Yesterday, I covered the photos of Aaron Taylor Johnson, 22, and his wife Sam Taylor Johnson, 45, at the London premiere of Anna Karenina. I also excerpted from a recent interview with Aaron, in which he discussed his marriage to a woman more than twice his age, and their blended family of two older daughters from Sam’s previous marriage and two young daughters which Sam gave birth to in the past three years. I was surprised by the continuing interest in this family, and how there’s still so much discussion about Aaron age-contemporaries (Emma Watson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Swift are all 22 years old as well) and the differences between them.
Anyway, these are new pics of Aaron and Sam and their two girls arriving in Toronto for TIFF. They look… like a nice family. I think it’s interesting that Aaron seems so physically protective of his wife and daughters – I mean, many men are like that, but it’s just a reminder to me of how much responsibility Aaron has taken on in the past five years. Also, Aaron continues to give interviews to promote Anna Karenina, and here are some assorted quotes and such:
On taking his wife’s name: “I just don’t see why women need to take the man’s name. I wanted to be a part of her just as much as she wanted to be part of me.”
The way the press treats the age difference: “When me and Sam got together, there was a whole f**king uproar. From that moment on, I never read anything about us. There’s loads of f**king horrible s**t out there on the internet. It never filtered into our lives, into our relationship. I’m not going to allow it.”
He wants to be a good husband and father: “I strive to be the best father and husband I can be. I gain a lot more out of my kids and Sam than anything else in my work world. I take my family very seriously.”
His feelings on the age difference: “Sam might be older than me, but she’s such a young, spirited soul that I sometimes feel I’m older than her. I don’t wake up and go, ‘F**k, I’m 22!’”
On Anna Karenina: “It’s a beautiful, a magical love story, it taps into everyone’s fears and ambitions. It’s that moment you fall in love someone or you see that someone across the room, you know instantly you take a leap of faith or move on and regret it for the rest of your life, and I think people can relate to that or feel moved by that.”
Fearlessness: “I think I just have a ballsy approach to everything. I’m f–king fearless when it comes to how I feel. I go to the deep end, and I’m not afraid to because I know when something’s right.”
On being a heartthrob: “Playing the love interest is not really my comfort zone. It shouldn’t just be about the way you look. I prefer not to be all groomed up and looking suave; I find that cheesy as f–k.”
On his former life as a bachelor: “Before having a family, I just grabbed everything. I was an opportunist. I had to be. Selfish, ambitious, that’s what actors are, man, what they have to be. I got fed up; I wasn’t really happy. It’s a lonely business and you can get burnt out.”
I love the part about the name change. I love the part about taking his family seriously. I do not like Aaron’s reflections on his “bachelor days” because he got with Sam when he was 18 YEARS OLD. He barely had any bachelor days, for the love of God.
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.