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In Love, Due To Cryptozoology

Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 14th, 2010

Of course, there probably were other reasons, but, at least, in one celebrity case, it seems to have helped!

Should you pick your next relationship because of a mutual love for cryptozoology? Humans have used less important measures, haven’t they?


Maria Bello (Coyote Ugly, The Jane Austen Book Club, Thank You for Smoking, and A History of Violence) on March 10, 2010.

Her story is well worth pondering.

Actress Maria Bello is reportedly going to get married to a man because he understands her love of “politics, Africa and cryptozoology,” she has stated to the media. 

“It doesn’t hurt that he is 13 years younger and gorgeous,” said the “Pacific Coast News,” in a blog where they mentioned “cryptozoology” in their headline.

Of course, Mario Bello is rather beautiful herself, plus intelligent, since one of her yardsticks is cryptozoology, if you ask me. :-)

Maria Bello celebrates a birthday this coming weekend. She was born on April 18, 1967, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, having arrived only a few months before the Patterson-Gimlin footage. She was a scholar and popular, being a varsity cheerleader at Archbishop John Carroll High School in suburban Philadelphia. Ms. Bello continued her education at Villanova University, majoring in political science. She had every intention of becoming a lawyer, but she took an acting class during her senior year, just for fun. She discovered she was very good at it, and, the rest, as they say, is film and television history. She has had a successful acting career.

Then, Ms. Bello met 28-year-old musician/artist/waiter/cryptozoology fan Bryn Mooser, when he served her lunch at her birthday party, three years ago. (We wish them happiness on their anniversary on the 18th.)

“I was always anti-marriage. I didn’t understand monogamy. I couldn’t figure out how that could last. And then I met Bryn and I started to understand the beauty of constancy and history and change and going on the roller coaster with someone – of having a partner in life,” the actress told her hometown paper, The Norristown Times Herald.

The happy couple in 2008.

Bryn Mooser formally became her fiance on July 26, 2008; a date for the wedding has not been announced.



Here they are at the Pastis restaurant, July 12, 2009 (Photo by Bauer Griffin).


Maria Bello as Evelyn O’Connell in Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

In 2008, Maria Bello starred in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor as Evelyn Carnahan “Evy” O’Connell, taking over from Rachel Weisz. Bello played the attractive but rough and tumble lead, while sharing some screen time with the Yetis of the film. (I rather liked her rugged version of the role.) Bello has stated that she is under contract for three more Mummy films.

Ms. Bello can take care of herself, btw, as she practices Muay Thai (lethal) kickboxing.

We look forward to Ms. Bello’s and Mr. Mooser’s forthcoming visit to the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

Are you in a relationship thanks to cryptozoology? Let’s us know, and tell us of your plans to make Maine your honeymoon stop or future anniversary destination.

(This posting thanks to a news tip from Jeff Meuse.)

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


5 Responses to “In Love, Due To Cryptozoology”

  1. aletaaa responds:

    Loren, I think the better question would be how many divorces has it caused. LOL

  2. MattBille responds:

    It may be more common to be in a relationship in spite of cryptozoology. Cryptozoologists, whether they comb the jungles of Brazil or the stacks of journals, require patient partners who either share their interest or will at least put up with them.

  3. Nick responds:

    My fiancée and I fell in love three years ago partly because, on our first date (a drive through the woods of PA to pick up a violin late at night,) I told her about my teenage Sasquatch sighting. She shared her love of the Loch Ness Monster, I the Mothman and on we went…

  4. Artist responds:

    Matter of fact, I yam!

    My Lady had an ongoing Bigfoot encounter while camping many years ago, got publicised on San Fran’s radio and newspapers; I heard, wrote her an intro letter about my Squatch interest, she called, we met, dated, married, and the rest, as they say… is mystery.

  5. scubaclaude responds:

    Loren, my girlfriend thinks my fascination with cryptozoology is great. She comes with me on my mini expeditions all the time. It’s great having a partner who’s understanding of my passions.



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