Is Paulina Porizkova being a little bit extra about her relationship with Aaron Sorkin?

93rd Oscars, Academy Awards

As CB discussed, Aaron Sorkin and Paulina Porizkova made their couple debut at the Oscars on Sunday. No one knows how long they’ve been together, but Page Six says it’s been at least a few months of quiet dating. They’re an age-appropriate couple – he’s 59, she’s 56. They both have one marriage each under their belts – Aaron and his Julia have been divorced for more than 15 years, and Paulina is technically a widow, having still been married to Ric Ocasek at the time of his death in September 2019. The way Ocasek tried to screw her out of any part of his estate gave me a tremendous amount of sympathy for her, and I hope she and Aaron are enjoying their time together. She seems… kind of extra about the relationship. Especially if they’ve only been happening for a few months! She posted this on her IG:

Although I have attended the Oscars before (as a fashion correspondent for the TV-Guide channel), this was my first time at the Oscars as an attendee. I thought – and wasn’t wrong- that this would be the most original ceremony ever. The intimacy of it was lovely; but it was also freezing in the room (all that ventilation) which incidentally also allowed me to snuggle close to my date. Who, yes, kept me warm all night. #oscars #oscars2021 #grateful #newbeginnings

The dress is a fifteen year old Dolce Gabbana – the only gown in my closet. Also, I figured it made me look sort of like a female Oscar – so in case Aaron didn’t win one- he could still take one home.

[From Paulina’s IG]

Extra? Or sweet? I would find it extra from a 20-something nepotism model, but I don’t know, maybe it’s kind of charming from a 50-something model towards her screenwriter/director boyfriend. She clearly adores him. But am I misremembering his history, or doesn’t he actually have a bad record with women? Not abusive or anything, just douchey and self-centered? Hm. I’m gonna need Kristin Chenoweth and Maureen Dowd to chime in on this. Can’t wait for his latest screenplay about a wonky political journalist who falls for a beautiful model of questionable morals. The walk-and-talks they’ll have!

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  1. CherHorowitz says:

    A rich man in his 50s dating a woman in her 50s? I’m speechless, even if she is a model.

    • Lemons says:

      Paulina was an it-model back in the day. I loved her on ANTM…I’m surprised they are together, but she’s gorgeous.

      Also…she’s being extra, but at her age, I think some people overshare on social media w/o meaning to.

    • Cecilia says:

      Right?! That’s unheard of in Hollywood. She is beautiful tho.

    • HufflepuffLizLemon says:

      After the whole situation with Ocasek, I am totally fine with her being happy and extra and feeling sexy and wanted, etc. Especially with it being a situation like this!

      • JanetDR says:

        My thoughts exactly! Whatever happens, at least she is having some fun and feeling good.

      • Laura says:

        I say — good for her! She was with that old selfish creep who didn’t appreciate her for far too long. She probably feels like she is walking on clouds now :)

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Was not Ric Ocasek diagnosed with dementia?

        I am sure his illness was difficult for his entire family.

      • Soupie says:

        Agree with everyone supporting Paulina here. She is a wonderful person, you can just tell. I don’t think it’s oversharing at all. She’s a naturally effusive person.

        I can only imagine what she went through with that horrible person that was her husband. He just wasn’t a nice or happy person at all – with or without dementia.

      • Sid says:

        ITA Hufflepuff! I am happy to see she appears to be so happy.

      • shurrr says:

        Isn’t it refreshing to see a 50 something woman WITHOUT brats doll plastic surgery? Sure she’s not uber wealthy, but many women find a way to look basic & try hard.
        I’m happy she’s happy

    • MF1 says:

      Seriously. That alone makes me like them together and actually improves my opinion of Sorkin.

    • Anne Call says:

      Yep, I like that and she looks fabulous. Get it Paulina!

  2. Louise says:

    She’s happy and excited. Its nice.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes, I think it’s sweet. And I love how she just grabbed her gown from the closet, it’s beautiful and she looks great.

