The past year has been very eventful for Robert Pattinson and Andrew Garfield. The pair made headlines when they became romantically linked, then officially started dating in March 2018. Since then, they have seemingly ignored the mainstream media and stayed blissfully private, apart from a few paparazzi-released photos here and there. While we wait for more information about their upcoming projects, here’s a closer look at how much their romantic relationship affects their work:

The Romance Has Affected Their Film Roles

The news of Robert Pattinson and Andrew Garfield’s dating came as a shock to fans, who had no idea that the two had even been in a relationship. Even more curiously, it took Hollywood by surprise as well, as no one saw this pairing coming. After their whirlwind romance, the movie industry began taking notice of the on-screen chemistry between the brunette beauty and the American actor. Just a few months after getting engaged, they hit the big screen together in the indie comedy Shoplifters. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was a hit with critics and audiences alike. It became the highest-grossing independent film of all time in the U.S., raking in $16 million at the box office.

The following month, they starred in the highly-anticipated fantasy sequel Ready Player One, based on the popular novel of the same name. Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Steven Spielberg, the movie was a commercial and critical success, grossing $435 million worldwide and earning numerous accolades, including a Best Picture nom from the Academy Award judges. The film follows the romance between Parzival (played by Garfield) and Winter (Pattinson), who is hiding from the world in an internet oasis while her family are murdered by a serial killer.

The year ended on a high note as well with the pair’s third collaboration, the fantasy-romance movie, Apostle. The movie marks the first collaboration between the two since Ready Player One, and it was greeted by favorable reviews and strong box office returns, grossing $108 million worldwide, becoming their highest-grossing film to date.

The Media Hasn’t Ignored Them

While their film careers have been relatively successful thus far, it’s important to note that media coverage of their romance has been overwhelming. In the 12 months since their relationship was made public, they have been the subject of hundreds of interviews and features, both online and in traditional news publications.

The fact that they have largely stayed out of the limelight is undoubtedly a strategic move on their part. They have managed to avoid publicity in such a way that their fans have not only remained undivided but have actually increased in number. Fans have taken to social media to show their support for the pair, regularly tweeting and blogging about their budding romance, and how much it means to them. While the world has been focused on their romance, the two have largely kept their relationship a secret, apart from a few paparazzi-released photos here and there (which they share on social media).

This Will Not Last Forever

Even though the media hasn’t publicized their romance tirelessly, it’s important to remember that this is a relationship that will not last forever. Just because they have been staying relatively private does not mean that their romance will remain unknown. In fact, their privacy will likely be breached, as details about their relationship will eventually make their way into the mainstream media.

When that happens, it will become even more prominent that these are two extremely private individuals who happen to enjoy each other’s company. There will inevitably be paparazzi at their door, eager to catch a glimpse of an incredibly famous couple.

What Next For Robert Pattinson And Andrew Garfield?

With the exception of a brief split to work on their individual projects, Robert Pattinson and Andrew Garfield will seemingly continue to work together. They recently finished filming the indie drama, The After Party, and are currently hard at work on the screenplay for the live-action adaptation of Lady Penelope, a children’s book by Judith Viorst. They also recently completed principal photography on the drama film, The Photograph, starring Dakota Johnson and Emilia Clarke. What films they are currently developing and which ones they will choose to pass on are unknown.