They have been dating for four years and have kept their romance out of the public eye.
But Gemma Chan gave a rare insight into her relationship with Dominic Cooper, as she felt “very lucky” to be in such a “supportive” partnership.
The Crazy, Rich Asians star appears on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK, as she talks about her burgeoning career both on and behind the camera, and Dominic’s support for her passions.
Romance: Gemma Chan has given a rare insight into her relationship with Dominic Cooper, and feels ‘so lucky’ to be in such a ‘supportive’ partnership
Gemma reports that her lover has been particularly supportive when speaking on behalf of Asian communities during the pandemic, launching a #StopESEAHate campaign with GoFundMe that has combated racially motivated crimes targeting those of East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) heritage.
“I think I’m very lucky to be in a relationship where we can talk about anything,” the actress said of her boyfriend.
Dom was very understanding and sympathetic. I was completely open about how I was feeling during that time, and he was incredibly supportive.
Be Powerful: Gemma and Dominic have been keeping their romance out of the public eye since they met in 2018 (pictured together in June 2021)
I definitely didn’t feel like I had to put up with everything on my own. I’m really, really lucky.
Gemma and Dominic have been keeping their romance out of the public eye since they met in 2018.
After months of dating rumors, the couple made their first public appearance at a British Fashion Awards after-party four years ago.
They’ve been together ever since, although they don’t flaunt their relationship or talk about their love lives to the press.
Star Power: The Crazy, Rich Asians stars on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK, as she talks about her burgeoning career in front of and behind the camera
As Gemma told Harper’s Bazaar UK about Cultural problems inherent in the film industry, recognizing that: “It’s really hard in my field to talk, with the power structures that are out there.”
I know you can be punished in a way that means your livelihood is over. Even if you try to do the right thing, speaking up against bad behavior, all it takes is for someone to interpret what you’re saying the wrong way, or decide that you’re a problem.
It is a hierarchical type of word of mouth industry where, traditionally, bad behaviors are indulged. There is a lot of fear. It’s hard to change that culture. It takes years.
Using her platform: Gemma gushed that her lover was particularly supportive when she spoke on behalf of Asian communities during the pandemic
Next up for Gemma is a role in Olivia Wilde’s highly anticipated drama Don’t Worry Darling, alongside Florence Pugh and Harry Styles.
The actress admitted that despite her huge success, there was a period of time when she was worried if she could make her an actress.
At first, the question was a lot: Will I be able to earn a living? Will I be able to survive while doing this job? I’ll do anything—bit bits, one-line parts,” she explained.
The star’s big moment came during rehearsals for the 2020 movie Let Them All Talk, which saw her tasked with doing an impromptu scene with Hollywood legend Meryl Streep during their first meeting.
Leading Lady: Next up for Gemma is a role in Olivia Wilde’s highly anticipated drama Don’t Worry Darling, alongside Florence Poe and Harry Styles.
The September issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK is on sale from July 28
“I don’t know how much I slept the night before,” Gemma said.
Honestly I was so nervous – that’s when I wished there was a script. I was like – this can be a time of total meltdown and burn.
Aside from her acting roles, Gemma is also producing the upcoming biographical film for first Chinese-American Hollywood star Anna Mae Wong.
“Her struggles and triumphs reflect the conversations we’re still having now,” the multi-talented star explained of the project.
“She was seen as a permanent foreigner, though a third-generation American.”