There’s a reason people say opposites attract — and if you don’t believe it, take a look at these celebrity couples. From political divides to huge age gaps, these duos have managed to make their differences work. In fact, some of them are now Hollywood’s biggest It couples after overcoming these obstacles.
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union
After getting to know each other, Gabrielle Union says she forgot all about the nine year age difference between her and her husband, Dwyane Wade.
“I assumed we’d have nothing in common, but once we started talking and texting it was like, whoa, who are you? I thought you were 12,” Gabrielle told Essence.com. “I came to realize that he’s basically Isaac Hayes trapped in a twenty-something body. He’s an old soul.”
She also told Redbook magazine that she’s a young 42 and he’s an old 33, so it all just “balances out.”
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
“He’s much more logical than I am. He’s also very optimistic and I’m very pessimistic,” Mila said on Live With Kelly and Ryan. “Like, he sees the world and sees all the good in the world and all the good in the people. And I’m like Debbie downer, I’m like ‘That’s not true. Here’s why everything you think is wrong.’ But I think there’s a balance between [us].”
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian prove that shared interests and hobbies aren’t the most important part of a relationship: “I’ve never picked up a racket,” Alexis admitted on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “I was so ignorant that when we first met, I had never even watched a match on television.”
The internet entrepreneur and co-founder of Reddit has actually turned down lessons from his pro-athlete wife. “I wanted to be the only person in the world who had ever turned down Serena Williams for tennis lessons, and because I knew there was just no benefit to her seeing me being that bad at tennis,” he says.
Garrett Yrigoyen and Becca Kufrin
Shortly after Becca Kufrin, the season 14 star of The Bachelorette, gave out her final rose, the newly engaged couple was forced to address their political differences head on when Garrett Yrigoyen was called out on Twitter for liking memes on Instagram that were sexist and homophobic.
“[I knew him] but it was still surprising. We had talked about things that were really important to me, like politically, religion, all of that. So for me to see that, it was tough at first,” Becca told The Huffington Post. “I don’t condone those memes. But again, I know how bad he felt and he did not mean to offend anyone.”
Becca is a known Hillary Clinton supporter and participated in the Women’s March, but ultimately feels Garrett’s opinions are his own: “I am a strong woman and I do believe in certain things, but again, that’s what’s so great about our country — everyone is entitled to their own opinions.”
Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard found out the hard way that when it comes to disagreements, they have completely different fighting styles.
“I loved slamming doors — I wanted a dramatic exit! But he, having worked through a variety of emotional issues to get sober, said, ‘This isn’t going to work. This isn’t how I’m going to communicate for the rest of my life,'” Kristen told Good Housekeeping.
“When someone doesn’t fight back and goes, ‘I don’t want to do this,’ that threat is real. It makes you reevaluate your behavior. The way Dax and I argue now — and we argue a lot; we disagree on almost everything! — is so healthy,” she says.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
The “All of Me” singer said he had to adjust to his wife’s blunt and outspoken personality — especially on social media. “I would get a little nervous at first with some of the things she would say, because I didn’t know how people would react. I usually played it more safely,” John Legend told PEOPLE.
But ultimately, John said that Chrissy Teigen’s personality brings out the best in him: “I think she’s brought me out of my shell a bit, and made me enjoy life a little bit more. It’s been fun to grow together in that,” he says.
Hilaria Baldwin and Alec Baldwin
The large age gap between Hilaria Baldwin and Alec Baldwin doesn’t seem to bother her at all. She told PEOPLE it has taught them to accept each other for who they are: “I have a 26-year age difference with my husband and that’s just one of the things we have to understand about each other and that’s what makes us strong … getting it, like ‘I’m not expecting you to be 34.'”