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2019 Aug 22

Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson on why their relationship works despite 23-year age gap

Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson on why their relationship works despite 23-year age gap

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, 29, and Sam Taylor-Johnson, 52, were never bothered by their 23-year age gap.

“I knew instantly with Sam that I’d found my soulmate,” Aaron recently told The Telegraph of meeting Sam on the set of the 2008 film “Nowhere Boy.” “I knew instantly that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with this person. I remember it very well, and a year to the day [after] I met her I proposed. I knew I wanted a family with her, I knew I wanted kids, and a month later she was pregnant with our first child.”

Aaron suspects that their age difference never bothered him because his acting career thrust him into adulthood at an early age.

“I worked in an adult environment from an early age; I had open, direct conversations with directors, producers, actors, where my opinions would be valued and matter,” he said. “I grew up pretty quickly — I left school at 15. I had a totally different upbringing from my kids.”

He continued, “When I met Sam I’d already lived a life far beyond that of most of my contemporaries — I didn’t relate to anyone my age. I just feel that we’re on the same wavelength.”

And while some seem to disapprove of their unconventional relationship, Aaron and Sam choose to ignore their critics.

“All that is my personal life, it’s sacred to me and it’s beautiful. But there is a lot of negativity around from other people,” Aaron said. “That’s their problem and their issues and however they perceive life. I live my life to its fullest and I operate from my instincts and from my heart, and I try to be as open as possible.”

Sam agrees with her husband, who she refers to as an old soul.

“I can’t dwell on what other people think or say,” Sam told the newspaper. “With Aaron it just literally felt like we were so connected, straight away. I didn’t know what it was then — we were connected when we were working and it was professional, and that connection grew more powerful as time went on and never diminished.”

She added, “And it’s the same today as it was then.”

Aaron and Sam share two daughters, 9-year-old Wylda Rae and 7-year-old Romy Hero. Sam also has two daughters, Angelica, 22, and Jessie, 13, with her ex-husband Jay Jopling. Together, Aaron and Sam live with all four children in their Hollywood Hills home.

“I’m so lucky to have such a supportive husband,” Sam said. “When he works, I don’t, and vice versa.”

Aaron added, “I really enjoy it. There’s nothing more empowering than supporting my wife in her passions and ambitions; I’ve never felt more — what’s the opposite of emasculated? Empowered.”

2019 Aug 22

Exclusive: Aaron Taylor-Johnson teases new Christopher Nolan movie Tenet: “John David Washington is going to be exceptional”

Exclusive: Aaron Taylor-Johnson teases new Christopher Nolan movie Tenet: “John David Washington is going to be exceptional”

Christopher Nolan remains one of the few film directors around today who can command a huge budget while also keeping his projects hidden away from the outside world. With his next movie Tenet, the filmmaker is being extra secretive. Case in point: a trailer for the action thriller has been revealed to the public – but has only been seen by those film fans who saw Hobbs & Shaw in cinemas. No online release.

Even the actors who are set to appear in Tenet are barely allowed to discuss the movie. While speaking to our sister publication Total Film, Aaron Taylor Johnson, who was promoting his new movie A Million Little Pieces, was only able to touch on the Nolan film, barely giving anything away.

“I can’t really talk about it – it’s definitely zipped shut,” he said. “But [Nolan]’s extraordinary. It’s great to see him in his process. He’s a genius. It’s a really great experience and I’m super-grateful to be a part of the cast. John David Washington is just going to be exceptional. He’s phenomenal. I’m excited for people to see it.

“I can’t really say anything else about the project, but I feel very lucky to be in a Nolan film because I love every film he’s made. And that’s all I want to do as an actor. I’m not really pushing for anything more than that. I want to observe. I want to experience. I want to be in the world of great filmmakers, and you don’t have any regrets that way. You can be in a small role. Or a big role. Whatever. It doesn’t really matter. As long as you’re grafting and learning, and I’ve got so much more to learn.”

While that may not have been the most revealing answer ever, Nolan fans will surely be even more desperate to find out more about the tantalising Tenet.

Also in this month’s Total Film magazine, Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips speak at length about Joker, with Phillips also touching on how the movie has been influences by The Hangover trilogy and whether there could be a sequel. The new issue reaches store shelves on August 23.

2015 May 16

Aaron Taylor-Johnson says it was a good decision for director wife Sam to leave Fifty Shades Darker

Aaron Taylor-Johnson says it was a good decision for director wife Sam to leave Fifty Shades Darker

He was instrumental in Sam Taylor-Johnson’s decision to direct Fifty Shades Of Grey.

But now Aaron Taylor-Johnson has said it was ‘for the best’ for his wife to not return to directing the sequel Fifty Shades Darker.

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron star told The Guardian: ‘Um … decisions just naturally happen. It isn’t about forcing anything. Sam certainly isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. But, you know, it’s probably for the best.’

Sam told the paper earlier this year, ‘for Fifty Shades I went in all guns blazing. I hadn’t thought through what, if I got the job… what I’d do. And at eight the next morning, they said, “You’ve got it, and we’re announcing at midday.”

‘I said, “Can I think about it?” and they said no. So I sat down with Aaron and he said, “Just do it.” It was like stepping on to a bullet train I’d only just got off.’

The first Fifty Shades Darker film still was released on Friday, showing Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in a black mask looking into a mirror.

Fifty Shades Darker will hit cinemas on February 10, 2017, while the trilogy will complete on February 9, 2018 with Fifty Shades Freed.

There were reports of friction between Sam and Fifty Shades writer E. L. James throughout filming as they clashed over creative control.

The first instalment was Taylor-Johnson’s first film in four years since Nowhere Boy, the indie flick which brought her and Aaron together.

They now live in LA with their two daughters, aged four and three, and another two, aged 16 and eight, from her previous marriage to the art dealer Jay Jopling.

Aaron admits that because of their financial security he is able to be selective with which projects to embark on so he doesn’t lose time with his children.

‘I know when I’ve missed too many school runs,’ the actor says, ‘We’re lucky that we have the financial luxury not to have to be working all the time.’

For his role as Pietro Maximoff (AKA Quicksilver) in the Avengers sequel, Aaron says ‘he got paid very nicely’.

‘The money didn’t have a major effect on me,’ he explains, ‘it was really down to spending time speaking to Joss [Whedon, the writer-director] and talking it over. It’s much more important to me to consider what I could do in the film and who I’m working with.’
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