‘My Unorthodox Life’ Star Julia Haart And Silvio Scaglia Were Work Rivals Before Lovers

Photo credit: Noam Galai - Getty Images

Photo credit: Noam Galai – Getty Images

  • Julia Haart is the star of new Netflix reality TV show My Unorthodox Life.

  • She met her husband, Silvio Scaglia Haart, after getting hired at La Perla.

  • The couple got married in 2019, and their relationship is shown on the series.

Before Julia Haart starred on Netflix’s newest reality TV show My Unorthodox Life, she was in a real-life romantic comedy. Her and husband Silvio Scaglia Haart’s love story is one fans of When Harry Met Sally and Groundhog Day will recognize.

The couple first met when Julia was brought on as creative director at La Perla, an Italian luxury lingerie company, after leaving her Orthodox Jewish community and launching a high heel brand. Silvio was CEO, and it wasn’t long before the two started butting heads.

“The first year [of working together] was very combative,” Julia tells Women’s Health. So much so that Silvio’s right hand man (who still works with the Haarts) “would literally call me and be like, ‘Please be nice to Silvio. He’s a good man,'” the fashion mogul recalls.

But then, as in any rom-com worth its popcorn, “we started to get to know each other, and I really respected him,” Julia explains. “And then, we became really good friends, and we would just take walks together and stuff.” (Cue the music montage.)

One fine day, their friendship “transitioned into something more,” she says.

On June 22, 2019, Julia and Silvio wed in a fabulously fashionable ceremony (did you expect anything else?!). Clips from the couple’s nuptials are shown throughout the reality series, including a heartfelt speech from Silvio in which he explains his desire to take Haart as his last name.

It’s an “awww“-inducing moment for sure, but there’s more to it than that: “He didn’t know anything about me. I wouldn’t talk about my past [in the Orthodox Jewish community],” Julia says. It wasn’t until 2018, after she and Silvio had known each other for three years, that Julia opened up about that part of her life. (“I was busy telling him everything he was doing wrong,” she jokes.)

It was important to keep that information to herself, Julia says, because “I didn’t want to be known for what was done to me.” The Julia Haart that Silvio met and fell in love with was the one she created, basically from scratch, in her forties. “I didn’t want my past to define me. I wanted to prove that I could achieve something on my own,” she says.

Another three years later, “and here we are,” Julia concludes. By here, she means happily married in the couple’s Tribeca penthouse and, on occasion, living out a fairytale romance in a French castle.

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