Every couple has their rules! Deborra-Lee Furness told Australia’s ‘Today’ a tip for keeping her 19-year marriage with Hugh Jackman intact — he’s not allowed to work with Angelina Jolie!
Hugh Jackman, 46, and Deborra-Lee Furness, 59, have one of the longest lasting, strongest marriages in the business. But like any couple, they’ve got some ground rules to keep things running smoothly. Stopping by Australia’s Today in Melbourne for a fundraising event for Adopt Change, the couple talked to co-host Lisa Wilkinson, who asked if there’s anyone Hugh’s not allowed to work with, and Deborra-Lee had only one name on her list: Angelina Jolie, 40.
Lisa was musing over the fact that for married actors, it must be anxiety-inducing to send your spouse off to work on a project where they have to be intimate with another person. “This is the toughest environment for a marriage to survive,” Lisa said. “Because on any given day you might be kissing them goodbye to go kiss someone else.”
Well that’s one way to put it! If Deborra-Lee wasn’t thinking it already, she certainly was then! Lisa then asked her if there was anyone Hugh wasn’t allowed to work with, and Deb answered so quickly that she effectively cut the interviewer off as Hugh laughed.
“I’ve told his agent he can’t work with Angelina [Jolie],” she said. “I’m sure she’s very nice and I love what she’s doing, shining a light on awareness for adoption…no I’m just kidding,” she said, waving off her comments. She was totally joking about not allowing Hugh to work with Angelina! Nothing’s going to break this marriage after nearly a decade, allow we get why she made the joke; Deb’s an accomplished actress herself, and she knows what happens on set, doesn’t (always) happen IRL.
The Secret To Deborra-Lee and Hugh’s Happy Marriage
Deb and Hugh followed up her little joke by going on to explain what really makes such a long and successful marriage tick: it’s about putting family first and making each other happy! The parents to Oscar, 14, and Ava, 9, never spend more than two weeks apart from each other; isn’t that romantic?
“It just goes to show, if you get it right, if you pick the right partner then you traverse all those trevails and challenges,” Deborra-Lee said. HollywoodLifers, what did you think about Deb’s comments on Angelina? Tell us in the comments and be sure to take our poll.
— Samantha Wilson