Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin Age Difference Surprising? Hollywood Relationships Between Older Women, Younger Men More Common Than You Think [PHOTOS]

By Ani palen November 22, 2013 1:07 AM EST
Cast member Gwyneth Paltrow poses at the premiere of
Cast member Gwyneth Paltrow poses at the premiere of "Thanks for Sharing" in Los Angeles, California September 16, 2013. The movie opens in the U.S. on September 20. (Photo: Reuters)

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have a surprising age difference, but it's far from unusual to see an older woman in Hollywood married to a younger man. We never would have guessed how much older Elsa Pataky is than Chris Hemsworth or the significant disparity between Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon!

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1. Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas

Ginnifer Goodwin, 35, is four years older than her soon-to-be hubby Josh Dallas, 31. The two made their romance public in 2012, and in October of this year announced their engagement. The couple also recently announced that they are expecting their first child.   

Actors Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas (R) from the TV series
Actors Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas (R) from the TV series "Once Upon A Time" arrive at the 15th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills February 19, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)C

2. Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford

This couple, made in indie-hipster-heaven, makes the list because Carey Mulligan, 28 is actually 1 year and 8 months older than Marcus Mumford, 26. Not a huge age gap by any means but we love how they got together. The two started dating when they reconnected as adults after being pen pals as children. They married in April of 2012.  

Cast member Carey Mulligan reacts as she attends a news conference for the film 'Inside Llewyn Davis' during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 19, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
Cast member Carey Mulligan reacts as she attends a news conference for the film 'Inside Llewyn Davis' during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 19, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

3. Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth

We were shocked to find out that Elsa Pataky, 37, is seven years old than her husband Chris Hemsworth, 30. The duo met in 2010 and were married later that year over the Christmas holidays. Just two years later in 2012 the couple welcomed their first child, India Rose, and have recently announced that they are expecting baby number two sometime next year.   

Cast member Chris Hemsworth arrives on the red carpet with his wife Elsa Pataky before a screening of the film
Cast member Chris Hemsworth arrives on the red carpet with his wife Elsa Pataky before a screening of the film "Rush" at Roy Thomson Hall during the 38th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto September 8, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

4. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon, 33, was born in 1980 and though sources differ about the year Mariah Carey was born, either 1969 or 1970, that makes her roughly 10 years older than her husband. The two were married in 2008 during a secret ceremony after dating for only six weeks. Three years later in April 2011 Carey gave birth to fraternal twins, daughter Monroe Cannon and son Moroccan Scott Cannon, or "Roc and Roe" as the couple likes to refer to Dem Babies.  

Musician Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon attend a photo call near the Eiffel Tower before their vow renewal ceremony in Paris April 27, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
Musician Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon attend a photo call near the Eiffel Tower before their vow renewal ceremony in Paris April 27, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

5. Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich

"We have a very solid family life, and it is the most satisfying thing I have ever done," Julianne Moore said of her family during an interview with Harper's Bazaar in 2012. Moore, 53, has two children with her film director husband Bart Freundlich, 43. The couple married after having both of their children in 2003.  

Actress Julianne Moore and her husband, director Bart Freundlich, arrive at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 13, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
Actress Julianne Moore and her husband, director Bart Freundlich, arrive at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 13, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

6. Nancy Juvonen and Jimmy Fallon

You may not have heard of film producer Nancy Juvonen, but you've definitely heard of her husband, late-night talk-show host Jimmy Fallon. Juvonen, 46, is seven years older than Fallon, 39. The couple has been married since 2007, and in July 2013 Fallon was proud to announce the birth of their baby girl, Winnie Rose, that the couple conceived with the help of a surrogate.   

Television host Jimmy Fallon arrives with Nancy Juvonen for the Time 100 gala celebrating the magazine's naming of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past year, in New York, April 23, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
Television host Jimmy Fallon arrives with Nancy Juvonen for the Time 100 gala celebrating the magazine's naming of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past year, in New York, April 23, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

7. Tilda Swinton and Sandro Copp

53-year-old Tilda Swinton has been dating boyfriend Sandro Kopp, 35, since 2004. That's nearly a 20 year age difference for the couple! Despite the huge age difference the two seem to be going strong.  

Actress Tilda Swinton (L) and her partner Sandro Kopp arrive to the red carpet of
Actress Tilda Swinton (L) and her partner Sandro Kopp arrive to the red carpet of "13 Assassins" by Takashi Miike during the 67th Venice International Film Festival September 9, 2010. (Photo: Reuters)

8. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

You probably didn't realize that Gwyneth Paltrow is five years older than hubby Chris Martin. Paltrow, 41, dated both Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck before marrying Martin, 36. The couple met in 2002, and married just over a year later. The couple has two children, a daughter named Apple, and a son, Moses.


Combo picture of singer Chris Martin of Coldplay performing during a concert as part of their
Combo picture of singer Chris Martin of Coldplay performing during a concert as part of their "Viva La Vida" tour in Barcelona September 4, 2009 and actress Gwyneth Paltrow posing during the premiere of her film "Iron Man" in Berlin April 22, 2008. (Photo: Reuters)

Is it because the women in Hollywood never age? Maybe. But either way, we'd like to know their secret!

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