Oscar who? Jessica Chastain may not have taken home a golden statuette for Best Actress on Sunday, Feb. 24, but no matter -- she has another, even more special man in her life. The actress, 35, has been quietly seeing fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, and from the sound of it, she's smitten.
"I'm very very happy. It's a wonderful thing when a career does so well and your personal life does so well," the Zero Dark Thirty nominee told Extra's Mario Lopez of their relationship at the Academy Awards. "My friends and my family are so important to me."
Gorgeous as usual in a copper-hued, strapless Armani Prive gown, the sexy star walked the red carpet sans her Italian love. (Her date was her grandmother, who gushed that she couldn't be more proud.) But his absence wasn't a sign of trouble in paradise -- just part of the couple's pact to keep their romance out of the spotlight.
"He is a classy guy and completely agrees about respecting their relationship and not flaunting it," a source told Us Weekly recently of Passi de Preposulo, who works for French fashion brand Moncler. Added the insider: "They've been dating seriously for a while now, and Gian really likes her."
The feeling seems to be mutual. At the Writers' Guild Awards earlier this month, Chastain clearly had her boyfriend on her mind as she browsed a backstage gifting suite. "My boyfriend loves vodka," she cooed over a bottle of Purity Vodka.
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This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Jessica Chastain Opens Up About Boyfriend Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo at the Oscars: "I'm Very, Very Happy"