When asked about his best and worst on-screen kisses, Penn Badgley knew exactly what his answer would be. Blake Lively, his Gossip Girl co-star, was both. The two became a couple while filming the series, so kissing her on-screen was pretty enjoyable for the actor. But, after they had broken up, their characters still had to kiss and pretend to be in love with each other – which made for a pretty miserable time. But we’ve got to hand it to them – they still kept it profesh!
Ethan Hawke and Angelina Jolie
Ethan Hawke is definitely a good looking actor, and no doubt he has kissed many attractive Hollywood women while working on films. But in 2004, when he had a romantic scene with no other than Angeline Jolie for the thriller Taking Lives, he literally forgot his own name. “Angelina Jolie was born to whittle men and to make them weak,” the actor admitted. “When she kisses you, you don’t know your name.” He called her his best movie kiss, and we can certainly understand why.
Keira Knightley and James McAvoy
The Academy Award nominated drama Atonement, based a novel of the same name by Ian McEwan, is pretty bleak. But one thing that definitely stands out is the incredible chemistry between two of its stars, Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. The romantic scenes between the two gave us all the feels, and apparently Keira felt the same. She not only called him “the best kisser ever,” but also giggled plenty while she said it. No doubt their chemistry shows through the cameras, even if the ending is tragic.
Keira Knightley and Johnny Depp
Keira Knightley also spilled the beans on another great kisser, and this time it was her Pirates of the Caribbean co-star. And no, surprisingly we’re not talking about hunky Orlando Bloom, who plays her beau in the movie series, but we’re talking about Captain Jack Sparrow himself – Johnny Depp. “I couldn’t ask for a better kissing scene with Johnny Depp actually,” she admitted. “I think my 14-year-old self was yelping with pleasure. It was fantastic!” And really, what girl wouldn’t want to lock lips with Johnny Depp?
Amy Adams and Will Ferrell
A sense of humor goes a long way, but apparently funnyman Will Ferrell is also a better kisser than Grey’s Anatomy Dr. McDreamy (may he rest in peace), Patrick Dempsey. When Amy Adams talked about some of her leading men’s smooching skills on The Rachel Ray Show, she called Dempsey a “lovely” kisser (ouch!). She had better things to say about her Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby co-star, Will Ferrell – who is apparently a “fantastic kisser.” Even Amy herself admits “I was not expecting that.”
Zac Efron and Zendaya
Zac Efron has certainly locked lips with many leading ladies over the years. But his favorite kiss came long after Gabriella Montez (played by his High School Musical co-star Vanessa Hudgens). Zac said his greatest on-screen kiss was the one he had in The Greatest Showman, the 2017 movie musical, with singer and actress Zendaya. The actor actually said that kiss “might be my favorite kiss, I think ever.” That’s a grand statement for a Hollywood heartthrob like Zac!
Megan Fox and Shia Labeouf
Megan Fox had her fair share of on-screen kisses as well, which included actors like Josh Duhamel, New Girl’s Jake Johnson, and even Amanda Seyfried. But actress admitted to E! News that her favorite kiss of all was the one she shared with her Transformers co-star, Shia LaBeouf. It’s hardly surprising, since the two reportedly took their romance off-screen for a while. Although Fox was dating her now-husband Brian Austin Green, it’s reported that they were taking a break at the time, and Megan was cozying up to Shia.
Oprah and Forest Whitaker
Can you imagine how intimidating it must be to kiss the mighty Oprah? We mean, she’s basically a legend! But her The Butler co-star, Forest Whitaker, was not only brave enough to do it, he totally impressed her as well. During a CBS This Morning interview, Oprah was asked about her co-star’s smooching skills, and she was generous. She said she felt pretty good about that kiss, and added, “Forest is a good kisser, how about that?”
Gwyneth Paltrow and Tom Cruise
Gwyneth Paltrow has been in plenty of romantic films, including the Oscar winning Shakespeare in Love, in which she locked lips with The Handmaid’s Tale actor Joseph Fiennes (and also won Best Actress!). But apparently, she particularly enjoyed a kiss she shared on-screen with Tom Cruise. He played Austin Powers for a minute in the sequel titled Goldmember, while Paltrow played his Austin-Powers-girl called “Dixie Normous”, and we think she rather liked it, because she said, “He was an amazing kisser!”
Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder
Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder liked kissing each other so much, they kept smooching after working hours as well. The two started dating while working together on The Vampire Diaries, and became one of the industry’s cutest couples. Unfortunately, it didn’t really work out and they ended things – but their on-screen characters didn’t. Damon and Elena went on with their epic love story, and the former couple had to keep doing romantic scenes together until Nina eventually left the show.
Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper
Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper were also co-stars who became a real-life couple. They had great chemistry while working on the movie musical Mamma Mia!, so they took to kissing each other off-screen. However, their relationship didn’t last very long, and when it came time to work on the sequel together, things got pretty awkward for the two. Especially since Seyfried’s current husband, actor Thomas Sadoski, didn’t like his wife performing romantic scenes with her ex-boyfriend.
