Their marriage is one of the most solid unions in Hollywood but Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness have revealed some ground rules to keep their relationship strong.
The Aussie power couple sat down for pre-taped interview with Chanel 9’s Today where a cheeky Deborra-lee said there is one actress she has forbid her Wolverine husband from working with.
“I've told his agent he's not allowed to work with Angelina [Jolie],” Deborra-lee told Today co-host Lisa Wilkinson on Monday’s program.
“I'm sure she's very nice and I love what she's doing - shining a light on awareness for adoption...” she trailed off, before qualifying: “just kidding”.
It was a tongue-and-cheek swipe at the sexy brunette and Hugh’s giggle seemed to suggest that in was an in-joke.
But Deb and Hugh gushed about each other during the segment with Deb, 59, talking about how the pair initially got together.
“From the get go he was great fun to play with, he was like a great buddy to play with,” Deb said of the first day she met Hugh on the set of 90s prison drama Correlli.
“We just loved acting together, it was like a great tennis match. So it never shifted from that from day one.”
But Hugh, 46, did go on to reveal one of their secrets to keeping their union happy.
“Deb had a rule, never apart for more than two weeks,” Hugh said, adding that in the early days of their relationship he said "yes" to everything she wanted.
“And we have never been apart for more than two weeks,” Hugh proudly stated of his 19-year marriage.
The couple, who are massive adoption campaigners and have two adopted children together, Oscar, 14 and Ava, nine, sat down for the interview ahead of the Adopt Change fundraiser in Melbourne on Wednesday.
“What people don’t know as much is that we were always going to adopt,” Deb says of when she and Hugh wanted to start a family. “We were going to have one and adopt one so that was always part of… our journey.
“And yes we did want to have a biological child, it didn’t happen so we just went to the adoption and that’s when this journey started when we saw how hard it was to adopt in Australia.”
Deborra-lee, who founded organisation Adopt Change, has been campaigning several governments to cut the red tape that makes adopting children into loving homes so difficult in Australia.
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