Gerard Butler’s been busy on the French Riviera! After going out for lunch with stunning 24-year-old model/actress Madalina Ghenea over the weekend, the Scottish actor was spotted engaging in some very public displays of affection.
Though the sultry Romanian actress has mostly worked abroad, she has another claim to fame in the United States: In 2011 she went out with Leonardo DiCaprio. The couple’s relationship was short-lived, but Ghenea served an important purpose: She helped him get over his breakup with ex-girlfriend Blake Lively. Romping around Bondi Beach in Sydney in October 2011, the pair weren’t shy about getting cozy.
Now the model is trying to break into Hollywood with the upcoming film “Dom Hemingway” with Jude Law, Emilia Clarke and Demian Bichir. Set to start filming in France today, the movie traces notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway who is back on the streets of London following 12 years in jail.
After inking a deal for a film with Jude Law – and landing one of the hottest actors in Hollywood – Ghenea’s star definitely seems to be on the rise. But it’s unclear what her true aspirations are. Though she likes to describe herself as a political activist and “citizen of the world,” her blog and Facebook pages feature her in seductive poses wearing skimpy lingerie and bathing suits.
Previously linked to Hollywood heavyweights Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Biel, the actor has reportedly switched to models in the last 12 months, including Nicole Trunfio and Sarah Carroll.
Now it’s Ghenea’s turn. Eighteen years younger than the 42-year-old actor, the Romanian model stands to gain a lot of publicity. And, come to think of it, that may just be the point.