FILM director Paul Thomas Anderson has been with Maya Rudolph for two decades, but they rarely speak publicly about their relationship.
They are not married even though Rudolph, the longtime Saturday Night Live star, calls him her husband.
Who is Paul Thomas Anderson?
The California-born Anderson has directed such films as Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, The Master, and Phantom Thread.
Anderson, who is now 50, has eight Oscar nominations on his resume, including Best Director nods for There Will Be Blood in 2008 and Phantom Thread a decade later.
He was one of the first of the “video store” generation of filmmakers, according to his IMDb page.
“His father was the first man on his block to own a VCR, and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him,” his IMDb bio reads.
“While filmmakers like Spielberg cut their teeth making 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from VCR to VCR.”
His bio adds: “Part of Anderson’s artistic DNA comes from his father, who hosted a late night horror show in Cleveland.”
When did Anderson meet Maya Rudolph?
Anderson and SNL alum Maya Rudolph started dating in 2001 after he broke up with singer Fiona Apple, according to Good Housekeeping.
The Bridesmaids star told The New York Times in 2018 that she felt “ooky” referring to Anderson as her “boyfriend” after the birth of their first child, so she refers to him as her “husband” even though they are not married.
“People know what that means,” she told The Times.
“It means he’s the father of my child, and I live with him, and we are a couple, and we are not going anywhere.”
The couple now have four children. Rudolph opened up about their relationship in a 2018 interview with US Weekly.
“I think genuinely like the effort to make an effort. [That’s] the most romantic gesture,” she told the outlet, referring to Anderson.
“Like, to be present.”
She added: “To show up every day is kind of the most romantic part because you can bail at any moment.”
Recalling a date night with Anderson, she told US Weekly: “We went to Vegas one night last week to see a show.”
“It was really cool because we went to bed and were like, ‘That’s it.’ No one’s coming into bed at one in the morning, crying or have peed.”
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