    • emu says:

      Yes it’s totally cute! At least she didn’t say something like “This guy.”

      And agree, like that she took the gown from her closet.. and drew attention to it!

  3. Christa says:

    He has always struck me as an opportunist but I cannot recall any specific details. He isn’t above using his clout for various purposes but doesn’t seem to abuse his access to media too frequently. He also has dated women who are much younger than him. In general I think he is pretty smart and uses some discretion. I don’t have anything juicy. I think he wrote an opinion piece here or there for some major papers.

    • Chartreuse says:

      He was a big time addict, that’s probably why.. He treated everyone like crap in his addict days. It interrupted and almost ruined his career.

  4. Monica says:

    There was a recent story somewhere about Paulina, with photos showing off her body and quotes about how much better she is at sex now. At the time I thought, “this is basically a dating ad.” And I thought, hey, go for it, girl. But now that I know she’s been with Sorkin, I think her gushing is basically a celebration that romance isn’t over for her at her age, after her ordeal with Ric and the aftermath of his death. I’m giving her a pass.

    • Christa says:

      I agree. I think she is kind of advertising but I also think she’s probably still really angry at what he did to her and that could some time to heal. And he deprived her of closure since it’s not like she can talk to him. She probably is just going through a phase where she’s kind of f-ed up. It will pass. Hopefully she finds someone who is kind to her.

  5. Sinéad says:

    Isn’t he the ‘Bad Boyfriend’ from the book Your Voice In My Head by Emma Forrest? The one that pushed her out of a speeding car? And said to the therapist that he didn’t take any notice of all the scars on her body?

    • Sue Denim says:

      I just did a quick search and it sounds like the bad boyfriend was Colin Farrell. I don’t know anything about this tho…so you may be right. I was just curious because I admire Sorkin as a writer, and after Ric Ocasek am a bit invested in Paulina’s wellbeing…

      • Sinéad says:

        No, Colin was the really sexy Gypsy Husband. (He was a bad bf to her in the end though in the way he ended things without explanation.)

      • Sue Denim says:

        Oh, you’re right re GH. Thanks Sinead. I thought that was the same guy… I still hope it’s not AS but so many of my former dream guys have turned out to be just awful people…

    • tempest prognosticator says:

      🏃🏻 I’m off to read Your Voice in My Head.

      • Rosalee says:

        After reading the comment I googled Emma Forrest now I’m heading off to chapters/indigo to pick up the book. At midnight are going back into a four week shutdown and I need to replenish my book supply.

    • Jaded says:

      It was Colin Farrell. I read the book, he was horrible to her.

      • Isabella says:

        I think that Colin and Sorkin are both in the book. Colin wasn’t that bad. He just ghosted her.

      • Matilde says:

        Urgh, Colin was a complete tool He got someone else pregnant and then dumped EF. He’s the type of guy who claims to love women meaning he’s promiscuous and treats everyone like crap.

  6. DuchessL says:

    This is cute. The humble closet, the happy to go, the age appropriate no scandal dating is refreshing to see.

    • It’sJustBlanche says:

      I love her, always have. Anything that makes her happy, I’m here for. Some of you might not remember, but she was IT in the 80s and she just walked away to be a wife and mother. Nothing wrong with that, but Ocasek was old enough to be her father and controlling. I’m so happy she’s happy. She was always more than a model, dry sense of humor, smart. I wish her the best.

    • MF1 says:

      No kidding. I don’t mind her being a little extra. I just think it’s nice that she’s happy after what she’s been through.

  7. Silver Charm says:

    The only thing more surprising than this relationship is that Aaron Sorkin is writing and directing the Nicole Kidman/Lucille Ball movie.

  8. Astrid says:

    i”m going with “extra”. She pops up in the Daily Mail often enough in lingerie. Seems like she’s trying to remain relevant.

    • Kcat says:

      Or she’s trying to celebrate the fact that women in their 50s can still be vibrant and sexy. Good for her.

