From Mark Wahlberg (Fear) to “Cruel Intentions” Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon sure knows how to connect with her co-stars beyond the screens.
Reese Witherspoon and Mark Wahlberg gave off some steamy chemistry in their 90s movie, “Fear,” so much so that viewers were convinced they had a thing in real life.
While the couple never confirmed their romance in real time, they gave off some of the most memorable onscreen romantic connections on screen.
From Witherspoon’s portrayal of the innocent 16-year-old Nicole Walker navigating her first love experience to Wahlberg’s David McCall crossing the thin line between love and sociopathic obsession, it was undoubtedly a love we all craved – until it wasn’t.
So not exactly the ending envisioned after David came on too strong at Nicole. Still, the actors behind the character managed to make us obsess over their love story – enough to inspire a remake over two decades later.
Discussions about the upcoming remake, reportedly starring Amandla Sternberg in the lead role, began in 2018. In October 2022, Deadline announced that Peacock took over the development of the 90s psychological thriller film into a series.
While little about this upcoming series is known to the public, it’s undoubtedly headed for the stars, given the cult following the movie has attracted over the years.
That’s all thanks to Reese Witherspoon and Mark Wahlberg’s ability to bring a good story to life with their convincing acting. Whether or not they had a thing in real life to inform their chemistry remains for the onscreen lovers to reveal.
Meanwhile, let’s look at other co-stars Reese Witherspoon has been linked to through the years aside from Mark Wahlberg.
1. Did Reese Witherspoon and Mark Wahlberg Ever Date?
Reese Witherspoon became linked to Mark Wahlberg after they co-starred in the 1996 film, “Fear.” During the movie’s filming, rumors that the two began dating surfaced.
Although Wahlberg, who was 23 at the time and Witherspoon, 18, never confirmed their relationship offscreen, things reportedly ended between them in 1997.
2. Reese Witherspoon was Linked To “S.F.W” Stephen Dorff In The Early 90s
Reese Witherspoon and Stephen Dorff starred together in the 1994 movie, “S.F.W” an abbreviation for “So F***king What.”
Rumors of their supposed romantic connection off-the-screen began swirling around that time. However, Witherspoon stepped forward to deny the dating claims, affirming she would never date Dorff for all the money in the world. She added:
“I really admire the girls who do hold Dorff’s attention. I don’t know if it’s because he doesn’t know what he wants or that he knows exactly what he wants, and if that person doesn’t apply, he’s going to find it somewhere else… I’m not that kind of girl.”
So theirs was simply rumors, but it seems they at least connected on some level, albeit non-romantically, for her to know so much about his personality.
Witherspoon Married “Cruel Intentions” Co-Star Ryan Phillippe
Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon played love interests in the 1999 film, “Cruel Intentions.” While many believed they met on the set of the movie, the twosome was actually already a couple even before snagging their respective roles on the film.
Notably, their relationship began after he crashed her 21st birthday bash in 1997, weeks before receiving the movie script. In fact, Phillippe passed the script to the “Legally Blonde” star soon after receiving it, spurring her interest in playing the female lead.
The movie hit the cinemas in March 1999. Three months later, the two tied the knot. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe proceeded to welcome their kids, Ava and Deacon Phillipe, before finalizing their divorce in 2008.
Jake Gyllenhaal And Reese Witherspoon Dated After “Rendition”
In 2007, four years after her split from Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon co-starred with Jake Gyllenhaal in the thriller, “Rendition.”
Following their meeting on the set of the movie, the twosome began their romance off-screen. Witherspoon gushed about her then-partner in a 2008 interview, saying he was supportive and made her happy.
Their relationship ended in 2009 after two years together.
Who Else has Rese Witherspoon Dated?
Aside from her onscreen love interests, Witherspoon has been linked to other big names in the industry. In 1993, rumors of the then-16-year-old’s relationship with Chris O’Donnell began to swirl after she accompanied him to a tribute party in honor of Al Pacino. However, the two never confirmed the relationship.
Shortly after her split from Jake Gyllenhaal, Witherspoon began dating CAA talent agent Jim Toth. The two tied the knot in 2011 and have since welcomed one son, Tennessee Toth, born 2012. To date, the couple is happily married, striving to keep their union and family devoid of scandals.