Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain nearly broke the internet when they shared an unexpectedly sensual moment at the Venice Film Festival in September 2021. While Isaac posed for press photos on the red carpet, in one surprising move, Isaac stroked Chastain’s arm and kissed him on her inner biceps (Or sniffed her armpit? Accounts vary.). The act surprised even Chastain, who laughed in response and hugged the actor’s face affectionately. Of course, this steamy public display of affection caused a stir on social media, with fans gushed over their undeniable chemistry and wondered if the two stars might actually be romantically involved in real life.
Well, as Chastain himself clarified, they are not. “We went to college together at Julliard,” she explained during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “We are both married to other people; we’ve been friends for more than 20 years.” Chastain was happily married to Moncler executive and Italian count Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, with whom she shares two children, Giulietta and Augustus (per Us Weekly). Isaac is married to Danish filmmaker and producer Elvira Lind. The couple dated for several years before finally tying the knot in March 2017. They have two sons – Eugene, who was born in the same year, and Mads, in 2019. But what else is there to know about Isaac’s wife?
Elvira Lind is an acclaimed filmmaker
Elvira Lind, born in Copenhagen, Denmark, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, screenwriter and producer. She received her degree in filmmaking from the City Varsity School of Media and Creative Arts in Cape Town, Africa in 2006 (per Talk House). One of her best-known works is Bobbi Jene, a documentary about an American dancer who left her successful career in Tel Aviv to pursue a solo career in the United States. where it won all awards in its category including Best Documentary, Best Cinematography in a Documentary and Best Editing in a Documentary.
In addition to filmmaking, Lind also runs the production company Mad Gene Media, which she and husband Oscar Isaac founded in 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter. According to its official website, the company offers a variety of content ranging from documentaries, short films, and features to podcasts, graphic novels, and live performance shows. Part of the program is Cucumber Smoke, a feature film directed by Lind and written by Adam Nichols. In addition to Cucumber, Lind is also reportedly working on a feature film with acclaimed playwright Amy Herzog, per Screen Daily. The Danish filmmaker spoke to the outlet for the first time in 2021 about fulfilling her desire to finally get into fiction. “Verite documentaries appealed to me, but I’ve always dreamed of doing fiction, too,” she said.
She and Oscar Isaac collaborated on a short film
In November 2020, Elvira Lind released her first short film, The Letter Room, starring her husband Oscar Isaac. The comedy short follows the story of a lonely correctional officer who becomes enmeshed in a prisoner’s private life after being transferred to the letter room (per IMDb). It premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and received numerous awards and nominations, including Best Live Action Short at the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021.
After working on the short film together, Lind shared her appreciation for her “talented husband” via Instagram. “Thanks for letting me put you in a fat suit during a summer heatwave,” she said to Isaac. “Thank you for trusting me to guide you while I was seven months pregnant. I know it wasn’t always easy.” She also thanked her husband for showing up and bringing his unique talent and magic to The Letter Room. Lind added: “Thank you for growing the most impressive mustache I’ve ever seen. You are the funniest man I know. I love you more than words can explain on social media. I’m very lucky that we were able to do this together – and stayed married after that.”