Riz Ahmed is now a married man.
Ahmed, 38, unintentionally revealed his marital status during an interview with Louis Theroux on Monday’s episode of the “Grounded” podcast. Theroux caught on when Ahmed mentioned his “wife’s family” is from the Bay Area.
“Not very long, actually,” he said of his marriage. “It’s the first time I’ve ever mentioned it in an interview. So, congratulations on this incredibly exciting scoop… I mean, I guess I don’t really feel it’s generally that relevant, so I don’t delve into my personal life or my dating history or even family life much.”
The “Venom” actor is often secretive about this personal life; however, he felt compelled to open up because he does not believe people are taking COVID-19 seriously. Ahmed has lost two relatives to the novel coronavirus.
“I felt like talking about it and saying, ‘Hey, look, this is a real thing. It’s affected me and my family,'” the Gotham Award-winner explained. “If I was quite a private person, I wouldn’t be doing a podcast with you being like, ‘Hey, check out these films.’ ‘I’m on Twitter.’ I guess it’s just about having boundaries.”
Ahmed was then asked about his “secret wedding” during an appearance on the “Tonight Show”, with him insisting the topic just never came up.
The actor revealed his wife’s name is Fatima Farheen Mirza, she’s a novellist, and they met in a New York cafe while he was preparing for his role in “Sound of Metal”.
“It’s a weird one, isn’t it? I guess because we live in a social media age if you don’t, like, get on the megaphone about stuff it’s like, it’s a secret — but I never know how much is oversharing,” he explained. “Like, I’m into matcha lattes, but that’s just never come up. I’m not a secret matcha latte drinker.”
Ahmed added that the ceremony was “interesting” given the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Obviously, kept it super intimate, and socially distanced. There was just like, hardly anyone there really,” Ahmed continued. “We did it in a backyard, which is nice in lots of ways. And I think the nicest thing about it was you didn’t have 500 aunties hanging around you, pinching your cheeks.”
“No disrespect to the aunties,” he joked, “but Asian weddings are big. You always got these people crawling out the woodworks, who I think are kind of probably imposters. They just smell the kebabs on the street and just wander in.”