Aaron Taylor-Johnson: ‘I went a bit f—ing mad, blew a sh-tload of money’ at 15

Aaron Johnson

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is promoting Godzilla which comes out this Friday. The reviews of this reboot are so much better than for the 1998 version, so I’m pumped. Aaron sat down for an interview with The Standard to cover some familar ground about his wife, Sam. Many people know Aaron is 23, and she’s 47. They hooked up when he was 17 or 18, and now they’re married with two young children (plus two from Sam’s previous relationship). She was his director on Nowhere Boy, and they’ve been inseparable since. Aaron genuinely adores and respects his wife, and I do hope they stay together for the long run.

Aaron’s been pretty defensive about his marriage before. He’s said that if people think it’s hard, they “must be in a sh-t marriage.” I don’t think that’s even his age speaking. That’s his inexperience in marriage talking. I’ll be interested in how much he learns about marriage in the next decade. (The seven-year itch is very real for many people.) Aaron has said that age doesn’t matter at all. He’s also talked about why he took Sam’s name. Here is more elaboration:

He’s a bit neurotic: “I get really nervous doing interviews. I find it really difficult to express myself in words. I’m much better doing that in a physical way,’ he stutters, squirming a little. ‘It’s a difficult line to tread, being open and honest, but keeping some things private. But then there’s a lot of sh-t that people know already…”

His move to blockbusters: “Now it’s funny, I sit back and watch the young, ambitious actors do that ‘F— commercial films, I’m going to be an indie actor’ thing. The problem with independent films is that they can be hit or miss. I’ve seen scripts that have blown me away. But there have to be all the right ingredients in place to make them work: the director, cast, publicity, distribution. In the end, there is only a small chance that the script will turn into a great film, get into a festival and hit cinemas. The majority of them, nobody ever sees. If you’re doing the indie thing, you can really burn yourself out as an actor going from film to film.”

He’ll only do one film per year now: “I have to be fully committed to do a project nowadays, because if I say yes to something, it means the whole family are going to have to move for the job. It’s a lot of upheaval. So, it has to be really worth it. Otherwise, I’d just as well not bother. We had to set up the kids in pre-schools [in Vancouver], their martial arts classes, gymnastics, swimming lessons, home tutoring for some of the older ones… We sort of live like gypsies. You adapt, you find a home and then you ground it.”

On Britain vs LA: “I love Britain for being so grounded. But it’s too miserable. There’s that British mentality to attack LA: ‘Oh, those f—ers just moved to Hollywood. F—ing pr-cks.’ I know that because I used to be one of those people. I used to come to LA and think, ‘I’m never f—ing living here.’ I couldn’t stand the place. But that’s because I was young, I only had myself to look after. Now I have a family, I see the outdoorsy lifestyle that this city can offer my kids. So if we do two years in London, or a year here… The way I see it is that as long as we are all together, wherever we are, that’s home.”

His teenage rebellion: “Yeah. I had a self-destructive moment. Luckily, it all went under the radar. I started drinking really early. I grew up in a remote little village, what else are you going to do? By the time I was 15, I was going to clubs in London. Then I just went a bit f—ing mad. I blew a sh-tload of money, and had two years that I cannot even remember… I was f—ing up all my work and my life. It was a sh-tty, dark moment. I was having a bit of trouble, transitioning, understanding why I was so… the one that was so… successful maybe. It was just before Nowhere Boy. I mean, you have to get everything off your chest before you can move on, right? Because if I didn’t do that then, I’d be breaking down now. I wouldn’t be able to raise a family, or be in control, or feel responsible enough to do what I do.”

He’s surrounded by estrogen: “I was raised by women. Now I’m raising women. I was always better around girls. I live in an all-female household. I even have two female dogs… It’s funny how that turned ou. My girls have the best woman to look up to. She’s the strongest woman I know.” Taylor-Wood has survived two bouts of cancer. “As role models go, she’s the best. She’s so inspiring and smart. My girls are all going to be strong women, too.”

Taking Sam’s name: “I’m not the kind of male who has to put my imprint on everything. That d-ckhead kind of thing…” he says, suddenly passionate. “It didn’t feel right to me that the woman has to take the man’s name. We wanted to give our family unity. I wanted to embrace her name. I’d rather wear her name on everything than mine.”

He wants to do a method, transformative role: “It would be really challenging with the family. I need to wait a few years until the little ones are in full-time school. There’s a part of me that just wants to give it up for a while. I see everyone else trying to race their way through. But I don’t need to hurry any more. I’ve achieved some bigger things in life. hings that are more meaningful to me.”

