Aaron Taylor-Johnson on Wife Sam Taylor-Johnson and 23-Year Age Difference, Fatherhood and More

April 12, 2014

‘Godzilla’ star Aaron Taylor-Johnson opens up about his wife, director Sam Taylor-Johnson and the 23-year-age difference between them, what it is like to be the father of four children at age 23, and more in a cover story interview with Men’s Health Magazine.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who is among the stars, alongside Bryan Cranston, in the new ‘Godzilla’ movie, will turn 24 in a few months and has been an actor since childhood. Yet he has already been involved with his much older wife, 47-year-old ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ director Sam Taylor-Johnson, for nearly five years; in other words since his late teens. They first met on the set of ‘Nowhere Boy’ You can see some pictures of the couple below. ‘which saw her as director and he was among the cast members.

The couple has taken on the same surname, the hyphenated Taylor-Johnson; the actor was previously known professionally as Arron Johnson and his wife, was Sam Taylor-Wood. You can see some pictures and video of the couple below.

The pairing would go virtually unnoticed were the genders switched, but the double standard still has a stranglehold on our culture and society. Thus the actor was asked to speak of it.

He had this to say of the age difference: “It doesn’t seem like it. She’s such a young, beautiful soul that you wouldn’t even know.”

He spoke of his life before meeting his wife and drew a contrast with his present life saying, “It was a lot of crazy sh-t I got up to for a couple years. I was pretty self-destructive at one point. I used to smoke 30 [cigs] a day, used to f—ing drink nonstop. I’ve always been able to be on the f—ing edge — be on the line, but then pull myself back. It was kind of like learning how to pull. It was like, how do you go into a bar and point out the fittest girl and then just go, ‘I’ll have her by the end of the night’? I was at that age where that was kind of — I stopped when I met Sam.”

And as for his thoughts on being the father of four — to the couple’s two children as well as his wife’s children from a previous relationship — he took issue with the interviewer’s phrasing of the question “the challenges of a growing family.” He said, ““That’s bullsh-t. They’re not challenges. People are like, ‘Don’t you have to work really hard?’ And I’m like, ‘If you think it’s hard, you must be in a sh-t marriage.’”

He went on to reflect, saying, “Everything in my life before them was an escape. I went from one job to the next, film after film, just trying to escape. I grew up working in this industry. I did my first commercial at six. And from about the age of 10, I was doing films. I was a kid, but I was working around adults.”

The Men’s Health cover and photos can be seen here. He discusses ‘Godzilla’ and also reflects upon the transition he has made to other such blockbuster movies including ‘Kick-Ass’ and its sequel, as well as his portrayal of Quicksilver in the Marvel ‘X-Men’ franchise.

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