Real-Life Fairytale: ‘Raven’s Home’ Stars Anneliese van der Pol & Johnno Wilson Find Love Off-Screen

In a delightful twist of fate, actors Anneliese van der Pol and Johnno Wilson, known for their roles in the Disney Channel series “Raven’s Home,” have found love not in the scripted realm of television, but in the unpredictable world of real life. This off-screen romance blossomed between two actors initially cast as divorced characters, painting a narrative as compelling as any TV show plotline.

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Johnno Wilson proposed to van der Pol.

Returning to the screen as Chelsea Daniels in “Raven’s Home,” a spinoff of the beloved series “That’s So Raven,” van der Pol portrayed the quirky and lovable single mother. Johnno Wilson joined the cast as her on-screen ex-husband, Garrett Grayson, creating an interesting dynamic for their characters.

Their journey from co-stars to partners in life is a tale of unexpected connections. In a candid revelation on van der Pol’s podcast “Big Name B*tches” in October 2023, Wilson shared insights into their early interactions. He credits not having watched “That’s So Raven” as a child for his ease around van der Pol, leading to an organic bond-forming from their first days on set.

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Johnno Wilson proposed to van der Pol.

Wilson disclosed that it was during his initial time working on “Raven’s Home” that he felt a strong inclination to ask van der Pol out. He had to navigate the end of his then-current relationship before finally taking the step to date van der Pol. Their relationship, starting from the wrap party of the first season of “Raven’s Home,” flourished over the next five years, culminating in an engagement.

The duo’s rapport grew steadily during the filming of the pilot episode of “Raven’s Home,” as they spent time together between takes. Wilson, reflecting back on those days on the podcast, admitted that his previous relationship was already nearing its end, allowing his feelings for van der Pol to deepen.

March 2020 marked a significant milestone in their relationship when van der Pol playfully announced their romance on Instagram. Their interactions often spilled over to social media, where they engaged fans with their chemistry, including TikTok recreations of iconic “That’s So Raven” scenes.

 Johnno Wilson proposed to van der Pol.
Johnno Wilson proposed to van der Pol.

The romantic narrative reached its peak in December 2023 when Wilson, amidst the holiday season and surrounded by the warmth of Christmas decorations, proposed to van der Pol.

The real-life love story of Anneliese van der Pol and Johnno Wilson, evolving from their initial meeting on the set of “Raven’s Home” to an engagement, adds a fascinating layer to their on-screen personas. It’s a story that transcends the boundaries of television, bringing a touch of real-life magic to their fans.

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