Jennifer Lawrence & Darren Aronofsky are ‘heating up’, she’s ‘mesmerized’

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky being seen out on a date night. They went to see Beauty and the Beast… without Darren’s son! Which is still funny to me. In that post, I said that I think if J-Law keeps it loose and breezy, I don’t have a problem with this relationship. I still think Darren is her Just For Now Dude, not her Forever Dude. I mean… she’s 26 years old, never been married and she has no baggage. She likes to pee on people’s yards and take photos of it to present to talk-show hosts. Darren is 48 years old and a father. None of this screams “a match made in heaven.” But someone (WHO?) wants you to know that Jennifer and Darren are the real deal and they are “heating up.”

Jennifer Lawrence, 26, and Darren Aronofsky, 48, appear to be living by the motto that age is just a number. Despite their 22-year age difference, the romance between The Hunger Games star and Black Swan director is heating up. The two began dating in September after he directed her in the upcoming film Mother!

“Jennifer is comfortable with an older guy because she is mature and focused,” a source tells PEOPLE. The two also haven’t let distance get in the way of the relationship. Aronofsky recently visited Lawrence (who previously dated Coldplay’s Chris Martin) in Budapest, where she has been filming Red Sparrow. As soon as she had time off, she joined Aronofsky (who has a son, Henry, 10, with his ex Rachel Weisz) in New York City, where they’ve been spotted on movie dates and low-key strolls.

“Jen has been mesmerized by his talent and brains since she started working with him,” the industry source tells PEOPLE.

According to another source, the two keep a low profile when stepping out in New York City.

“They are very sweet together and seem happy,” the source says. “They hold hands. They keep to themselves and don’t seem to want a lot of attention.”

The Oscar winner was first spotted dining with the Brooklyn native in New York City in August. They then spent time in L.A. in October, where they had an intimate dinner with her close friends at the Commissary restaurant at The Line Hotel. In November, they joined forces to encourage college students to get out and vote.

“Jen is a serious actress and being around another person in the business who is intense about what he does has been good for her,” says the industry source. “I don’t know how far it will go but as of now they are a really good match, two talented people who love their work and are respected for it.”

[From People]

The funniest part – to me – is that the official title of his next film is Mother! It’s like Jeb! The exclamation point is part of the title. More films need exclamation points. The Revenant! Moonlight! When Harry Met Sally! Das Boot! Anyway, if you couldn’t tell, the point of this story is Jennifer Lawrence Is Super Mature Because Her Boyfriend Is Older. It’s the same rationale teenage girls use when they date some inappropriate 20-something douchebag on a motorcycle. He’s so mature and I’m more mature when I’m with him! He’s hella mature YOU JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND. Now, all that being said, we’ll see if Mature Older-Man-Dater J-Law sticks around. My guess is that for her next film promotion, she’s still going to telling so many stories about drinking, peeing, farting and puking.

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  1. QueenB says:

    “Jen has been mesmerized by his talent and brains” Is that the political correct way to say he is unattractive?

    Also Jen is not a woman who is super mature. I am sure tho she likes this setup because it makes her feel more mature.

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      I wouldn’t say he was unattractive but he is a cheating douche – its rumored he had a fling with Natalie Portman when they made Black Swan and is why he and Weiss broke up.

      • Freddy Spaghetti says:

        Actually, Weisz left him after meeting and falling for Daniel Craig during the filming of a horror movie they starred in.

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        Nope – am pretty sure it was because of his cheating.

        Plus Weisz had dated Craig years before, they rekindled during that shoot but she’d already broken up with DA, it just wasn’t announced until after Black Swan came out. IIRC, when they announced their separation they stated that they had been apart for months. It was Craig who left his long term partner for Rachel.

    • Miko says:

      She looks stunning in that picture, love the dress and lipstick color on her. I don’t usually see her as stunning, but wow she looks stunning,gorgeous and ethereal in photo above.

      Is Darren A. a nice man? I don’t know much about him other than he’s much older than her.

      Speaking of … some UK paper says Chris Martin’s girlfriend is the Jane Seymour actress, Tudor’s…ok, I’ll rewrite that part,, she’s the actress who played Jane Seymour in Tudor’s.

      • Nicole says:

        He has a history of sleeping with his leads basically Natalie portman included. Its why I side eye this so much because i loathe this “genius” director types that always want to get into their lead actresses pants (and the actresses that fall for that sh*t).

    • HoustonGrl says:

      Ha ha!

  2. Mia4s says:

    🙄🙄🙄🙄 ….how many eye roll emojis are too many? I may need all of them. 🙄🙄🙄

  3. Tui says:

    I will always loathe that bleeding nipple dress.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      Omggg, Now I will never un-see that! Oh gawd, help me rinse out my eyes with Borax.

      Don’t know why I said Borax. What IS Borax, anyway? Or is ot even a thing?

      See what you made me do, Tui?