  9. Haylie says:

    I’ll allow it after what Rick Ocasek did to her. A creep until the very end.

    • maddie says:

      She was with Ric for over 30 years before they separated. She always gushed about him.

      They were getting a divorce. The language about abandonment struck me as typical legal jargon. The will had a value of $5 million but their NYC house which was up for sale when he died was worth more than that and they also had another house which she kept. Articles make it seem the will assets was all they had, I would expect they had trusts that would not be disclosed to the public.

      Paulina dated screenwriter Ed Solomon after her separation. Has she mentioned that on her IG? I don’t think so.

  10. Courtney B says:

    She’s aging well too. She’s posted photos where you can see the wrinkles but she knows her makeup, angles and lighting. Her hair looks blindfish here. I don’t know if it’s the light but she’d been rocking the gray. It looked grayer in the room then here though. It was what I spotted and then realized it was her with Sorkin. Her bone structure is amazing. She was still killing it on ANTM looks wise and Tyra apparently didn’t like it. She could be harsh but also gave actual helpful modeling tips to the contestants.

    • alexc says:

      I saw her once after she had just signed a big Estee Lauder contract in her modeling heyday and she was insanely beautiful.

  11. MarJo says:

    She is a beautiful woman. And he is a talented screenwriter. That’s all I have.

  12. Goldie says:

    I don’t know much about Sorkin’s personal life, but I like the fact that he dates within his age range. I remember he also dated Kristin Davis (SATC) for a bit. I just looked it up, and it was about a decade ago, so they were both in their mid to late 40′s.

  13. KitKat says:

    They actually look a lot like each other in that photo. This may go the distance.

    I remember the first time I fell in love after a loveless marriage. I’m sure I was extra and annoyed everyone. But she’s been to hell and back and I respect and appreciate her honesty and vulnerability on Instagram.

    • North of Boston says:

      “They actually look a lot like each other in that photo.”

      I thought the exact same thing! And I never would have said before that I thought PP and AS resembled each other at all. I hope they are both happy.

  14. TQ says:

    As others have said, I give her a pass for being a bit extra given she met Ocasek at 19 and hasn’t dated a ton, then he screwed her over (I believe she’s still contesting her exclusion from the will).

    As for Sorkin, I also thought there was vaguely something about him being an arrogant douche relationship wise? I do know he can be a major flirt. My friend’s sister is a reporter and interviewed him 10-15 years ago. She was half his age and they flirted hard (although I don’t think anything came of it). So who knows?

    Can’t see him and Paulina lasting forever though.

  15. AmyB says:

    I don’t know much about Sorkin’s dating history, but God Lord I felt horrible for Paulina after what happened with regards to her husband/ex-husband Rick Ocasek. Being with him all those years, and then being written out of the will. Yikes. She deserves to find some happiness, and yes, perhaps a little extra, but I will give it to her. Go get it girl lol!

    I think she is aging beautifully. Seems to be a lovely person from what I have seen.

  16. Chartreuse says:

    I’ve followed paulina from the beginning early 80s. She’s always been funny, a bit quirky , pretty honest and incredibly beautiful. She’s always been extra! The thing with Ric was awful. Both of them have had pretty big issues but who hasn’t. Sorkins big time drug addictions were very ugly. She’s seemed extra extra lately. I hope it works out. But man I hate that dress. It’s like an 80s prom thing.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      I’ve always been a bit of a fan of Paulina from the first time I saw her in The Cars Drive video on MTV. Wishing her happiness.

  17. Kyla says:

    It’s extra to me. But seems normal for Paulina. After following her IG for about 6 months, it’s obvious that she shares a lot about herself, her life, her beauty regime, and all the ups and downs. She also seems to have a heightened emotional response to a lot of things that might be disproportionate to the average person. Her IG relationship reveal falls in line with who she seems to be. An emotionally heightened social media over sharer.

