They have been named “one of the most private couples in Hollywood” for a good reason! After a long friendship, a whirlwind romance, and a top-secret wedding attended by only FOUR people, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz are still going strong! The Bond and The Mummy alums had a friendship long before they started dating. In fact, they met in college in 1994 and even performed in a play together! Of course, since none of them was famous at the time, this first meeting went unnoticed. However, a historical consultant on the play told The Telegraph that the plot was romantic and there were some intimate scenes and tasteful nudity.
Each of them went on to develop a successful acting career, and both Craig and Weisz found other partners. Weisz began dating film director Darren Aronofsky in 2001. The couple got engaged in 2005 and had a son together a year later. However, in November 2010, the actress and director announced that they had been living apart for several months. They split shortly after, and Rachel began dating Daniel. As for Craig, he’s had his fair share of celebrity romances! In 1992, he married Scottish actress Fiona Loudon . The pair had a daughter together but divorced only two years after tying the knot.
Daniel went on to date German actress Heike Makatsch, known for her role as Alan Rickman’s mistress in the beloved romantic comedy-drama, Love Actually. The actors dated for seven years before splitting on good terms. Sometime later, Daniel confessed that filming would keep them apart for very long periods of time and that he thought A LOT of breakups were caused by film sets. He added, “It’s bloody lonely”. Eventually, Rachel and Daniel worked on a movie together and started seeing each other in a different light. The couple connected on the set of the film Dream House in 2010.\
At the time, nobody knew they had started dating, not even those working with them! One of their co-stars, Rachel Fox, later talked about her experience working with the duo. “They play husband and wife, so anytime that the camera was rolling you felt that spark,” the actress told Us Weekly in September 2011. “I didn’t notice off screen that anything was going on. They did a good job of keeping it secret!” The lovebirds didn’t spark any romance rumors until the Christmas holiday when they spent time together in the English countryside.
“They walked through the street like a married couple who had been together for ages — very much in love, very cozy and cute,” an eyewitness told US Weekly. Well, fans didn’t need to wait long to see the couple taking things a step further! In June 2011, six months after the initial rumors began, the actors got married in a secret ceremony in New York. It was so intimate that only 4 people attended: their two kids from previous marriages and two family members who served as witnesses! What a whirlwind romance! Craig has since opened up about why they wanted their wedding to be so private.
The actor told GQ, “We did it for private reasons because we didn’t want it f**ked up, because that would be sharing a secret. And the whole point is that it was a secret.” The James Bond star also said that they had a lot of people to thank for being able to have such an intimate ceremony. The following year, the couple made their first red carpet appearance together at the premiere of the film The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in Madrid, Spain. They looked as cute and happy as ever! That same year, Rachel reflected on their marriage in an interview with Marie Claire. When asked if it was love at first sight, she replied that it wasn’t and added, “We’d been friends for ages.”
The Oscar winner also opened up about what it was like to date another actor. “As far as downsides go, I don’t think fame is a big one. It’s something we deal with together.” The pair would go on to perform together again, this time on the Broadway show Betrayal, which got rave reviews. Both actors have spoken further about their marriage and the need for privacy in interviews. In a 2015 interview with Dujour magazine, Craig reiterated that his wife has helped keep their lives as normal as possible, despite their status. The actor confessed that he sometimes gets overwhelmed when fans take pictures of him while he’s out.
“My wife is the best in the world at all that; she’ll just turn to them and go, ‘No, thank you very much,’ he explained. When speaking with More magazine, Weisz also elaborated on why she likes to keep her private life a bit secret, including the romantic part of it. “He’s just too famous. It would be a betrayal. You have to protect your marriage,” she said. The actress added that she used to tell her friends everything when she was young but has learned to keep to herself as she’s gotten older. Although she doesn’t open up about her marriage often, the performer is heartfelt every time she chooses to do so.
“I never thought I would get married,” Rachel told The Standard in 2018. She explained that getting hitched was never an ambition of hers and that she could never relate to romantic comedies. “Then it just happened, happily, at a more mature moment,” the actress said before adding, “I wear my ring with pride. I’m taken.” It’s clear that Craig completely changed the Oscar winner’s view on marriage since she has gushed about how happy being married makes her more than once. “I’m very happy being married. Very, very happy. I love being Mrs. Craig,” she told the New York Times, before revealing that she has changed her last name in checkbooks, passports, etc.
Well, we certainly are happy she’s happy! Rachel has also shared how the pair spend their time together, and it looks like such a domestic bliss! “We talk about films that we love or plays. We love to go to see theater and discuss things that we’ve seen,” Weisz told Good Morning America. She also revealed that both Daniel and her love to cook and that the actor is very good at it. But the joy didn’t stop there! In April 2018, the actress told The New York Times she and Craig were expecting a baby. “I’ll be showing soon,” she said. “Daniel and I are so happy.
We’re going to have a little human. We can’t wait to meet him or her. It’s all such a mystery.” In September of that same year, the couple welcomed their daughter. The actors have maintained their privacy tradition and haven’t shared what her name is, or any pictures of her. Weisz opened up about maternity in an interview with the Mirror. In it, the performer stated, “My son was a miracle, and it was an incredible experience. But doing it again now that I’m older is very deep and very precious. I am very lucky.” The star also revealed that she knew she and Craig wouldn’t have any more children.
“The preciousness of a new life and family means so much more now. I’m more mature and older,” she explained. And what about Daniel? Has he opened up about paternity? Well, he has shared one key factor in how he raises his children: they will not get any inheritance. The actor received 139 million Australian dollars to appear in the Netflix movie Knives Out. He also earned millions for his work in the James Bond franchise. However, Craig told Candis Magazine, “I don’t want to leave great sums to the next generation. I think inheritance is quite distasteful. My philosophy is get rid of it or give it away before you go.” Well, one can hope the couple’s children have inherited the acting chops of their parents! Daniel and Rachel are still together and happy. They don’t share many details about their day-to-day lives, following their usual need for privacy.