People: Jennifer Lawrence & Darren Aronofsky are ‘casually dating’ after all


I do enjoy it when my belief in low-tier tabloid reports pay off. Months ago, In Touch Weekly reported that Jennifer Lawrence was spending a lot of time with her director Darren Aronofsky. People were like “Don’t believe it!” Then this week, The Sun reported something similar, that Aronofsky and J-Law have been keeping their sh-t on the downlow but yes, they’ve been quietly dating for a while now. Folks were still like “I’m going to need to see some receipts.” Well now even People Magazine is confirming the news: 26-year-old J-Law is banging 47-year-old Darren Aronofsky!

Jennifer Lawrence has a new man in her life. The Hunger Games actress is dating director Darren Aronofsky, a source close to Lawrence tells PEOPLE.

“They’ve been hanging out and are casually dating,” says the Lawrence pal.

Over the summer, Lawrence, 26, and Aronofsky, 47, collaborated on a still-untitled project together starring the Oscar-winning actress, Ed Harris and Javier Bardem. They were also photographed together in August enjoying lunch at a cafe.

Currently in post-production, the movie is directed and written by Aronofsky and focuses on a couple whose relationship is disrupted when unwanted guests enter their lives.

[From People]

My question is: how long has this been going on? The tabloids have been murmuring about it since March, which was before Darren and Jennifer even started working together on the film (but she was cast in the film at that point, it’s just that the film was in preproduction). Did they start up during filming? Before filming? After filming? And seriously… this pairing is so random. She really does not have a type, does she? To go from Nicholas Hoult to Chris Martin to Darren Aronofsky…?? Who will she date next, Elon Musk?

Also: someone creeped on Jennifer and Darren two months ago and got this photo. So I’m pretty sure that this has been happening since this summer.


Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Georgia says:

    Nicholas Hoult I get. ChRis Martin and Aronofsky though… girl has weird taste in men

    • Locke Lamora says:

      Chris is really attractive in that nerdy way. Even more than Nick. At least to me.

      • Leah says:

        Nick is so much more attractive physically than Martin. Martin was sort of cute in photos from 15 years ago, in the old photos with Gwyneth that i have seen. Now not so much. Aronofsky was never that attractive, pretty sure his brain is superior to the other two though, so theres that.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        Not to me.

      • serena says:

        Yeah, Chris is attractive but Darren.. also don’t remember how old Chris was but Darren is 47 and I think it is too much of a difference.

      • Sticks says:

        Yeah Chris is attractive. And funny.

    • Marie says:

      I uded to not get Aronofsky too. But that was before Bourdain feaured him in his CNN show and I was like, Rachel Weisz did good. He seems to be intelligent, well read and he certainly has the talent, judging by the movies he has been putting out.

    • Mila says:

      If she wanted an older dude, hello, Lenny Kravitz and Bryan Ferry are the way to go. Springsteen is also cool, but he loves his wife…

      She cannot even pick up the right oldie…

  2. roses says:

    Good luck with that. Glad Rachel Weisz moved on from him.

  3. lannisterforever says:

    Well, I’ll be damned. He is a talented director though and I can see why that would make him interesting.

    On an Aronofsky-related note, I’m so mad when I read yesterday that HBO passed on his TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s “Oryx and Crake” book series. The book is amazing and I was so looking forward to it 🙁

    • Georgia says:

      I loved the trilogy! I didn’t know they were considering doing an adaptation

    • Arock says:

      That would be a fabulous movie if done correctly. Also, The blind assassin. I’m biased tho, any and all things margret Atwood.

    • Marj says:

      Im completely gutted about this – that said I heard they were going to do all three books only over 10 episodes – anyone who has read it knows that just isn’t possible.


  4. Angel says:

    He looks…interesting. I couldn’t.

  5. als says:

    Maybe she doesn’t have a physical type but there could be a behavior or a personality trait that she responds to, perhaps a certain kind of maturity. Hoult, in spite of age, seems quite mature and put together, Chris Martin should have been put together but I bet she discovered the opposite.

    If true, who can blame her? It’s not bad to look for maturity in a potential partner. Or maybe it’s something else.

    • Moxie Remon says:

      I like this theory, it does seem to make sense on her situation.

    • ichsi says:

      Yep, that’s my theory too. Although I fear she might be disappointed here too.

    • kibbles says:

      Here’s the irony though. Old men who date young women are the opposite of wise and mature. When I see a man over 40 with a woman in her 20s, I think he must be going through a midlife crisis or isn’t mature enough to be with a woman closer to his age range. She will end up dissapointed if maturity is what she is looking for in a man. She should find a single man in his late 20s or 30s looking for a serious relationship.

