Eric Thal: Who He Is and Which Hot Blonde He's Dating

Julie Ryan Evans

Eric ThalRumor (and a press release from Life & Style) has it that Eric Thal is dating none other than Charlize Theron.

Theron, who is starring in the upcoming movie Mad Max 4, Fury Road, broke off a long-time relationship with Stuart Townsend this past January. They had been together nine years, and while there was never a ceremony, they considered themselves husband and wife.

So she's been single and free for a awhile now and linked to actors like Keanu Reeves and Jeremy Renner since. Now it appears Thal is the man of the moment ... or perhaps longer.

So who exactly his Thal, and how did he snag one of Hollywood's hottest new singles? Here's what we know about him and what they have in common:

He's 45, Theron is 35.

He grew up outside of Philadelphia and was president of his high school student council and worked as magician as a teenager.

His first film role was in A Stranger Among Us with Melanie Griffith.

He has had roles in other films including: Six Degrees of Separation, The Puppet Masters, Joe's So Mean to Josephine, Snow  Falling on Cedars, Wishful Thinking, Mixing Nia, and The Shaft.

He's a farmer, and she grew up on a farm. She once told People her goat "was like my best friend".

Thal even grows his own vegetables!

"The two have a lot in common," a source told Life & Style. "He's a farmer who grows all his own vegetables, and Charlize grew up on a farm in South Africa. The two like to escape Hollywood and go to his farm in upstate New York."

Sounds like an interesting, grounded guy who can feed her well. What more could a girl ask for?

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