Robin Wright & Ben Foster step out in Santa Monica after nearly a year together

I guess we never discussed this couple when they first happened – I was looking through our archives, and we never got explicit about it. Maybe that’s because we haven’t heard anything about them in ten months? Perhaps. Back in February, Robin Wright and Ben Foster made their debut as a couple, sort of. They had worked together on Rampart, and while Robin was working in Australia, Ben came to visit her and they were photographed looking kind of snuggly and couple-y. So… they’re still together! They were photographed in Santa Monica a few days ago, I guess doing some Christmas shopping.

Is it weird that I don’t even think this is a typical “cougar” type relationship? Robin is 46 years old, Ben Foster is 32 – and, incidentally, I often mistake Ben Foster for Aaron Paul and vice versa. Why isn’t Ben Foster on Breaking Bad? Deep questions. Anyway, as I was saying – I don’t think this is a typical cougar-type relationship. Robin seems to have a low tolerance for stupidity or tomfoolery, post-Sean Penn. And Ben Foster… well, I don’t really have a read on the guy. All I know is that he used to date Zoe Kravtiz, right? And now Robin has a very Zoe Kravtiz-haircut. Hm.

Now, is this photo op a well-timed holiday “f—k you” to Robin’s ex, Sean Penn? Perhaps. It just two weeks ago when his Esquire interview came out and he was all whiney and passive aggressive, telling the magazine: “There is no shame in my saying that we all want to be loved by someone. As I look back over my life in romance, I don’t feel I’ve ever had that. I have been the only one that was unaware of the fraud in a few of these circumstances blindly. When you get divorced, all the truths that come out, you sit there and you go, What the f–k was I doing? What was I doing believing that this person was invested in this way?” So… I really hope that THIS is what Robin got Sean for Christmas. A photo op with a much younger and less whiney dude.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Apsutter says:

    I like Ben and I LOVE Robin! I really wish her nothing but genuine happiness to and to be adored by a loving man. After all the horrible stuff she went through with that violent raging narcissist SP, she completely deserves it.

  2. laura says:

    I so miss her long blond hair…

    • RocketMerry says:

      Seriously, WHAT has she done to her poor hair?
      This Miley-cut is the female equivalent of the Beiber: it has to be stopped. Stop the Miley!

      • Victoria1 says:

        I agree! Stop with this awful haircut! I liked him in the messenger and thought it was a great movie. Good for Robin, moving on after that asshole and now he’s having a pity party

      • BooBooLaRue says:

        Again STOP THE MILEY!

  3. Ms Kay says:

    Boy I remember when I had a crush on him wayyyy back since Six Feet Under, until he dated Zoe Kravitz who then left his a$$ for either Fassbender or a dude before Fassbender…

    Anyway… he’s still doing it with Sean Penn ex wife? Huh! Good on him!

  4. MrsBPitt says:

    Sean Penn is just pissed cause he knows nobody will ever love him they way he loves himself!!! I hope Robin is happy! After putting up with that pig SP for so many years, she deserves it!

    • brin says:

      Yeah, this^^^.

    • MollyB says:

      Yeah, for some reason, when I think of what SP must be thinking when he talks about “true love” is “the woman thinks nothing of me and my needs and wants all the time and if she expects anything of me or puts her own needs ahead of mine or even asks for simple respect and decency from me, she doesn’t really love me.”

    • LittleDeadGirl says:

      Exactly! I couldn’t believe he said those words. I always thought he was incredibly lucky in love … he got Robin to put up with his stupid as way longer than anyone should have and now he whines no one loves him the way he should be loved. Good on Robin.

      I also don’t think it’s a cougar relationship because the age difference isn’t that big and both are mature adults. To me it’s cougar or the male version of it when one person is in their 40 and the other is like 25. To me I just don’t get what you can have to talk about. These two seem like a great couple together. Very cute.

  5. GoodCapon says:

    I’m too lazy to check iMDB, does he have any good projects lined up? I only know him as Angel in that X-Men film.

    • j.eyre says:

      Thank you. I couldn’t place him and I was just going to imdb but yes, x-men is where I know him.

    • LAK says:

      There is a film called 360 out earlier this year….he is amazing in it.

      Personally I remember him from BRING IT ON!!! Completely forgot any other films he has been in.

  6. Agnes says:

    I LOVE Robin. I hope she’s happy.

  7. BeesKnees says:

    Does anyone else remember Ben as Tucker James from Flash Forward on the Disney channel? That is the first thing I think of when I see him!

