Katie Cassidy had Cupid’s Arrow hit her last year when she started dating a film producer.
He is the man behind House of Cards and Fifty Shades of Grey. They had known each other for years before things turned romantic.
Here’s what you should know about the 41-year-old.
1. He First Stepped Out With Katie at the 2015 Golden Globes
The awards show marked the first time the lovebirds stepped out together on the red carpet
E!News caught up with them there, and Cassidy confirmed they were an item, saying, “We’ve known each other for about eight years. She added that they began dating “three months ago.”
At the time, a source told E!:
Katie is really falling hard for Dana and the feeling is mutual as far as Dana feels. She hasn’t felt this way about a man in some time. He just gets her and their time together is always filled with laughter. They’ve been friends for a long time before they got intimate and that’s the main reason why it’s working out so well.
2. He Dated Kristin
In January of 2014, Brunetti and Kristin Chenoweth made their first public appearance on the Golden Globes red carpet of all places! In November, Us Weekly had already reported that the short-lived romance was over.
In fact, at the 2015 Golden Globes, when House of Cards lost to The Affair, Chenoweth used the opportunity to insult her ex on Twitter. Brunetti retweeted it, adding on “Ha.”
3. He Spoke Out About ‘Fifty Shades’
Brunetti produced Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the E.L. James bestselling novel, which cost $40 million to make and has garnered $529 million so far.
Since it’s been confirmed there will be a sequel based on the second book, Fifty Shades Darker, he’s been asked about it. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he was honest about what his thinks of the cast asking for raises for the sequel. “So I’m not going to cry for anybody who wants to be in this business just because a thing they were involved in did very well and they didn’t get paid [a lot]. That’s not the deal that you made. If it was, I’d have more than a couple Ferraris because all the money my films have made is f—ing insane. You’ve got to start somewhere,” he said.
Brunetti posted the article on his Facebook wall, captioning it with, “I think sometimes I may be too blunt…” He also followed that with another post, stating, “Love when people (especially the “press”) take my quotes out of context and spin them into something completely different than what I really said.”
4. He’s a Single Dad
His Instagram page is filled with pictures of his toddler-aged daughter, Estella. The picture above has the caption, “Stopping with Estella to pick up dinner after seeing Cinderella, her first time at the movies.”
5. He Once Sold a Cell Phone to Kevin Spacey
Brunetti grew up in Southwest Virginia, and after school, joined the Coast Guard after his older brother enlisted. After his service ended, he moved to New York and worked in a startup cellphone company, OmniPoint Communications, with friends from the Coast Guard.
While he was working there, he serendipitously sold a phone to Kevin Spacey, and the two ignited a friendship. Soon after, the actor asked Brunetti to be his personal assistant. The rest is history, for this is how his got his start in the movie business.
Dana was so intelligent, worked very hard at what he did at the time, understood technical aspects of our growing internet world in ways I never could, had a genuine and admirable grasp of ideas, a creative streak, a winning personality, that I simply trusted my instinct