Bobby Cannavale took to the Emmy stage to accept the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama series on Sunday night for his work on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, and surprised many by calling girlfriend Rose Byrne the "love of his life."

Cannavale, 43, and Byrne, 33, relatively recently took their relationship public in June, when the two attended the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York City together. They’d reportedly been secretly seeing each other since the fall of 2012.

Walking the red carpet on Emmy night, Cannavale sported a sleek Calvin Klein tuxedo with a black tie. Byrne, newly blonde, stunned in a pale pink Calvin Klein ensemble with a floor-length skirt and matching crop. After Cannavale was announced as winner in his category – beating out Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey) Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) – he and Byrne shared a kiss before he made his way to the stage.

Byrne, who was previously in a six-year relationship with Australian actor Brendan Cowell, while admittedly open to love, probably wouldn’t have made such a bold declaration like her new boyfriend did in front of millions of viewers. "I was very shy and sensible as a child and pretty much into my 20s," she recently told the U.K.'s Stylist.

"It was the same if boys liked me. I was very quiet and secretive about it and found romance icky,” she continued. “But as I've gotten older I've definitely tried to appreciate it more and delight in those sorts of things more because they are actually precious and special. I'm trying to soften a bit because I think I can be too…practical? It's nice to be a bit freer."

Cannavale was married to actress and screenwriter Jenny Lumet from 1994 to 2003. With Lumet, he has one son named Jake, who he thanked along with Byrne during his acceptance speech.


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