Aaron Taylor-Johnson Reveals What He's Really Thinking When People Ask About His Marriage's 24 Year Age Gap

The Kick Ass actor has opened up on the intense scrutiny him and his wife, director Sam Taylor-Wood, receive about their age gap


With a recent Golden Globe win for his role in Nocturnal Animals and roles in Gozilla, The Illusionist and Anna Karenina, you'd think British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson would be more concerned with talk about his craft, rather than his personal life.

However, in a recently interview for New York Magazine, the 26-year-old took the opportunity to discuss the difficulty adjusting to fame – most notably, the scrutiny of his marriage to artist and Fifty Shades of Grey director, Sam Taylor-Johnson.


Discussing the pitfalls of fame, the private actor revealed he continues to struggle with talk of his marriage to Sam, after the pair married in 2013 at Babington House, Somerset.

He said: 'The attention was intrusive. But having to deal with that early in my career probably got me to a place where I can more quickly just go, 'Oh, f*ck it' instead of wanting to rip someone's head off for asking questions I don't like.'

However, despite the pair's long-term relationship, the Avengers star doubts he'll ever be able to cope with intrusive questions about their romance.

'I'll never be Jennifer Lawrence or Tom Cruise, someone who can hold a movie and then be charming and charismatic doing promotion. I haven't got what they've got. But at least I'm now comfortable just being myself,' he said.

Aaron first met his wife – who has survived two bouts of cancer – in 2009, when she directed him in the film Nowhere Boy, a biopic about the childhood of The Beatles' singer John Lennon.

I'm now comfortable just being myself.

At the time, the age gap between the pair caused ludicrous and, let's face it, sexist controversy – Aaron was 18-years-old, Sam was aged 42 – but in 2015, Aaron hit back at the criticism to Saturday's Times magazine, saying: 'I knew I wanted to be with her. I wanted kids, we had kids and I was really into that, taking time off and involving myself in the bubble of her pregnancy.'

The couple have two daughters together: Wylda Rae and Romy Hero as well as two children from Sam's previous marriage to art dealer and gallerist, Jay Jopling.

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