He couldn't care less about her. He won't even look at the cameras. I doubt his contract will be renewed.
So that's what a merkin looks like.
Nobody goes for a "romantic stroll" in 8" hooker heels!
He did a good job at Oscars tho, especially when he wrapped his jacket on her arms.
1. why would JC need a merkin?
2. what's in it for him?
She's very famous. He reminds me of the dancer who married Natalie Portman--Millipied.
R7 some people speculate she is a lesbian to the point of wishful thinking and being in denial over the possibility of her being straight or even bi and dating men without any hidden motives.
Speaking of Gian, he was photographed making out with various hot models, just like his pal Leonardo does. I doubt he would be interested in playing a merkin when he is a rich Count with access to the world's best beauties.
R9 = Stevie Wonder
R9 A lesbian? Really? Based on what? Before this guy she's been with some director guy.
Seriously, this makes no sense. Attractive merkin to someone who has no gay gossip and without a motive for this guy to play along....
They actually look good, but for her comical shoes. Unlike that that rag not to slip in its routine innuendo. Either JC is on probation, or they haven't yet got the merkin memo.
R11 Do you see me saying she is a lesbian? Quite the contrary. She is straight and in love with a guy who doesn't love her back... or cares so much. Playboys are playboys till death, just ask Warren Beauty or Jack Nicholson.
It's unusual for a Hollywood never to talk about romantic life and then when you hit it big, just before Oscars where you are nominated, you decide to talk and show your beau who is a social climber.
So she might be straight but it seems as though she's hiding something.
The services of the resident Daily Mail body language "expert" are not required for this one.
Know her. Not a Merkin.
No, not technically a merkin, but certainly "hired escort" can't be far off the mark.
She's very famous? No r8. She may get there but that's overstating it, as of now. She is become well known but ask any Tom,dick or Harry on the street and they probably wouldn't recognize that name.
When Edgar Ramirez, her Zero Dark Thirty co star was called her lover, it was this guy whom she was seeing. They look a bit alike, and Edgar is a very friendly guy which accounts for the photos of them hugging at the ZDT premiere.
R19 Not to mention Edgar is gay.
19, How do you know Edgar is Gay? DL rumor or fact?
Too hairy and poor posture. Not very photogenic either. Bad choice.
"Chastain is now at the Cannes International Film Festival to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s legendary film Cleopatra."
Or as those of us with any taste call it, "Holocaust Remembrance Day."
R16 Would you like to share anything else with us?
The guy has met her parents in NY. I can't tell you whom else she has dated, but this is real. and there were definite sparks between her and Edgar. Still waiting for proof he's gay.
R25 I heard from a legitimate source he was dating a musician in his homeland and was pretty much 'out'. If I were to bet money on her having an affair with a costar, I would pick Tom Hardy. Great chemistry at Cannes.
More Edgar info, por favor.
R27 I don't know anything more. Could dig for info but I doubt I would hear something more. But you sound like you have a real dish on Chastain. Care to share more?
Supposedly Megan Ellison the billionaires who financed ZDT had a major thing for her, and who knows, maybe they bumped on the yacht trip ten took together.
Sissy Spacek has an amazing plastic surgeon! That body is rocking!
Yup, I have pals close to Megan's circle of friends and they all say the same. Megan used to go out with Jessica pretty often - I am amazed paps weren't all over them, but it was before Chastain happened and before her second Oscar nom she wasn't known for calling paps.
I am interested about this guy. You said he met her family? I saw videos of him being rather stiff and awkward with her grandma when Chastain was giving interviews.
I saw photo of Edgar mislabeled as the guy from Cannes so who knows. Do think Edgar has male lovers in US. Just my take. Don't know him. Anybody out there met him?
R25 Not insinuating anything but didn't Rpatz met Kristen's parents and vise versa? And we can agree their relationship was PR product.
Just sayin' she could be str8, bi or gay but before the Oscars and this guy she kept her private life very low.
This way it may seem as though she was trying to polish her image for the second nominations.
There are paps pics of them eating breakfast and behaving in a very couple-y way (love stares, touching, etc, etc.). She seems very into him, while he is guarded, so just looking at him you could get the bearding vibe. I still think they are real, unless some DL comes with a confirmed dish and spill tea on her supposed gayness.
How did they supposedly meet?
R34, some people are very uncomfortable with obsessive media scrutiny. I think I'd be stilted, too, if I had paps in front of me constantly flashing cameras, shouting at me or knew I was being filmed. She obviously is doing indirect publicity for a film and he likely understands it is part of her job, but it is still not comfortable.
R25 is making things up! I have proof.
Her father is DEAD! She did not have a relationship with him. At all, as in, she didnt speak to him. Her father wasn't from new York, neither is her mother (who has a business in California!) The reason she is /was living in New York was for theatre work and her (ex???) gf.
