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When playing a romantic couple role, it’s not uncommon for celebrities to hook up with their co-star. But when the real life relationship sours, it can be awkward to continue the fictional love story. Here’s a list of 7 celebrity couples who had to continue their on-screen relationships after they broke up in real life.

1. Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson

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Remembered by fans for their on screen love in The O.C, Brody and Bilson became lovebirds in real life as well. Some reported that they even moved in together. Life had other plans for them, however, and by 2006 their relationship was on the rocks. Though they retained their on-screen chemistry during the last season of The O.C., they had parted ways in real life.

2. Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow

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Having turned their romance in Shakespeare in Love into a real life affair, Paltrow and Affleck remained together for a couple of years before realizing that they weren’t meant for each other. However, Paltrow reportedly convinced her former lover to work with her in “Bounce“, because the role was well-suited for him. Affleck agreed. It probably wasn’t an easy job, but actors shouldn’t let their personal life impede their professional opportunities.

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