Speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Farrell said he met Taylor when his son was being born at Cedars Sinai Hospital and the Cleopatra actress, 77 at the time, was there getting a stent put in her heart.
“I said, ‘Will you tell her I said hello? She probably won’t know who I am,’” he recalled of asking her manager and close friend Tim Mendelsohn whom he had run into.
“And they go, ‘No, she knows who you are’. And I went, ‘Wow, cool. Well, tell her I said hello and I wish her the best’, and they said, ‘Will do’.”
He later asked his publicist to send her some flowers — while Taylor had simultaneously sent him some orchids.
A week later, Farrell asked if he could visit her.
“I asked [Farrell’s publicist] Danica, and she made some calls, and I got to have an audience with her,” he told DeGeneres.
“And that was the beginning of a year and a half or two years of what was a really cool [relationship]. It was kind of like the last — it feels like in my head, not hers, I’m projecting — but the last kind of romantic relationship I had. Which was never consummated.
“I just adored her... She was a spectacular, spectacular woman.”
Farrell revealed the pair would talk late into the night over the phone when each was unable to sleep.
“It was really cool, and she wasn’t much of a sleeper at night, like I’m not, so at two o’clock in the morning, I’d call her.
“I’d call her at two in the morning, and the nurse would answer the phone, and I’d say, ‘Is she awake?’...
“And then I’d be on the phone and I’d hear, ‘Hello?’ And I’d go, ‘How’s it going?’ And we’d talk for a half an hour, an hour, into the wee hours.”
“I wanted to be [husband] number eight, but we ran out of road.”
Taylor meanwhile was a vocal admirer of Farrell, saying in a 2011 interview that “I love Johnny Depp, and I love Colin Farrell — both brilliant, nuanced actors with great range.”
She passed away that year.