It’s unclear how old Aaron and Sam Taylor-Johnson were when they were met, as some publications say they were 19 and 42, and some say they were 18 and 42. Whatever the case may be, they have at least a 23-year age difference. Their paths crossed when Aaron auditioned for “Nowhere Boy,” which Sam had directed.
“I remember it very, very clearly,” Aaron told Harper’s Bazaar in 2019 of their first meeting. “I know exactly what she was wearing. This white shirt that she still has, that I love. It definitely changed my life, though not in the way I expected.” Meanwhile, Sam said that she had been impressed with Aaron’s talents from the get-go, and she knew right from the beginning that he would nab the role. “I opened the door to [John] Lennon,” she told The Telegraph. “When Aaron goes up for a job he gets into the character quite intensively — so I thought, yup, you’re hired. I knew instantly — I could see how much research he’d done already just by the way he was standing and the few words he said.”
And while they insisted that they remained professional on-set, Sam revealed that they started dating immediately after filming. “Everyone on set knew,” she dished. “And as soon as we finished, he told me he was going to marry me. We had never been on a date, or even kissed.”