Hugh Jackman talks about 17-year marriage to Deborra-Lee Furness

When they met 17 years ago, there was immediate chemistry between them.

“From day one, we were best mates,” Jackman says of his wife in the August 2013 issue of Good Housekeeping. “We just clicked. We were giggling and laughing — we just connected.”

“Deb is the last one to bed and the first one up in the morning. You know those dolls that, when you lie them down, their eyes close? And as soon as they’re vertical, their eyes open? That’s Deb,” he shares. “It’s almost annoying. She has two speeds: Stop and Go. She is always, ‘Let’s do this, let’s do that.’ And she is very funny, very quick.”

One of the secrets to their strong relationship is that they decided a long time ago never to spend two weeks apart.

“When I’d met her, she’d already done about 20 movies,” the actor reveals. “She said, ‘It’s not that I think you’re going to go off with a costar, or vice versa. But people get used to living apart. You get used to handling a problem yourself.'”

Communication and a romance, he says, are the key to their relationship.

“We talk about everything all the time,” Jackman says. “The bedrock of any relationship is to communicate, and Deb and I have always done that, discussing whatever’s going on, good or bad.”

“If I bring Deb flowers every Tuesday, yeah, it’s nice, but is it romantic?”

“I pretended I was still on set,” Hugh says of a day when he got off early from work in Montreal. “I called Deb and said, ‘I’ll be back late tonight.’ And she got such a shock. I’d made reservations at our favorite lunch place. It was three hours before the kids finished school, and it was awesome because it was unplanned.”

As for rumors that he’s secretly gay, he says, “I don’t really pay attention. If someone’s going to spend their time saying, ‘You’re really not 6-foot-2; you’re 5-foot-10, I’ll tell them once, ‘I am 6-foot-2.’ Then, whatever you want to believe, it’s up to you. Am I going to waste energy going, ‘I’m so mad that this person says I’m 5-foot-10?’ We really only get mad when there’s an element of truth, right?”

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