[From The Standard]

The way Aaron talks about his teenage years, it’s almost as if a switch flipped at age 19 when he met Sam. That’s when he instantly decided to get his sh-t together, and he’s been a family man ever since. It feels strange that he could completely rid himself of his drinking, clubbing, and oat-sowing in an instant. I guess when you meet “the one,” everything else ceases to matter.

Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson

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  1. Kali says:

    This is just the hopeful Cancerian inside of me talking (I’m normally as cynical and bitter as they come) but I really really hope his family and marriage continues to go well for him. A young guy who (at least seems) devoted to his wife and kids? I’m into it. I would destroy it, given half a chance.

    • kri says:

      @ Kali I’m a Cancer too (Jun.23) and I’m just a tad cynical on this. Also, I know it’s judge-y, but he was SO young. To be fair, Joaquin Phoenix and his girl creep me out a bit, too. I dunno, but guess time will tell.

      • Rise says:

        I’m a scorpio and I’m raging about this b**ch. She seriously laughs in young womens faces, like he’s mine. I won’t fret though, he wont be for long.

  2. Rose says:

    grrr, the jealousy i have is real.

  3. Jade says:

    Still creeps me out…

    • Allie says:

      Right? He was just too young when they first started dating and she always looks like his mom. Kinda creeps me out that he took her name-like a mother son relationship. (Not that I have a problem with guys doing that it girls keeping their own name, just in this situation.)

    • susan says:

      It is creepy. Its the equivalent of a mother taking advantage of a high schooler. And the way he took her name. She is in complete control and he is smitten with an older woman. Let’s see how he feels when she is in her 60′s and he is in his 30′s…..

    • susan says:

      It is creepy. Its the equivalent of a mother taking advantage of a high schooler. And the way he took her name. She is in complete control and he is smitten with an older woman. Let’s see how he feels when she is in her 60′s and he is in his 30′s. And he is beautiful but comes across as very immature and boring.

  4. Erinn says:

    I really don’t like him.

    And maybe the switch flipped because someone plenty old enough to be his mother started taking care of him and reeling him in. The age gap really freaks me out because of how young he was when they got together. And clearly, his maturity level isn’t especially high to begin with, and I say this as someone his age.

    And I really want to take his earring out and chuck it.

    • Aussie girl says:

      Oooh I adore him!!!i have a 15 year old girl crush on him. I know , sad but hey whatever gets you through the day

      • Erinn says:

        Ahaha, I have some ridiculous 15 year old girl crushes too, so I guess it’s the same. I might like him more if I just … hold up. I just did an IMDB search on him. There’s a Thief Lord Movie is what I got out of this. Now I need to watch it. Because I looooved that book, and he plays Prosper.

        I don’t even care if the movie is shit. I need to see this now.

    • Liv says:

      Yes. I find it so creepy that she somehow formed him – I mean he was 18 or 19, you know nothing about you at that age. He can’t tell me that he had much life experience at that point. I’d be totally fine if they had started dating when he turned 25 or 26, but 18?! She had much more power over him than he over her. I find that very unhealthy.

  5. Dani2 says:

    One of the shadier romances in Hollywood, I don’t care if they’re in love or whatever, relationships with huge age-gaps are somewhat gross to me.

    *INSERT obligatory “I met my 70 year old husband when I was 15 and we have 6 kids and we’re so happy” rebuttal*

  6. mom2two says:

    I don’t find him attractive (though this interview might have me rethinking things…) and the reviews I’ve read for Godzilla are okay (way better than the Matthew Broderick version)…basically they get the monster 100% right but the people characters are thin. The marketing (according to some reviewers) lead you to think Bryan Cranston is the lead (would be my reason to see the movie too) but really Aaron Taylor Johnson is the lead and Elizabeth Olsen has a terribly underwritten part.
    However, I have to agree with his comments about indie movies and not many actors are that honest about the aspect of indie movie making. He does have a family and I can see why he wants to do one movie a year and is probably looking at bigger films to do .
    I don’t know what he was like at 15 but he sounds like he has matured for his age. I like that he is focused on his family and willing to incorporate her name into his.

  7. Mouse says:

    He’s hot but he sounds so young in this interview

  8. Tapioca says:

    He was 17 when they hooked up, which is what made people uncomfortable – if they lived in California she’d have to inform the authorities every time she moved house!

    I actually find him incredibly boring, which stops him being hot – it’s like his relationship is literally the only even vaguely interesting thing about him.

    • jinni says:

      He is boring and has the worst voice. The only thing I really ever liked/ found attractive about him was his curly hair, without it he’s just blah looking.

  9. Helvetica says:

    Wow. He looks HOT in that second pic w/ the blue shirt.

    But he does always sound like a little boy when he’s talking.

