When Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart first started dating in 2007, it was hard to imagine that any of Hollywood’s most famous romances would end up being this realistic. After all, the two had just spent two years playing wingmen and best friends on the set of the movie New Moon, and the chemistry between them was undeniable. And then came the famous Breaking Dawn trailer that was seen by billions. People were finally able to see Rob and Kristen’s true colors and nature, and it turned out they were made for each other.

So here we are five years later, and let’s put it this way: They’re still together. In fact, they seem to be as happy as ever and are constantly spotted out together in public. They may not be the most famous couple in Hollywood, but they’re certainly its most successful.

It’s fair to say that in recent years, Rob and Kristen have been among the most photographed faces in Hollywood. And why not? With their on-screen chemistry and their undeniable charisma in real life, it’s not hard to see why. But it’s also fair to say that Hollywood’s recent golden era has not been kind to fame-hungry influencers who want to be in the spotlight all the time. It’s become harder and harder for these A-listers to stay relevant, and it’s opened up a whole new world of opportunities for the underrated and the underexposed. For those looking to make it big in Hollywood, the grass may not be as green as it seems, but at least it’s offered a chance to build a lasting friendship.

It Was Always Going to Be Love

From the very beginning, it was obvious that Rob and Kristen’s love story was going to be something special. Their bond is so strong that it transcends all forms of media and even their characters in the movies. Fans of both have always known that something special was going on between these two, and that their feelings for each other were genuine and not forced. In a 2013 issue of Elle, Kristen said of her relationship with Rob:

“There’s always been something a little bit off about our relationship,” she said. “I guess we’ve just always known that we were made for each other. It was always going to be love.”

They Understand Each Other

While the media might have tried to paint the couple as polar opposites, it’s clear that Rob and Kristen actually see a lot of themselves in each other. In an interview with Marie Claire, Rob said of their relationship:

“I think we’re very alike,” he said. “We both have big dreams, but we both also understand that these things don’t happen overnight. We’re very patient. We want to do the right thing, and we want to make sure that our relationship is going to be healthy. We want to make sure that we’re not going to hurt each other in the long run.”

And in a separate interview with the magazine, Kristen said of their relationship:

“I love that we’re each other’s yin and yang, the polar opposites,” she said. “That’s how we see each other sometimes too, like in a mature way, you know? I think it’s really great that we can see each other’s strengths and weaknesses and can still respect and love each other even though we’re different.”

They Want to Stay Together

Nowadays, it seems like everyone wants to be a part of Hollywood’s golden era. But back in the day, it was all about being there at the right time and being able to play a role. For instance, after years of being in the shadows of her famous family, Emily has finally been able to make it her own, carving out a niche for herself in Hollywood. She appears in the upcoming movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as a young version of a character from the 2007 movie Transformers, and she admits that being part of such a well-known franchise has provided her with a whole new identity. In the twilight of her career, she wants to use her fame to empower other actresses and make a difference. But it’s clear that her heart still belongs to her high school sweetheart, Brian, and she wants to stay close to him. In a 2014 interview with Jimmy Kimmel, she said:

“He’s still my best friend,” she said. “I love him. I’m so happy that we found each other and got to work together. It was a perfect fit.”

With her career now, Emily has been able to afford the best private schools for her kids, and she credits those expensive tuitions with putting a smile on her kids’ faces. And for the first time in years, she’s able to steal some quality time with them through visits to Disneyland and the movie theatre. But despite her newfound wealth, she admits that fame has its perks and that she still considers herself very much a part of the Hollywood elite. “The only difference now is that I can afford to behave worse,” she said.

They Want To Make A Difference

Along with Emily, many other famous faces have decided to make a difference in the world instead of just hanging out at the premiere of a new movie. Angelina Jolie has adopted a whole new family of kids in Uganda, and she credits her adoption decisions with saving many babies’ lives. In a 2007 interview with People magazine, she said of her work:

“We save a lot of unborn babies’ lives with our work in Africa,” she said. “The more you get involved, the more you can help. I’ve also been able to provide education for young girls, which helps them to become independent and stronger.”

Whether it’s adopting a child or paying for their school or just being there for them when they need you, being a parent is one of the most challenging yet rewarding jobs in the world. And for those who manage to navigate the pitfalls of fame and fortune with some class, it can also be one of the most generous acts as well.

With countless babies and children needing help, Jolie and her partner have decided to dedicate their lives to making the world a better place. They want to continue their mission of philanthropy by launching an NGO of their own, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, that will aim to combat child poverty and injustice around the globe. And it’s clear that they want to remain involved in changing the world through their children even as their own children get older and begin to venture out into the world on their own.

They Want To Be With Each Other

Another big connection between Rob and Kristen is that they both want to be together and are working hard to make it happen. In the 2009 movie The Runaways, Kristen plays a runaway bride who seeks refuge with an older brother she never knew she had (Rob). The two embark on a road trip to Los Angeles, where Rob is currently shooting Breaking Dawn, and at the end of the movie, they finally admit their love for each other and decide to spend the rest of their lives together. The movie paints a picture of their ultimate commitment to each other, and it seems like people are actually starting to believe that this time, their feelings may be genuine.

Even before The Runaways, the two had taken steps to ensure that their relationship was real and would last. In 2007, they bought an 18th century farmhouse in Oxford, Massachusetts, where they lived together in blissful anonymity for the next few years. And it was there that they worked hard to establish healthy relationships with their families. Rob’s mother, Diane, even wrote a book about their relationship, defending their right to be together and vouching for their strong commitment to each other.

“I think the reason why people will really believe in this story is that it’s very authentic,” said Diane. “It comes from a very pure place, and it’s based on a real relationship. I think that’s what will make it so relatable for people.”

It’s All About Chemistry

It’s funny how things happen for a reason. Just when you think that Hollywood couldn’t possibly bring us any more exciting, magical romances, something along comes along and shocks us all with its perfection.

The thing about chemistry is that it’s almost impossible to quantify. You just have to trust your feelings and know that if you keep on putting in the work, eventually, something wonderful will happen. It doesn’t always happen the way you expect it to, but at least you’ll end up somewhere better than you ever could’ve dreamed.