Modesto native Jeremy Renner has tied the knot.
The Beyer High graduate and Modesto Junior College alum revealed in a recent interview that he quietly wed his longtime girlfriend, actress Sonni Pacheco. His publicist confirmed the nuptials to The Modesto Bee. The two had a daughter, Ava Berlin, in March 2013 together.
The two-time Academy Award nominee spoke about protecting his privacy and enjoying his personal life for a cover story with Capitol File magazine published this week.
“I have tried to protect my family’s privacy, my wife’s privacy. I don’t need her to get hammered with my life. Privacy issues are important because I want her to go about her day without being bothered,” he told the magazine.
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Renner also spoke about how difficult it has been to be apart from his family while working on location. In the past few months, he has worked on two major film franchises, “Avengers” and “Mission: Impossible.” The former began filming in February of this year and finished principal photography in early August.
Shortly after wrapping “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” he began work on “Mission: Impossible 5.” The 43-year-old actor, who recently joined Twitter with his account @Renner4Real, tweeted his “M:I” co-star Tom Cruise on Aug. 8 about the start of the action franchise filming, posting: “Hey @TomCruise You ready for MI5??? Lunge it out! Let’s do this... #rennerlunge.”
Renner, Cruise, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg have been filming the secret agent thriller series in Morocco. Over the weekend, Renner returned to the States to begin promotion for his new film “Kill the Messenger,” which opens Oct. 10. The story is based on real-life San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb, who wrote a controversial series for the paper in 1996 about the CIA’s connection to the smuggling of crack cocaine. The film is the first from Renner’s production company and he stars in it and serves as the producer of the project.
Still, Renner said, all the time away from his 17-month-old daughter is hard on him.
“The only thing I think about when I’m not with my baby is, ‘How do I get to my baby?’ I need to get to her, and I’m very miserable when I don’t see her,” he told Capitol File. “I really love being a father. The only thing that has changed is my perspective on things. I still work, probably even more. It used to be for myself so I’m not old and broke. All these things I still do, but I do it now for the future of my baby, and if it gets in the way of her well-being, then I stop.”