Right now, Camila Morrone is probably best known to the world as the latest young girlfriend of Leonardo DiCaprio. Given how established his pattern of dating much younger models then dumping them before they turn 25 is, it’s not hard to see why his various romances inspire such fascination. He gets older and they stay the same age. Morrone, a former model and now actress, is 22, but she’s also experiencing a major career breakthrough this year that has turned further attention onto her life and relationship.
In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Morrone talked about her breakthrough role in Mickey and the Bear, a tiny independent drama that’s seen her receive rave reviews. Our own Roxana reviewed the film, complimenting it for how Morrone’s performance ‘ensures this story doesn’t veer into poverty porn and instead centers it as one of female resilience and self-will.’
The profile focuses more on Morrone and her work but it doesn’t take long for Leo to enter the picture. DiCaprio’s girlfriends tend to be models and he hasn’t dated an actress since Blake Lively. He typically goes for much younger women who are far lower on the rungs of fame than he is and have little to no crossover with his own career path. Morrone is a former model, yes, but she’s also now a rising acting star, which means she’s stepping into his world. Further scrutiny cannot help but appear, and Morrone seems aware of this but is defensive of her relationship.
“There’s so many relationships in Hollywood — and in the history of the world — where people have large age gaps,” she said, settling into a plush white couch that looked as if it had never been used. “I just think anyone should be able to date who they want to date.”
Still, she said she gets why the public is fascinated by her relationship — “I probably would be curious about it too” — but is hopeful that as her career grows, she won’t always be mentioned alongside her boyfriend.
“I think more and more now that people are seeing the film, I’m slowly getting an identity outside of that,” she said. “Which is frustrating, because I feel like there should always be an identity besides who you’re dating. … I understand the association, but I’m confident that will continue to slip away and be less of a conversation.”
I sympathize with her in terms of feeling like her love life and status as a Plus One is given more attention than her work as an autonomous woman. She’s at least somewhat aware of why people are gawking at her although she really only scratches the surface of the world’s curiosity. It’s not that she’s much younger than he is: It’s that he only ever dates women her age and then conveniently gets rid of them when they reach the decrepit age of a quarter of a century. There’s data to back this up! It seems like a compulsion for him at worst and a seriously screwed up worldview of women and their place in his life. Not that I expect Morrone to have to answer to that. Once again, she is 22-years-old and not the person with the most power in that dynamic.
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