Elle Fanning and her boyfriend of four years, Max Minghella, have kept their romance private – but their story is robust and still going from November 1, 2022, when Fanning shared a photo of them in a pair of Halloween costumes together on her Instagram grid. That appearance silenced any rumors of a breakup.
The two have been romantically linked since July 2018, when they were spotted holding hands in Florence, Italy, about Us Weekly. In August of the same year, they were seen out on a date in London.
“They seemed so relaxed and comfortable,” a source who saw them in London said told U.S thereafter. “They were very quiet and cozy with each other and looked out for each other and talked quietly to each other when they were together looking at things.”
It wasn’t until May 2019, at the annual Met Gala, that they made their red carpet debut as a couple.
The two began dating while working together on the film Teenage spirit (2018), which Fanning starred in and Minghella wrote and directed.
Minghella, 37, also kept things professional in the interview, although he gushed over his 24-year-old girlfriend, calling her “the only actress who could have carried” the film. “It’s an incredible list of requirements. You have to be able to sing, you have to be able to dance, you have to, you know, be able to speak Polish convincingly, do a British accent, play the age group and carry the film with an incredibly nuanced performance,” he said. “It’s a lot for one person and she just handled everything with such discipline and professionalism and she never complained.”
Fanning and Minghella’s relationship is clearly both professional and romantic. But who is Minghella? Here’s what you need to know about Fanning’s beauty.
He and Fanning last shared a photo together on Halloween 2022.
The two are a very private couple, but Fanning made it clear to fans that they were still going strong for Halloween 2022. Fanning dressed up as Tiffany, Chucky’s bride, while Minghella was Chucky himself.
He was born and raised in England
Minghella was born in Hampstead, London, to a father from an Italian immigrant family and a mother from Hong Kong. Minghella said his mother, Carolyn Chao, was actually a major influence on his creative endeavours. Chao is known for his work as a crew on The English Patient (1996) and Madame Butterfly (2020), as well as several other projects. She worked as an actress in a few projects in the 1980s and 1990s, according to IMDB.
“My mother is a fascinating, wildly intelligent person who – I don’t know how to say – she’s very Chinese,” he shared Esquire Singapore in 2019. “She’s from a different culture and really carries that with her. So film has been the one thing we both connect and love…She introduced me to all the important filmmakers.”
His father was a director, playwright and screenwriter
Minghella’s father was Anthony Minghella, who died in March 2008 when Minghella was 22 years old. Anthony was best known for his work as a director on The English Patientfor which he won the Academy Award for Best Director in 1997. He also directed the award-winning film The talented Mr. Ripley (2019) and was posthumously nominated for an Oscar as co-producer for The reader (2008).
Minghella made his feature film directorial debut with Teenage spirit in 2018 and he told Esquire Singapore to he thought his late father would be a fan of the pop musical about a teenage girl with a dream to run away from her hometown for a career as a singer.
“I don’t know if he liked every film I make. But this film I think he would like a lot because it’s focused on music and my dad loves pop music like I love pop music. Also the immigrant element of it is so inherited from him. I think he would connect to that too.”
Minghella’s older sister, Hannah, is head of film at Bad Robot, a role she took after serving as president of TriStar Pictures and TriStar Television.
You probably recognize him from The Handmaid’s Tale
In the series, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel, Minghella plays a character named Nick Blaine. Nick is a guard and driver for Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and Serena Joy Waterford (Yvonne Strzechowski). He is also the love interest of June Osbourne (Elisabeth Moss).
“I think Nick has so many shades of gray to him,” he told Harper’s Bazaar in 2019. “He is often a mystery to me and at the same time I find him very close to home. He is very comfortable shoes to wear.”
But he has appeared in several other popular projects
He may be most recognizable as Nick, but Minghella has been around and in show business for most of his life. He was there The Mindy Project, Spiral shaped (2011) and The social network (2010). In 2005, he played Aaron in the film Bee season along with Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche and Kate Bosworth.
A particular play inspired him to become an actor
Minghella told DuJour magazine that Kenneth Lonergan’s play, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, about wealthy teenagers in 1980s New York City, made him want to act. He saw the play in 2002 when he was still a teenager.
“I really had no interest in being an actor at all. That play changed my life in so many ways,” he said. “That was the singular thing that got me interested.” He told Esquire that he was “already a rather naughty boy at school” and that “to get [acting jobs] on top of that, it was too much.” He added that his best friend, Josh, was the one who brought him back down to earth during a road trip.
“I was on the phone and calling the whole drive and I never talked to him or acknowledged him or said, ‘Thanks for picking me up,’ and we got out of the car and he just dropped it on me,” recalled Minghella. “I was 17 and it was really a wake-up call.” He added: “Acting is the best job to shatter people’s egos.”
He enjoys a simple routine
Minghella seems to be the type of person who always wants to be busy. “Most days I work on all the nonsense I’m involved in, then I go get coffee,” he said DuJour. He told the magazine that he has a regular coffee place, which is the only place (at least in 2017) where he said people recognized him.
“I love the familiar, actually,” he said. “I love that they know my name and say hello and have my order ready.”
And considers himself a “serial monogamist”
Esquire reported that Minghella is a self-identified serial monogamist and that he said he had never dated anyone he didn’t want to marry — even when he was 14.
Esquire wrote in 2019: “Yes. He is in a relationship. Yes. His mother has met her. No. Don’t believe the internet about who he is. Many of the women he is said to have dated he has never even met. ” Of course, he and Fanning have not hidden their relationship in public appearances together.
Hilary Weaver is a freelance writer based in New York who writes about politics, queer issues, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close and every woman the Queen ever made a lady. I saw Mamma Mia! Here we go again three times in theaters, and that’s pretty much all you need to know.