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Ten faux incestuous on/off-screen relationships

by Kelly Woo, posted Oct 7th 2008 1:09PM
beverly hills 90210This news totally makes me want to go re-watch old episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210: Shannon Doherty sorta hinted that she may have hooked up with Jason Priestley, who played her on-screen brother. Brenda and Brandon might've been getting in on, folks.

This isn't the only case of faux-incest on television. On Brothers & Sisters, there's a whole storyline about Justin Walker falling for Rebecca, who he thought was his half-sister. The actors, Dave Annable and Emily VanCamp, got into a relationship off-screen. Then -- poof! -- it turned out she wasn't the Walkers' long-lost sibling and they started dating on-screen.
(That plot twist creeped me out, actually. Yeah, so it's not real incest. But one day, you think this girl is your sister. The next day, you start making out with her?)

Anyway, besides Brenda/Brandon and Justin/Rebecca, here are more pairings that happened both on- and off-screen:
  • Heroes stars Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia are dating. Panettiere plays high schooler Claire, Ventimiglia plays her uncle Peter.
  • Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter, who play Dexter and his sister Deborah, are dating.
  • Maggie Grace reportedly dated Ian Somerhalder. The two played Shannon and Boone, siblings on Lost, who had a weird incestuous thing happening on screen, too.
  • Dr. Who star David Tennant is dating the 23-year-old actress who plays his daughter
  • Rumors flew around last year that Marcia and Jan on The Brady Bunch apparently got it on off-screen, and that details would come out in a book by Maureen McCormick. The publisher denied it, though.
  • More Brady lovin' -- Barry Williams (Greg) crushed on his TV mom, Florence Henderson. He says they went out on a date; she says it "got blown way out of proportion" but made a good story. Aw, poor Barry.
  • Sopranos siblings Jamie Lynn Sigler and Robert Iler were once caught canoodling.
  • Emily VanCamp also dated her Everwood brother, Chris Pratt.

If the chemistry is there between takes, can you see it on-screen? Does knowledge that two actors who play relatives are romantically involved make you look at their scenes in a different way? And does it totally gross you out ... or is it kinda hot?

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How 'bout on DWTS whenever Julianne and Derek dance together all sexy-like? Now THAT's actually kinda incestuous!!

October 09 2008 at 12:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Midnight Penguin

The two on HOUSE were engaged to be married at one point, then separated and then BAM! on the show they started working in different areas... although the last ep did make a comment they were dating in the show still. I'm sure their real life was part of the reason they got split up though...

October 08 2008 at 10:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I could see it being a little weird if it were a couple who met playing siblings on a long-running set, but what would be even weirder for me is if there are two real-life siblings playing lovers on screen. Especially if there is kissing involved. Yech!

October 08 2008 at 8:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Shannon and Boone were not blood related, therefore their relationship was not incestuous.

October 08 2008 at 1:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


Sorry, that's wrong on so many levels

October 07 2008 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

On Heroes, yes. I noticed some chemistry between Hayden and Milo and thought it was strange since they were supposed to be related. Then I found out they were dating IRL. I definitely think it comes through on screen.

October 07 2008 at 8:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stephen p.

"Dr. Who star David Tennant is dating the 23-year-old actress who plays his daughter"

Her name is Georgia Moffett and she is the real life daughter of the 5th Doctor, Peter Davison, so it is all weird and messed up. She's the Doctor's daughter on screen and off.

October 07 2008 at 5:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not TV and actually the opposite of what's discussed here, but...

Chyler Leigh's onscreen love interest for the movie Kickboxing Academy was her actual older brother Christopher Khayman Lee, make-out scenes and all.

October 07 2008 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The actor who plays Matt and the actress who plays Julia on Nip/Tuck dated and they play son and mother. This was especially creepy since it was in line with the tone of the show.

October 07 2008 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wasn't there an Arrested Development arc involving Justine Bateman as the possible love interest for Michael/possible long-lost Bluthe sibling?

October 07 2008 at 3:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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