      • Amanda says:

        Ridiculous comment. My husband was in his 40’s and myself in my 20’s when we met. Been together 7 years and more in love now than ever. Saying ‘she should find a single man in his late 20’s or 30’s’ is ignorant. You find who you find and they can become your person, regardless of what society deems correct.

  6. Ellie says:

    Ew Jennifer why? I guess he’s not worse looking than Chris Martin but I don’t get it at all.

  7. Incredulous says:

    A 47-year-old is casually dating a 26-year-old? Did they bring back Nip/Tuck?

  8. ShinyGrenade says:

    I don’t get why a 26 years old goes from older men with kids.

    • K2 says:

      I suspect they aren’t intimidated by her. Her peers, age-wise, are going to be, and that could make for a tough dynamic. Especially as she must also wonder what the motivations are for them to want to date her. At least with Martin and Aronofsky they have their own huge career success behind them.

      • ShinyGrenade says:

        And that the 40 something see her like a nice piece. Maybe her “buffon” public persona is just an act and she is clever, I don’t know.
        Not sure Aronofsky like to talk about farts and doritos. But maybe she wants to broaden her horizons. Who knows.
        It’s just that a immature 26 yo and a accomplished 47 yo with kids, well… have quite different life and goals. But it’s ok for a bit of fun, I guess.

      • Suzanne says:

        ‘Her peers, age-wise, are going to be’

        Thats nonsense

      • K2 says:

        @shinygrenade She gave an interesting interview with Charlie Rose, where she came across as anything but stupid. He asked what she was currently reading, near the end, and it was Women and Nature by Susan Griffith. On a linked topic she said she was impatient with any idea of not identifying as a feminist, because what sort of person didn’t want to identify with equality? And she was very clear that she is interested in the business side of movies and engages with her team to make sure she is heading up her career and making her own choices. She didn’t seem at all ditzy.

        She’s only 26, even now. I don’t think saying silly things when in weird situations in your very early 20s is evidence of stupidity. Kids at the best universities say silly things, and in her case, that sense of being relatable underpins a lot of her career success. And given her career trajectory, when IMO she hasn’t always given the most amazing performances (some have been stellar, but others IMO have been blah) I suspect she is anything but stupid.

        Having said that, I very much doubt that a guy pushing 50 is with a girl in her mid 20s for her intellect and life experience. But he may admire her acting, too. Talent is attractive, and the industry certainly appear to think that she is talented.

        @Suzanne, no, it’s simply an opinion that differs from your own.

  9. Debb says:

    He’s gross

    • amilu says:

      She’s gross.

      I mean, come on. That was part of her (earlier) mass appeal — that she’s gross. I mean “real.”

  10. Scar says:

    She could have any man in the world(maybe not any man) and….. Sis what you doing?

    • QueenB says:

      MTE. she must have low self esteem if she thinks thats her league in terms of looks.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        Or maybe, and that might sound crazy, he’s attractive to HER? Not everyone has the same taste, for God’s sake.

        I’m not judging her ( and God knows I can’t stand her). I am judging him. Dating a 20 years young actress is so cliche and reeks of midlife crisis.

      • lannisterforever says:

        Not everyone dates based on what “league of look” they are in. Maybe she finds other qualities more important.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        Maybe she sees other qualities. Or maybe she finds him attractive. I find this idea that if two people aren’t on the same level of some arbitraty league of looks, the hotter personust find other qualities attractive, quite ridivulous. Maybe they do. Or maybe they just have a different taste.

      • Trixie says:

        Maybe she cares more about personality than looks? Or maybe to her, she thinks he’s super hot? You ever think of that, QueenB? Some people care more about personality than looks. And everyone’s definition of what they think is hot is different. Just because you don’t think he’s hot doesn’t mean she doesn’t. Stop being so judgmental of other people’s sexual preferences. You wouldn’t like it if other people were this rude about your sexual preferences.

      • Aren says:

        Of course we are taught as females that we shouldn’t be “shallow”, and should like males for more important reasons rather than how they look.
        We are told it’s not okay to want a man who is young, intelligent, talented AND good looking, as long as he’s not violent or a cheater, it’s all good.
        Jennifer is young, beautiful, successful and famous, she could indeed date almost any guy, but instead she’s “casual” with an old film director who is said to have cheated on his wife with an actress.

