With news of celeb hook-ups and breakups circulating on a daily basis, it is often extremely difficult for Hollywood couples to sustain a measure of solitude and privacy. In an industry where maximum exposure is prized and self-effacing celebrities are scarce, Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan are an anomaly.
The pair have both starred in big budget Hollywood movies, from Dano’s key supporting part in There Will Be Blood to Kazan’s role as Meryl Streep’s daughter in It’s Complicated, as well as numerous indie gems. It seems strange, then, that the couple have managed to maintain a closely guarded private life despite their high profile roles. With Dano set to wow audiences as Riddler in The Batman, this will undoubtedly bring the indie darling to international recognition, and in turn bring his long-term relationship with Kazan into the media spotlight. Here’s everything we know about the secretive couple.
10 They’ve Been Together For A Long Time
There are a number of long-lasting celebrity couples who are unmarried and Dano and Kazan are among them. They first met in 2007 when they were both in their early 20s. That year, they appeared on stage together in the play, Things We Want, directed by Ethan Hawke, so it is possible that this is how they met. At the time, Dano had just begun making a name for himself in the Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine, in which he played Abigail Breslin’s teenage brother. Almost 14 years later, the couple is still going strong.
9 Kazan Wrote And Starred In ‘Ruby Sparks’ Alongside Dano
Dano reunited with his Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris for 2012’s Ruby Sparks. The screenplay was written by Kazan, who also played the eponymous character. The movie centers on Dano’s novelist, Calvin, who writes about his dream woman, Ruby Sparks. To his shock, Ruby ends up coming to life. Although the movie first appears to be a romantic comedy, it turns out to be something far more sinister, with Kazan’s screenplay heavily scrutinizing the ‘dream girl’ trope.
8 They Have A Daughter Together
The couple’s daughter, Alma, was born in August 2018, but they were highly secretive about it. Initially, it was unknown whether Vanity Fair’s announcement of the birth was merely a rumor. However, Dano and Kazan both confirmed the announcement two months later. There are no known public photos of the child; considering that the paparazzi are quick to grab snaps of celeb kids, this is most likely a conscious decision to shield little Alma from the public eye.
7 They Have An Unimposing Home In New York
Rather than live in a big Hollywood Hills mansion, Dano and Kazan live in an apartment in Brooklyn, New York. While Dano is a native New Yorker, Kazan was raised in Los Angeles by her screenwriter parents. But in 2010, Kazan moved into Dano’s New York apartment and they have remained in the Big Apple ever since.
6 They Acted Together In ‘Meek’s Cutoff’
It’s always pleasing to watch established couples act alongside each other in movies. As eagle-eyed viewers, we love spotting on-screen chemistry between the IRL couples. Dano and Kazan played a married couple in 2010 indie Western Meek’s Cutoff, alongside Michelle Williams, and their devotion to one another was palpable.
5 Dano Helped Kazan Recover From Her Eating Disorder
Kazan penned an article in the NY Times in which she revealed that she had suffered from an eating disorder for several years. When she met Dano, she was in the midst of recovery from the terrible illness and has said that meeting Dano provided some much needed stability. ‘I think I just got lucky’ she told the Guardian. Subsequently, she and Dano do not keep weighing scales in their home as part of her recovery plan.
4 They’re Not Interested In Hollywood Glamour
The pair are both theater kids, with Kazan having kickstarted her career with off-Broadway shows and Dano having actually begun on Broadway. Accordingly, the quirky couple are a far cry from typical Hollywood glamour. They tend to arrive at red carpet events in casual wear, with Kazan in particular sporting an affinity for vintage clothing.
3 They’re Extremely Private
The couple closely guards their privacy and rarely divulge any information regarding their personal lives. Kazan’s Instagram is mostly devoted to her love of books, with no photos of her boyfriend or daughter in sight. Meanwhile, Dano does not have a social media presence. Despite trying to keep a low profile, the couple has still been photographed by the paparazzi as they walk through their Brooklyn neighbourhood.
2 They Both Have A Unique Appearance
Dano and Kazan are both unconventional in the looks department. We are so accustomed to photos of celebs with flawless skin and perfect features, so it is always encouraging to see actors who actually resemble real people. The couple shares a unique appearance unlike anyone else in Hollywood. The Guardian described them as, ‘otherworldly in appearance, spindly framed, with faces that are pale and child-like – the pair share an intriguing chemistry.’
1 They Wrote And Directed ‘Wildlife’ Together
2018 drama Wildlife is Dano’s directorial debut and Kazan’s second movie as screenwriter, this time co-writing with her boyfriend. Starring A-listers Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal, the movie was highly acclaimed. Critic Cary Darling praised the movie in the Huston Chronicle, writing that Wildlife ‘is the kind of movie whose low-key hush could get lost in all the buzz over the big-name, holiday-season releases. Sometimes, though, it’s the quiet ones who make the most noise.’