Armie Hammer’s date night rule is not to talk about the kids

I find Armie Hammer very attractive, moreso in motion than photos. I really liked him (x2) in the Social Network. I actually enjoyed him in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. as well. Among the many projects Armie has coming up, he plays Oliver in the new film Call Me by Your Name, which should generate many discussions involving Armie. I hope so, I would welcome more of him on screen. Armie, who is the great-grandson of philanthropist Armand Hammer, is married to actress Elizabeth Chambers. They have two children: daughter Harper, age two, and a six-month old son named Ford. With a toddler and a newborn at home, the couple are trying to stay connected as spouses. One way they do this is by sticking to their rule of No Kid Talk on a date.

Their golden rule! It can be tough to plan a date night with two young kids at home. That’s why when Armie Hammer and his wife, Elizabeth Chambers, do get the chance to sneak out they keep the conversation focused on themselves.

“We go to sushi, and we don’t talk about the kids, that’s the biggest thing,” Chambers, 34, exclusively told Us Weekly at the HFPA Grants Banquet in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, August 2.

“We’re not allowed to talk about the kids,” Hammer, 30, chimed in. Chambers added: “We don’t have date night just to tell cute kid stories.”

Hammer admitted that they make time for each other “by force.”

“It’s hard when you’re breastfeeding — my wife — it’s hard cause there’s only so much time you can leave,” he explained. “You just make it work. You know? You figure it out. You have friends and family. You figure it out.”

[From Us]

I appreciate what Armie and Elizabeth are going for, to focus on each other because they were a couple before they were parents. But I couldn’t do it. The Mister and I leave the kids at home solely so we can talk about them and all the stupid things they do behind their backs. I mean, all the books say we aren’t supposed to laugh at them to their faces, right? In truth, though, this isn’t a bad idea and it probably should extend past just husbands and wives. Maybe moms and dads should have a time limit on kid-catch-up when they get together too. Many times, when I go out without my kids, I kind of want to leave being a mother back at home. It’s not a knock on my kids or the job, just that, like most people, there are many facets to my life.

In addition to Call Me by Your Name, Armie voiced a character in Cars 3 (meh). But I’m really looking forward to him in Stanley Tucci’s Final Portrait. Armie will play James Lord to Geoffrey Rush’s Alberto Giacometti. Final Portrait comes out on the 18th, I posted the trailer below. It looks good, doesn’t it? Like I said, I welcome more Armie.




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  1. Shijel says:

    From what I’ve heard, Final Portrait is pretty average. But me being a huge fan of Geoffrey Rush, I’m gonna see the shit out of it anyway. Armie’s a bonus. Like… a bonus popcorn. A complimentary drink. Yeah. I like it.

  2. Millennial says:

    We don’t talk about our kids per se, but we do talk about parenting — how hard it is, what our needs are, etc… it’s a huge part of our lives and we are doing it together. If one of us is feeling like crap (eg my husband was feeling terrible yesterday for yelling at our son) then it’s something we need to talk about. So, no, kids aren’t off-limits. We don’t talk about it the whole time, but if it’s impacting us we we do It’s part of our marriage.

  3. Kaye says:

    I’m a big fan. I loved him in Man from UNCLE – in fact, I loved the whole movie.

    • INeedANap says:

      I absolutely ADORE his voice. I am a sucker for deep voices and I could listen to him jabber on all day.

      • Mannori says:

        Then you probably will find interesting that he’s recording the audiobook version for Call Me By Your Name. I’m not a big fan for audiobooks but I loved this book and I love Armies’ voice so I’m in for this one.

    • ElleBee says:

      I watched that movie yesterday on HBO. He and Cavill were delicious

  4. Goats on the Roof says:

    It’s a good policy. I think you have to nurture your relationship with your partner and not make kids, kids, kids the focus of all things. I hear too often about people who didn’t take time for their relationship only to realize they didn’t know each other once the kids were grown and out of the house.

    • Mumzy says:

      As a stay home mom I totally agree. I had two of 3 kids go away to school this past year and the 3rd will follow next year. Having kids leave home rocks your world on so many levels–it is shocking and the grief is complicated and deep. There are so many resources to prepare us for pregnancy, childbirth, toddler years, child development and so on … and so little for the letting them go (none that I have seen…any suggestions?). The importance of staying connected with your significant other, not as co-parent but as simply an individual, is vital. Before you know it, it’s just the two of you and having the connectedness and support of one another is a lifeline.

  5. Lucy2 says:

    He is really handsome, especially in The Man from UNCLE. And I think he’s an interesting actor.
    Bringing a toddler and an infant onto a red carpet photo session? Ugh.

    • Neelyo says:

      He has a movie coming out where he plays gay, his PR team probably made him do it. I bet we’ll be seeing a lot of those kids in the coming months.

      • Tiffany says:

        He has already played a gay character and he was not out there making out with his wife on the red carpet to counteract it so……..

    • Laly says:

      It was for Cars 3 so pass and he stole the show from Cavil in The Man from UNCLE.

    • Tiffany says:

      You mean taking his kids to a kid friendly movie in which he did voice work. Yeah, blasphemy.

  6. magnoliarose says:

    It is a good policy. Since my husband and I decided to try to work on possibly getting back together one of the things we learned in counseling was that we were overly focused on our kids and stopped talking about ourselves. This meant a lot of conversations that needed to happen didn’t and resentments take root that were not talked about either. Misunderstandings never get addressed and then the dates stop. I shut down and he became overly controlling. It is easy to lose sight of the person you fell in love with. Out of hurt everything deteriorates even further and our worst qualities were all we could see of each other. You have to have time to just be the wife and lover and that was out of the window.
    I think there are times to have parent laughs and talks but then time to be romantic and adult. Since infidelity, addictions, abuse or any other deal breakers never happened it is worth it to try mend our family. But that can’t happen if the foundation, our marriage, is broken, and we become strangers. His advice seems simple but it isn’t as easy to do as it sounds.

  7. zeynep says:

    I agree, he looks better in motion. In pictures he has a tendency to look smarmy and old money preppy, the latter of which I suppose he is. In motion he looks charming and loses that hybrid The Hamptons-Scaramucci quality he has in photos. I looked up his age the other day after the Call Me By Your Name trailer dropped (he’s meant to be playing a 24 year old) and I was surprised to find out he’s only 30: he looks older to me.

    • Mannori says:

      I thought he was older too. I think is the deep voice and his demeanor: he’s a married guy with kids, and on paper he could be banging model types left and right and spending his family money on yachts and partying. He’s not. He’s a funny guy with a full life but he ain’t what we expect him o be. Kudos for that. He’s mature for his age and married a non famous or barely famous woman, 4 years older than him. hey, nothing can exclude the fact tag tomorrow Star mag could publish pictures of him doing coke out of a stripper’s butt, but so far, he seems like a really cool guy with his feel on the ground who really is family and work. Rare for an actor, even more rare for an extremely good looking actor with family money.

  8. t.fanty says:

    Hahahahahhaha! One of the things I love about my marriage is that Mr. Fanty enjoys our kids’ insanity as much as I do. So I totally get going somewhere else to gossip about my kids. But their kids are younger than mine, so they aren’t quite at the point where it’s about having insane people with their own personalities living in your space. I also think that part of the conversation, as someone mentioned above, is the discussion on what we each need from the other to be a good parent. Mr. Fanty and I have one “State of the Union” dinner every year or so where we really lay out where we are at, where we want to be, and what we need to get there. Other times, we will go for dates and sit in a bar and watch the ballgame.

    So, I think a rule sounds a little excessive, but the effort is nice. When you have little kids, it is easy to feel like you’ve lost control of who you are.

  9. Sadie77az says:

    Try the trailer for Call Me By Your Name, it looks outstanding. Amazing pre-reviews from Sundance and Berlin. I can’t wait to see it.

  10. hannah89 says:

    He’s really handsome. I love The Social Network, one of my favorite films. Also, everytime I hear/see Armie’s name I think of baking soda LOL

  11. Mannori says:

    I was pretty uninterested in Armie both an actor and as a person in general. Mostly because my fault: I tend to feel away from his “type”: white, wealthy, extremely and conventionally good looking dudes, confident, with a perfect family, all by the book. I mean I know it’s my fault because not every white white guy with a perfect family and looks has to be an idiot. I thought he was too preppy perfect, the rich frat bot and I wasn’t even really impressed by his acting talent. But I was wrong. He, as his life seems so vanilla bland to me, is quite articulated, thoughtful and even humble for being the heir to such a rich dynasty and having had such a privileged upbringing. I’ve spent an afternoon recently reading and watching old interviews of him. His voice is AMAZING. So sexy. And he is very grateful for his luck and has been constructing a very interesting career. I’m looking forward to see more of him. I’m a huge fan of Guadagnino. I think Call me by Your Name will be a wonderful film for Armie to show what he’s got. For some reason I don’t like his wife, but who cares.

    PS: WBros must be kicking their own balls because Armie would have been a perfect 10 Batman instead of the drunken mess they’re dealing with. He’s even a better actor than Affleck.

  12. Just here says:

    Reading these comments make me a little ill. Armie Hammer is a fake, probably like most other actors. Well ‘fake’ as in happy, decent family man. I dunno, maybe he and his wife have an open marriage or something. A lot of people are ok with that. I guess its just the way its all painted, y’know… I mean, his wife is beautiful! Why can’t a guy who paints himself as loyal family man actually be that??? *shakes head*