    But good for her and them if they’re happy. She’s been open on IG about her desire to find romantic sexual love again. I do worry about her choice in Sorkin though. Something about him makes me think this won’t have the fairytale ending she’s looking for. He seems to only be interested in more short term flings. He also seems like a bit of a creep.

  18. Anna says:

    It’s sweet! Also, is it just me or do they look very much alike especially in that first thumbnail photo?

  19. Adrian says:

    She’s not being extra. You see she wasted her youth on an old, petty and vengeful rockstar. Let her enjoy her second shot at romance.

  20. Sue says:

    She’s had a rough couple of years. Let her be extra if she wants to be extra about being happy.

  21. Watson says:

    This woman deserves love and happiness and is allowed to gush after having lived through the tragedies she has. Love and excitement isn’t just for young people! People need to normalize this for people in their 50’s too.

  22. SusanRagain says:

    She has been on Daily Mail a lot since Ric O. died.
    Which I look at, as she is trying to restart her life and career.

    She married at 19, to a world famous rock star who was 20+ years older.
    Spent 30 years married, had 2 sons, Ric also had 2 ex-wives and several grown children IIRC.
    They were in the process of divorcing, he stated in his will something about, If I die before the divorce is finalized, she gets nothing because “She abandoned me”

    They were separated, divorce in process, and yet she returned to care for him during his health crisis, so much so that she was staying at their house, etc.

    She had a very big career as a model and has always been quirky I think.
    But a 30 year marriage in show biz? Pretty unusual.

    I’m her age, and if she is finding any happiness I wish her well, enjoy it while it lasts.
    Live it up! Every damn day, why wait?

    • Kosher says:

      100% trying to restart her career. Good for her. I hope she sets herself up for a great retirement.

  23. Tom says:

    Douchey and self-centered also describe her late husband. It might be her type.

  24. SlipperyPeople says:

    I remember a few years ago she talked about Anna Wintour snubbing her. I can’t recall the exact details, but it rubbed me the wrong way. AW who puts Kardashians and D-list “celebrities” on the cover of Vogue dissing one of the most iconic models in recent history? Another reason I can’t stand that irrelevant twat. I’ve always loved Paulina and started following her when I got an Instagram account a few months ago. She is fun and honest and a little extra, but as others have said, I give her a pass bc I like her so much. God, I loved her and Ric together back in the day! I have a thing for non traditionally attractive men. Too bad he turned out to be a douche.

  25. Margot says:

    The age appropriateness is really refreshing.

  26. lemonylips says:

    I had no idea about Sorkins life. As a writer I have to say I wish I could write like him sometimes. I really love his work. Yeah, there’s a lot of walk and talk but I love it. And she seems to be in a great place now and happy so I hope she stays that way. With or without him.

  27. 2lazy4username says:

    As a 53-year old divorced woman dating a 53-year old divorced man and feeling super-extra about how crazy about him I am, I totally understand her and am happy for her.
    2nd time around and feeling better than ever about love and romance – especially at this age – for the win! <3

    • schmootc says:

      I’m 47 and stopped dating for a good 5 years or so just because I was so tired of it, but am thinking about getting back into it post-Covid. So I appreciate seeing Paulina and people like you successfully doing that. I’ve never been married and don’t particularly want to be, but wouldn’t mind a little male attention at this point!

    • Watson says:

      That’s a fantastic story! It’s so good to normalize finding love and happiness at any age. Just because you’re older doesn’t mean that life stops!

    • laura-j says:

      Same! Almost 51 with and almost 50 year old and we are gooey gushy… it’s fun. There shouldn’t be an age limit on being in love.

  28. candy says:

    I’m 36 and I’ve stopped thinking of love in this kind of gushy way. I would not be able to get “excited” about a man, or have some huge crush. I see that as…naive? Sorry, earth sign here.

  29. Jaded says:

    Aaron Sorkin is a well-known arrogant asshole and general d-bag. I hope Paulina hasn’t been scarred by her relationship with Ocasek, who seemed like a bit of a narcissist and self-centered jerk with her.

