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Twenty-seven-year-old actress Abbie Cornish
-- who began dating Ryan Phillippe
after meeting him on the set of 2006 movie Stop Loss
, prompting speculation she played a part in the breakdown of Ryan’s marriage to Reese Witherspoon
-- was unprepared for the intense scrutiny their romance attracted.
She explained: It was a really difficult time for me. I was thrust into this realm of paparazzi and coverage that I'd never been exposed to.
In a normal successful career, someone usually learns these things bit by bit. For me, it was like night and day. I woke up one day and there was this whole new thing I had to process and deal with.
Abbie and 34-year-old Ryan -- who has two children, Ava, nine, and five-year-old Deacon, with ex-wife Reese -- now live together in Los Angeles. The Australian star has remained tight-lipped on whether she and Ryan are planning to wed, but she moved to the city solely for her relationship -- and it was the right decision.
She told W
magazine: “It was love that brought me here, not work. I think the city feels and looks a little bit different because of that.”
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