Actor and Director affairs. We all heard about Kristen Stewart’s fling with married director Rupert Sanders a while back. Despite the controversy surrounding their affair, it should be known that this isn’t the first time the line relationship between an actor and director has evolved into love affair. To prove it, here are some noteworthy director-actor romances.
Sam Taylor Wood and Aaron Johnson
Director Sam Taylor-Wood met British actor Aaron Johnson when they made the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy together. The two had already had two children together by the time they tied the knot this summer and both agreed to take the surname “Taylor-Johnson.” The real kicker: director Wood is 23 years his senior!
Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky
Critical darling director Darren Aronofsky met British actress Rachel Weisz while making the heady sci-fi flick The Fountain. While the pair seemed like a great match, Weisz eventually broke off their five-year-engagement, eventually marrying James Bond star Daniel Craig instead.
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter
The only person who Tim Burton seems to be more infatuated with than Johnny Depp is his longtime partner Helena Bonham Carter. The pair began dating after filming Burton’s Planet of the Apes (2001) and have been inseparable both onscreen and off ever since.
Joe Coen and Frances McDormand
Joel Coen, one half of the sensation cinematic duo know to moviegoers as The Coen Brothers, met Frances McDormand on the set of Blood Simple in 1984. The pair were married that same year and have been “collaborating” onscreen and off for nearly 28 years.
Julie Dreyfus and Quentin Tarantino
Though Quentin Tarantino has a reputation for being notoriously shy about his private life, the actor was at one time romantically linked to French beauty Julie Dreyfus. The pair worked together on Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Inglourious Basterds.
James Gunn and Jenna Fischer
Cult writer/director James Gunn recently made headlines when it was announced he would be helming Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. Before he made it big, Gunn was probably most well known as husband to The Office star Jenna Fischer. The two linked up on Gunn’s superhero indie The Specials and married in 2000. They worked together both on Gunn’s horror film Slither and Fischer’s low-budget comedy LolliLove, but ended up splitting on good terms in 2007.
Diane Keaton and Woody Allen
Sure, Woody Allen made more headlines for divorcing Mia Farrow to get with his underage, adopted stepdaughter Soon-Yi Previn. However, everyone knows Diane Keaton ranks as Allen’s most iconic flame. The pair met while making Allen’s Broadway show Play It Again, Sam. Even though their relationship lasted about a year, Keaton would stay by Allen’s side professionally throughout most of the 1970s. Their collaboration would pique with Allen’s Academy-Award winning Annie Hall, which was partially inspired by their love affair.