Gemma Chan speaks out on her four year romance with Dominic Cooper

They’ve been dating for four years, and have largely kept their romance out of the public eye.

But Gemma Chan has given some rare insight into her relationship with Dominic Cooper, gushing that she feels ‘very very lucky’ to be in such a ‘supportive’ partnership.

The Crazy, Rich Asians actress stars on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK, where she speaks about her blossoming career in front of and behind the camera, and Dominic’s support of her passions.

Romance: Gemma Chan has given some rare insight into her relationship with Dominic Cooper, gushing that she feels ‘very very lucky’ to be in such a ‘supportive’ partnership

Gemma gushed that her beau was particularly supportive when she spoke out on behalf of Asian communities during the pandemic, launching the #StopESEAHate campaign with GoFundMe that fought back against racially-motivated crimes aimed at those of East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) heritage.

‘I think I’m so lucky to be in a relationship where we can talk about anything,’ the actress said of her boyfriend.

‘Dom was very understanding and empathetic. I was quite open about how I was feeling during that time, and he was just incredibly supportive.’

Going strong: Gemma and Dominic have worked to keep their romance out of the public eye since they got together in 2018 (pictured together in June 2021)

Going strong: Gemma and Dominic have worked to keep their romance out of the public eye since they got together in 2018 (pictured together in June 2021)

‘I definitely didn’t feel I had to shoulder everything on my own. I’m really, really lucky.’

Gemma and Dominic have worked to keep their romance out of the public eye since they got together in 2018.

After months of dating rumours, the couple made their first public appearance at an afterparty for the British Fashion Awards four years ago.

They’ve been together ever since, though neither are big on flaunting their relationship or speaking about their love life to the press.

Star power: The Crazy, Rich Asians actress stars on the cover of Harper¿s Bazaar UK , where she speaks about her blossoming career in front of and behind the camera

Star power: The Crazy, Rich Asians actress stars on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK , where she speaks about her blossoming career in front of and behind the camera

Gemma also told Harper’s Bazaar UK about the cultural problems inherent in the film industry, admitting: ‘It’s really difficult in my industry to speak up, with the power structures that are there.’

‘I know you can be penalized in a way that means your livelihood has gone. Even if you try to do the right thing, speaking up against bad behavior, all it takes is someone to interpret what you say the wrong way, or decide that you’re trouble.’

‘It’s a hierarchical, word-of-mouth kind of industry where, traditionally, bad behaviors have been indulged. There’s a lot of fear. It’s hard to change that culture. It takes years.’

Using her platform: Gemma gushed that her beau was particularly supportive when she spoke out on behalf of Asian communities during the pandemic

Using her platform: Gemma gushed that her beau was particularly supportive when she spoke out on behalf of Asian communities during the pandemic

Next up for Gemma is a role in Olivia Wilde’s planned big screen drama Don’t Worry Darling, alongside Florence Pugh and Harry Styles.

The actress admitted though that despite her huge success, there was a period of time where she worried if she could make it as an actress.

‘At the beginning, the question was very much, ‘Will I be able to make a living? Will I be able to survive doing this job?’ I would do anything – bit parts, one-line parts,’ she explained.

A big moment for the star came during rehearsals for the 2020 movie Let Them All Talk, which saw her tasked with doing an improvised scene with the Hollywood legend Meryl Streep during their first meeting.

Leading lady: Next up for Gemma Olivia Wilde's a planned big screen drama Puzzle Darling, Florencegh and Harry Styles

Leading lady: Next up for Gemma Olivia Wilde’s a planned big screen drama Puzzle Darling, Florencegh and Harry Styles

The September issue of Harper's Bazaar UK is on sale from 28 July

The September issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK is on sale from 28 July

‘I don’t know how much I slept the night before,’ Gemma said.

‘I was honestly so nervous – that’s when I wished there was a script. I was like – this could be absolutely crash-and-burn time.’

Away from her acting roles, Gemma is also producing the upcoming biopic of the first Chinese-American Hollywood star Anna May Wong.

‘Her struggles and triumphs are reflective of the conversations we’re still having now,’ the multi-talented star explained of the project.

‘She was seen as the perpetual foreigner, even though she was a third-generation American.’

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