Brad Pitt has been spending time with Alia Shawkat but ‘they’re absolutely just friends’

I love Alia Shawkat. I’ve loved her since Arrested Development. I want good things for her. I do not want those good things to involve a romance with Brad Pitt. Alia is 30 years old, and she’s apparently been seen a few times out and about with Brad in LA. The above Instagram is of Alia and Brad at the Wilding Cran Gallery in LA. I saw the IG earlier this week and I honestly didn’t think anything of it beyond “wow, they’re both art lovers and they must have run into each other at a gallery.” I worried that the tabloids would try to make it into a thing. But what happened was that “a source close to Pitt” denied a romance, and in doing so, ended up making it sound like Brad and Alia have actually been spending a lot of time together recently:

Brad Pitt and Arrested Development‘s Alia Shawkat have been spending time together. Over the weekend, the actor, 55, was spotted at an art gallery with Shawcat, 30, following multiple reported outings together.

A source close to Pitt insists, “They are absolutely just friends.”

While it’s not clear how they met, the actors visited an exhibit at the Wilding Cran Gallery in Los Angeles, according to an Instagram post from a fellow attendee. Meral Melika Duran, an EU strategist, posted pictures of Pitt and Shawkat at the exhibit where he met the artist behind the work, Martin Werthmann.

“Supporting arts & artist as usual. Thank you Brad Pitt for joining us. Had the pleasure to introduce my great artist friend Martin Werthmann to Brad (please check out his work). Had a very interesting conversation with Brad. Like [his] positive attitude,” she wrote next to four shots of Shawkat and Pitt mingling with the artist and other guests.

The two were also seen grabbing dinner together the same day and also previously attended Mike Birbiglia’s comedy show last month, where they posed for a selfie backstage, according to images posted by a Twitter user who has since deleted their account. (Buzzfeed published the tweets and images before they were deleted by the user.)

[From People]

Hanging out at the same event once is just a random thing. Hanging out twice in public spaces and there’s photo evidence? OH GOD. Alia, you don’t need this! Brad, step away from the woman who is 25 years your junior! Honestly, I’ve always believed that Brad’s next big relationship would be with someone a lot younger, I just thought the girlfriend would be, like, a plastic 24-year-old model/actress. Not someone normal, pretty and cool like Alia. I’m upset.

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  1. Erinn says:

    This… is just so strange lol. They are two people who I wouldn’t have expected to be in the same social universe let alone the same circle.

    • SaraR. says:

      She is a painter, she exibited in several shows in both US and Paris. There was a pic of her, Brad and his sculptor friend that he always hangs around with. So they are in the same “artistic” circle.

      • Erinn says:

        That makes sense. I didn’t realize she was that into the art thing, but I’m realizing I haven’t really followed her much since the first iteration of AD. And Brad DOES mention sculpture a lot in interviews, I guess I just assumed he was just some guy doing a hobby but not very well haha. Though I guess when you’re famous you’d be meeting more people in artistic fields than just Joe Schmoe off the street would after picking up a new hobby.

      • Kebbie says:

        Lainey listed at least three distinct times they hung out. So if they’re friends, they’re pretty good friends.

      • Anne Call says:

        I love Search Party, her very quirky tv series. Check it out. There are two seasons, hopefully third coming soon.

    • Eugh says:

      I felt this way with the Neri Oxman-Bill Ackman love triangle that wasn’t even a triangle situation. As Sara says, I think he likes to wade in the highbrow art/design world

  2. PizzaLove says:

    I absolutely love her! And if she wants to hang around with Brad, go for it. They both apparently like art, so they most likely are just having fun hanging out.

    She is just so adorable. ❤️

  3. MachineElf says:

    I am Alia’s age… I try to imagine dating someone I watched on Tv when I was a kid. Someone who was a certifiable adult on television when I was in elementary school. It just seems so weird.

    • Melody calder says:

      I agree but then i remember watching speed in 8th grade and you know what, I totally would with Keanu today and every day ;)

    • Bettyrose says:

      ITA about dating him but when I was 30, given the chance to hook up with a childhood crush, I’d totally do it just for the story. Brad is gross on so many levels and I suspect Alia is too smart for that, but if she hits it once or twice and moves on I’m not judging.

    • Erinn says:

      Oh my god, right? I’m a year younger than she is, and I just can’t imagine. It IS weird. Probably less so for her where she’s an actress, but still.

      I started sitting down and watching Seinfeld for the first time all the way through recently. I’m on season 3. Jason Alexander was my age now when s01 aired. But I’m adding a good 20 years to their age mentally the entire time I’m watching because they’ve just always been older than I am haha. It’s so weird how that works.

  4. Sierra says:

    Sorry age gap is still to gross…

    • jade says:

      Even if she is a lot younger in age, she looks even older than Brad, I mean Alia looks a lot older than her age. The thing is, she seems crass and still quite hungry for fame and work in HW. She is not private, too, she is desperately trying to shock people in her interviews and videos she herself posted. She swears a lot and talk sex or dirty all the time. Im not sure, maybe just to make herself interesting or cool. She seems to talk a lot with no filter and has so much energy, so maybe Brad is drawn to her.

      This is quite an odd pairing looks wise, but as she is an artist painter and Brad is a wannabe Artist sculptor, too, so it makes perfect sense, as they said they are both visual artists. Whether it will develop further lets wait and see.

