Alia Shawkat: Brad Pitt ‘had no awareness’ of their ‘dating rumors’


Alia Shawkat is currently promoting the fifth and final season of Search Party, her successful series which now streams on HBO Max. During her promo, Alia gave an interview to the New Yorker, and in that interview, she addressed the gossip in 2019 and 2020 that she was spending a lot of time with Brad Pitt, and that they were close friends and possibly dating. In June 2020, Alia directly spoke about those rumors, saying that they were “just friends” and that Pitt is like the “prom king” of Hollywood. Here’s what she says now about that eight-month period where the tabloids were convinced that Alia and Brad were dating:

While Brad hasn’t ever spoken publicly about the rumors, Alia did speak out back in June 2020 to confirm they weren’t a couple. Now, she’s revealing how Brad felt about the rumors.

“It came in hot and left as fast as it came in,” Alia said during an interview with The New Yorker. “It happened during covid, and I was alone with it. It was so weird. Now it’s like a weird dream, where I’m, like, Did that happen?”

“[Brad] had no awareness of it at all. Which is so funny. Because he doesn’t read that s–t,” Alia said. “I was like, ‘You know everyone thinks we’re dating? And there’s this whole thing, and I’m being followed.’ And he was, like, ‘I’m sorry. It happens. If you hang out with me, it happens.’ He had no awareness of it at all.”

Alia talked about how the story even reached her family. She said, “The other day I was at my grandmother’s house, my father’s mother. She’s been in this country for over thirty years and still barely speaks English. An Iraqi Muslim woman. She’s sitting there, watching her Turkish soap opera. And next to her is this old gossip magazine with Brad’s face, and my face in a small circle. And it says, ‘Brad’s New Girl!’ And then on the inside it’s old Instagram photos of me and friends at dinner. It was like, ‘ALL ABOUT ALIA.’ This whole made-up story about how we were healing each other by spending time together. I looked at my grandmother, like, ‘Why do you have this?’ She’s, like, ‘It’s you and this movie star! And it’s your face.’ I was embarrassed by it. I told her she had to throw it away. And she laughed.”

Alia did not enjoy the attention she received from the paparazzi at the time. “At the time, it was not fun at all. I’m not an actor who has ever dealt with the paparazzi. They don’t know who the f–k I am,” she said. “There’s something ironic about it. It has nothing to do with Brad as a person—he’s a great f–king guy. But of course, the idea of me being romantically involved with an older white guy is what gets me the most attention. Not a twenty-year career. That’s what gets me.”

[From Just Jared]

Yeah, again, she’s the only person talking about it in the year 2022? But I get it – it was a weird story at the time, and it did affect her. In all of these words, she still didn’t answer the question which I’ve always had: how? How did she and Brad start hanging out? I feel like Brad has been a shell of a man since 2016, and he just floats from friend group to friend group, trying to figure out where he fits. He tries to be arty/boho, but he also wants to be Mr. Hollywood Golden Boy, and he also wants to fit in with the cool, funny kids. And yes, Alia, being associated with Brad Pitt IS what will get you the most attention. Which is why you’re talking about him years later!!

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  1. Blarg says:

    It just hit me: Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux are a lot alike when it comes to finding friends or a place to fit in.

  2. Zapp Brannigan says:

    She could have stopped at “Brad Pitt had no awareness” and still be right.

  3. Izzy says:

    LMAO Did his publicist forget to tell him?

  4. Oh_Hey says:

    Ooof. She must have forgot he was the one that started the rumor.
    Desperately flailing about with her and Neri Oxman and Nico Mary. Mess.

  5. Jules says:

    Well she sure spent a lot of her interview talking about something she didn’t like having the attention on.

    • milliemollie says:

      Yup. And saying that hanging out with an “older white guy” got more attention than her career. Like she was hanging out with Steve from Home Depot and not Brad Pitt.

  6. Lucy2 says:

    I’m guessing she was asked about it in the interview? I would hope she didn’t just randomly bring that up to years later.

    I can totally believe he played it off to her like that, but after the past few years it is painfully obvious that he and his team are well aware of what is said about him in the tabloids.

  7. Jay says:

    I think he might be something like Tom Cruise in this respect, trying to cultivate speculation that he’s dating his costars. Part of it is probably their gap in age with him and Alia and seemingly the gap in their social circles, but also? Maybe I kind of can’t picture Brad Pitt just hanging out with someone platonically, because he enjoyed the company, you know?

  8. girl_ninja says:

    She was probably asked about it in the interview. Brad is such a major loser but being associated with him is seen as feather in most gals caps. She sucks too, with her casual use of the N word.

  9. Jen d says:

    I agree with the “trying to find a group/ identity.” I think it’s interesting that he doesn’t seem to have a solid group of friends he’s been with for years. I mean, he has friends, but without a partner he just doesn’t consistently hang out with them. He just floats around.

    • Meg says:

      I think when people get married have kids it’s easy to spend less time away from friends you’re so busy.
      He’s been seen in vacation with flea from red hot chili peppers and the guy who sang black hole sun, he took his kids out after the funeral. I assumed they were friends from years but I could be wrong?

    • Ange says:

      He’s a bloke that takes on the persona of the woman he’s with, no wonder he’s struggling now.

  10. Shawna says:

    I’m glad we have some closure with that weird story!

  11. Sarah says:

    “He had no awareness of it at all.”

    Uh-huh, sure…

    If anyone has a bridge they’re looking to sell I may have a buyer for you.

  12. TeamMeg says:

    She’s had a 20-year career? Clearly I missed it.

  13. Yep says:

    I think they were totally friends with benefits!

  14. Ashley says:

    I’m just here to say I like Search Party but I hate her character so much, and I disliked Mabie so I don’t really like her by extension because her characters are always selfish which leads me to believe she’s not playing a character? Maybe she’s typecast…

    That said she’s probably one of the few people that got canceled but no one brings it up. She got lucky no one brings it up. She kind of reminds me of Lea Dunham.