'The Holdovers' actor and his girlfriend previously worked together on the Showtime series 'Billions'
Paul Giamatti has the support of his girlfriend Clara Wong.
Amid his award season success for his role as Paul Hunham in The Holdovers, the actor has had Wong by his side for big industry events.
During the Critics Choice Awards on Jan. 14, the actor gave a special shout-out to Wong as he took home best actor. “I want to say, I love my beautiful girlfriend Clara Wong,” he said on stage. “Why you bother with me, I don't know why.”
Though it’s unclear when the couple started dating, they previously worked together on the set of Showtime’s Billions in 2016.
Since then, they have made a handful of appearances together. They recently made their red carpet debut as a couple in early January 2024 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards.
Here’s everything to know about Giamatti’s girlfriend.
She’s an actress
Like Giamatti, Wong is in the entertainment industry as an actor. She has several TV and movie roles dating back to 2013 with some of her most notable projects being The I-Land, What We Do in the Shadows, Dear Edward and Billions.
She’s a Scorpio
While Giamatti is a Gemini sign with a June 6 birthday, Wong is a Scorpio born in late October. On Oct. 29, 2019, she celebrated her birthday by sharing a photo of her cornbread cake with a candle; the comments were flooded with well-wishes from her followers.
She and Paul Giamatti previously worked together
Giamatti and Wong seemingly first met in 2016 on the set of Showtime’s Billions. On the show, Giamatti plays U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades Jr., the antagonist to Damian Lewis’ Bobby Axelrod, Wong had a recurring role as Troy, a dominatrix visited by Giamatti’s character.
She and Paul Giamatti have been linked since 2019
Though it’s unclear when Giamatti and Wong started dating, the two have given several glimpses of their relationship. In October 2019, Wong was by Giamatti’s side at the unveiling of the Paul Giamatti Fundraiser for the Denali Foundation at the Yale Club.
In June 2021, she went public with their romance as she wished Giamatti a happy birthday. Since then, she has posted a number of cute tributes to Giamatti, including one post from his birthday in June 2023, in which she shared a photo of him smiling alongside the caption, “Happy birthday to this sweet soul! 😊🐬♊️.”
She and Paul Giamatti made their red carpet debut in January 2024
After appearing together at the unveiling of the Paul Giamatti Fundraiser for the Denali Foundation in October 2019, the couple made their red carpet debut as a couple on Jan. 4, 2024, as they attended the Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards. They later stepped out together at a Golden Globes afterparty where they were photographed sharing a laugh.
Paul Giamatti thanked her in his Critics Choice Awards speech
As Giamatti took home best actor at the Critics Choice Awards, he made sure to thank his loved ones, including Wong, his late father Bart Giamatti and his son Samuel, whom he shares with his ex-wife Elizabeth Cohen.
Speaking of Wong, the actor said: “I want to say, I love my beautiful girlfriend Clara Wong. Why you bother with me, I don't know.”
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