Riz Ahmed has unveiled his new bride.
The actor, who revealed this week that he was secretly married, confirmed Wednesday’s episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” that he is married to novelist Fatima Farheen Mirza.
Ahmed, 38, clarified that he was not trying to keep his marriage a secret.
“It’s weird, isn’t it? “I guess because we live in a social media age, if you don’t like getting on the megaphone about things the way they are, it’s a secret – but I never know how much is being distributed,” he told Fallon. Like, I’m interested in matcha lattes, but it just never came up. I̵
The couple originally met “so casually” in a New York cafe while preparing his movie “Sound of Metal,” in which he plays a heavy metal drummer who begins to lose his hearing.
“We both sat at the same table in a cafe where we both showed up to write,” he said. “We both came across the same connector on a laptop, as a very modern way of meeting, and we struck up a friendship and then reconnected.”
He said meeting Mirza at the time made the film so much more special to him.
“Of course, I met Fatima for the first time and met so many people in the deaf community who have become friends. And there’s just something about this whole period around this film that was a little life-changing, ”he said.
What their secret wedding looked like, Ahmed said they kept things small because of the pandemic.
“Of course, it kept super-intimate and socially distant. There was like almost no one there really, ”he said. “We did it in a backyard, which is nice in many ways. And I think the best thing about it was that you did not have 500 aunts hanging around you squeezing your cheeks. No respect for the aunts. ”
He continued jokingly, “Asian weddings are great. You always made these people crawl out of the woodwork, which I think are probably scammers. They just smell the kebabs on the street and just wander in. ”
Ahmed originally broke the news of his wedding in the January 11 episode of Louis Theroux’s “Grounded” podcast, saying, “This is the first time I’ve ever mentioned it in an interview. So congratulations on this incredibly exciting scoop.”
Mirza is known for her novel “A Place for Us.”