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Adam Goldberg's Relationship with Christina Ricci Was Messy

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | March 21, 2023 |

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | March 21, 2023 |

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Adam Goldberg — not the show creator who hates his show but the actor who apparently dislikes his exes — appeared on Justin Long’s Life Is Short podcast this week and evidently woke up on the day of the recording and chose violence. If you’re into Dazed and Confused and the behind-the-scenes business of that movie, it’s a great episode. For instance, Goldberg recounts that an actor named Shawn Andrews left the film because he didn’t get along with Jason London, and his girlfriend Milla Jovovich left with him (which is why Jovovich is in the film but has no lines). (Also, Shawn Andrews was briefly married to Jovovich, who was 16 at the time, and Andrews must have been at least 20. The marriage was annulled.)

Goldberg kicks off the podcast ostensibly talking about his dog, but the conversation about his dog quickly led to what felt like some unprocessed anger over his long-term relationship with Christina Ricci. He recounts that “his girlfriend at the time” was out of town a lot and working, and he and his dog Sheriff got very close during “a period which preceded what would eventually be her leaving me via a telephone call. I was basically booted out of this house we’d just gotten together and, I took the motherf**king Sheriff with me. Tough shit.”

Ricci and Goldberg, however, would get back together. “Six months later, she wanted back in. It was a truly masochistic act. It was all ego. In fact, she had called several times and I ignored her and bought a house and got myself really back on my feet. [But] then she left again!”

“This time, she let me pick her up from the airport and she [broke up with me] on the way back from another job of hers. It was in traffic on the freeway. She wanted to wait until we got to the house because I knew something was up, but I was like, ‘Dude. It’s going to take me 45 minutes to get home.’”

“I was just like, ‘UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE,’ but I knew it. It was the same couple of weeks of, ‘these phone calls are really weird, man. So I knew what was happening.’”

Goldberg never specifically says it’s Ricci, but it’s clear from the context, not only because the timelines match up (it was a five-year relationship bifurcated by the break-up), but they are photographed at the airport with their dog Sheriff on the day in 2007 that she would dump him in the car on the way back.

I should note that Ricci is not the only ex with whom Goldberg had a “tumultuous” relationship. Before dating Ricci, Goldberg dated Julie Delpy for several years. While Goldberg and Ricci were on a break, Goldberg went to France to shoot Two Days in Paris with his ex, Delpy, who was directing the film. It was not a good experience.

“It [was] hard. It’s, uh, very fucking hard … things went sideways really fast … the characters we were playing were thinly veiled versions of us and our incredibly tumultuous relationship years before, and so it was real intuitive and so then was not talking to each other for two weeks of the four-week shoot. How those scenes got shot I will never understand.

“We argued during the Q&A at the Tribeca Film Festival. And not in a funny way.”

This is not from Tribeca, but from the Los Angeles premiere. Make what you want of the body language.


Goldberg, who currently stars in The Equalizer, genuinely seems interesting, but the first 20 minutes of the interview definitely recalled a certain line from Raylan Givens in Justified.

Source: Life Is Short