Ozark‘s Julia Garner landed her second consecutive Emmy win on Sunday, and right by her side for her at-home acceptance speech was her husband, Mark Foster. There’s a pretty good chance you recognize Mark as more than just the guy sitting next to Julia at every award show — he’s a popular musician!
Mark is best known for being the lead singer of the band Foster the People, which he formed in 2009 with his friend, drummer Mark Pontius, and, later, bassist Cubbie Fink. Over the past decade, the band have released three studio albums: their debut Torches in 2011, Supermodel in 2014, and their most recent, Sacred Hearts Club, in 2017. Torches and its breakout song, “Pumped Up Kicks,” garnered three Grammy nominations in 2012 for the band.
According to their wedding profile in Vogue, Julia and Mark met in the most Hollywood of ways: at the Sundance Film Festival one year. Still, it was a surprisingly ordinary connection when they actually got to talking: “In our first conversation, we realized that my grandmother lived in the same small town that his dad lives in, just outside of Cleveland,” Julia revealed, adding that they began seeing each other annually at Christmas in Cleveland for years before they sparked something up. After dating for less than a year, Mark proposed during a road trip in between their busy schedules in May 2019. “He read me a poem he had written to me, and when he finished, he dropped to a knee and asked me to marry him… It was surreal and beautiful,” Julia told Vogue.
The couple quietly married in December 2019, with a family-only ceremony and a reception with close friends and family. Julia told Vogue that Mark surprised her with an unusual wedding present: a song written just for her, called “Lovers in a Stream.” “Mark wrote, produced, and sang it. It was very surreal, and the most beautiful present I’ve ever received. It felt like I was floating up in the air — it was the most magical moment I’ve ever had. The only people who heard this song were at the wedding, but it will come out soon,” she shared. Since then, Mark has been nothing but supportive of his wife’s work on Ozark, and he’s been by her side at all the big events, including these two Emmys in a row!