They have been together for four years and have largely kept their romance out of the public eye.
But Gemma Chan has shared some rare glimpses into her relationship with Dominic Cooper and gushed that she feels “very, very lucky” to be in such a “supportive” partnership.
The Crazy, Rich Asians actress is on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK as she discusses her blossoming career in front of and behind the camera and Dominic’s support of her passions.
Romance: Gemma Chan has shared some rare glimpses into her relationship with Dominic Cooper and gushes that she feels “very, very lucky” to be in such a “supportive” partnership
Gemma gushed that her boyfriend has been particularly supportive as she spoke out for Asian communities during the pandemic and launched the #StopESEAHate campaign with GoFundMe to fight back against racially motivated crimes against people of East and Southeast Asian heritage (ESEA). .
“I think I’m so lucky to be in a relationship where we can talk about anything,” the actress said of her boyfriend.
“Dom was very understanding and empathetic. I’ve been pretty open about how I was feeling during that time and he’s just been incredibly supportive.
Going strong: Gemma and Dominic have been working to keep their romance out of the public eye since they got together in 2018 (pictured together in June 2021)
“I definitely didn’t feel like I had to shoulder everything on my own. I’m really, really lucky.”
Since they got together in 2018, Gemma and Dominic have worked to keep their romance out of the public eye.
After months of dating rumours, the couple made their first public appearance four years ago at an after-party for the British Fashion Awards.
They’ve been together ever since, although both don’t like flaunting their relationship or speaking to the press about their love life.
Star power: The Crazy, Rich Asians actress is on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK as she discusses her blossoming career in front of and behind the camera
Gemma also told Harper’s Bazaar UK about it cultural issues inherent in the film industry and acknowledges: “It’s really difficult to speak out in my industry with the power structures that are in place.”
“I know that you can be punished in such a way that your livelihood is gone. Even if you try to do the right thing and speak out against bad behavior, all it takes is someone to misinterpret your words or decide you’re causing trouble.
“It’s a hierarchical form of word-of-mouth in which bad behavior is traditionally condoned. There is a lot of fear. It’s hard to change this culture. It takes years.”
Using her platform: Gemma gushed that her boyfriend has been particularly supportive as she speaks out for Asian communities during the pandemic
Gemma is next up for a role in Olivia Wilde’s anticipated feature film Don’t Worry Darling, alongside Florence Pugh and Harry Styles.
However, the actress admitted that despite her huge success, there was a time when she worried if she could make it as an actress.
“In the beginning the question was very much, ‘Will I be able to make a living? Will I be able to survive this job?’ I would do anything — small parts, one-line parts,” she explained.
A big moment for the star came during rehearsals for the 2020 film Let Them All Talk, in which she was set to do an impromptu scene with Hollywood legend Meryl Streep when they first met.
Leading lady: Gemma is next up for a role in Olivia Wilde’s anticipated feature film Don’t Worry Darling, alongside Florence Pugh and Harry Styles
The September issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK is available from July 28th
‘I don’t know how much I slept the night before,’ Gemma said.
“I was honestly so nervous it made me wish there was a script. I thought to myself – this could be an absolute crash and burn time.
Outside of her acting roles, Gemma is also producing the upcoming biopic of first Chinese-American Hollywood star Anna May Wong.
“Their struggles and triumphs reflect the conversations we still have,” the multi-talented star said of the project.
“She was considered a perpetual foreigner even though she was a third-generation American.”