Taylor Swift has nothing to worry about with her longtime actor boyfriend of five years, Joe Alwyn. The actor, who will next be seen in Hulu’s upcoming relationship drama series, Conversations with Friends, will be portraying a married actor embarking on an intense secret affair.
However, art doesn’t imitate life for Alwyn, 30, who has made it clear that open relationships are fine for others, but not for him, in response to a question during Hulu’s Television Critics Association press panel.
Per USA Today, Alwyn said, “People can do whatever they want that makes them happy. I’m obviously happy in a monogamous relationship,” adding that open relationships “seem exhausting.”
Jemima Kirke (Girls) stars as Nick’s wife Melissa, who’s involved in her own extramarital relationship in Conversations with Friends. Kirke mirrored, Alwyn’s thoughts on open relationships, saying having one would be all-consuming, requiring “so much talking with your spouse, maybe on a weekly basis, on what’s OK and what’s not OK.”
The tension involved with these non-traditional relationships is the center of Conversations with Friends, which is based on author Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel of the same name. The Irish author also wrote Normal People, which Hulu adapted for the 2020 miniseries Normal People.
Alwyn said one of the compelling aspects of Rooney’s writing is exploring new ideas of happiness, love and desire in relationships “outside of the constructs we create for ourselves. As a conversation, it’s endlessly fascinating, which is why so many people love her books.”
See Joe Alwyn in Conversations with Friends, premiering in May, below: