Woman's Day can exclusively reveal that Russell Crowe has been quietly dating new Love Child star 22-year-old Sophia Forrest for three months.
Friends tell us it’s fast become “serious” after the Gladiator actor recently introduced the actress to his two young sons.
Even the age difference – Russell is just a few years younger than Sophia’s mining billionaire dad Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest – hasn’t stood in the way of their love affair, with friends saying Sophia is different to anyone Russell has ever dated before.
“He’s completely smitten,” reveals one mate.
“She has a wonderful exuberance and is a lot of fun, but she’s also really down-to-earth and has a direction in life, which he likes."
“And I know from other friends that she’s just as crazy about Russell as he is about her. She adores him.”
They met on the set of his movie The Water Diviner four years ago, when she was just 18.
She was cast as his character’s son’s love interest after graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
“She’s old for her age, loves spending time in the country, having partly grown up on a big station in WA, and her dad is one of the richest men in Australia [worth an estimated $4 billion], which levels the playing field – she really doesn’t need to date Russell [for money],” says our insider.
Pick up a copy of Woman's Day magazine to see how the pair reconnected and what Russell's boys think of her!