Sam Taylor Johnson, director of the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey, is our kind of woman. She really doesn’t give a continental (insert F word here) what anybody else thinks about her and that’s about as wise as you can get in this world, in our humble opinion.
She’s married to Kick Ass and Anna Karenina star, Aaron Taylor Johnson who is 23 years her junior. They got together when he was 18 and she was 41. Naturally enough, this has long piqued the interest of both the press and the public. ‘Can an age gap that large really work?’ and other such questions were bandied about. In the beginning, it certainly altered how people may have viewed Sam. When they began dating she was very likely labelled a cougar while Aaron would have been described as the director’s toy boy. ‘Just a teenager’. But they’ve been married quite a while now, they keep a pretty low profile, and as for how Sam feels about our (the media) speculation? In a brilliant interview with Red, in which she places herself front and centre to promote her forthcoming flick, Sam says:
“Tell them to f–k off. If you love someone, you love someone. It doesn’t matter; age, colour, c’mon! We are tight. We travel as a pack. Aaron and I try not to work at the same time. When he was doing Godzilla in Vancouver, we were all there with him. And then they sent us back for Fifty Shades and Aaron was a stay-at-home dad and did all the school runs. And I think that consistency helped. I got lucky with Aaron, he’s amazing.”
You heard her; f**k off. Love is love.
As far as Fifty Shades is concerned, Sam Taylor Johnson reassures fans that she’s remained as true to the book as is humanly possible: “I’ve practically eaten it. I have read it over and over. More than any other book ever. I had it on set with me the whole time. I have it in the edit room now.”
On all the inevitable controversy coming her way, Sam says ‘whatever’. “It’s going to be controversial, whatever. A Machiavellian part of me thinks if this is successful, it affords me the freedom and the power to make something on my own terms, later on.”
Man, would we love to go for a whiskey with this woman. Wouldn’t you?