  30. psl says:

    I absolutely LOVE this woman and her Instagram.

    I just want her to be happy.

  31. Lila says:

    I’m glad she’s happy. She’s welcome to be as extra as she likes.

  32. Cidee says:

    Unsure why it’s OK for younger people to be extra but people over 40 must be low key. I say good for her. Everyone deserves happiness and why not crow about it? They’re both single and free to mingle!

  33. ennie says:

    I love to see her face. Mature and natural is contradictory in HW now.

  34. AMA1977 says:

    I think it’s sweet and I will always love Sorkin for The West Wing. She is gorgeous and seems like a genuinely nice person. The last year should have shown us all to hold onto as much happiness and joy as we can, so I hope that for them and (almost) everyone else in the world. That’s all I’ve got!

  35. Bmcthomas says:

    She had been dating, and I think living with, Ed Solomon, another screenwriter. He wrote Men in Black and the Bill and Ted movies. He was really crazy about her. I wonder what happened. I was at a writer workshop he did and sat next to her – I didn’t recognize her at the time with the blonde hair.

  36. JustMe2 says:

    My friend just dove back into the dating world after losing 200 lbs of asshole and 45 lbs of her weight. She almost got catfished right out of the gate, and second time is half in love with a guy 3 weeks in online and one real world date. I think at our age (50s) we know what we don’t want and won’t put up with so romances happen quicker. We’re not wasting time trying to be the winner of a serial dater or losing years trying to change someone who showed their true self the whole time but we were too trying so hard to fit that sh*tshow into our version of the perfect life

  37. Allycat says:

    I felt bad for Paulina after Ric Ocasek death and the way she was treated. I hope it works out for her. However, I’m not sure about him. My husband went to Syracuse with Aaron Sorkin and actually had a few classes with him. Apparently, he was kind of an a-hole even back then and he’s had significant drug issues since, although he has been clean for years. Here is hoping he has actually changed his ways many decades later. I felt a similar way about Alex Rodriguez with Jennifer Lopez and that didn’t work out. Maybe Paulina and Aaron will work out better.

  38. Kosher says:

    They seem genuinely happy in each other’s company. However, will add Paulina is looking to boost her profile and set up a comfortable retirement after her hubby wrote her out of his will. Good for her. I hope the next 5, 10 years and beyond are a good earning period for her. A showmance would help with coverage, invites for editorials, advert deals, etc.

  39. Mara says:

    Paulina deserves to be happy after what she has been through with her creepy husband. I hope this Sorkin guy is nice to her. I give her credit for putting herself out there again after having been screwed over. I am a widow and have been horrified at the thought of dating again, so much so that it’s been six years since my husband died, and I haven’t been on a single date! I hear what is out there in the dating world, and since my last first date was nearly 20 years ago, I am not even sure how to date any more! Paulina is brave to get out there and open her heart again. I wish her nothing but happiness.

  40. Sunnyjyl says:

    I love them as a couple. They both deserve to be happy and relaxed with each other. Why shouldn’t one be effusive when in love?

  41. teehee says:

    Nothing about this strikes me as extra… shes just happy to be happy and that is fantastic.
    Normal relationships are actually supposed to be positive, sweet, caring, affectionate– we are all so used to crap that we think crap is normal and happy is extra…

  42. Jayna says:

    The news just was put out there about them ahead of their attendance together at the awards show. So she is gushing in that new infatuation kind of way. It’s so new, though, just a few months, and he’s not the best guy to think it has a chance to last. Didn’t he roll out Kristen Davis for a red carpet for his TV show, and they appeared as a couple? It ended up being a short romance, I believe.

    It would be nice if this lasted, and she ends up happy, or at least for a longer period of time to give her some joy,

  43. Kim says:

    I enjoy seeing women happy and excited about living. It’s never “extra” to me to watch a woman loving her life, no matter how she expresses that or whatever that looks like. I applaud her and hope she squeals with delight every morning she wakes up in anticipation of the day ahead. We should all be so blessed.