Kate Mara says her husband Jamie Bell scrapped their wedding dance the week before their big day because it wasn’t “good enough”.

Jamie Bell and Kate Mara

Jamie Bell and Kate Mara

The 37-year-old actress has branded her actor husband - who starred in ‘Billy Elliot’ as a child - as a perfectionist, as she claims he was so intent on their first dance at their wedding being choreographed to a tee, that he cancelled the routine at the last minute when he realised they weren’t as good as he wanted.

During an appearance on ‘The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon’, Kate said: “He dances every day. But now that there’s kids, he dances like a dad. I’ll be doing my lesson and he’ll dance by the screen in the background. You would never know he was Billy Elliot. If he was gonna do something it would have to be months of preparation.”

Speaking about their wedding, she then added: “For our wedding, for example, the most romantic thing he’s ever done for me so far, was for our wedding dance. I wanted to learn a swing dance with him because I love swing dancing. It took a lot of convincing because he hates dance lessons.

“We spent about four weeks doing this swing dancing lesson and learning this whole dance and then literally the week before the wedding he was pacing around the room and I said, ‘What’s the matter,’ and he was like, ‘The choreography is just not good enough. We’ve got to scrap the dance.’ We didn’t do it for the wedding. We ended up slow dancing to our favourite Mexican song.”

The former ‘Fantastic Four’ co-stars - who have a daughter together who was born in May 2019 - began dating in 2015 and tied the knot in 2017 during a ceremony that took place “right across the street” from their house.

Jamie explained in 2018: “We actually got married right across the street from our house. I literally woke up in my own bed and walked across the street, and we had our ceremony.

“When we couldn’t find anything we just asked the woman who owns the house across the street, ‘Do you mind if we do it there?’ And she was like, ‘Yes, that’s amazing.’ So we walked across the street and then when it was done, we spent the night on that property and we crossed the street and came home.

“Every day we come out of the house, we see the house we were married in, which is beautiful.”


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