Who Is Elle Fanning’s Boyfriend? All About Max Minghella

Elle Fanning and her boyfriend, Max Minghella, are one of the more private couples in Hollywood.


The pair first connected on the set of 2018’s Teen Spiritand sparked relationship rumors when they were spotted on a stroll together in London while Fanning was 20 years old and Minghella was 32.


While the actors have kept their romance on the private side, the actress spoke about The Handmaid’s Tale star in April 2019, count Entertainment Tonight that he was “such a good friend.”


The couple also made their red carpet debut that same year at the 2019 Met Gala, where they posed for photos together.


So, who is Elle Fanning’s boyfriend? Keep reading to find out more about Max Minghella and his relationship with the actress.



He’s an actor, writer and director

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Minghella may be best known for playing Nick Blaine on The Handmaid’s Tale, but that’s far from his first acting gig. He also appeared as Divya Narendra in The Social Network and played Richie Castellano on The Mindy Project.


Beyond that, Minghella also works behind the camera and was both the writer and director of 2018’s Teen Spirit. In April 2019, he customs WWD“I would definitely say I feel more useful directing than I do acting, if that makes sense. I wouldn’t cast me in something, but I would maybe hire me to direct something. I’m much better behind the camera than I am in front of one.”


On the other hand, when asked about directing by Interview in June 2021, he replied, “First of all, acting is my thing. I’ve directed one movie and no way do I have the authority to speak about any of this.”



He comes from a show business family

The actor has said that his interest in show business came from his family. His mother, Carolyn Choa, is a choreographer who has done work for the English National Opera and New York’s Metropolitan Opera. When Minghella was young, Carolyn worked in the British film industry. Minghella customs Esquire in May 2019 that “film has been the one thing [they] both connect over and love.” He also said that it was his mom who “introduced [him] to all of the significant filmmakers.”


Minghella’s father, Anthony Minghella, died in March 2008 at the age of 54. Before his death, the elder Minghella was an Oscar-winning director who was behind movies like The English Patient, Cold Mountain spirit The Talented Mr. Ripley.


When asked whether his dad would have predicted his desire to become a director, Minghella said, “I really would be interested to ask him that now. He knew that I was shooting stuff because he would like to look at my little things. I’ d be editing a final cut and he would peek over my shoulder. But I think he really did see me as an actor.”



He’s English with an Italian and Chinese background

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Minghella — whose full name is Max Giorgio Choa Minghella — was born in the Hampstead area of ​​London. Despite the size of England’s capital, in May 2021 he told Bustle that Hampstead made him feel like he “grew up in a very small town.”


Both of Minghella’s parents came from immigrant families, with one side being Italian and the other Chinese.


“My mother’s a fascinating, wildly intelligent person who — I don’t know how to say this — she’s very Chinese,” Minghella told Esquire. “She’s of a different culture and really carries that with her.”



He went to university in the United States

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Before working in Hollywood, Minghella studied history at Columbia University. Hey customs Interview how he ended up at a university in the United States, saying, “I hadn’t finished school in England, so I didn’t have the qualifications to go to university in England unless I went back to school… The most logical way to continue my education was to do it in America and just take the SATs.”


When asked why he decided to pursue higher education, he said, “Honestly, probably the guilt of having very academic parents. I think they were slightly ashamed. I’ve always been a terrible student, but they really hoped that I would be better , and I kind of hoped for them.”


“It was, in retrospect, an apology, probably, for being a high school dropout and becoming an actor young and naively,” he continued. “But I’m so grateful for the experience — whatever motive I had to go, it definitely was a great thing. I made key relationships in that time. It also rescued me from a lot of bad career decisions.”



He’s worked with Fanning

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While Minghella wrote and directed Teen Spirit, Fanning starred in the film as Violet, a Polish teenager who wants to be a pop star despite the obstacles in her way. In April 2019, Minghella told Entertainment Tonight that Fanning was “the only actress who could have carried” the story due to the “incredible list of requirements.”


“You have to be able to sing, you have to be able to dance, you’ve got to, you know, be able to speak Polish convincingly, do the British accent, play the age range and carry the movie with an incredibly nuanced performance,” he said. “It’s a lot for one person, and she just handled everything with such discipline and professionalism and she never complained.”


Fanning also talked about Minghella, saying, “I mean, we just really love working together. That was, like, very special.”



He loves pop music

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Fanning told Entertainment Tonight in April 2019 that Minghella “loves pop music.” In fact, she called him a “pop whore.” When it came to his pop-focused film Teen Spiritwhich features a soundtrack packed with popular music, she said, “All those pop singers — like, he’s really obsessed with that world, so it’s a perfect film that he made.”




Minghella confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that he’s a fan of the genre and mentioned “Dancing on My Own” by Robyn, specifically. He also told WWD in April 2019, “I love Robyn, I love Carly Rae [Jepsen]’s work, I love Ariana Grande. I also love Taylor Swift, which I know is controversial to say. I love melodic pop music and big sounding music.”



They sparked relationship rumors while in London

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In August 2018, the pair were seen in London and as they walked together with smiles on their faces, Minghella used his phone while Fanning leaned onto him with her hands on his shoulders.


Although the two weren’t trying to stay out of sight, their reps did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment at the time.



They made their first public appearance at the Met Gala

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Minghella and Fanning decided to make their red carpet debut as a couple at the 2019 Met Gala. Minghella wore a blue suit while Fanning opted for a peachy Miu Miu ensemble to suit the Camp theme.

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