Have you heard? Jennifer Lawrence is engaged to a man, and that man’s name is Cooke Maroney. Cooke Maroney: a great name for a hard-boiled detective in a crime novel, a soap-opera villain, and now, for Jennifer Lawrence’s fiancé! Here’s everything we learned about her art-world beau when he first came on the scene back in June 2018 – and what we’ve learned since then:
He’s a mover and shaker in the New York art scene.
Maroney is the director of New York’s Gladstone Gallery, which represents a number of high-profile art-world clients, including Lena Dunham’s father, Carroll Dunham, Richard Prince, Anish Kapoor, and Bjork’s ex Matthew Barney. He previously worked at the prestigious Gagosian gallery after studying art history at NYU.
“He’s definitely respected. He’s not a big player, but he’s a player,” said a contact who knows him from the art world. “I’d say he understands what good art is, as opposed to a lot of art dealers who just like to go to parties and do deals. I know that he likes contemporary but I know he also appreciates modernism. I think he really has solid taste in art and he’s a very good art dealer, and I expect a fruitful career out of him.”
He seems to like a party.
Another source told us that Maroney “goes to a lot of art-world parties,” which we were able to corroborate through various image searches, which showed him at all manner of fancy art-world events alongside influencers like Paris Hilton’s ex Stavros Niarchos and actor-designer Waris Ahluwalia. (The 2,000-plus followers on his private Instagram, of the ones we could see, appeared to be a Who’s Who of art and fashion scenester types, including Bee Shaffer, Derek Blasberg, and Paris Hilton.)
“He’s definitely fun-loving but I wouldn’t say he’s out of control,” says a source. ”He likes to have fun, a young good new York guy who likes to participate and have fun. When we would hang out we would definitely drink, we would have fun.”
J.Law is five-foot-nine, so I’d put him at at least six-foot-four.
He met J.Law through a mutual friend.
J.Law’s friend Laura Simpson apparently introduced them, and they’ve been keeping things low-key since then. “The relationship has been going on a few weeks. But they have been very private and careful not to be seen together,” a source told “Page Six.”
“He’s not a showboat, it’s not like he’s a celebrity hound or even a model hound,” a source added to The Cut. “He just likes beautiful women.”
He a good dude!
People we talked to described him alternately as “a nice-slash-fun dude,” a “great dude,” and “an all-around good guy and a nice guy.” Phew!
He likes the Taken movies.
Most revealingly, one source tells us that Cooke really likes the Taken movies, and went to see Taken 3 on opening day in an entirely empty theater, which we think reflects well on his taste in film. But what did he think of Mother!?
And it sounds like he’s a family guy.
Per a People report about J.Law and Maroney’s upcoming nuptials, the big day will reportedly be a “fairly extensive family affair,” as J.Law is “a family girl.” The extensive makes it sound like Maroney is, too.
He seems polite.
In May, Lawrence and Maroney celebrated their upcoming nuptials with an engagement party in New York City. A source told E! News that Maroney, held the door of their Uber and the apartment building where they were hosting the party fo Lawrence. How nice!
He’s apparently the “best” person.
If you’re wondering, “Is Cooke Maroney a better person than I am?,” well, we’re sad to inform you that probably, yes. At least, per Jennifer Lawrence. At the premiere of her new film X-Men: Dark Phoenix, JLaw spoke of the decision to accept husband-to-be’s proposal, telling Entertainment Tonight: “Well, he’s just the best person I’ve ever met in my whole life. It was a very, very easy decision.”
This post has been updated.