      • NotSoSocialButterfy says:

        Lol! It is a thing! Sodium tetraborate- I don’t use it in my laundry but do use it as part of the BBB program ( bleach, borax and baking soda) of pool care. Pool chemical companies sell these same chemicals ( well, their liquid chlorine is 15%, but you can get plain household bleach from 8-12% concentration) in large plastic containers for ridiculously jacked up prices. It softens the water and is a mild algicide if you monitor your borate level. It also helps buffer pH, though less so than baking soda. Saves a ton of money.

        There are great forums with tons of info out there!

  4. RedWeatherTiger says:

    I’m sure it is some high-end designed fabulousness, but I can’t with a dress that makes it look like one nipple is bleeding.

  5. alizia1234 says:

    Aronofsky can’t be that unattractive – he has married to Rachel Weisz and is now getting to stay in with J-Law. (The fact he’s probably the most innovative Hollywood director working today probably has something to do with it.)

    On the maturity front, people do change and grow. Lawrence has been living in a bubble for the last few years – let’s see how she behaves in the future.

  6. Suzanne says:

    They’re super private yet keep leaking info? She was saying all of this stuff with when she was with Chris Martin, but since their break up ‘the sources’ have changed their tone on him since then.

    Now she’s saying she’s to mature for guys her own age but when shes older she’ll want to catch up on her missed youth and start getting with 19 year olds.

  7. Sunnydaze says:

    I’m always a bit sketched out when someone chooses a partner closer in age to their child. Sure, two consenting adults, none of my business, but there’s something about it that makes my nose wrinkle a bit. But hey, if they’re happy, I don’t want to yuck their yum.

    • Miko says:

      Hollywood, MANY of the 40 something men(some women), go for much younger. I’m not saying it’s good or bad, but it just seems to be the thing.

  8. Greata says:

    Getting some uncomfortable Svengali like vibes here.

    • Susan says:

      That was my thought! The word “mesmerized” when used in the context of a younger woman in love with an older man is what triggered it. I shivered.

  9. Sally says:

    Having a child is not bad baggage especially if the exes are civil. I’m 29 years old no children. My dating pool is now men in their 30s so most of them are divorced / have kids. that cannot be a deal breaker. There is far worse baggage than that.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      Serious question. How comfortable are you with that? Because that’s my dating pool as well (possibly even a little older) and none of them seem to be without an ex-wife or a kid. It’s not a bad thing but for me personally, because I have none of that, it’s so hard to relate to. It seems like such a different stage in life although the age difference is perfectly fine. I can’t imagine having an ex-husband so that often makes me nervous or paranoid. It’s like so you thought you’d found The One but were mistaken? Maybe that’s just me.

      At least Jen is not dazzled. That’s all I got on this.

      • SilverUnicorn says:

        It was my pool as well (I got married at 40) but ended marrying someone a lot younger.
        It’s not about ‘baggage’ per se but surely getting along with man + child/children is more difficult than just a man. Relationship is completely different. I dated men with children and it’s complicated and you don’t have all the freedom you would like at the start of the relationship (because you need to take into account your partner’s engagements with the kids).

        Having said that, in Hollywood these problems are certainly less worrying because of staff taking care of the kids.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        Ugh. I think I’m just difficult. Or lazy. I really really like my freedom and don’t enjoy being on someone else’s schedule. That’s bad enough when you’re trying to fit two lives together but when there’s an ex and a kid involved I just … get cranky. Tried that once and didn’t like it at all. Maybe that’s why I’m still single. Or maybe it wasn’t the right guy.

      • Miko says:

        My cousin was 34 or 35, single, no children, no previous marriage and she met a nice man, fell in love, who was 48 , with no children, single, but he was married once before, but it was a young marriage, so no ex wife contact at that point and they married, the marriage is happy. They are so well matched, but she was 34 or 35, not 26.

      • sally says:

        @littlemissnaughty I totally get what you are saying! I’ve only dated two guys w/ kids and it’s definitely an adjustment. For me, I find that divorced men typically are more easy going in relationships because they’ve been through the worst in many ways. As for the kids, I don’t mind it. For me, what I want most in life right now is a husband and a family and I’m okay w/ having it done in a non-traditional way. But , of course, that’s not for everyone. If I’m able to find a guy who has everything I want and the only “problem” is a child, count me in. I’ve dated really horrible men in my early 20s, so a mature , settled down guy is a breath of fresh air for me lol.

  10. Lucy says:

    Um, maybe the difference between Jennifer and a wide-eyed, older-guy-dating teenage girl is that, you know, Jennifer is an actual grown adult? Just a thought.

  11. what's inside says:

    Nothing to see here folks…. move along.

  12. Jaded says:

    While I don’t find him attractive physically I understand being attracted to someone’s talent and maybe that’s the case here.

  13. Nicole says:

    I’m a fan of JLaw (although its waning by the day) and I rolled my eyes so hard at this new PR narrative. Considering she got a lot of flak for her stupid stories on passengers promo I’m not surprised at this “mature” jen with a creepy older dude is her new narrative. As if anyone believes that BS considering she was peeing in the bushes just a few months ago.

    good luck with that i guess. *rolls eyes*

  14. Kata says:

    Or maybe she finds him attractive? I don’t understand why it’s so hard to grasp that not all people have the same taste. Not everyone likes the same Chris Hemsworth type guy.

