Recently, actress Michelle Williams was spotted hand-in-hand with a man named Cary Fukunaga. Although he’s an accomplished director – his most recent project was Jane Eyre – he’s not as recognizable a face as Michelle. So who is Cary, and what do you need to know about him?
He’s multicultural and multilingual.
Cary’s dad is Japanese and his mother is Swedish. He spent time growing up in France, the US, and Japan, and is fluent in English, French, and Spanish.
He’s also a cinematographer.
In addition to directing, Cary worked as a cinematographer on several short films, including Team Queen, Death of Two Sons, and Mating Call. He also worked on music videos when he was first starting out.
Cary has an undegrad degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MFA in directing from New York University. He also studied at the Institut d études politiques de Grenoble in France.
He loves horses.
While filming Jane Eyre in the English countryside, Cary loved getting to work with horses and said in an interview that he wanted to do more projects that involved horses. “I wish more people used horses for transportation,” he told the Huffington Post. “I’m looking for a film that I can direct from horseback. That would be a little galling for the crew, probably. Carrying a sword might be too much. Maybe just a riding crop.”
He’s an award winner.
Although he has only directed a handful of films, Cary has already been rewarded for his work. His directorial debut, Sin Nombre, was about a young Honduran woman traveling through Latin America and trying to get to America. There were no professional actors in the movie, and Cary spent several weeks traveling by train through Mexico to shoot the movie. Sin Nombre won the award for Best Cinematography at Sundance and was nominated for Best Director at the Independent Spirit Awards.