How Did ‘Ant-Man’ Star Paul Rudd Meet His Wife, Julie Yaeger?

Marvel actor Paul Rudd has been married to Julie Yaeger since 2003. They have two kids together: Jack Sullivan Rudd and Darby Rudd. Yaeger also works in Showbiz behind the scenes. She is a screenwriter, producer, and former publicist known for working on Mr. Jealousy and Men in Black. So how did the two meet?

 Julie Yaeger and Paul Rudd
Actor Paul Rudd and wife Julie Yaeger arrive for the premiere of Marvel’s Ant-Man. | Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Paul Rudd’s on-screen matchups

Rudd has had quite the fictional love life in his acting roles. He was paired with Alicia Silverstone in 1995’s Clueless. Later, he partnered with Eva Longoria for the 2008 rom-com Over Her Dead Body. And he was engaged to Rashida Jones’ character in 2009’s I Love You, Man. Plus, he was paired with Leslie Mann in both Knocked Up and This Is 40. In the Ant-Man films, he forms a relationship with Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne/Wasp.

Rudd also was married to Jennifer Aniston’s character in the 2012 comedy Wanderlust. He had previously starred with Aniston in the 1998 rom-com The Object of My Affection. But his real-life relationship has been much more enduring.

How did Paul Rudd and Julie Yaeger meet? 

According to Good Housekeeping, Rudd met Yaeger soon after his breakout role as Josh in Clueless. After Clueless, Rudd moved to New York City and landed himself a new publicist: Luke Crissell. His future wife worked at the publicist’s office.

Rudd arrived in the city and was late for an audition. He went to the publicist’s office with all of his luggage. And Yaeger offered to take care of his luggage for him, so Rudd could get to his audition. A few days after that, Rudd asked Yaeger if she would like to get lunch with him. And that was the start of their love story.

Rudd and Yaeger are still going strong

Rudd and Yaeger got married in 2003 after several years of dating. And Rudd was still making a name for himself in Hollywood. At the time of their wedding, he had a recurring role on Friends as Mike Hannigan, Phoebe’s boyfriend and eventual husband.

Their son, Jack Sullivan, was born in 2004, and their daughter, Darby, was born in 2009, according to Good Housekeeping. Overall the family has largely stayed out of the limelight at their home base in Rhinebeck, New York. But Yaeger does appear with Rudd on red carpets, and the whole family got together at Rudd’s ceremony for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Rudd and Yaeger have also worked together. Yaeger wrote the screenplay for Fun Mom Dinner, a 2017 comedy film, and Rudd served as an executive producer on the project.

Now, Rudd and Yaeger are nearing a major milestone: their 20th wedding anniversary in 2023. That same year, the third installment of Rudd’s Ant-Man films, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, is set to premiere. In the meantime, Rudd will star in the Ghostbusters sequel, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which is due out in November 2021. And he has given his voice to the animated Marvel TV series What If…?, which is also due out in 2021.

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