Maya Rudolph is a famous American actress and comedian who became a household name after joining the cast of the popular NBC show, Saturday Night Live. She has since gone on to play supporting roles in various blockbuster movies and television shows such as 50 First Dates, The Good Place, and Bless the Harts.
Since 2001, Rudolph has been with the director Paul Thomas Anderson. While Rudolph is a more recognizable face, Anderson is equally well-known for his work behind the scenes, directing critically acclaimed movies such as Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood. The couple has been together for nearly two decades, and they have four children together, but they have never officially married. In this article, we will dive deeper into Maya Rudolph’s partner, P.T. Anderson, and their relationship.
Who Is Paul Thomas Anderson?
Paul Thomas Anderson, also known as P.T. Anderson, is an American filmmaker born on June 26, 1970, in California. He attended Santa Monica College before enrolling at Emerson College for two semesters. Anderson got his start in the entertainment industry as a production assistant on various television shows, films, and music videos on both the East and west coasts.
He is now considered one of the best filmmakers in Hollywood and has been nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay for Boogie Nights and Magnolia. Anderson has also directed critically acclaimed movies such as There Will Be Blood, Inherent Vice, and Phantom Thread. He has also directed music videos for artists like Radiohead, Fiona Apple (also one of his ex-girlfriends), and Haim.
How Did Maya Rudolph And P.T. Anderson Meet?
They have never talked about how they met in public, but they started dating after Anderson broke up with singer Fiona Apple in 2001. Rudolph told The Guardian that he didn’t want to talk about how they met. He said, “No, it’s a sweet thing… Too personal. I don’t want to give it to anyone.” Two years later, Rudolph went to a Q&A for Anderson’s movie Punch-Drunk Love. At the time, it wasn’t clear if they were dating or not.
Why Does Maya Rudolph Call P.T. Anderson Her Husband?
Although they have been together for nearly two decades, Rudolph and Anderson are not married. However, Rudolph refers to Anderson as her husband, and he refers to her as his wife. Rudolph began calling Anderson her husband after the birth of their first child in 2005.
She was at a diner and talking to the maitre d’, who told her about a man who called himself “the unofficial mayor of the Valley.” Maya quickly said, “I hope it wasn’t my husband.” From then on, Anderson has been called that, but he doesn’t mind. “He likes the word ‘husband’ because everyone understands what it means. “It means he’s the father of my child, I live with him, we’re a couple, and we’re not going anywhere,” she said.
Phantom Thread And Other Movies Inspired By Their Relationship
Anderson confirmed that his movie Phantom Thread is based on his relationship with Rudolph. In an interview, he said, “I remember being very sick with the flu, and when I looked up, my wife was looking at me with such tenderness that I thought, ‘I wonder if she wants to keep me this way, maybe for a week or two.'” During this sickness, I was in bed too much and watched the wrong movies. I was watching Rebecca, The Story of Adele H., and Beauty and the Beast, and I really started to think that she might be killing me. So I had that idea in mind when I started working on something to write.”
However, Phantom Thread is not the only movie inspired by their relationship. Anderson’s movie Punch-Drunk Love, which stars Adam Sandler and Emily Watson, premiered in 2002, and Rudolph appeared at a Q&A event for the film.
Maya And Paul Have Four Kids
Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson have four children together: Pearl, Lucille, Jack, and Minnie. The couple is known to be private about their family life and rarely share details about their children publicly. It is unclear how old their children are or what they are currently doing. However, it is known that their children have attended events with their parents in the past and have even made appearances in some of Anderson’s films. Despite being two of Hollywood’s most talented artists, Rudolph and Anderson prioritize their family and keep their children out of the public eye.