Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas both starred in The Young and the Restless
Former The Young and the Restless stars Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas were not just on-screen lovers when they starred on the soap opera together, they are also married in real life.
The pair have kept their relationship relatively private, sharing just a few public milestones since they were first romantically linked in June 2020.
On May 17, 2021, a source confirmed to PEOPLE that the This Is Us actor and his former The Young and the Restless costar secretly tied the knot. Since then, Hartley and Pernas have stepped out for a handful of entertainment events, including the 2022 Critics’ Choice Awards, where they donned matching suits.
Hartley told Entertainment Tonight in December 2021, “She’s wonderful. She’s the sweetest, smartest, most beautiful woman I’ve ever met.”
From their soap opera background to their birthday tributes to each other, here’s everything you need to know about Justin Harley and Sofia Pernas’ relationship.
April 2015: Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas star on The Young and the Restless
Pernas joined The Young and the Restless in 2015, and played Hartley’s on-screen love interest for about a year. Hartley departed the show in 2016, joining the cast of This Is Us. Pernas left TYATR that same year, and went on to appear in series Jane the Virgin, The Brave and Blood & Treasure.
June 2020: Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas start dating
A source told PEOPLE in June 2020 that Hartley and Pernas had “been dating for several weeks.” The source added that new couple was “spending a lot of time at his house.”
“They look very happy,” the insider said. They were first linked a week earlier, when TMZ published photos of the pair sharing a kiss outside a Los Angeles doctor’s office.
“She was very much a doting girlfriend. She dropped him off in the morning and returned to pick him up a few hours later,” the source told PEOPLE of the moment. “She helped him into the car and had a cold drink for him. They returned to his house and were there the whole weekend together.”
August 9, 2020: Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas tease their relationship on Instagram
The pair teased their romance on social media for the first time nearly three months after they were first linked.
Pernas shared a photo on her Instagram Story of a man leaning on a marble countertop, holding a cigar and an iced beverage in his hands: “Easy like Sunday mornin,'” she captioned the picture.
Hours later, Hartley posted a snap of himself sitting in a pool and holding a dog. Atop the photo, he wrote a nearly identical caption to the one written on Pernas’ post.
“Paisley like Sunday mornin,'” the text on Hartley’s Instagram Story stated.
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December 31, 2020: Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas go Instagram official
The couple made their Instagram debut on New Year’s Eve in their “quarantine den” amid the COVID-19 crisis. The pair posted a series of snuggled-up selfies to their respective accounts.
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“Last minutes of 2020 here in LA. Bring on 2021! Happy New Year!” the This Is Us star, 43, captioned a smiley black-and-white photo of the two dressed to up and seated in a kitchen.
Alongside a more casual, outdoor shot, Pernas wrote, “Sayonara 2020, it’s been real. Happy New Year from our quarantine den to yours ❤️”
January 29, 2021: Sofia Pernas celebrates Justin Hartley’s birthday
On Jan. 29, Pernas celebrated Hartley’s birthday by posting a sweet photo of the actor on Instagram.
“Celebrating this man with my fav screen grab. That smile!!! Lights up my sky. Happy Birthday, حبيبي ❤️” Pernas wrote in the caption for the photo, in which Hartley smiles widely for the camera.
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May 2021: Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas spark marriage rumors
News of the couple’s possible marriage began in early May, when they were spotted on the beach in Malibu each wearing bands on their left hand, as seen in photos obtained by Page Six.
May 16, 2021: Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas make their red carpet debut as a couple
Pernas and Hartley became red carpet official on May 16 when they attended the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards together. Both could be seen wearing rings on their wedding fingers as they posed on the carpet together.
Justin Hartley Makes Red Carpet Debut with Girlfriend Sofia Pernas at 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards
May 2021: PEOPLE confirms Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas’ marriage
The day after making their red carpet debut, a source confirmed to PEOPLE that the pair had “recently” tied the knot.
Their wedding came just a few months after Hartley and his ex-wife Chrishell Stause settled their divorce and had a judge sign off on the documents on Feb. 8. Hartley suddenly filed for divorce in November 2019.
Speaking on Radio Andy in October 2020, the actor shared that he was “really happy with where I am,” adding that he planned to continue keeping his personal life quite private.
“I’m healthy, I’m safe. I’m, I mean, all of those things. So, I’m very thankful,” he continued, adding that while he doesn’t necessarily mind the attention on his personal life, he won’t feed into it.
“I’ve also sort of always had this view that I will have a public life, but I will be very private about my personal affairs.”
July 31, 2021: Justin Hartley celebrates Sofia Pernas’ birthday
In July, Hartley penned a tribute to his wife, whom he referred to as “my beautiful Sofia.” “This amazing woman makes me laugh out loud every single day,” he wrote alongside a collection of images of the actress. “Here’s to taking down oysters all over the world! I love you very much!”
September 19, 2021: Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas attend the Television Academy’s reception for Emmy nominees
Marking one of their first public appearances since their wedding was confirmed, the couple attended the Television Academy’s Reception to honor the 73rd Emmy Award nominees. For the event, the pair matched in complementary blue looks.
January 2022: Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas appear on The Price Is Right together
The couple made a special appearance on the CBS daytime game show The Price Is Right for the Valentine’s Day episode, which was taped in early January. They even snapped a photo with host Drew Carey during their appearance.
January 29, 2022: Sofia Pernas pays tribute to Justin Hartley on his birthday
Pernas referred to Hartley as her “one-in-a-solar system” as she wished him a “happy birthday” in early January. “Thank you for being such a giver, and just being all around perfect,” she wrote on Instagram. “Here’s to all our incandescent trips around the sun.”
March 13, 2022: Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas attend the Critics’ Choice Awards
The duo donned matching suits as they attended the Critics’ Choice Awards together in 2022.
April 2, 2022: Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas share a kiss at PaleyFest LA
Hartley and Pernas shared a smooch on the red carpet as they attended PaleyFest LA, where the cast of This Is Us held a panel about the show’s final season.
May 7, 2022: Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas attend the Kentucky Derby
The two dressed up in pink outfits as they watched the races at the Kentucky Derby in 2022.
May 10, 2022: Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas attend the premiere of Senior Year
Hartley had Pernas by his side as they attended a special screening for his film Senior Year which stars Rebel Wilson.
July 31, 2022: Justin Hartley wishes Sofia Pernas a happy birthday
Hartley celebrated Pernas’ 33rd birthday on Instagram, sharing photos of the pair smiling together plus one picture of the actress sitting at a restaurant on the water.
“Happy Birthday to my better half,” he captioned the post. “Everyone’s favorite half. To many more adventures with this stunner of woman!”
October 10, 2022: Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas appear on NBC’s Quantum Leap together
Hartley and Pernas shared the screen again during an episode of NBC’s Quantum Leap reboot. While chatting with PEOPLE, the couple shared what it’s like to be on set together again.
“It’s play. It’s not work,” Pernas said. “I get this question a lot where it’s like, ‘Do you guys work well together?’ ‘Would you want to work together?’ Because there are people out there that are like, ‘We can’t. We need a break from each other.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I want to do everything [with him]. We work very well together.”