Who Is Paul Rudd's Wife? 7 New Details On Julie Yaeger

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Meet the woman behind the funny man.

We’ve seen funny guy Paul Rudd in a whole slew of movies: Clueless, Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, I Love You, Man, Knocked Up, and more. But behind every funny man... is his wife. And we’d like to know, who is Paul Rudd’s wife, Julie Yaeger? They're a notoriously very private couple so there's not a ton of information out there — as Paul Rudd once said, "I don't think I'm going to sell a lot of tabloids," — but we did dig around to find some tidbits about the low-key duo.

Here are 7 things to know about Julie Yaeger and her husband Paul Rudd.


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1. She’s a former publicist, and a writer.

Yaeger was a publicist back in the mid-90s, working on films like Mr. Jealousy, Niagara, Niagara, and Men In Black. Though she is no longer a publicist, you can add “writer” to her credits, as she wrote the 2017 movie Fun Mom Dinner, which starred Toni Collette, Molly Shannon, and Bridget Everett.

2. She’s Jewish.

Rudd is Jewish, too. Both of his parents descended from Jewish immigrants who moved to England from Poland and Russia. In a Q&A with the Jewish Journal in 2012, Rudd said, “My whole family is Jewish; my wife, Julie, is Jewish — there isn’t anyone in my family who isn’t Jewish.”

3. She met Rudd after he moved to New York.

After the success of Clueless, Rudd moved to New York on the advice of Amy Heckerling, the director of the movie. He arrived in the city, luggage in hand, at a publicist’s office late for an audition. A young woman working in the office offered to drop Rudd’s luggage off at his friend’s apartment.

A few days later, Rudd asked her if she would like to get lunch, since he knew nobody in the city. And who was this woman? Julie Yaeger, of course!

4. They were married in 2003.

After dating for five years, Yaeger and Rudd married. The two have been together since 1998, where they met on that fateful day in the publicist’s office.


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5. The couple have two children.

Yaeger gave birth to their first child, Jack, in 2006, and daughter, Darby, in 2010. Look how cute this family is!

6. She’s responsible for a few scenes in Knocked Up and This Is 40.

In the Jewish Journal interview, Rudd revealed that for This Is 40 and Knocked Up, Judd Apatow asked him to videotape improv with Julie so the dialogue for the movie could be more realistic.

Rudd said, "When Judd was writing that movie, my wife once said, ‘I’m so sick of looking at your back,’ because I was just on the computer all day, checking my fantasy football scores.”

7. They make things work by keeping their lives private.

It can be difficult being married to a famous actor, but it’s evident the two keep their marriage happy by remaining private. He told People of his marriage, “I don’t think I’m going to sell a lot of tabloids. My wife and I have been together for 16 years. My parents were married my whole life until my father passed away a few years ago.”


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Samantha Maffucci is an associate editor for YourTango. In her free time, you can find her obsessing about cats, wine, and all things Vanderpump Rules.

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