This Is How Jennifer Connelly Met Husband Paul Bettany

This is Jennifer Connelly's husband, actor Paul Bettany
May 27, 2020 - 17:00 / Cynthia Springer

Imagine marrying your longtime crush... that's exactly what actor Paul Bettany did to the stunning Jennifer Connelly. Check out how the pair met, and how long they've now been married for!

When Avengers: Infinity War actor Paul Bettany first laid eyes on Jennifer Connelly, he knew Jen was the one. The pair first met on set on the 2001 film, A Beautiful Mind, where Russell Crowe actually played Jennifer's love interest in the movie. But did you know that Paul actually had a major crush on her even before they met in real life?

Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany met on set

Before they starred in the same film together, Paul had actually watched Jennifer in films like Labyrinth and Once Upon a Time in America and was not just impressed by her acting, but also (and especially) her beauty. 

Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly attend the 9th Annual BAFTA/LA Tea Party on January 18, 2003 in Century City, California

Paul told Larry King that upon meeting each other during A Beautiful Mind, "it was pretty instant" on how he felt about his connection towards her. However, they were both in committed relationships at the time.

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Surprisingly, Paul also stated that it was the September 11th attacks in New York that fueled him to call Jennifer and admit his love towards her

"I spent two days trying to call this woman. (...) I realized I was in love. So I finally got her on the phone and said 'I'm coming over, and let's get married'. And that's really what happened. We had never dated."

Paul Bettany and Actress Jennifer Connelly attend the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala After Party at The Standard Hotel on May 4, 2015 in New York City

Jennifer said okay, and he flew immediately from his home in the UK to be with his future wife in New York. The pair married on January 1st, 2003 in a private ceremony in Scotland. Yes, that means that the two have been married for 17 years! Connelly has a child from a previous relationship, and two children (a son and daughter) with Paul. 

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Paul Bettany's dream came true, and we wish the best for this happy couple! You can see Paul next in the comedy-drama, Uncle Frank, and Jennifer in the action film Top Gun: Maverick, both set to be released in 2020.