Edgar's met Ron Howard?
She bought an apartment there. Maybe it was her stepfather then.
R37 She consider her stepfather her 'real' father. She has never publicly acknowledged her biological one. Her parents were visiting her in Christmas in New York and I guess it's when the meeting took place.
Edgar was only mistaken for her boyfriend because they are both curly-haired, tan and tall. Same goes for a little paler Jason Clarke.
The only co-star she has have a smoking chemistry is Tom Hardy. Guess she is really not into dating actors, because there were no rumors of them hooking up at set.
Please learn to write, R40. Your bad grammar and/or spelling/typing gets in the way of whatever you are trying to say.
English is clearly not his/her first language, R41.
R41 How about you stoping derailing threads with your 'grammar nazi' schtick? It doesn't make you look cool.
Eat your heart out, J Law. Chastain took Cannes by storm. Looked lovely in Liz Taylor's jewels at the Cleopatra showing. Now she steps out with her hunky Italian boyfriend. What's Lawrence doing? Snuggling with a female friend and a joint on a balcony?
"COUNT GIAN LUCA PASSI DE PREPOSULO
Born: November 10, 1982, in Montebelluna, Italy. Heritage: His noble family goes back 1,000 years in Bergamo Alta. Residence: Milan. Education: IULM University. Occupation: Director of public relations at Armani. Mentor: Roberta Armani. Perk: Hangs out with Armani’s V.I.P. clients, such as George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Cause: Bono’s (Red) campaign. Quote: “It’s not the title that’s important—you have to be a count inside yourself.” Photographed at the Hôtel Belles Rives in Juan-les-Pins, France"
Countess Jessica Chastain Passi De Preposulo has a nice ring to it.
Definitely using her for her fame and connections. He is not that super rich if his trying to flog wine and other things is anything to go by. Has a lot to gain by chaperoning her. Body language does say a lot.
It's so much easier for lesbians to hide in the closet than it is for gay men. It's almost impossible to read a lesbian unless she's a complete bull-dagger.
I honestly don't know if this woman is a lesbian or not. Even if she did exhibit some masculine traits, that's very commonplace with women now. We live in a society that tells women if that "power = masculinity".
R43, welcome to the Datalounge.
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[quote]Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo
What a name.
He's the friend of a business associate. Jessica steps out with him as a favor. Notice how they are only photographed in Europe; that's because his family business is in Europe and that is his market.
Wow, finally an interesting dish! R52 Spill more tea. Is she bearding for him and vice versa? Why she picked him, if she is lesbian? Were they platonic friends and she decided it's easier to beard up with a friend than another actor?
There's no bearding because neither are gay. This is done to raise the profile of his family biz. JC is focused totally on her career and could have a boyfriend if she had time for it.
R52, I had suspected something like that was going on. They conveniently paired up after that Vanity Fair article trashing her 'roots' came out and I think stepping out with pseudo-aristocracy raises her profile as well.
R54 Thanks for confirmation. Tell me so why are they together if there is no love and they are both focused on career (her acting and his business)? Is it some sort of open-relationship thing in which he can sleep with whoever he wants, whereas she, well, can be photographed with her boyfriend and be shielded from gay rumors?
Thanks for the dish!
She seems asexual more than anything else.
Italian aristocracy is usualy broke, some have great homes but in a cash department they have no money really.
Have you seen the paps video of them leaving the Blood Ties party? He is dragging her off like a sack of potatoes and looks pissed off out of his mind. Dude, get some manners. I assumed if R52 is true, he would be gladly posing for paps and enjoy being in the center of spotlight with Jessica instead of acting like a spoiled angry child.
[quote]Based on what?
All those rumors around town that she's a big ol' lesbian.
[quote]Before this guy she's been with some director guy.
No she hasn't. You can't even come up with a name.
[quote]Seriously, this makes no sense.
Well, *someone* around here isn't making sense.
[quote]Attractive merkin to someone who has no gay gossip
[quote]and without a motive for this guy to play along....
59 obviously knows something the rest of us don't but is too above everyone to share.
The director guy is Ned Benson but I always thought it was just a publicity thing.
In Ned's own words:
"Ned had told WWD at the the Seattle International Film Festival in June 2008 after Jessica won best actress for Jolene, "I'm the promoting boyfriend."
Promoting boyfriend.. sounds like it was for PR reasons and nothing else comes up that makes it look real.
Also, Ned B. is the director of the two movies ("The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His" and "…Hers") that JC has coming out this summer. Would have been very awkward for them to film last year after Chastain and Benson "broke up" in 2011 if they had really been together. Instead it looks as though she used him for cover and he got financing for his big writer-director dual-movies-with-interlocking-storylines concept, plus a star to boot. Commerce, baby.
