Simon Halls is a well-known publicist, public relations expert and husband of Golden Globe winner and actor Matt Bomer. The couple have adopted three children: Kit, Henry and Walker.
Childhood, early career
Simon Halls was born under the Zodiac sign of Capricorn on 12 January 1964, in Toronto, Ontario Canada. He has been very private in terms of his upbringing, parents and any siblings. After matriculating from Crescent High School in Toronto, Halls graduated from the University of Southern California with a Public Relations degree, which served as a stepping stone for a highly-decorated career as a publicist and a Public Relations tycoon.
His first job took him to Moscow, Russia, where he served as a PR Manager for the newly-established McDonalds franchise in the post-communist country. During this early period of his career, he gained further experience by working at several Russian-based PR firms simultaneously, before returning to the US for his big career splash.
A bright career
After returning to the US in the early 1990s, Simon decided to channel his gained public relations experience into the entertainment business. He saw clearly that the best way to do this was to establish himself in Hollywood and represent people in the “big screen” business. According to Halls: ‘If you live in LA, it’s a one industry town, so if you want to succeed on a broad level, it seems like the best way to do that is to be part of the entertainment industry.’
To do this, he founded his first company: BWR PR. After gaining further experience by working with actors and understanding the underbelly of the Hollywood arena, Simon partnered with other Public Relations experts operating in the entertainment industry, to found Huvane Baum Halls, a company in which he served as CEO until 2001. During this time he managed public outings and communications campaigns for the likes of world-class producers and actors such as the Coen Brothers and Jude Law.
In 2001 the firm merged with the larger public relations company, PMK, where he worked for a further nine years, from 2007 as co-CEO of the firm.
The company boasted of a massive $15 million yearly revenue, managing promotional campaigns for some of the biggest movies of the time, including “Gladiator”, “American Beauty”, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Brokeback Mountain”.
At the turn of the decade, Simon Halls got his next big break, when he created Slate PR. The company has currently turned into one of the household names of American Public Relations, managing actors and producers such as Sam Mendes and Ridley Scott, who have amassed a total of 500+ Emmy Awards and 54 Academy Awards. Simon’s most recent projects include working for Ryan Murphy’s movie “The Prom”, which features the likes of Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and James Corden. Another recent project he worked on in 2021 is “House of Gucci”, produced by Ridley Scott.
While having a very busy schedule, Halls and his family always try to find some time to visit his home country of Canada. Nevertheless, he has admitted that COVID-19 travel policies have thwarted his recent plans to travel anywhere.
Simon Halls votes for the Democratic Party; he actively supported Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign.
Personal life, marriage, children
Simon Halls came out as gay relatively early – in his youth he experimented with heterosexual relationships. He’s married to famous actor Matt Bomer; the couple met in 2008, after Halls was contracted to be Matt’s PR manager and publicist as part of PMK.
They dated for more than two years before marrying in 2011 in a low-key ceremony attended only by close friends and family. The couple has adopted three children: Kit, born in 2005, and twins Henry and Walker born in 2008. They’ve revealed that Kit came out as straight at the age of 14; both respect his situation. While Simon is somewhat distanced from social media, his husband Matt often posts photos of their happy family on Instagram.
Who is Matt Bomer?
Matt Bomer was born on 11 October 1977, in Webster Groves, Missouri USA. His family including Matt’s brother moved to Spring, Texas soon afterwards.
Matt has said that growing up as a gay man in Texas was a hard endeavor, especially in terms of his family, which he has described for The Guardian as ‘very religious… a hyper-conservative environment in the bible belt in Texas.’
He started his acting career at the age of 17, debuting in the soapy show “All My Children”. He made his big splash onto the big screen in 2005, when he starred in the mystery-thriller movie “Flightplan”, together with famous actress Jodie Foster. Since then, he’s won a number of movie awards, including a prestigious Golden Globe in 2015 as Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, after starring in the movie “The Normal Heart”.
Other awards include the Critics’ Choice Television Award in 2014, a Giffoni Film Festival Award, a GLSEN, and a People’s Choice Award.
Matt came out as gay publicly in 2012, actually a year after marrying Simon Halls; in fact, their marriage was kept secret until 2014. He practices meditation, and has been inspired by famous producer David Lynch’s meditation method; he actively supports the David Lynch Foundation.
Similarly to Simon, Matt votes for the Democratic Party. In 2018 he was involved in the Senate Election in Texas, where he actively supported candidate Beto O’Rourke.
Appearance and net worth
Simon Halls has been highly successful in the Public Relations business, especially while working with noted producers and actors in Hollywood. It’s no secret that Slate PR, founded by him, is one of the household names of the cinematic ecosystem in LA. According to multiple sources, his net worth is at around $2.5 million, while his husband’s net worth is reputedly over $9 million.
Simon has brown hair and brown eyes, and has been described as muscular and fit. He stands at 6ft 1in (186cm), and weighs around 180lbs (82kg), with vital statistics of 20-32-34, biceps size 12.5in (31.75cm), and shoe size 8US (41 EU size).