For his first onscreen kiss with fellow cast member Chelsea Noble on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains, Kirk Cameron secretly rubbed numbing gel on his lips that left the actress’ mouth briefly paralyzed after the big smooch.
Cameron, who was a teen heartthrob at the time, made the most of Noble’s dismay by hamming up the post-kiss moment for the TV audience: “What can I say? That’s the effect I have on girls. My kisses are electrifying,” he quipped.
The first kiss proved to be the charm. Cameron and Noble (pictured) soon began dating offscreen and married in 1991.
That was 21 years ago. They remain inseparable today and now have six kids.
In fact, Cameron has refused to kiss anyone since. For his role in Fireproof, he was required to kiss the actress playing his wife. But he wouldn't.
"I have a comittment not to kiss any other woman," Cameron said on TODAY.
To get around this, filmmakers dressed Noble like the movie's female lead and shot the scene in silhouette.
"So when I'm kissing my wife, we're actually husband and wife honoring marriage behind the scenes," Cameron explained.