Is your significant other taller or shorter than you? By how much? (We’ll wait if you want to break out the tape measure…) With the average height of an American woman coming in at 5’4”, and the average height of a man in the U.S. being 5’9”, there’s a good chance there’s a gap of at least a couple of inches between the noggin-tops of a typical heteronormative couple.
Some couples, however, really don’t measure up, at least in the height match-up category — and some of the biggest mismatches occur in celebrity couples like Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Maren Morris and husband Ryan Hurd, and Shawn Johnson and Andrew East. Whether that’s because actors are notoriously shorter than they appear on the big screen, or because professional sports players are giants both on and off the court, these celebrity couples have us scratching our heads (appropriately sized, thank you very much).
Some of our most perplexing thoughts include: What height are their kitchen countertops? Does one person need a step stool while the other has to stoop? Does their living room have maxi and mini size furniture to accommodate their differently proportioned bods? And then there’s the logistics of, well, the bedroom action. Eye contact while getting it on must be a little, um, challenging? (How do all the parts line up?!)
While we’ll let the celebs maintain their sexy-time privacy and refrain from actually asking such gauche questions, we did round up 10 famous couples with some of the biggest height differences — all at least a foot apart! — so you can ponder your own how-do-they-do-that queries.
A version of this article was originally published January 2021.