co-star and bandmate Marketa Irglova, but each of those wins came with a price: Hansard and Irglova found it difficult to navigate their post-awards fame (and in one memorable conversation in the documentary, Hansard scraps with his Oscar-obsessed parents), which eventually led to several fights and the dissolution of their relationship.
Hansard hasn't given any interviews about the movie until now, but as Vulture found out, he had plenty to say about that time in his life, and how he and Irglova have moved on since — she, with new husband Tim Iseler.
The film had its American premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and received the Festival's World Cinema Audience Award.
During the promotional tour, he and Irglová began dating.
On Friday morning (August 25, 2017) the Irish Sun-Times reported Glen Hansard and girlfriend, to be shopping for engagement rings.
"Not interested in all that," he scoffs, "and I'm not on the social media." Though he did make the gossip pages recently, photographed mid-singsong in an Irish pub with the American comedian du jour Amy Schumer. "I didn't even know who she was." When you listen to the rough-hewn beauty of Didn't He Ramble, it becomes clear why Bob Dylan invited him on tour, and why his band, the Frames (currently on hiatus), have found success the world over since forming in 1990. "Early on, we worked out it would take us 60 years of touring here before we filled a room, at which point we just thought fuck having to beg this place for acceptance. "I'd started getting into trouble – drinking, glue, the usual stuff. Dad was drunk the whole time, hardly a figure of authority. He wasn't." Guidance came instead in the form of his headmaster, who took Hansard aside one day, concerned.
He sang the track with his then-girlfriend Marketa Irglova in the movie which was directed by John Carney and is now a Tony award wining musical.
“Yeah my ma’s house got burgled, it was one of those classic break ins where they took everything, the telly stereos - just everything but amazingly they left my Oscar,” he told Ray D’Arcy on RTE Radio 1.
He is also known for his acting, having appeared in the BAFTA winning film The Commitments, as well as starring in the film Once.
His song, "Falling Slowly", from Once, co-written with his co-star Markéta Irglová, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2007, and earned him ten other major awards or nominations between 2007-08.