Agyness Deyn & Giovanni Ribisi eloped last week: bizarre or cute coupling?

Agyness Deyn

Well this is an unexpected hookup/romance/marriage if there ever was one. It seems that actor Giovanni Ribisi, 37, and model Agyness Deyn, 29, have been quietly dating for some undetermined period of time, and they just impulsively decided to get married last week at the L.A. County Registrar’s office. Most of us probably already know of Giovanni, who is a relatively acclaimed actor — I think of him mostly from as Scarlett Johansson’s dorky husband in Lost in Translation and as Phoebe Buffay’s brother (Frank Jr.) in “Friends.” As for Agyness, she’s not terribly famous on this side of the pond, but she’s a (still fairly) successful model in the U.K. and has been trying to make it as an actress stateside.

I’ve always thought of Agyness as a little bit sketchy though. Allegedly, she might have been James Franco’s jumpoff after he dumped his long-term girlfriend last year, and she’s not only got a fake name (her real name is Laura Hollins), but she also lied about her real age for most of her modelling career. Giovanni isn’t exactly the picture of perfection either though — he’s a second-generation Scientologist, which makes me believe that perhaps Agyness has gone there too. Here’s the details from Fashionologie with a confirmation from Giovanni’s rep:

Giovanni Ribisi

File this under unions no one saw coming: Agyness Deyn eloped with actor Giovanni Ribisi last Friday. According to Crown City News, the couple was spotted “passionately kissing” in line at the eastern branch of the Los Angeles County Registrar’s office. When asked if they were there to get married, they shyly said yes. Ribisi also added that he and Deyn had been dating for “a while.”

A spokesperson for Ribisi confirmed the happy news on Thursday afternoon, saying, “Agyness Deyn and Giovanni Ribisi quietly married in Los Angeles over the weekend.” Deyn previously dated Josh Hubbard of The Paddingtons for four years but ended the relationship in 2008. She told The Daily Mail in March that she hadn’t dated anyone for several months, partially due to her hectic acting schedule.

“The fact is I’m choosy, but mainly about a man’s character,” she said. “He has to be interesting, funny, and clever. I don’t even mind if he’s not very good-looking.”

[From Fashionologie]

Congrats to the happy (yet random) couple. This is Giovanni’s second marriage, and as far as I know, it’s Agyness’ first trip down the aisle. Hopefully, it will be a long and happy union and very unlike the strange romance between Frank Jr. and his lady love. Sorry to go there — I just can’t stop thinking about it.

Agyness Deyn

Giovanni Ribisi

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN


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  1. Schnauzers!!! says:

    How cool. :) She’s very cute and he’s always so serious looking!

    Congratulations to the happy couple!

  2. Ming says:

    They could be demons straight from the Necronomicon and I wouldn’t object.

    Bizarre is always cute.

  3. Liberty says:

    Very cool. And age and name alterations are very common in modeling and entertainment, so, ech, whatever. Wishing them well.

  4. Shaz says:

    I did find him extremely sexy until I read the second generation Co$

  5. Maritza says:

    Cute couple! I wish them many many years of happiness!

  6. Kristin says:

    Is it just me or does she look a little like Tea Leone?

    He’s a really good actor, very underrated. He was awesome in Saving Private Ryan.

  7. Justyna says:

    That’s surprising. It’s like just yesterday he was all loved up with Chan Marshall (Cat Power)and they were very serious – living together with his teenage daughter etc, and now he is married to someone else? His breakup with Chan was announced earlier this month, just few weeks ago. Weird.

  8. normades says:

    She used to date Albert Hammond jr. from the Strokes and was really the “it” model for a while.

    However, I had heard that she had also hooked up with Danny Masterson, so I wonder if she has a thing for CoS men.

  9. keats says:

    She looks like Tea Leoni in these photos.

  10. Kola says:!
    I always thought he was married.But I love Giovanni. He is so adorable with his sleepy eyes. I wish them the best.

  11. Adrien says:

    Somehow, she lost her appeal. She’s so safe looking now. What happened? Other than gaining weight?

  12. bubbles says:

    news flash, Scientologist cannor and will not marry someone who is not. she got sucked in, for sure.

  13. Alex'sMommy says:

    I hate co$ but I can’t help but LOVE Giovanni! I really don’t understand why but I do. I think he is hot (hides head in shame).

  14. Cam S says:

    When I saw the pic I was like “He married Tea Leoni?” Giovanni is the coolest Scientologist. But heck, still a little creepy cuz he is one. Good luck kids!

