In a ceremony that took place on Thursday in Somerset, England, Director Sam Taylor-Wood (45) and actor Aaron Johnson (22) became Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Yes! The Taylor-Johnsons have tied the knot.
Remember them? The two met in 2009 on the set of Nowhere Boy—a movie about John Lennon’s early years—when the 40-year-old Taylor-Wood made her debut directing the 18-year-old (ridiculously cute) Aaron Johnson. Just a year later, she was pregnant and the two were engaged. They now have two daughters…and wedding rings!
These two don’t seem to care that there’s a 24-year age gap. Johnson says, “I’m an old soul and she’s a young soul. We don’t see an age gap, we just see each other.”
The May-December romance is certainly not a rarity—or a surprise—in Hollywood these days, and many of the couples range from surprisingly kind of adorable to undoubtedly creepy. Interestingly, the term May-December suggests that one member is still in the spring of his or her life and the other is, well, not. It’s a fun game I like to play—kind of adorable or creepy. Let’s play, shall we?
Let’s start with an easy one.
Amber Tamblyn and David Cross—19-year age difference. Creepy. Apparently, the two first met and bonded while making fun of the products in a SkyMall magazine on a flight and that the Spiderman theme song is the song they first kissed too. And while these actually kind of make me like them a heck of a lot, their relationship still kind of squicks me out. (It’s a word.)
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart—22-year age difference. Kind of adorable. They just seem to work. Calista once said about the difference in their ages, ”I like to tease him about it. I use it against him. He’s lived a very long time, you know. He knows everything. I say, ‘Yes honey, you’re very old, we know that.’”
AnnaLynne McCord and Dominic Purcell—17-year age difference. Creepy. And with them, it’s not really even the age thing. Apparently, these two love to engage in public displays of affection on the beach, while Purcell’s 8-year-old daughters watch and take photographs of the entire thing.
Doug Hutchinson and Courtney Stodden—34-year age difference. 1000% creeeeeeeepy. Let’s not forget that that Courtney was only 16 years old when these two got hitched.
Warren Beatty and Annette Bening—17-year age difference. Kind of adorable. “Everybody who has an age difference in their marriage has to address it at times because you’re at different stages in your life,” Bening told the Daily Mail in 2007. “You’re going through different things. You have to have a fundamental love and mutual respect for one another for it to work.”
Ellen Barkin and Sam Levinson—31-year age difference. (REALLY) Surprisingly adorable. Ellen Barkin is so badass that she can do just about anything in my books, and that includes dating the son of Barry Levinson, the Diner director who launched her career thirty years ago. While Barkin doesn’t comment too much on her personal life, Sam is much more gushy when he talks about her. He told the New York Daily News, ”We’ve been together for like, three years, under the radar. You know, when you get to know her, she’s not that tough. She’s beautiful and intelligent and we live creatively together.”
And there are so many others if you guys want to play at home. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are 11 years apart. Beyoncé and Jay-Z—12 years apart. Al Pacino and Lucila Sola are 40 years apart. Celine Dion and Rene Angelil are 26 years apart and met when Celine was only 12 years old. Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough are 13 years apart. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are 17 years apart and, honestly, even though I have heard her tell that story about a hundred times on various talk shows that she had posters of her teenage crush Tom Cruise on her walls and dreamed that she would one day be Mrs. Tom Cruise, I think the age difference is probably the least creepy thing about their relationship.
And, as far as the the newlywed Taylor-Johnsons go…I think they are surprisingly adorable.