Paula Patton and Tom Cruise
It wasn’t only Gwyneth Paltrow who liked Tom Cruise’s kissing moves. When actress Paula Patton was asked about her favorite on-screen kisses when she appeared on Live with Kelly and Ryan, she immediately thought of her Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol co-star, Tom Cruise. While she said it wasn’t her best kiss ever, the actress also admitted it was still pretty great. “He had amazing breath,” she said, “It wasn’t minty. It was just perfect.”
Hugh Grant and Renee Zellweger
Bridget Jones’s Diary is one of the most hilarious and endearing romantic comedies ever made. The cult movie had viewers fall in love with Bridget, played by the talented Renée Zellweger, who got to “snog” both of her dreamboat co-stars, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. So who’s the better kisser? She replied to that only with, “I will say that with either one, it’s not a bad day at work, is it?” However, when asked about her, Grant said Renée was a “top snogger.” That’s quite a title!
Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult
Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult met during a screen test for the superhero movie X-Men: First Class in 2011, and were quite smitten with each other. So while their characters, Mystique and Beast, had quite the on-screen chemistry – particularly in one deleted love scene – the actors were romancing each other off-screen too. Unfortunately, being an adorable couple wasn’t enough. Their relationship didn’t last, and after being on-and-off for a few years, they finally decided to call it quits.
Jennifer Lopez and Josh Lucas
Actors have to smooch their co-stars on screen a lot, and they mostly handle it like professionals. But every now and then, two actors have such explosive chemistry, they take things a little further. That’s how Jennifer Lopez felt about kissing Josh Lucas, who starred in the drama An Unfinished Life with the famous singer and actress. Apparently, they couldn’t wait to kiss each other. Lopez admitted, “We just jumped on each other when they said ‘action.'”
Ryan Guzman and Jennifer Lopez
Ryan Guzman was Jennifer Lopez’s co-star in the 2015 horror thriller film, The Boy Next Door. And while Jennifer said he was the second best kisser she had on-screen (after Josh Lucas), Guzman had said Lopez was his very best. When asked how he would rank her kissing skills, he replied, “I gotta say number one! Even though she gave me number two!” We’re not exactly surprised though, because who wouldn’t like kissing Jennifer Lopez?
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
When Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson met at Robert’s audition for Twilight, they had to perform a scene on director Catherine Hardwicke’s bed. And while Kristen was dating actor Michael Angarano at the time, her chemistry with Rob was too undeniable. They even won Best Kiss at the MTV Movie Awards! But Twilight fans weren’t the only ones swept away by Bella and Edward’s kisses. Kristen ended up breaking things off with Angarano and dating Robert for a few years, until they ended it following an indiscretion on her side.
Christina Ricci and Robert Pattinson
Christina Ricci starred alongside Robert Pattinson in the drama film Bel Ami, which is based on the novel of the same name. In the movie, Robert shares steamy scenes not only with Ricci, but also with Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas (his character certainly got around). And just like his Twilight leading lady Kristen Stewart, Christina Ricci also thought Rob was a top-notch kisser. “He’s a sweet guy and super funny… and a really good kisser,” she said.
Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie
When it comes to Angelina Jolie, many people are aware of her more high-profile relationships, like her marriage to Brad Pitt or to Billy Bob Thornton. But did you know her first husband was actually Elementary star Jonny Lee Miller? Back in his Trainspotting days, Jonny and Angelina were working on the movie Hackers together, playing two hackers falling in love. Besides some pretty heated love scenes in the film, the two also brought their romance off-screen – and ended up marrying each other in 1996.
Lady Gaga and Alexander Skarsgård
You might remember True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgård appeared once in a Lady Gaga music video, for the song Paparazzi. And apparently, they were quite taken with each other’s smooching skills. Gaga called him a very good kisser, saying that they “kissed for real,” and also adding that she wouldn’t hesitate to lock lips with him if she ever met him again. When Skarsgård was asked if Lady Gaga was a good kisser as well, he replied with a very quick “Yes.”
Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke
Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke filmed the sci-fi drama Gattaca together, back in 1997 – before they got together in real life as well. Uma admitted those on-screen kisses were the best she’s had, mainly because she already had feelings for her leading man. “The best kiss I ever had for a movie was with the guy I married, because I was really hot for him back then,” she said. The two went on to marry each other and have two kids, before calling it quits in 2005.
Armie Hammer and Leonardo DiCaprio
Before Armie Hammer was kissing Timothée Chalamet in the award winning coming-of-age drama Call Me by Your Name, he was locking lips with Leonardo DiCaprio for the film J. Edgar. In the scene, J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson throw down some fists, before finally kissing each other. And when he was asked about Leo’s kissing skills, Armie held nothing back. He admitted that Leo’s lips were “soft”, and said that kiss actually made his wife jealous! When asked if he got excited, he laughed and replied “yes.”
Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson may have become a real-life romance, but he wasn’t the only one who was impressed with her kissing skills. Taylor Lautner, who played Bella’s werewolf best friend Jacob in Twilight, also had a chance to smooch the actress and see what all the fuss was about. And he was ready to dish about that kiss too, when he was interviewed about it. “That was the best. She’s a great kisser,” the star said.
Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgård
Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgård starred together in the Disney live-action version of Tarzan in 2016. On one of the interviews on their promotional tour, Margot was asked about her reaction when she learned she would have to kiss Skarsgård (which is, let’s face it – basically every woman’s dream), her reply said it all. She said sarcastically that she knew it would be a tough job, but someone had to do it. It was also rumored that the two were kissing on set while the cameras weren’t rolling…
Sarah Gadon and Luke Evans
Sarah Gadon knew it was going to be fun kissing Luke Evans when she signed onto Dracula: Untold. She even joked that it was the reason she joined the cast in the first place. “When I screen tested with Luke, there was a natural chemistry between us,” the star said. “I knew it would be something really special.” She also said they were lucky to have such good chemistry, because one of their days on set was just ten hours of kissing each other.
Vin Diesel and Charlize Theron
Sometimes, one side just isn’t enough to call a good kiss. After locking lips with his Fast & Furious 8 co-star, blonde bombshell Charlize Theron, Vin Diesel was asked about their kiss. And although he said it was the “best kiss ever,” she had other things to say. She said his character just stood there with his lips “frozen like a dead fish.” She also said, “I like a little bit more movement in my men”. Ouch! When Vin was recited the interview on Ellen, he was visibly outraged – and with good reason.
Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron
Zac Efron became highly famed thanks to his role in the High School Musical film franchise, where he starred alongside actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens. The two dated for a while in real life as well, and eventually went their separate ways. But that didn’t stop Hudgens from commenting on her ex’s kissing skills on Ellen, as she stated he was a really good kisser. And apparently, their co-star Ashley Tisdale also thought the same.
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling’s kiss in The Notebook, the movie based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, was so iconic it spurred endless parodies. In reality, these co-stars apparently hated each other! Reportedly, the two couldn’t stop butting heads on set. But it seems that their attraction was stronger than that, because they started seeing each other immediately after the film wrapped, and dated for three years. We guess the line between love and hate is pretty thin after all.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
It’s no secret that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt enjoyed kissing each other when working on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The action film featured a married couple who were both spies, unbeknownst to each other. Brad was married to Friends actress Jennifer Aniston at the time, and after they got divorced and Pitt started dating Jolie, it was pretty clear what had happened. These co-stars fell madly in love with each other, and the rest was history.
Simon Pegg and Kirsten Dunst
Sometimes actors find kissing their co-stars tolerable, or even kind of nice. But other times, they’re very clear about them being a great kisser. After Star Trek’s Simon Pegg and Kirsten Dunst performed together in the film How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Pegg had nothing but great things to say about his experience kissing his lovely co-star. “If I had to rate kissing Kirsten out of 10, I wouldn’t hesitate on giving her a clear 10,” Pegg stated. “I loved it—she has the best lips ever.”
Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox
One of the most talked-about kisses in film history, is the one Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox shared in the black comedy Jennifer’s Body. While Megan had said she felt more comfortable than she did kissing her male co-stars, Amanda took it one step forward and said she thought it was great. “We kissed really well together,” she admitted. “We have similar kissing styles!” In that context, she also said that love scenes are fun.
Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia
Those of us who know the popular NBC show This Is Us know it’s about as tear-jerking as it can get. Milo Ventimiglia plays the role of Jack Pearson in the family drama, working alongside Mandy Moore who plays Rebecca, Jack’s wife. Mandy didn’t shy away from talking about her kissing scenes with her co-star, saying that he’s been her best on-screen kiss, and stating how comfortable she feels with him. She also said that sometimes there’a a little tongue action involved, when the scene requires it.
Lea Michele and Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher has kissed many ladies on screen, and apparently he’s pretty good at it. After he starred alongside Lea Michele in the ensemble flick New Year’s Eve in 2011, she raved about his skills, saying the actor held nothing back. “He’s a great kisser and has no fear,” she said. “He just went right in and kissed me and I was like, ‘Okay Ashton, go right ahead!'” We’re sure many women would have the same sentiment about kissing Ashton Kutcher.
Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis
The two Hollywood stars locked lips on the trippy Black Swan, in which they played competing ballet dancers vying for the same role – of the titular Black Swan. Kunis wasn’t shy about letting the world know about their moment, either, saying Portman was a “lovely kisser, very polite.” She added that she was also the only person in the world to have kissed both her and her husband Ashton Kutcher, which she did in the romantic comedy No Strings Attached. Portman, for her part, refused to kiss and tell.