Charlie McDowell Talks Future Wife After Reportedly Dating Actress, Past Girlfriends

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Charlie McDowell Talks Future Wife After Reportedly Dating Actress, Past Girlfriends

Charlie McDowell didn't follow his famous parents, Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen's lead in acting. The writer/director, known for his witty sense of humor, runs the website Dear Girls Above Me.

The Los Angelos native is known to have been involved in past affairs and has also gone through the pain of a heartbreak. 

Wants Healthy Children With Future Wife

On 24 June 2017, Charlie posted a tweet in which he possibly signified that he wanted healthy kids with his future wife, writing,

I wish I saved all my Tamagotchis so my future wife would know how healthy her kids are going to be.

The tweet surfaced less than a year after he was rumored to be dating actress Phoebe Tonkin. The news of the alleged involvement had surfaced on Tabloids after the two were spotted together at the LAX Airport back in November 2016. 

Charlie with Phoebe Tonkin at LAX Airport in November 2016 (Photo: SplashNews)

Phoebe, who was assumably single after the end of her on-again-off-again relationship with her Vampire Diaries co-star Paul Wesley, was seen enjoying the company of Charlie at LAX

However, neither Charlie nor Phoebe publicly commented on the issue. Both were supposedly single at the time.

More On Charlie McDowell and Phoebe Tonkin's Compatibility

If the allegations of Charlie and Phoebe's affair is right, he is a lucky man to have dated such a beauty. Moreover, if Charlie ever decides to start a family, Phoebe could be his ideal wife as she also loves children dearly. 

Phoebe is also passionate about global issues especially regarding equal rights to kids. On 7 May 2017, she posted a picture on her Instagram in which she advocated for black kid's desires to grow up in a healthy environment.

Phoebe posts picture advocating equal rights to black kids (Photo: Phoebe Tonkin's Instagram)

Further, Phoebe is a devoted TV fan and is obsessed with shows like The Handmaid's Tale; Stranger Things; and The Affair. Charlie and Phoebe can hang out and cuddle together while watching their favorite shows. They both have had a fair share of heartbreaks in their dating life. 

Charlie's Past Affairs And Heartbreaks

The MFA graduate has been linked with a couple of actresses in the past. His first known serious relationship was with actress Haylie Duff. 

Charlie, who stands at the height of 5' 11" (1.8 m), dated Haylie in summer of 2007. The couple was first spotted wandering the streets of Malibu. They were also once spotted sharing a passionate kiss. He later got dumped by her in November of the same year.

However, when Haylie heard rumors of Charlie dating actress Hayden Panettiere, Haylie reportedly "begged him" to take her back. A friend of Charlie told the National Enquirer in 2008,

She did an about face and began calling Charlie non-stop, telling him she'd made a huge mistake. At one point she even begged him: 'Please take me back.'

The friend further claimed that Charlie refused to get back with her. 

After his split with Hailey, McDowell dated actress Kristen Chenoweth for less than a year from April 2008-February 2009. He first met Kristen on the sets of the 2008 movie Four Christmases. Chenoweth was Mary's co-star in the movie. They went to the A.O.C restaurant at L.A on their first date. The dinner date lasted for about three and half hours.

In 2010, Charlie started dating another actress Rooney Mara. Charlie and the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo actress dated for about six years and the two were spotted together on some occasions. The news of them dating first made headlines when the two were pictured kissing in 2010. Likewise, in 2012, the couple was seen shopping together in Manhattan, they were also seen shopping together in New York in 2016.

Charlie and Rooney wander the streets of Manhattan in 2016 (Photo:

However, in early January 2017, Rooney was linked with Joaquin Phoenix, which hinted towards the end of the relationship between Charlie and Rooney.

 Possibly Launches Website Post-Break-Up With Kristen 

Charlie may have recovered now from his past breakups, but he suffered a terrible heartbreak. Talking about how he got inspiration for his website Dear Girls Above Me, Charlie remembered a past tragedy in an interview with GLAMOUR in June 2010. Charlie revealed,

 I was going through a really hard breakup. She had broken up with me outside of my building and so I went inside after she dumped me and was hysterically crying in my apartment. And then that was the first time that I heard the girls above me.

Charlie further added in the interview,

I heard a kind of shriek and I stopped crying for a moment. I heard one of the girls say, "Oh my God, does pubic hair turn gray as you get older?" And so as I was hysterically crying, I kind of paused for a moment and a couple of things were going through my mind. 

However, Charlie did not mention about the woman who broke his heart. He was probably talking about his breakup with Kristen, as they broke up in February 2009. 

Charlie McDowell is best known for directing the movies; The One I Love; and The Discovery.