A Deep Dive Into Kiernan Shipka’s Relationship With Dylan & Cole Sprouse’s Friend Christian Coppola
Kiernan Shipka is not exactly Miss Tell-All about her personal life and that’s *typically* something we really love about the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actress. Kiernan shot to fame as a child star on Mad Men and keeping the public at arms-length when it comes to her relationships is probably a super-healthy boundary considering how some other child stars have turned out.
But after her 20th birthday party made headlines as former costar Jon Hamm showed up to pose with her in the photo booth and Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse made out in that very same photo booth, we’ve found ourselves with some questions about her apparent relationship with Christian Coppola, who shares the last name of Francis Ford Coppola and Sofia Coppola because they are distant relatives — though not in one another’s immediate family — just to set that straight. He’s also tight with the Sprouse brothers. Dylan Sprouse starred in a film Christian directed called Daddy and Cole is all over Christian’s Instagram. Christian’s a photographer, so he and Cole have that in common.
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“Christian: I have worked with a good amount of child stars, not that I would call you and Dylan child stars but I found myself working with kids who are actors, or people who have been acting their whole lives. This process of working your whole life for something, and being in that process your entire life. Cole: Children are wonderful actors, it’s not self-conscious; it simply just is. They are a conduit for the writing and the dialogue of the situation. As a kid, I had never worked on the currency of what acting was, and when I learned later in life – it was empathy. I didn’t have an honest perspective of real life, and honest struggle, trauma, joy – the empathetic connection that you need to embody. I had to take some time away in a non-visible setting to work on the professionalism, to come back with a more educated point of view.” Read the rest of our conversation in the new @kingkonggarcon, available now. Stylist @seanknight Producer @kristaworby Hair/Makeup @homasafar Art Direction @ccopp @pierresnaps Retoucher @alex_hainer
Over the weekend, Kiernan posted a very intimate pic with her rumored boo, Christian, with the caption “i love you.” Charlie Oldman, who she was romantically linked to last March — who, yes, is Gary Oldman‘s son — commented on the picture saying “No one is safe” three times. No one is safe from Kiernan? No one is safe from Charlie? Did Christian steal his girl? Honestly, who’s to say!
In 2017, Christian was linked to sex-positive icon Eileen Kelly and the two posted a pic to his IG of them kissing on a Merry-Go-Round. In January 2018, some thought he was dating Paige Reigfler. But that March, he posted the first pic on his page of Kiernan eating a massive burger and since, she’s been a pretty frequent feature on his photography reel.
In October 2018, just before the first season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina premiered on Netflix, Christian praised Kiernan as, “the most deserving actress out there who also happens to be one of the most kind and compassionate people I’ve ever come across,” saying he shadowed her that summer during overnight shoots for the Archie Comics adaptation. “[W]atching how dedicated she is to bringing this character to life was both exhilarating and refreshing, and it inspired me to work harder myself,” he wrote. That week seemed to be Kiernan Appreciation Week because the following days also included shots of Kiernan behind-the-scenes.
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Kiernan in between takes of filming @sabrinanetflix premiering everywhere today. Had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful set over the summer and am still in awe of how hard this girl works. Shadowing her during overnight shoots and watching how dedicated she is to bringing this character to life was both exhilarating and refreshing, and it inspired me to work harder myself. Bravo Kiernan and bravo @netflix for giving this role to the most deserving actress out there who also happens to be one of the most kind and compassionate people I've ever come across (in Hollywood and real life as well). Without you there is no Sabrina.
It should be noted he also posted about Ross Lynch and Jaz Sinclair during the coming weeks, but not nearly in the same awestruck fashion as he had with Kiernan. He posted a throwback photo of her in February 2019, calling her “precious cargo” and even called her “my life partner” during an April 2nd post that we apparently collectively ignored. What’s funny is that during their Coachella 2019 trip, Kiernan and Charlie began to be romantically linked. But in every picture posted as “evidence” of the duo from the music festival — Christian Coppola is pictured, too. Just look:
By July, there were early reports of the alleged relationship between Kiernan and Christian after the two posted some pictures from their time in Rome, including one where she called Christian “my love.”
In August, Kiernan said, “missin my b [sic],” when posting a picture of Christian on her TL, then she posted the same burger picture Christian had months prior, writing, “I miss you a lot.” Things were quiet until Halloween, when the two shared a ~devilish~ couples’ costume.
Then, on her birthday, Kiernan posted the photo booth picture of her and Christian at her birthday with a sweet and simple “I love you.” I guess we’ve just been sleeping on this relaysh for a long time. For his part, Charlie Oldman posted a pic of the three of them in the booth. Looks like he never was “dating” Kiernan after all.