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The “normie husbands” behind some of your favourite women in Hollywood

You may not even recognise some of them.

In a world filled with power couples, and celebrity “shippings”, more than a few powerful female stars are coming home at the end of a long shift to a husband whose day looks much more like ours.

The term “normie husband”, refers to a partner whose job doesn’t place them in the public eye to the same extent as their famous counterpart.

Read on for the many recognisable women in Hollywood, who have almost unrecognisable husbands.

01

Margot Robbie and Tom Ackerly

Margot Robbie met her husband Tom Ackerly in 2013 on the set of Suite Francaise, a World War II film where she played a supporting role and he was an assistant director.

That same year they began their own production company LuckyChap Entertainment, which has gone on to produce several female-focused box office hits such as I, Tonya, Promising Young Woman, and of course – Barbie.

Tom Ackerley and Margot Robbie at the 96th Annual Oscars. (Getty Images)

The pair tied the knot in a low-key ceremony here in Australia back in 2016.

At the 2024 Critics Choice Awards red carpet, Margot was asked by E! News what it was like to be married to someone who wasn’t as recognised as her. The actress responded, “I am so lucky. He likes being behind the camera. He’s not fazed by any of this stuff. He’s just the best.”

02

Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery

Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery have the most normal “meet cute” scenario there is. The couple locked eyes at a Los Angeles grocery store in 2003, and the rest was history.

Chris works in the music industry as a producer, however very little is known about him and his career.

Ellen and Chris were married in 2007, and went on to have three children together – Stella Luna, 14, Sienna May, born in 9, and Eli Christopher, 7.

Chris Ivery and Ellen Pompeo attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rocket 2020.
Chris Ivery and Ellen Pompeo attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rocket 2020.

03

Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman

Anne Hathway met her husband, Adam Shulman, in 2008. The actress has admitted she knew instantly that Adam was the “love of her life”.

While Anne is known for her work in front of the camera, her husband works as a film producer behind the scenes. Adam also designs jewellery and began his own company, James Banks Design.

Adam Shulman and Anne Hathaway attend Paris Fashion Week, 2023 in Paris, France.
Adam Shulman and Anne Hathaway attend Paris Fashion Week, 2023 in Paris, France.

The couple were married in California in 2012, and Adam even designed and created Anne’s engagement ring himself.

In 2016, they had their first child Jonathan Shulman, and welcomed their second son Jack, in 2019.

04

Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney

In 2018 Jennifer Lawrence was spotted with art gallery director Cooke Maroney. It took fans a while to figure out who the mysterious non-A-Lister was, but it was obvious that Jennifer was head over heels.

The pair were swiftly engaged and married just over a year later, and welcomed their son Cy in 2022.

Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney are out and about in Manhattan 2023.
Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney are out and about in Manhattan in 2023.

Jennifer commented in an interview with Vanity Fair that on her first date she felt “so embarrassed” about bringing security on their dates. We don’t blame her. Cooke’s social media presence is almost non-existent; with a private Instagram page and very few followers.

We can imagine having a first date with Jen and her security would be…intimidating.

05

Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin

This may sound like the plot of a film, and we’re not so sure it isn’t.

Country singer, Miranda Lambert, met her husband, Brendan McLoughlin on the set of Good Morning America. Brendan, an ex-NYPD officer, was working as security on the show when his future wife was a guest and performing.

Three months after, they were married!

Brendan McLoughlin and Miranda Lambert at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards 2023, Texas.
Brendan McLoughlin and Miranda Lambert at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards 2023, Texas.

06

Gal Gadot and Jaron Varsano

Gal Gadot met her husband Jaron Varsano at a yoga retreat in Israel in 2006. The pair formed an instant connection, and were married in 2008.

When they met, Jaron was a real estate developer It wasn’t until 2017 that he sold his portfolio and moved to Los Angeles.

The couple now own a production company called Pilot Wave Motion Pictures, and share three daughters together – Alma, Maya, and Daniella.

Yaron Varsano and Gal Gadot attend ELLE's 27th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration 2021 in Los Angeles.
Yaron Varsano and Gal Gadot attend ELLE’s 27th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration 2021 in Los Angeles.

07

Dolly Parton and Carl Thomas Dean

Dolly Parton is one of the most recognised singers in the world. Her husband Carl, not so much.

The pair met at a Nashville laundromat the day Dolly moved to town. She was just 18, and Carl was 22. He was the epitome of a normie, working in the asphalt and paving business.

Dolly Parton and husband Carl Thomas Dean
Instagram: @DollyParton Dolly Parton and Carl Thomas Dean

Two years after they met and Dolly had signed to a record label, the pair were married in a secret wedding. Only Dolly’s mother, the pastor and his wife were present.

Their relationship continues to be very private to this day, with Carl being very happy to let his wife of 57 years shine while he watches on; her biggest fan.

08

Lisa Kudrow and Michel Stern

Lisa Kudrow’s love story was more of slow burn in comparison to some of the other normie marriages.

In the ’80s, Lisa was living with a French roommate who happened to be dating French advertising executive, Michel Stern at the time. Lisa took one look at Michel and knew he was her future husband.

Actress Lisa Kudrow and her husband Michel Stern attend the "Kissing a Fool" Westwood Premiere 1998.
Actress Lisa Kudrow and her husband Michel Stern attend the “Kissing a Fool” Westwood Premiere 1998.

Not wanting to ruffle any feathers, Lisa gave up on the Michel, only to reconnect in the ’90s at the same roommates birthday. The roommate and Michel had only dated for a few months and still to this day, along with Lisa, stay in touch.

Lisa and Michel were married in 1995, and gave birth to their son Julian Stern, in 1998. A pregnancy that was famously written into her character Pheobe’s storyline, in the hit TV sitcom Friends.

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