Hollywood icon Al Pacino is back in the spotlight with his recent Netflix hit The Irishman. The Academy Award-winning actor has appeared in some of the greatest films of all time, including The Godfather trilogy, Dog Day Afternoon, and Serpico.
Though Pacino is a showbiz powerhouse, apparently his fame wasn’t enough to salvage his two-year relationship with Israeli actress Meital Dohan, who is now opening up about their vast age difference.
Dohan is most likely known for her role as a rabbi on Showtime’s Weeds, though she was previously a successful actress and playwright in Israel before coming came to the U.S. Dolan also appeared on the Israeli version of Dancing With The Stars, which inspired her to follow a career path in music.
“The whole epiphany about pursuing and focusing on music happened in a very funny way,” Dohan said in 2012, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “While doing Dancing with the Stars in Israel, I had a spiritual guide who told me to go back to L.A. and start with my music career.”
Seeing herself as an artistic chameleon, the actress made a point of consistently evolving. “My whole life I was always a writer and a creator,” Dohan said. “I’m an artist changing from role to role. That’s how I see myself.”
Romance with Pacino
According to The Times of Israel, Dohan and Pacino met at a Hollywood after-party following a screening. The couple has been spotted sporadically over the past two years, keeping their relationship low key.
In October, the two appeared at the Netflix premiere of Pacino’s film The Irishman, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. His daughter Olivia was also in attendance at the event. The actor shares Olivia and twin brother Anton with actress Beverly D’Angelo, whom he dated from 1996 to 2003. Pacino also has a 30-year-old daughter Julie with acting teacher Jan Tarrant.
Too many decades in between
People reported that the pair parted ways after almost two years of dating. Dohan, 43, alluded to their 36-year age difference as the reason for their split.
“It’s hard to be with a man so old, even Al Pacino,” Dohan said of the 79-year-old actor, according to The Times of Israel. “The age gap is difficult, yes. I tried to deny it, but now he is already an elderly man, to be honest. So even with all my love, it didn’t last.”
The actress also revealed that Pacino wasn’t especially generous when it came to gift-giving. “He only bought me flowers,” Dolan said. “How can I say politely that he didn’t like to spend money?”
Despite the difficulties, Dolan is optimistic that they can maintain a friendship. “I had a fight with him and left him recently, but of course I really love and appreciate him, and I was glad to be there for him when he needed me, and to be a part of his legacy,” she said. “It’s an honour for me. I’m glad this relationship happened between us, and hope we remain good friends.”
So far there has been no comment on the matter from Pacino. Though he may be recovering from the broken romance, fans are hoping the iconic actor will be returning to the silver screen sometime soon.
“Sometimes I feel I know nothing about acting. Until you start. That’s what’s exciting for me. A new character,” Pacino reflected in November, according to The Guardian. “I often say: ‘Desire is more motivating than talent.’ I’ve seen people with great desire take it through. The truth is, it’s the same thing that is always was: you are feeling this new character, this new person, this new story.”
Moviegoers are keeping their fingers crossed that there will be a new story for Pacino right around the corner!