One of the greatest loves of Colin Farrell's life was over 40 years his senior.
During a sit-down with Ellen DeGeneres on Monday, the Irish actor, 37, opened up about his unusual and touching relationship with screen icon Elizabeth Taylor, who passed at age 79 in 2011.
'It was kind of like the last, it feels like in my head, not her, I’m projecting, but the last kind of romantic relationship I had, which was never consummated,' said Colin, who is now starring in Saving Mr Banks.
It all started when Colin bumped into her team in a hospital.
'My youngest son was being born,' started the looker who has two sons, James, aged 10, and Henry, aged four.
'We were in Cedars and I bumped into - it was about an hour before Henry arrived - and I bumped into somebody outside the lift. It was Elizabeth’s manager and her close friend Tim Mendelsohn and they said what are you doing here?'
Colin - who Eileen Atkins, 70, famously confessed in 2005 had asked her for no-strings attached-sex when they co-starred in Ask The Dust - continued: 'I said my son’s about to be born. They said oh. I said what are you doing here? And they said well Elizabeth’s having a stint put in her heart, it’s no big deal cause she had so much sh** and I said, "Will you tell her I said hello? She probably won't know who I am."
'And they go, "No, she knows who you are," and I went wow, "Cool. Well, tell her I said hello and I wish her the best" and they said, "Will do,"' recounted the Total Recall star, who has reportedly dated Demi Moore, 51, as well as Britney Spears, Naomi Campbell and Lindsay Lohan.
'I got home a few days later with Henry and I was thinking about Elizabeth and how she was doing and I called my publicist and I said I bumped into some people of Elizabeth Taylor’s, some friends of hers, could I send her some flowers?' the twice-married star said.
Colin added, 'And my publicist said that’s funny because I’m looking at and orchid from Elizabeth Taylor for you... I said wow that’s amazing.'
After several oohs and ahhs from the audience he shared, 'I said, well send that bad boy over to the house.'
He also noted that the bouquet came with a hand-written note from the acting legend, who appeared in numerous hits such as Giant, Butterfield 8 and Cleopatra, and was married to seven different men (she twice wed English actor Richard Burton).
'I then cheekily about a week later said, listen is there any chance I can go…can I go and see her?' Colin admitted.
After his rep made some calls, the two started hanging out. 'That was the beginning of a year and a half or two years of what was a really cool,' he said.
'I just adored her,' the In Bruges star, who had attended Elizabeth's funeral in 2011 and even read a poem, said.
'She was a spectacular, spectacular woman.'
He also touchingly added he wouldn't have minded being her eighth husband: 'I wanted to be number eight but we ran out of road.'
One of the things the two stars bonded over was their insomnia.
'She’s wasn’t much of a sleeper at night like I’m not, so at two o’clock in the morning I’d call her,' he let on.
'She wouldn’t mind me speaking of this because I’d be very careful of you know… I’d call her at two in the morning and the nurse would answer the phone I’d say is she awake?
'The nurse was like hold on I'll just check and then I’d be on the phone and I'd hear hello? And I’d go how’s it going and we’d talk for a half an hour an hour into the wee hours. Really cool.'
Ellen, who looked very interested in every detail of Colin's story, several times said, 'Wow.'
She then joked, 'It makes sense we’re not friends because I go to sleep at like 9:30 or 10 so that’s why you can't call me.'
In the March 2011 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Elizabeth spoke about Colin in an interview conducted by Kim Kardashian.
Elizabeth told the reality TV star: ‘I love Johnny Depp, and I love Colin Farrell – both brilliant, nuanced actors with great range.’
During the interview, Ellen also asked the Winter's Tale actor if it's true he once auditioned for a boy band.
'What are you laughing at? Acting is only a fall back,' joked the single star.
'I was 17 or 18 and I was dancing in a nigh club in Dublin in with a pair of leather pants and a nice rubber black t-shirt.'
When the host asked if he had a picture from that auditioned, he laughed that he would bring it next time he was on the talk show.