  10. Jessica says:

    Sometimes I think he’s hot, and sometimes he reminds me of a guy I used to like who turned out to be a huge douchebag.

    But I like what he says about taking his wife’s name.

  11. BendyWindy says:

    I’m irrationally annoyed by his “I’m raising strong women” commentary.

    One thing I’ve learned raising children, is that you do your best, but your kids are going to be who they’re going to be. Some of them will be “strong,” some of them will be…what? Weak? And here’s my problem. We’re so concerned with raising strong women, but that makes it seem as if the opposite of “strong” is weak. The fact of the matter is that maybe he’ll have a child who grows up to be somewhat insecure. Or one who’s in love with the idea of being in love. Or one who wants to write poetry, or be a housewife, or whatever…as long as he raises children who are kind, loving, real people…why would any of that matter?

    I’m probably not expressing myself well. I just find the idea that it’s “better” to be a strong woman, while good in theory, just gives us another ideal to judge women against and find them lacking.

    • maybeiamcrazy says:

      A woman can be everything that you wrote and still can be strong. Not being a strong person, man or woman, is not a good thing.

  12. Dinah says:

    Good for them, mazel tov.
    He is tasty. Like a polished Tom Hardy. Also presumably a pillow-biter.

  13. grabbyhands says:

    I’d be interested to know what he thought were the right ingredients to make him suddenly agree to be in 50 Shades after saying no for so long.

  14. serena says:

    I hope it’ll work for them, I’m still a bit skeptical about their age gap but whatever.. we’ll see if they stick to each other in the long run.

  15. Shelby says:

    I really like this couple

  16. FingerBinger says:

    Aaron really needs to stop talking. He’s an attractive guy,but the more interviews he does the more unattractive he becomes. He sounds like a kid just learning how to curse. This relationship is gross and creepy. To hell with that ‘If they’re happy’ garbage. He seems like he was a troubled young man looking for love and a mommy and she swooped in on her broom.

  17. Jen34 says:

    ‘I guess when you meet the one, everything else ceases to matter.’

    That is total nonsense. I assume you are being sarcastic.

  18. Anne tommy says:

    Where do you get a sh@it load of money at 15?

    • Liv says:

      he was a child actor in the UK.
      IMBD lists his first work when he was 12… so freedom, fame and money.

  19. GeeMoney says:

    I’m all for younger men dating older women… but their relationship is just strange and kind of… not normal.

    And sounds like he’s still growing up in this interview (or I mean, he sounds like he’s still maturing). Either than, or he’s a complete idiot. It’s one of the two.

  20. shaboo says:

    I really dislike his interviews. He just sounds immature, he always talks like he had soo much life experience before he met Sam; everything was so crazy and wild, but then she showed him the way. The way he goes on about his ‘wild years’smacks of him trying to convince himself that he;s already ‘lived’ . You didn’t have life experience, you were a child.

    His comments about marriage are extremely immature and obnoxious too. You might love each other but marriage isn’t easy, sometimes it’s hard to find the time to be a ‘couple’, especially if you’re worrying about childcare costs and putting food on the table.

  21. Aye says:

    Why is it creepy that someone helped form him? They seem committed and at least they’re happy now. Most marriage are destined to break up or result in dissatisfaction, so enjoy it while it lasts and hope that it does last forever.
    And by blowing a load of money he means he did a whole lotta drugs and alcohol.

  22. thelostboy says:

    He’s a lost kid..point blank

  23. appalling says:

    Why do we always see his interviews? If you want to write about something interesting write about the predators. You will be in so much shock, and everyone that can tell he’s been brainwashed was right all along. I knew there was something off about their
    relationship it’s been her the whole time.
    I’ll let you be the judge of these…

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    • nowords says:

      That was disturbing. I think she has some serious issues to deal with. Aaron is like her little robot.

    • candice says:

      The ending of that Elle interview reminded me of Ike and Tina Turner. You know when he use to tell her what to say to make themselves seem happy to please him. All the interviews were really bizarre.

  24. Tig says:

    These kids are really spread out in ages, right? Hers by her first husband must be about teenagers/tweens by now. Good luck to him parenting those older girls- can you imagine-” when I was your age 8 years ago-” that’ll be a riot!

  25. eck says:

    Ugh! He i such an idiot! Everything he says is just total BS! I’m an up and coming actor and the only way to start is to do little roles. You don’t just jump into a blockbuster film like that, you got to learn the ropes. Just because his wife trapped him with having to support 4 kids and he stayed doing indie films once a year for a while doesn’t mean all actors are as stupid as he is. Ugh! He got so unattractive since his horse headed wife came into the picture