The untold truth of Julia Garner's husband

No couple sums up young Hollywood quite like actress Julia Garner and her husband Mark Foster. Garner is best known for her roles in Netflix's Ozark, Bravo's Dirty John, and FX's The Americans, among other projects, per IMDb. Foster might be less recognizable on a red carpet if you're not into music, but even still, you definitely know his voice: He's Mark Foster of the band Foster The People, who wrote the 2011 hit "Pumped Up Kicks," which will probably be stuck in your head all day now that you've read this sentence. You're welcome? 

Garner, 26 years old, and Foster, 36 years old, have kept their romance fairly private, though a source confirmed to People in May 2019 that they got engaged during a trip to Yellowstone National Park. Foster's Instagram posts from the trip seemed to confirm the couple was indeed having a romantic vacay, but they never confirmed the engagement with the press. It wasn't until Instagram posts of their actual wedding began to pop up — again on Foster's account and also from wedding guest and designer Zac Posen — on Dec. 29, 2019 that the news was official, per Entertainment Tonight

It seems like they were dating for just over a year before their engagement though, with Foster posting a pic from their wedding on Garner's Feb. 1, 2020 birthday. He captioned the shot, "this is the second year we have celebrated her birthday together. it's the first year, we celebrate as husband and wife." 

Mark Foster wrote his own wedding song for Julia Garner

Mark Foster and Julia Garner had a simple wedding in New York City, according to Vogue, which Foster helped to plan. They tied the knot at city hall, and then the next day, had dinner with friends at the posh Locanda Verde in Tribeca. Afterwards they went to the Public Hotel, where they cut cake and danced. 

Foster's contribution to the wedding was super romantic — their first dance was to "Lovers in a Stream." Garner told Vogue in March 2020, "Mark wrote, produced, and sang it. It was very surreal, and the most beautiful present I've ever received. It felt like I was floating up in the air — it was the most magical moment I've ever had. The only people who heard this song were at the wedding, but it will come out soon."

Foster has been working on a ton of music since his band's 2011 hit "Pumped Up Kicks" from the album Torches. The band released Supermodel in 2014, although you might not know it you're not a huge fan; Foster told Rolling Stone that he didn't want to have any singles from that album on the radio, lest people get sick of them. Sacred Hearts Club, released in 2017, was more of an official comeback album with "Sit Next To Me" as a sleeper-hit single, rising the charts almost a year after its release, per Rolling Stone

"Pumped Up Kicks" changed Mark Foster's life

Mark Foster grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Los Angeles in 2002, when he was 18 years old. In 2012, he told Interview, "I couch-surfed for a couple of years, would just go where the wind blew me. I dived right in. I call these my Hunter S. Thompson years. I grew up in those years, that's when I learned how to write songs. I didn't know how to write a song before," he said. He repeated that sentiment to NPR, also noting that he struggled with substance misuse during that time, though doesn't any longer. 

Foster the People was an unsigned band when "Pumped Up Kicks" took over the radio. Foster was writing commercial jingles at the time to make ends meet. But that all changed with one song. The band was subsequently signed by Columbia Records and went from playing small clubs to playing Coachella and Saturday Night Live.

Foster told Interview of the once-in-a-lifetime experience, "We had to work really hard to catch up with what was happening around us. We hadn't really had time to gel as a band before things took off, so it was really stressful for the first six months. I felt like this tidal wave was coming, the most epic wave of my life — and if we didn't swim fast enough, we weren't going to catch the wave."

Mark Foster thought he was going to marry someone else

It's not easy to survive the quick rise to fame that Mark Foster and his band Foster The People did back in 2011, but they managed to come out stronger with follow-up albums and legions of fans and tour dates. That's not to say there aren't any scars leftover from the unique experience.

Founding bassist Jacob "Cubbie" Fink left the band in 2015 and he and Foster no longer speak to each other. "He's like family. We were friends before I started the band. I dated his sister for over a year and thought I was going to marry her. His parents were like my parents. It was really rough and it wasn't until the past nine or so months where we felt able to move forward," Foster told Rolling Stone

The band currently consists of Foster, founding drummer Mark Pontius, and lead guitarist Sean Cimino and keyboardist Isom Innis, who were officially added in 2017.

But it might be a good thing that Foster has moved on with new band members and music. How else would he have met the new love of his life and wife, Julia Garner?