  8. Eleonor says:

    I can’t believe Robin stayed married to Sean Penn for 14 years. I hope she is happy now.

  9. shelley says:

    She was so beautiful as Kelly in Santa Barbara

    • MrsBPitt says:

      I remember…and I remember being so envious of her beautiful hair!

    • lori says:

      OMG! Right?

    • Becky1 says:

      Yes-she did have gorgeous hair on that show. I remember being a kid and wishing I could look like her. I still think she’s beautiful, though (although I’m not a huge fan of the haircut on her). She has great bone structure and is aging really well.

  10. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    He was amazing in The Messenger and got rave reviews for his performance. This must be killing Sean Penn because not only is this guy only 32, he’s considered to be this *brilliant and interesting* actor. That’s got to hurt!

    The most recent thing I saw Robin Wright in was an episode of “Enlightenment” and she was fantastic. She has the most incredible body (it’s insane) and she is such a good actress. I hope she can act more now that she doesn’t have to devote everything to that selfish pig, Sean Penn.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      Don’t worry…I’m pretty sure SP doesn’t think anyone is more “brilliant or interesting” than himself! Just ask him!

      • Chatcat says:

        Yes he and Tiny Tom are always in a neck to neck battle of who is the most narcissistic creep in Hollywood.

    • FingerBinger says:

      He’s been with twenty somethings before, during and after they were married, I’m sure it’s killing him she with a 32 year old. I never really cared for her. I don’t she’s the sweet person everyone thinks she is.

  11. Ann says:

    Robin looks great! She’s only 14 years older than Foster, an age difference that would hardly be mentioned if she was 14 years younger than him. Enough with the cougar BS.

    • I am Legend says:

      Absolutely. What an incredible double standard there is in what constitutes a “May/December” romance when the woman is older instead of the man. Fourteen years wouldn’t rate mention if it were a 46 year old man and a 32 year old woman. She still looks great — Sean Penn was never in her league.

  12. chloe says:

    he dated ellen page too

  13. Nancy says:

    Good for her she never struck me as a particularly happy person like she needed a man to define her and that’s why she was with Sean for as long as she was but now she looks like she’s really happy and comfortable with herself.

  14. Turtle Dove says:

    They look hot together. I don’t get the cougar vibe either (although I hate that term being applied to women as it is diminishing and derogatory).

    As for Sean Penn – he sounds incredibly manipulative. For an actor, he lacks introspection. Too bad for him that he’s getting the exact life that he deserves.

  15. the original bellaluna says:

    1. I cannot fathom how Sean “Wha-Wha-Whambulance” Penn could say no has ever loved him. You don’t stay with someone (esp someone like him) for 14 F*CKING YEARS for shits and giggles. It takes a LOT of love and consideration to stick with someone through all their ugliness.

    2. I HATE the term “cougar.” Apparently, I was one before it was “cool” and “a thing” but I find the term more of an insult (like you went out and DELIBERATELY found someone younger/inappropriate/both for your age), so can we, as women, agree to just NOT with that term?

  16. KellyinSeattle says:

    Cute blazer.

  17. bebe says:

    I remember Robin Wright from when she was on a Soap Opera – Santa Barbara – almost 30 years ago. I remember thinking. . . .what a talented lady who has a long and bright future as a star. Then she hooked up with Sean Penn. I really think she could have been one of the leading ladies of our times so when I hear Penn’s bs, I want to vomit. I truly believe she gave up her career for that idiot and as several have stated above you don’t do that because you feel like it!

    You go Robin! Hope you’re happy happy happy and may your career blossom with out . . . what’s his name . . .

  18. Onyx XV says:

    I have long admired Robin Wright, and Ben Foster was one of the few really good things in the latter, suckier seasons of Six Feet Under, but I can’t help but make the observation that she really digs the fug dudes!

  19. Mirella says:

    I love her & I hope she’s happy 🙂

    • the original bellaluna says:

      Me too, and she will forever be Buttercup and “Jennay” to me. 😀

      • Esmom says:

        Just watched Forrest Gump and my two boys love her now. She’s got a new generation of admirers!

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Es – I’ve got Princess Bride on DVD and Forrest Gump DVRd and protected – we LOVE it!

        I even liked her as Ben Affleck’s wife in that movie where he was a senator who had an affair with some “aide” and Russell Crowe was a reporter/friend of his, and it became this whole big thing.

