Leila is the daughter of actor Vincent D'Onofrio (who is only one year older than Penn), which serves to make the whole story even more titillating.
Christmas lunch could be incredibly awkward this year.
If those factors are high on a young woman's list of priorities, older men have a lot to offer.
Add an impressive bank balance, massive Hollywood star power, and a couple of Academy Awards, and a man like Penn can be irresistible.
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Christopher Ryan of Psychology Today argues – in direct response to Schwyzer – that there’s an “innate biological desire men hold for women in their most fertile years,” and that such a desire is perfectly natural.
We’ve all heard this idea before: men are designed to want to spread their seed, so in spite of their age and inability with age to care for children, they remain attracted to women who can propagate their DNA.
"Necrologically, men do tend to take a bit longer than women to reach maturity," she says.
Dr Lynn says older men are also more confident and secure in themselves, and are more settled in their lives and careers.
That seems to be a sound directive, given that according to a recent survey commissioned by Nickelodeon UK, “men and women agree men remain ‘immature’ well into their late 30s and early 40s.” Both genders also agree that women mature into proper adults at the age of 32.