  15. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    AD looks a lot like Tea Leoni.

  16. The Original Denise says:

    I absolutely adore Giovanni; best wishes to them both!

  17. Jenna says:

    Congrats and all that jazz, but I actually like the name Laura Hollins over Agyness Deyn. o_O

  18. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    Is she saying “interesting, funny, and clever” describe his “character”? Because that’s not character. Honest, faithful, empathetic, etc. wouldn’t these describe character. I think I’m being nitpicky. I hope I’m just misunderstanding her meaning.

  19. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Why does his personal beliefs have to be brought into it? It’s not like he’s running around declaring himself the spokesperson for Scientology. He’s a really talented, underrated actor. Congrats to him and his wife.

    • Rio says:

      As much as I detest Scientology, I agree with this comment. He’s pretty low-key on that front. Hell, I bet most of us here have Beck on our playlists and he’s a Scientologist too (and as far as I remember, married to Giovanni Ribisi’s sister).

      Although I can’t help but feel sorry for the “second-generation”– their parents were the ones who bought into the craziness, and as we’ve all seen, it’s not like you can grow up and decide to stop attending services without major consequences.

      • LAK says:

        As a non church attending Christian, i get your point. Is my belief in god mine or is it indoctrination by my parents?

        @Original kitten – Are you saying that when you get some new information on a person you don’t review your opinion of them?

        There is a difference between knowingly supporting something and unknowingly supporting something.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I never said my opinion wouldn’t change. My argument is that #1. I don’t discriminate based on personal beliefs. #2. An actor’s religion wouldn’t stop me from watching them in a movie, even though I’m an atheist. Again, because I despise discrimination, which is what that would be. I disagree with many aspects of the Catholic religion, the muslim religion and many others. Would I not watch a movie because it stars a Catholic or Muslim actor? Um, no. Yeah yeah yeah it’s a *Cult* not a religion. To Ribisi, it’s a religion and I respect his beliefs, just like I do yours and anyone else’s.

    • Kim says:

      Thats like saying so what if Woody Allen is a pedophile.. he is talented. You have to look at peoples beliefs/actions regardless of how “talented” they are & know what you are/are not supporting. The public/us is who pays these people so his personal beliefs are our business. I chose not to support Scientologists regardless of how talented they may or may not be because the money I pay to see their movies etc pays them and they pay scientology so I am supporting scientology if I support a scientologist actor.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Kim-do you personally vet every movie star of every movie you’ve ever seen? What about background actors? They get paid to be in the films too.
        If you do, that’s pretty impressive.
        I’m sure you must have a pretty extensive list of blacklisted actors as pretty much every actor has had some type of indiscretion at some point in their lives.

        Do you also do background checks of every person you hand your money over to? Like say, a local grocery clerk? If you buy groceries from that particular store, your money is going to pay that clerk’s salary. You better be sure they have a clean record because otherwise, per your statement, you could be supporting a person that spends their paycheck money on drugs or something else you might disapprove of. Or even worse, that cashier might be a Scientologist.

        As I have stated many times, the ticket price I pay is in support of their ART, which I am paying to see. I am not paying to hear them talk about their personal lives, I’m paying to see them do their job, which is to act.

  20. Bri says:

    I miss the pixie cut on Agyness, not many women can pull it off…but it was perfection on her, I had the biggest girl crush on her when she started showing up on the runways and all over the magazines!

  21. SamiHami says:

    Didn’t know he was a Co$ whacko; that does make him way less appealing.

    She’s cute, but those dark eyebrows with that blond hair just look awful together. She should lighten up those brows a little.

  22. deep says:

    Totally cool couple. Loves it!! :)

  23. WOM says:

    Are we picking dates for their ultimate divorce? The average time a person is a member of the Church of Scientology is 2 years and I expect that’s how long Agyness will last before fleeing this clambake.

  24. Gene Parmesan says:

    what in the random world??

  25. princesslizabeth says:

    He’s Beck’s brother-in-law.

  26. Bellaboo says:

    Don’t kill me but I think she looks like a cleaned up L. Lohan.

  27. Amy says:

    I’ve loved him since My Two Dads and an episode of the 80s children’s game show “I’m Telling” (he was a contestant with his sister Marisa). I’m meh on this union. Agyness Deyn is meh.

  28. mayamae says:

    She looks like David Duchovny’s wife in that picture – Tea Leoni or something like that.

  29. ichsi says:

    Whow, I didn’t know Ribisi was a Scientofreak… My esteem for him just flatlined…