Gian certainly looks happier being around his fellow male swimsuit models than he ever has around Chastain. Google Images is your friend. Just saying.
And the reason that people thought there was something going between Chastain and her "best friend"/former apartment-mate jess Weixler was three-fold. 1) Chastain just beams when she's around her. 2) She took *Weixler* everywhere in 2011-early 2012, even to events that had nothing to do with either of them. (A Louis Vuitton party where they were described as a "partying pair", IIRC, for example.) And, 3) at the biggest events of JC's career ("Tree of Life" LA premiere, her first Oscars, "Zero Dark Thirty" premiere), she hauls out Granny and pretends that Weixler isn't there…but Weixler is.
And Megan Ellison is an out lesbian and pretty much stalked Chastain for the ZDT role, but we don't have any real confirmation they fucked other than that one Blind Item from Michael Musto, so take that how you like.
I doubt Ned would refer to himself as "Ned" rather than "I" in a direct quote.
R63, it's a copy paste from the site or interview that reported what he said.
Yes, the "Ned had told" is a quote from the article-writer. The embedded sub-quote, "I'm the promoting boyfriend" is what Benson actually said in Seattle.
R59 Is it just jour wishfull thinking or you have some insider infor?
R62 She and JW acted nothing more than a usual best friends and Ellison didn't stalk Chastain, Chastain said it many times in interviews she wanted that role.
Seriously, does she even pings to anyone?
Jessica Chastain and her former college roommate Jess Weixler
How Jessica is bearding if she and Gian were flying under the radar for more than one year? There is a photo of them hugging at Oscars 2012. What's the point of keeping a merkin if he is hidden for the majority of time?
R62 Google images is my friend you say? I googled him and got a plenty of pictures of him making out with female hot models. Just saying.
Jessica took Jess with her because she is a fellow actress and Chastain helps her to break out in business. You go to those parties not to have a lovely time with your partner, but to promote yourself and make valuable contacts. Jessica beams around her because they have been friends for long time and because of her personality. Watch her interviews with Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon or Tom Hardy: you would deduce they must be fucking, because there is no way Jessica can be so happy around just a co-star and platonic friend.
P.S. Ned Th Director looks very similar to Gian. She clearly has a type!
At least she dresses up like a real movie star. JLaw just wears her hair in a messy braid and walks around in pajamas. KStew wears filthy jeans and hippie clothes and looks eternally pissed.
r72 he was Armani's rep in Hollywood at the time (as the Italian press says, he's close friends with Clooney, Cruise and DiCaprio…what do they all have in common again?), of course he was at the Oscars. He took one pic with Chastain (they apparently met at the Armani show in Paris the month before…which she took Weixler to, btw), big deal. Nothing to indicate they were a "couple" then.
And your pics of him and "models" are mostly him and Nina Senicar, whose "romances" are as phony as this one. Did you get the story where she and Gian were supposedly "engaged" last June yet?
Btw, Jessica has the same publicist as Chris Brown. Wonder if it's for the same reasons. (Hi, Nicole!)
R76 Your Nicole remark exposed you as a member of that Lchat thread, where majority of posters are deluding themselves to believe she is gay - and if one of them dares to say otherwise, get's immediately banned. Big deal? Hugging closely, looking into each other eyes, smiling? Yeah, a typical behavior between two acquaintances. Honey, you might sound charming renouncing reality, but you won't make someone's gay just because of your wishful thinking.
Who are these people??
Wow R77, you've exposed me as somebody who…reads. Congratulations, J. Edgar! (Btw, how would *you* get the Nicole Perna reference…unless you had read that very same thread! Frau! Crazy L-Chatter! Raus!)
And "hugging closely" my ass. You could fit Tom Hardy in between them in that photo. I grant you they show more affection there than Gian showed at this year's Oscars, but still.
r41 cut the BS!!!! There are many people posting here whose first language isn't English. Self centered much?
There have been stories about Chastain's lesbian orientation for years. They've been discussed on the DL for years.
Who is the determined anti-lesbian in this thread and why is discussing Chastain being a lesbian a problem for you?
You know where you are, right?
Stories about Chastain's sexuality are there ONLY because she's hitting 40 and has never been married.
Unfortunately, the business's friend of Gian is gone, so we cannot afford to read any more interesting dish. Hopefully he/she'll be back with new stories to tell, as real gossip on Jessica is rarer than sane Republicans.
So far I know for sure she and Jared from JustJared are in some form of business arrangement. He is posting about her almost every day to the point of overexposure.
59 comes from L chat. Obvs. They posted this in there trying to get confirmation Jessica is a lezzie.