Nothing says romance like getting inadvertantly married on the European set of an early '90s vampire flick.
That's what reportedly happened to Winona Ryder (Stranger Things) and Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) — yes, Joyce Byers and Neo themsleves — while they were shooting Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula in Romania. The two actors played Mina Harker and Jonathan Harker respectively in a cast that also included Gary Oldman (Dracula), Anthony Hopkins (Van Helsing), Cary Elwes (Sir Arthur Holmwood), Monica Bellucci (Dracula's Bride), and Tom Waits (R. M. Renfield).
Ryder recalled this story while promoting her latest film with Reeves, Destination Wedding, during an Entertainment Weekly interview.
“We actually got married in Dracula. No, I swear to god I think we’re married in real life," she said. “In that scene, Francis [Ford Coppola] used a real Romanian priest. We shot the master and he did the whole thing. So I think we’re married.”
Reeves joked about the whole thing, saying, “It’s lovely to see you again," but when Ryder reminded him that the scene was filmed on Valentine's Day and that they both said "I do," he added, “Oh my gosh, we’re married.”
There you have it, Joyce Byers and Neo are married, so a belated "Mazel Tov!" is certainly in order...right? Unless there's some strange, marriage-related statute of limitations of Romania.
Released in November of 1992, Bram Stoker's Dracula did pretty well with critics, although Reeves's performance was pretty much hated across the board due to his badly executed British accent. Nevertheless, the film made $215 million against a $40 million budget and too home three Academy Awards.