When you hear the name Jason Statham, the first things that come to mind are probably guns, explosions, and a whole lot of butt kicking—all the makings of an action hero.
After a career of professional diving and modeling, Statham landed his first role in Guy Ritchie’s 1998 thriller Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The shady con–artist character was a perfect fit for the actor, who had previously worked as a salesman in the black market. The film was a hit, instantly launching Statham’s successful career as one of Hollywood’s leading action stars. The 45-year-old actor has since starred in memorable titles, like The Italian Job, Transporter, The Expendables, and the highly-anticipated sequel Fast and Furious 7.
For a lot of younger women, there’s something kind of sexy about an older man with a dark, brooding, tough-guy image, even if it’s a character in a movie—it’s certainly worked for Statham. Although he has kept a low profile, especially concerning his personal life, it was hard not to take notice when he stepped out in public for the first time with his much younger girlfriend, Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, whom you might recognize from her debut appearance in the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Many people questioned what a 26-year-old model and a 45-year-old actor could possibly have in common—he does crazy stunts in action-packed blockbusters, and she models fashion and lingerie on runways and in international magazines. But Huntington-Whiteley recently revealed the secret to their success, even with their age difference: they make each other laugh. It probably doesn’t hurt that they’re two very attractive people.
Despite the significant age gap, this celebrity couple has managed to maintain a healthy relationship for more than three years now. They just reinforce the idea that not all relationships are based on age. Whether you’re two years or two decades apart, the important thing is finding someone that genuinely makes you happy, like Huntington-Whiteley did with her older beau Statham.