Watch: Jennifer Aniston & David Schwimmer Crushed "Hard" on Each Other
"We knew it!"
That is what every Ross and Rachel fan screamed (in their best Chandler voice) when David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston admitted to having crushes on each other early on in Friends' run. For a shipper, there is no greater satisfaction than learning that the actors playing your favorite couple have just as much chemistry in real-life. But sometimes, like with Schwimmer and Aniston's revelation, you don't actually learn about their relationship until years later.
The Friends' lobsters pair are far from the only co-stars to secretly harbor feelings for each other while working together. Several hookups were going down on the set of Saved By the Bell, while an iconic couple from Beverly Hills, 90210 were in a relationship even more on and off then their characters. Plus, Miley Cyrus dated one of her movie co-stars with no one knowing and The Big Bang Theory fans' minds were blown when it was revealed two of the show's stars had dated for several years.
So which co-stars took their romance off-screen with fans never knowing? You're definitely going to want to rewatch some of these TV shows to look for clues after finding out about all of the IRL hookups…
NBCJennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer
The one where fans had no idea their favorite Friends couple actually had feelings for each other.
During the iconic NBC series' HBO Max reunion special, Aniston and Schwimmer admitted they nursed crushes on each other during the first season.
As Schwimmer explained, "Yeah, the first season we—I had a major crush on Jen." Aniston countered, "It was reciprocated."
So why didn't Ross and Rachel's real-life counterparts ever officially get together?
"At some point, we were both crushing hard on each other," Schwimmer explained, "but it was like two ships passing because one of us was always in a relationship, and we never crossed that boundary. We respected that. But we both—"
Matt LeBlanc then interrupted, saying, "Bulls–t. I'm kidding," going on to suggest that the co-stars maybe did show a little PDA on set.
"Honestly, I remember saying one time to David, 'It's going to be such a bummer if the first time you and I actually kiss is going to be on national television,'" Aniston confessed. "And sure enough, the first time we kissed was in that coffee shop."
But the co-stars did take advantage of their time on-set together, with Schwimmer saying, "I thought back on the very first year or two, you know, when we had breaks from rehearsal, like, there were moments where we would cuddle on the couch." Aniston added, "Or we would spoon and fall asleep on the couch."
Finally, Schwimmer admitted, "I'm thinking, how did not everyone know we were crushing on each other?"
Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty ImagesKaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki
The Big Bang Theory stars dropped a big bomb in 2010 when it was reported they had dated for two years, with Cuoco revealing details about their romance only after they split.
"It was such a huge part of my life and no one knew about it," Cuoco said of her relationship with Galecki in an interview with CBS Watch! magazine. "It was a wonderful relationship, but we never spoke a word about it and never went anywhere together."
Though their offscreen flame flickered out, their characters, Penny and Leonard, continued to date throughout the remainder of the CBS hit sitcom's run. But playing boyfriend/girlfriend was never an issue for the former couple.
"When you're dealing with two professionals who have been working since they were both four—and who kept their lives extremely private—we didn't want anything other than that," she explained, going on to reveal their desire for privacy may have inadvertently caused their breakup.
"We were so protective of ourselves and the show and didn't want anything to ruin that. But that also made it sad, too," Cuoco shared. "That's not the kind of relationship I want—I don't want to be hiding."
Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo BankMark-Paul Gosselaar and Lark Voorhies
If you thought the Saved By the Bell characters were romantically cliquish on-screen, it was nothing compared to all of the relationship drama going on behind-the-scenes.
"All of us dated at one point or another—it was incestuous!" Gosselaar told People in 2009. "Sometimes the girls would gang up on the guys. Tiffani and Elizabeth would hate me, and then they'd hate Lark because Lark was talking to me, and Mario was supposed to side with someone. All that stuff you did in high school, like, 'How could you talk to him?'"
But SBTB's IRL couple that dated for the longest was Gosselaar and Voorhies, who were together for three years during the show's later run.