Hugh Jackman Explains Why His 21-Year Marriage to Deborra-lee Furness Works

These two are just the cutest

Updated 12/20/17

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How does Hugh Jackman keep his 21-year marriage to Deborra-lee Furness going strong? Teamwork.

The pair, who met on the set of the Australian drama Correlli in 1995, were already married when Jackman skyrocketed into fame, and he credits the success of their relationship to the fact that their bond was already solidified before he became a big star. “One of the great pieces of fortune in my career, it started late, but that Deb and I were already set together, a team, madly in love, like literally before it all happened,” Jackman told People in a new interview. “We can kind of see all the ups and downs for what they are.

Our priority is our family, and we’re there for each other no matter what.”

The actor calls Furness his “rock,” and says that he constantly reminds himself that he wouldn’t be where he was today without her. Because of this, he makes a conscious effort to prioritize her, regardless of the situation. “Even at the Oscars, I walk out, I put my hand on my heart and I always look to Deb in the audience,” he said. “Straight afterwards, I will not see anybody in my dressing room until Deb’s been in. Because that is my foundation, that is the rock, that is the foundation of our family, and therefore my life.”

This is hardly the first time that Jackman has gushed about his bride. “She’s the greatest thing that ever happened to me,” he told Ellen DeGeneres last year. “I’m kind of really grateful that I met before anything kind of happened because everything that’s happened in my career and on-screen, off-screen, we’ve always done it together.”

The bottom line to making it work, Jackman says, after two decades (and some major success) together? “Underneath the surface where it’s real, and where it’s still and where it’s deep, that is the love I have with Deb.”

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