    Maybe she fell in love with his talent and charm and looked past his looks, or maybe, shock horror, she actually likes his looks.

    • QueenB says:

      “Not everyone likes the same Chris Hemsworth type guy.” Funny that you say that, Jennifer herself talked about how hot his brother Liam is and that they hooked up. So she clearly finds men like that hot and wants to get with them.

      Hoult was also a tall hot guy.

      • Brad P says:

        Effeminite Hoult was also…, a 2 second fling. Maybe even a PR relationship? And “getting’ with” is different to long-term

      • detritus says:

        Nope. Away with that nonsense.
        Also they dated for over 3 years, I wouldn’t call that a fling.

    • Anon33 says:

      If we document absolutely every instance in which a leading actress gets with the director, the possibility of “maybe she finds him attractive” wanes significantly. Come on guys.

      She’s banging the director of her movie. When that movie is done filming, I GUARANTEE they won’t be together anymore, citing “scheduling conflicts” and “differences in where they’re at right now” and talking about how they “remain friends and allies.”

      Trust. She’s just another actress getting a leg up so to speak by banging the ugly director. Tale as old as time.

      • usagichan says:

        Hi Anon – I am sorry but that’s incredibly sexist. You think she needs to open her legs to get ahead in Hollywood? She’s one of the most famous people in the world, has an Oscar (I don’t care if you think it’s deserved or not, fact is, she does have one), has had critical and box office success. But yeah, let’s piss on her achievements and say that’s all due to her f**king an ugly director. Please.

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      “Trust. She’s just another actress getting a leg up so to speak by banging the ugly director.”
      Because career-wise and financially Jennifer Lawrence isn’t someone who’s really in a position to be lumped into the ‘desperate vagina-having actress who just has to sleep with any director who wants it in order to get work’ category. She’s one of the most successful relevant millennial-generation actresses over here right now. If anything, people are desperate to get her in their movies because her being in them is an extra incentive for people to go see their films. She’s also a 26-year-old woman. Not everything is sexual exploitation OR prostitution just because one person has a vagina, because YOU find the man in question ugly, or because we’re talking about the rich and famous. If a successful male celebrity basically got called a victim or hooker for banging/dating a woman who wasn’t in her 20’s and who was ‘not a 10’ (to borrow from an orange sexist) that would rightfully be called misogyny because it would be ageism and body-shaming against the woman he was dating, but somehow slut-shaming an already-successful younger woman for getting with an older man who isn’t a 10 is more acceptable.

  15. SJ says:

    I agree with Kaiser, someone (Jennifer’s?) PR camp wants people to stop side-eyeing whatever this is and to romanticize it. And maybe to get everyone to take JLaw more seriously after that disaster of a Passengers press tour?
    It’s funny though, none of her “friends” or “industry sources” felt the need to talk this much about her thing with Chris Martin.

  16. perplexed says:

    I don’t get her attraction to him, but she is 26….which is clearly a lot younger than him, but not THAT young in general terms. This pairing would strike me as odd if she were 18 (like Aaron Taylor Johnson was when he got with his wife). She’s also probably used to be the youngest person on set, and hanging out with older people. And I do believe she is very focused, despite how laid back she appears in public. I don’t think you can have her type of career without being laser-focused.

    I do think Lawrence is a departure for him though. She seems quite different from Weisz, and, I suppose Portman, if the rumours are true. I never figured he was into toilet humour. I don’t think she’s dumb at all, but her topics of conversation can be a bit…you know…well, they’re not what I would characterize as “brainy.”

    I actually thought the Chris Martin made more sense. Maybe I think Chris Martin isn’t as unattractive, looks-wise and personality-wise, as everyone keeps claiming?

  17. OTHER RENEE says:

    Both my husband and ex bf had full custody of their teenagers when we met. And I know of quite a few other dads who have full custody for various reasons. So yes, a woman can definitely expect a man in his forties and fifties to have kids. Personally I find JLaw and her peeing antics gross and immature. I bet she won’t be doing this as long as she’s with him in an effort to confirm the new “I’m so mature now” narrative.

  18. serena says:

    “She is mature”… LOL.

  19. Sage says:

    I can’t tell if this was put out by her team or his?
    It paints Jennifer as some love sick puppy and Darren as this intense artistic genius.

    What a weird press release.

  20. HoustonGrl says:

    He gives me a vibe, how can I put it….untrustworthy? While there are exceptions, in my experience most men with this kind of baggage are just messy.

  21. Singtress says:

    When I see relationships like this…him and Portman…Weiss…Lawrence… I can’t help but think: “he must have a really big penis.”

    And I feel it looks like Fiddler on the Roof’s Motel the Tailor dating Portman…Weiss…Lawrence.