Riz Ahmed, star of Sound of Metal, and his wife Fatima Farheen Mirza had the cutest moment at the 2021 Academy Awards. Like the good husband he is, Ahmed made sure his wife's hair was picture-perfect before posing for the paparazzi on the red carpet. #goals. Of course, the sweet exchange went viral, and the internet dubbed Ahmed as the "best husband ever." Listen, we get it: we need someone who is going to hype us up but let us know when a hair is out of place.
The two actually very recently got married, with Ahmed revealing earlier this year that the two tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in 2020. The actor and author keep their relationship fairly private, but we' did some digging to find out everything you need to know about the Oscar-nominated actor and his relationship with Mizra.
- The couple met randomly at a coffee shop in New York City around 2018 while he was preparing for his role in Sound of Metal.
- Sometime in 2020, the actor and author tied the knot in a small and intimate, Covid-safe wedding.
- During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the actor confirmed he's married and revealed the story of his and Fatima's first meeting.
- At the Academy Awards on April 25, 2021, Riz became the internet's favorite husband after a video of him asking photographers on the red carpet to hold as he fixed his wife's hair.
2018: The Couple Meets In a Coffee Shop
While Riz was in New York City preparing for his role in Sound of Metal, he and Fatima had a real-life meet-cute at a coffee shop. During an interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, he recalled their "random meeting" when he and the novelist sat down at the same table to write.
“We both sat down at the same table in the cafe where we both turned up to write. We were both jostling over the same laptop plug points, like a very modern way of meeting."
Summer 2018: Production for Sound of Metal Begins
The production for Oscar-nominated film began shortly after Riz and Fatima met. Ahmed told Jimmy Fallon that the two became friends and connected later down the line—assuming after production for Sound of Metal finished. The movie, which follows a heavy metal drummer's journey as he begins to lose his hearing, filmed over 24 non-consecutive days throughout the spring, summer, and fall 0f 2018. The project ended up with six Academy Award nominations, including Ahmed's nod for Best Actor.
2020: Riz and Fatima Tie the Knot
In 2020, the actor and author tied the knot in a small, private ceremony. During a Tonight Show appearance, Ahmed revealed that their intimate backyard wedding had only a few guests due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It was interesting doing it with COVID and everything going on, obviously kept it super intimate and socially distant," he told Fallon. The one plus side of a tiny wedding? There weren't "500 aunties around you pinching your cheeks."
"No disrespect to the aunties, but Asian weddings are big. You always got these people crawling out of the woodworks who I think are probably imposters," he joked. "They just smell the kebabs on the street and just wander in."
January 11, 2021: Ahmed Calls Mizra His Wife
During an episode of Louis Theroux's Grounded podcast in January, Riz revealed he was married when he said he had plans to stay in California, where his wife's family is located. Theroux followed up with the revelation, saying he didn't realize Ahmed was married and asked how long ago he tied the knot.
“Not very long, actually,” the Night Of actor answered. “It’s the first time I’ve ever mentioned it in an interview. So, congratulations on this incredibly exciting scoop.”
The actor then explained why he had kept his private life, well, private. “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."
January 13, 2021: Ahmed Confirmed His Marriage on The Tonight Show
After news quickly spread about the actor's nuptials, Ahmed shared details on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, explaining why he had hesitated to share the big news with the public.
"It's a weird one, isn't it? I guess because we live in a social media age if you don't get on the megaphone about stuff, it's like it's a secret?" he explained to Fallon. "But I never know how much is oversharing." He likened the situation to another personal beverage preference. “Like, I’m into matcha lattes, but that’s just never come up. I’m not a secret matcha latte drinker," he teased.
For the first time, he revealed who the lucky lady was, saying that Fatima is an "amazing novelist," a New York Times Best Seller to be exact.
April 25, 2021: They Walk Their First Red Carpet Together
Mizra and Ahmed made their red carpet debut during his big night as an Oscar nominee at the 93rd Academy Awards. The couple was there to celebrate his role in Sound of Metal, and their red carpet walk literally went viral. In an adorable couple moment, as the newlyweds began to pose for photos on the carpet, Ahmed politely asked the photographers to hold their cameras for one moment. He then proceeded to smooth his wife's hair for her, cueing countless shares and "aw" moments across the internet. The ultimate couple goals: someone who fixes your hair on the red carpet—now that's true love.