  5. Eliza says:

    She’s 30 with no baggage and I hope a successful career ahead of her. He’s a middle-aged, twice divorced, father of 6 and complicated relationships with them, and recently sober.

    I know horrible people are saying “he would never” because she’s not an LA faced barbie, but she’s very pretty and honestly can do so so so much better than him.

  6. margedebarge says:

    Alia what are you doing???? Girl you don’t need this

  7. Originaltessa says:

    Even if they’re just friends… Hollywood is so weird. He’s twice her age, single, and just likes hanging out with her?? Sure, Jan.

  8. LadyLaw says:

    1) I wonder if Brad was the guy in her weird story about hooking up with some super famous actor.

    2) Run!

  9. crogirl says:

    I have never heard of her but she seems lovely and not a typical plastic starlet.
    Hope she runs away because she doesn’t need the child abuser who alienated his kids.

  10. SaraR. says:

    Alia is fascinating young woman – she is a writer, accomplished painter and, of course, a good actress. Honestly, I hope they are “just friends”. That’s all.

  11. smcollins says:

    So the usual “men & women can’t be just friends who occasionally hang out” without some romance/dating label being attached. Got it. And so what if they are possibly dating? She’s a 30-year-old adult fully capable of making that decision for herself. They apparently seem to enjoy each other’s company and maybe it’s just a casual thing with no strings attached. Yeah, the age gap is wide, but they’re still two consenting *adults*.

  12. Cara says:

    I thought she seemed smart and cool but now I’m seriously questioning her judgement. I’m her age and the thought of hanging out with a 50 year old with an alcohol problem who likely assaulted one of his kids and has a fraught relationship with his other children would make me nauseous, even if it’s “just friends”

  13. Fortifiedblonde says:

    Men and women can, in fact, be friends without dating. Even if they spend a lot of time with each other.

    • originalCarol says:

      Yes you can but have you ever seen Pitt hanging out with a woman without dating her? Nope, never. At the very least they are banging each other while just being friends. One wonders if he’s grooming her for the upcoming Oscars season.

  14. Lona says:

    Good for him

  15. ReginaGeorge says:

    As someone who grew up with lots of male friends (at one point I hung out with more guys than girls) this narrative that males and females can’t just be friends has always been tiresome. Also, I have friends/acquaintances in different age groups. Depending on their interests and situation, I may link up with someone a bit older or younger at times to just chill, catch a show, shop, whatever.

    Anyway, I started watching Arrested Development for the first time about a year ago so I was kinda still imagining Alia as her and lil’ Maeby Funke character lol, but I forget that was a long time ago and now she’s a grown-a–, 30-something year old woman. Let’s not act like she doesn’t have her own agency or can own her own decisions at this point.

    • Originaltessa says:

      I don’t think this is about Alia and her agency. For me it’s Brad. He’s 55. He has 6 kids. These guys, they just refuse to grow up. Ben, Brad, Johnny, it goes on and on. I’m sure she’s lovely and obviously she’s not a child, but she is young… a lot younger than he is. If it were my dad, who is only 5 years older than Brad, I’d be freaking out.

  16. Sassbr says:

    Ok, so why would you assume he does 24-year-old model types but that’s do NOT Brad Pitt at all! Look at the roster-Juliet Lewis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Jolie, that crunchy hippie woman that was his age (amazing! An older man dating a woman HIS AGE,) and now maybe Shawkat. Let’s face it-the dude has a type, he goes for interesting women with strong personalities. I think he doesn’t have much of a personality and he needs someone to do all the heavy lifting.

    • Zut alors says:

      Wasn’t Juliette Lewis 16 years old to his 26 when they dated? He has precedent.

      • Sassbr says:

        I would say, while they were like 17 and 27 and that is gross but somehow wildly accepted at the time, I wouldn’t call that the same as a 50-something year old man dating a young hot model in her 20s, it’s not the same situation. My point was Lewis was quirky and unique and not some hot young vapid blonde model.

  17. Everley says:

    I can’t wait for him to start painting.

  18. nicegirl says:

    You in danger, girl.

  19. A says:

    Nah I believe they are just friends but getting linked to someone like her makes him appear deep and non-shallow so maybe that’s why his team put it out and of course denied it later LOL.
    Back when Chris Evans/Jenny Slate were a thing he allowed her team to go berserk with his name for the same reason.

  20. LouLou says:

    I heard her on a podcast talking about preferring women, so I don’t think they are dating.

  21. lucy2 says:

    Maeby Funke! I also liked her more recent show, Search Party.

    Why would people assume they’re dating? They’re both interested in art and attending events. I’m in an art guild and know a couple of much older guys through that, and we’ve chatted at events. It CERTAINLY doesn’t mean I’m dating them! Ridiculous.

    The funniest thing I saw about this story though was that we’ll know they ARE dating if Brad dyes his hair dark and gets a perm to match his look to hers.

  22. bobafelty says:

    She’s awesome. Why would she waste her time dating a man who “didn’t hit his kid in the face”? She can do sooo much better, even in the ‘just friends’ category.

  23. OriginalCarol says:

    Probably friends with benefits.

  24. JanetFerber says:

    Brad’s face looks fresher. I have no problem with facial injections for men. I wish more of them would do this, especially in the entertainment business.