The Oscar-winning actress' fiancé Cooke Maroney hasn't let the Hollywood limelight get in the way of their relationship

By Alexia Fernandez and Liz McNeil
February 13, 2019 04:55 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence has met her match.

A source tells PEOPLE that one reason the newly engaged actress, 28, and art gallery director, 34, make a great couple is that he’s not part of the Hollywood world.

“He’s a great guy,” says the source. “He’s smart and funny and I think really keeps her on her toes and he doesn’t treat her like a celebrity like the other boyfriends did.”

Adds the insider, “He’s definitely the coolest guy she’s dated. [He’s] not affected by Hollywood.”

Maroney is a New York City art gallery director who has worked with Lena Dunham’s father, artist Carroll Dunham. Lawrence and Maroney met when the actress browsed through his art gallery and he asked her out.

A rep for the actress confirmed to PEOPLE she and Maroney were engaged earlier this month. Page Six TV first reported the news after the Oscar winner was seen wearing a “massive ring” during dinner with Maroney at Raoul’s, an upscale French restaurant in New York City.

For more about Jennifer Lawrence’s engagement, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney in France
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A source confirmed to PEOPLE in June the actress was dating Maroney. Since then, the two haven’t shied away from going on dates in public together. In late June, the couple was photographed enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner in New York City.

They followed up their date with a trip to Paris (later going to Rome) in August. A source told PEOPLE the couple “seemed happy, occasionally holding hands” while in the French capital.

In September, Lawrence took Maroney with her to the New York Film Festival premiere of The Favourite — which stars her ex Nicholas Hoult and one of her best friends, Emma Stone. Also in attendance was Lawrence’s ex, director Darren Aronofsky.