It’s the 2017 Academy Awards, and director Damien Chazelle’s La La Land is in the lead with 14 nominations. The film has already won a number of awards this year, including Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Golden Globes. Tonight, Chazelle is up for Best Achievement in Directing and Best Writing for Original Screenplay.
Who’s the lucky lady who will be joining him at tonight’s event? Chazelle will likely attend the ceremony with his girlfriend, Olivia Hamilton, an actress who graduated from Princeton University in 2009.
Read on to learn more about Olivia Hamilton.
1. She Received Her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Finance From Princeton University
According to her LinkedIn page, Hamilton graduated from Princeton University in 2009, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance. Her LinkedIn also states that she speaks two languages– French and Italian.
According to a December 2016 article in W Magazine, the couple currently lives in Venice, California, with their rescue dog, Colin. A person of many talents, Hamilton recently created Facetime with Mommy, a series about “conversations between a mother and daughter.”
2. She Was a Visiting Scholar in Beijing From 2009 to 2010
Princeton’s Alumni Weekly magazine reveals that Hamilton interned with Goldman Sachs for two summers before deciding banking wasn’t for her. She also held a job as a business analyst with McKinsey & Co. in San Francisco from February 2010 to November 2011.
Before dating Hamilton, Chazelle was married to Jasmine McGlade, whom he met at Harvard University. The two tied the knot in 2010 and divorced in 2014. McGlade is listed as an Executive Producer on La La Land, and collaborated with Damien on Whiplash.
3. She Appears Briefly in ‘La La Land’ as Bree
Hamilton’s past credits include a short film called Late Night from 2013, the TV series The Last Tycoon, and two projects currently in post production.
Hamilton appears briefly in La La Land, as Bree, ‘the gluten free girl’.
4. She Is the Founder and CEO of an Organization Called PLAY
In 2013, Hamilton founded PLAY, an organization dedicated to helping people rediscover their inner child. According to the foundation’s website, PLAY is a two hour guided experience. “We take groups of 5 to 40 people on a journey where the only goal is to get lost — lost in time, in the moment, in your right brain and in your inner-child. The session involves movement, meditation exercises, skits, improv, games, and other activities.”
On top of that, the entrepreneur is a founding member of GuideVine.com, which helps consumers find financial advisors who match their needs.
5. Chazelle Referred to Her as ‘the Love of My Life’ at the Critics’ Choice Awards
At the Critics’ Choice Awards in December, Chazelle won the award for best director, and gave a special shout-out to Hamilton. “This is a film about love, I think, more than anything, so I have to thank the love of my life, Olivia Hamilton. It has occurred to me while sitting here that a lot of us in this room either grew up here in L.A. or came to L.A. to chase a dream, so that was something I really wanted to make the movie about and celebrate dreamers not just here, but everywhere, so I just want to dedicate this to dreamers all over the world.”
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