7 Celebs Who Are So Glad They Married Non-Famous Folks

George Clooney George Clooney  isn't the only one—and with good reason. The ultimate bachelor of Hollywood first met British lawyer Amal Alamuddin  when they were... Read More

George Clooney

George Clooney  isn’t the only one—and with good reason.

The ultimate bachelor of Hollywood first met British lawyer Amal Alamuddin  when they were working on a Syrian human-rights project. He’s dated many famous women before, but he seems lately to have had a change of heart regarding his privacy.

For example, he’s very anti-Twitter, stating, “I don’t think you need to be that available.”  And Amal, a brilliant lawyer, takes him outside of his very public Hollywood realm.

“On an intellectual level, they are equals,” George’s mom, Nina, told the Daily Mail. “That is very important to him. Amal’s world couldn’t be more different from the Hollywood lifestyle.”

Julia Roberts

Julia has dated her fair share of celebrities—Liam Neeson , Kiefer Sutherland, and Dylan McDermott, to name a few—but she’s happy with Danny Moder, with whom she settled down and had three children. Although the cameraman  isn’t completely out of the Hollywood scene, he’s a far cry from a leading man on the big screen.

But it wasn’t always smooth sailing: When they started dating, she received a lot of flak from people who didn’t think Danny was good enough for her. Yet it may be Julia’s down to earth attitude about her fame that has kept the couple going strong.

“I have said this a thousand times,” she said. “I just think I am the same relatively simple person that I have always been. I just have this flashy, wacky job. In my own mind, I am still a girl from small-town Georgia who can’t believe any of this has happened to her.”

Scarlett Johannson

Scarlett is no stranger to the Hollywood romance circuit: She dated actor Josh Hartnett for several years and then married actor Ryan Reynolds. But she’s been vocal about her delight that fiancé Romain Dauriac, with whom she’s expecting a child, is an artist, not a celebrity.

“It is [easier], but it’s more than that,” Scarlett said in an interview with Vanity Fair. “We do different things. He’s in the whole art-scene world. So it’s nice, because we can enjoy each other’s worlds, but we don’t have our crazy conflicting schedules and all that other stuff to contend with.”

Matt Damon

Matt met his wife, Luciana Bozan Barroso, in Miami Beach where she was a bartender, then married and had four children with her. Now, after seeing friends like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie constantly in the public eye, he considers himself very fortunate.

“I got lucky, I fell in love with a civilian,” he told Esquire. “Not an actress and not a famous actress at that. Because then the attention doesn’t double—it grows exponentially. Because then suddenly everybody wants to be in your bedroom. But I don’t really give them anything. If I’m not jumping up and down on a bar, or lighting something on fire, or cheating on my wife, there’s not really any story to tell. They can try to stake me out, but they’re always going to get the same story—middle-aged married guy with four kids. So as long as that narrative doesn’t change too much, there’s no appetite for it.”

Meryl Streep

Meryl has been a fixture in Hollywood for decades now, but she is known for valuing her privacy. Her husband of 36 years, sculptor Don Gummer, is also notorious for evading the public eye, and is perhaps responsible for Meryl’s ability to balance it all.

“I know I couldn’t even dream of being a mother and making movies without Don,” Meryl said years ago in an interview with LIFE magazine. “He’s the linchpin. I love him, and I am so grateful.”

And although she normally keeps mum on their marriage, she gave Don a shout-out at the 2012 Oscars, saying, “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.”

Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi married his high school sweetheart, Dorothea Hurley, with whom he has four children—and although he’s seen a massive amount of fame and fortune over his career, he’s still happy with his original partner.

“I wouldn’t trade her in for anything,” he told the Daily Mail. It’s increasingly common for rock stars to divorce their first wives and marry someone younger, but Bon Jovi says that won’t be him.

“I find that women are much sexier when they age gracefully. I want to see them in cowboy boots and blue jeans and not with so much liposuction that they can’t even close their eyes. You see women with it everywhere in Hollywood and, urgh…”

Julianna Margulies

After a string of unsuccessful relationships, Julianna got comfortable being single—and then she met Keith Lieberthal. She told Good Housekeeping she was at a friend’s party, and she had a plan: “Stayfor one drink, then skedaddle,” when she met Keith. “I said to him, ‘Listen, I’m going to be leaving in 10 minutes because I’m sure you’re an actor and I have sworn off [your type].’ And he said, ‘Well, that’s good. I’m a lawyer.’ Then he poured me a big glass of red wine, I stayed the entire dinner—and that was it.”

She appreciates her husband, who gets her career but doesn’t want to be a part of it: “I married a rock, who understands what I do without any resentment.”

Reprinted with permission of Hearst Communications, Inc.

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