During a screening of a film she directed, Courteney Cox found herself in Johnny McDaid’s company again. When Isla Fisher suggested that one of their friends might be a good match for the musician, Cox did not want to be left out a second time. Instead, she suggested to Fisher that she should be the one to get involved with McDaid. In response, Fisher informed her husband, Sacha Baron Cohen, of Cox’s romantic interest in the musician. Speaking on “The Howard Stern Show,” Cox explained that in a bold blunt move, Cohen approached McDaid and Gary Lightbody and jokingly told them, “Courteney wants to f*** one of you from Snow Patrol and it’s not you, Gary.” In addition, Harry Styles also intervened, applying peer pressure on McDaid to encourage him to go on a date with Cox.
A week later, their efforts were successful, and Cox and McDaid began their romance. While McDaid, who’s from Northern Ireland, has joked that Cox has trouble understanding his accent, he’s also made some heartfelt comments about his relationship with the actor. “You have the most generous heart,” he told Cox in his 2018 speech when he received IMRO’s Outstanding Achievement Award, per X, formerly Twitter. “I get to hold your hand and look at you and look into your eyes and bring that into rooms all around the world and that makes me the luckiest man alive.”