    • LeAnn Stinks says:

      Maybe despite her own recent rhinoplasty, when it comes to men, she isn’t superficial? Perhaps, she looks for a deeper connection. That or she has a Daddy complex 😉

  11. Micki says:

    After the first 8 posts I think only in the line : anyone, who’s over 40 with children and plain, ordinary looking should find a big stone and a deep river because the life is SO over…

    • ShinyGrenade says:

      Not really. Just are just wondering why a 26 years old, that like fart and doritos and do not seems the mummy type, is dating older gents with kids. She don’t seems the type that would want to be a step-mum. It is just odd.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      No, but an older director dating his youmg costar is such a cliche. Plus, she’s extremely immature.

    • Shijel says:

      No. I’m just wondering what does a 26-year-old have to offer to a man pushing 50? Aside from a trim body, of course. Even though the movie industry levels things out a bit, generally a 26-yo and a person in their 40s have different goals in life. Different milestones to reach, and of course, considerable difference in life experience.

      I’m sure JLaw knows what she’s doing to an extent, but I gotta ask, what a person in their late 40s sees in someone in their mid-20s that really, truly resonates with them outside sex.

      • Micki says:

        For me casually dating is exactly that : casually dating.

        I can’t imagine that JLaw is thinking about his kids and being potentially step-mom. That’s a strech.

        As for being immature- eh, the girl played the game perfectly twice. At 26.

        Farts, burittos and so on are part of her goofy image to sell. I don’t buy it. I also find it gross to confess pe*ing in a basin, but there you are. Don’t forget she prefers to fly private-so there so behind closed doors she might be different.

        I draw my line at 15 years age difference. In her case she is only 4 years shy of 30.
        Is that STILL too young and immature? I don’t agree.

        I see two people with drive and strive for success dating casually. And there is no law against cliches…

  12. Prim says:

    I totally get her dating pattern; older powerful creative emotionally unavailable men. Beauty has nothing to do with anything when you’re trying to resolve your father issues through dating. I hope she finds a decent therapist soon, bless her.

  13. kiki says:

    Now I have to interfere, this is ridiculous. JLaw, I know you want a boyfriend but OMG really? oh well, I don’t like this but I guess I wished them the best.

  14. Mindy says:

    Darren and my husband went to high school together (they both graduated from Edward R Murrow High in 1987) and didn’t like one another. The reasoning behind that? Because back then, they looked like one another and were always mistaken for each other. The thing that gets me now, is that as they’ve aged, the resemblance is getting stronger and stronger (they even have the same beard and hairline). Saying all that…

    … it really creeps me out that Darren and JLaw are dating. He is old enough to be her dad… or… as my husband would say ‘he probably has boils on his a$$ older than her.’

  15. Joni says:

    What do these women see in him?

    • OrigialTessa says:

      Talent, humor, creativity? There are attractive qualities to human beings other than looks.

    • Ana says:

      LOL I read that he is a great kisser.

    • Aren says:

      That they’re going to change him?

    • Kimberly says:

      IF my memory serves me right there were ‘allegations’ that he cheated on his then wife Rachel Weisz (now ex) with another actress Natalie Portman around the time Black Swan was in production …… that’s 1 less desirable quality…… (IF THAT IS TRUE)

  16. Sam says:

    I’ll never understand being with someone over twenty years younger than you. Like you’re old enough to be your partner’s parent. It’s just weird to me. The max for me would be the age gap that was between Angelina and Brad so about 11 years. After that and it just starts getting creepy.

    • Alex says:

      i undestand it must be hard for her to find young guys who can take her bagage with fame, media and power and don’t feel threatened by it. There was always rumours about Nick H being bothered by her fame and apparently Chris Martin was a douchbag with her even being older but to go for a guy +20 years older is too much. I won’t even comment on his looks because everyone is attract to differents things but you’d imagine she would have a limit to age thing because no matter how nice they are, its creep af.

    • kibbles says:

      I’m okay with couples with an age gap of 15 years or younger. Beyond that and I naturally start judging and getting suspicious.

    • Dee Kay says:

      I’m this way but realize that others feel differently. All my life I’ve only ever been attracted to guys within 2 years of my age, older or younger. I look at people who date 20 years older or younger than they are and think, “I couldn’t do that.” My father’s second wife is *47 years* younger than he is and it still gives me the heebie jeebies at some level, even though I like her and think she’s very good for my dad.

  17. Leah says:

    I like Aronfosky as a director hes extremely talented and to be honest i think its hard for someone like Jlaw to date anyone her own age epecially in the industry. 26 year old actors and directors are going to be for the most part intimidated by her, maybe even jealous of her status and success. So i can see why she is going for older men.
    However if i was her and looking for a talented older director, id look up Cary Fukunaga. He’s talented, older and HOT!!

  18. Lucy says:

    Some of the comments in here…smh. What I’m sort of worried about is everyone pulling the sleeping-with-the-director-to-get-roles card.