        I really thought she and Sean would work (after so long, I guess – yeah, my naivetee is showing) so I really hope she’s happy now.

  20. Maritza says:

    It’s true, Ben Foster and Aaron Paul look so much alike (both handsome guys).She deserves to be happy, I hope this works out for her. It looks as if she got tired of fussing with her hair so she let it go natural and chopped it off.

  21. Jayna says:

    Her hair is awful.

  22. henderswife says:

    I love Ben Foster! He was great in 3:10 to Yuma and Alpha Dog. He really is a badass! He is a guilty pleasure of mine, for sure. Good for Robin!

    • Nina says:

      YES! Those are the first two movies I saw him in… he was amazing, galvanizing. I think Robin likes talented guys that take their craft seriously. And I like the fact that neither of them are media sluts… no stupid scandals or pose-harding

  23. JFerber says:

    I’d like to add, that despite the Oscars, I don’t think Sean Penn is a good actor. He was predictable in Mystic River and I honestly thought Bill Murray should have won for Lost in Translation. In a way, it’s predictable, too, that he claims Robin never loved him just because she finally divorced his ass. I guess she had to be a doormat to the end of her life . . . and then he’d still forget to thank her at the Oscars. I sure hope she never goes back to him. He’s contemptible.

  24. Jennifer12 says:

    I love short hair, but it doesn’t work on her the way it does Halle Berry. It’s either a bad cut or she needs longer hair.

    • Nina says:

      Agree with everything you said… some women are spectacular with short hair. So few can pull it off, probably why so few have the guts to try it.

      Around Y2K I worked with a striking woman who had a really distinct short haircut. I ran into her a few years later and she’d grown her brown hair out to shoulder length. She was the most average, unmemorable looking person. It was sad…

  25. carrie says:

    FTN,Ben Foster looks like an young Sean Penn

    i remember Ben Foster in 3h10:Yuama ….

  26. Ginger says:

    What an interesting couple! And I don’t mean any sarcasm in that statement. I kind of like Robins look here…very edgy. She had super long hair for so long so it’s nice to see something different. Is she looking more busty?

  27. rose says:

    I remember him in that Disney tv In A Heart beat

  28. vvy says:

    Robin is an amazing actress! Love her. Sean Penn sounds like one of those immature naricissitic Leos…its all about him! Crappy thing for him to say…it was a slap in the face to all of his exes…because of course he was not responsible in any way for his life. Geez.

  29. lucy2 says:

    Good for her. Hope she’s happy, I get the feeling she wasn’t for a LONG time, and she deserves it now.
    She’s a very talented actress, and a true beauty.

  30. Veronica Lodge says:

    I love, love, love Robin. Biggest Princess Bride fan, ever. Sean Penn has been running around on her forever, so I hope this is a big F-U and she has a great time with Ben Foster (who is HOTTT). I live in Northern CA and worked at Saks 5th Ave., met Lars Ulrich, from Metalica there. Ran into him at a club, he invited me and my friends to his big house party in Marin,we went, SEan was there, he was super blotto and just kept feeling up my friends asses, asking, “where’s the blow? Where’s the blow?” THis was a few years ago, so I think Robin’s put up with too much…hope she is enjoying life!

  31. candigirl says:

    So glad she has not gone back to SP and this relationship is probably part of the reason for that. I think that he probably embarrassed her so many times in their private life and she put up with it for years. As her kids got older and it wasn’t easy to cover it up or deny it to them. He’s probably called her drunk and drugged several times, trying to get her to come back, even temporarily and be mommy to him. I’m glad she didn’t. The fact that she went on to have a life without him is a strong choice for her kids to see her make. Good for her.

  32. midnightmoon says:

    He is not great looking but they are in sync. The last photo their strides are perfectly matched. He might be a keeper.

    I think her beauty is enhanced because of the short hair. It isn’t a fabulous cut, but her face and bone structure are exquisite. Can’t believe she is so young.

    They look like they belong together, and more importantly WANT to be together. Good for them both.

    Sean Penn, humanitarian, is the only reason I don’t spend my time wishing he’d go to the wifebeater planet where I also want William Hurt and the others to go. So many amazing actors have gotten away with horrific abuse. They should be re-planeted. Forever…

  33. FirstTimer says:

    Good on Robin! I really like her!

  34. Nina says:

    Jeff Spicoli… what more can I say?

  35. Kat says:

    Ben Foster=Total upgrade. Stick it to that narcissistic a-hole ex of yours, Robin – God knows he deserves it.