Who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned double date? Ben Affleck and his girlfriend, Lindsay Shookus, went to dinner with another couple in Santa Monica on Saturday. And according to E! News, the best part of this date night was which couple accompanied these sweethearts on their date night: Shookus’ parents. Talk about an excellent family night, right?
E! reports that Affleck and Shookus dined with her parents at French-Asian restaurant Cassia the night before going on a hike together on Sunday. A source told E! that Affleck, Shookus, her parents and her 5-year-old daughter from a previous marriage are all staying at Affleck’s new home in the Pacific Palisades.
An eyewitness who saw the double date as it took place on Cassia’s patio told People, “Ben was in a great mood. Lindsay seemed very happy to have her parents here.”
Affleck and Shookus both dressed casually for the two-hour dinner date during which they chatted and shared a lot of laughter. The eyewitness told People, “You could tell Ben gets along great with her parents…. They shared a family style dinner with several of the restaurant favorites, including chickpea curry and steak frites. Ben picked up the check at the end of the night.” What a gentleman!
Affleck and Shookus first went public with their relationship in July 2017, just three months after Affleck and his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, filed for divorce. Shookus is a former Saturday Night Live producer who, until her romance with Affleck, didn’t really consider herself a public figure.
“My entire career has been behind the camera, and that’s definitely where I’m most comfortable. I’m a producer, I’m a mom, a friend,” she told Elle in May. “Being considered a public figure honestly makes me laugh.”
Regardless of the weirdness about being in the spotlight, it seems Shookus and Affleck are very happy together. They’re still going strong after at least a year of dating, and we hope the best is in their future.