    • ShinyGrenade says:

      If an actor sleeps with a director, well, that is some of the comment that might be made.

      But you have to admit that a 47 yo director sleeping with his hot young actress is a bit cliché.

      But, it sometimes works. See Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

      • Lucy says:

        I was referring to the “ew what does she see in him? he’s gross?” ones. We can discuss the age-gap thing, sure. I know her public persona is loud and goofy, but the thing is that she is, after a 26 year-old woman. Some people seem to think she’s a naive child.

      • ShinyGrenade says:

        Oh, I see your point.
        I do not think he looks ” gross”. He seems like a talented guy, that is probably interesting. I guess some people might say “gross”, as there was rumors with Nathalie Portman (might be totally false), and that is another case of older dude banging young thing.

        But at the end of the day, if they are both happy, who cares?

    • Val says:

      Well those rumours have been following her around…

      • Jess says:

        @val Your comment is misogynistic and gross.

        @ everyone else
        This kinda of smut patriarchal talk would work better if it was an up and coming actress.
        At this point aronofsky needs Lawrence more than Lawrence needs him. She’s a box office draw he’s a fine director but he’s not a box office draw in the way she is. She can make his movies happen. Look at at the European art house directors working with the kids from twilight. Do you think it’s because they are such admirers of their work or because it’s easier to secure financing? Pattison worked with Cronenberg one of the finest Canadian directors twice, Stewart worked with assays one of the finest French directors twice. There was nothing in their body of work prior to those movies that made them a natural for those type of directors.

      • Anthony says:

        If she were an up and comer this might be true but given all the Oscar nominations and one win I’m pretty sure she doesn’t have to sleep with her directors. It seems like she just has an interesting taste in men.

      • Katie says:

        She’s at a point where she could get a director like Aronofsky replaced if she wanted to because any studio wants her a lot more than him.

        The director of her breakout hit was a woman, and she got an Oscar nomination for that. Why it surprises anyone that a 22yr old with an Oscar nom under her belt would then be in high demand baffles me.

  19. aenflex says:

    He looks like Steve Jobs, later in life. That’s all I’ve got.

  20. Bridget says:

    I side eye him for sleeping with another one of his leading ladies. He is their boss.

  21. Jackie J says:

    The idea that J-Law is a bit dumb, or goofy in an air-headed way, has always struck me as patently ill-founded. She’s sharp in interviews, and obviously has an eye for scripts and talent. I suspect TBH that the only reason people assume she’s immature is that girls who aren’t sufficiently demure or moody tend to be automatically viewed as a bit limited in the brains department, in a way that doesn’t happen to men like eg Chris Pratt.

    As regards Aronofsky, she probably admires him – a frequent basis for romance across that type of age gap. It usually doesn’t work out, speaking from experience- but she’s 26, why not go casually dating with maybe the leading American director of his generation?

  22. Josefina says:

    Fact: You don’t know Jennifer Lawrence or Darren Arronosfky.
    Fact: Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Arronofsky do know each other.

    I always think it’s funny when odd couples are announced and everyone jumps in with their theories of what they like and what they are looking for. We only know JLaw as a public figure, not as a real person, let alone a girlfriend. Arronofsky? We know even less of him since the guy is hardly public. So what are you people basing yourselves on?

    As it is I don’t find him very attractive and his movies are pretty hit-or-miss. But it’s perfectly possible he has traits we don’t see (but Jennifer does), or that he behaves a different way around Jennifer. Because that’s how people are. They behave differently around different people.

  23. Skippy says:

    Poor child needs glasses, clearly.

  24. Yoon says:

    omg that aint a cafe, that’s one of my fav mexican spots (is it sad that i recognized it by the chairs, arch and flowers on the table? also they’re at my table) in nyc!! I KNEW IT I KNEW she lived in my neighborhood!!! we go to the same grocery store!! ahhhh that place is amazing and I’m craving their nachos now

  25. Yoon says:

    omg that aint a cafe, that’s one of my fav mexican spots (is it sad that i recognized it by the chairs, arch and flowers on the table? also they’re at my table) in nyc!! I KNEW IT I KNEW she lived in my neighborhood!!! we go to the same grocery store!! ahhhh that place is amazing and I’m craving their nachos now

  26. Veronica says:

    Major age gaps kind of weird me out (I personally never go higher than 5+ years), but I guess if I had her level of success at such a young age, I might feel differently when it came to pursuing older partners. Aronofsky somehow makes more sense to me than Chris Martin, though, if only because the latter is well past the peak of his career.

  27. Marj says:

    Well that’s the Portman knocked up by Aronofsky for a second time theory out the window…