If you’ve ever been uncertain about a relationship in its early stages, you certainly aren’t alone. Even celebrity couples have had their fair share of ups and downs, including Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, who celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary in April.
In a joint interview on the Aussies in Hollywood with Jenny Cooney podcast, per People, Jackman admitted there have been very few things in his life he’s been utterly sure of. One of them just so happened to be his relationship with Furness, whom he knew he would marry from basically the beginning of their romance.
“I knew very early, I knew before Deb knew. Even when she tried to break up with me, I knew,” Jackman said. “She kind of [broke up with me], a little bit. Early on, three weeks in. I managed to talk her out of it, thank God. I’m a very indecisive person, Deb really knows this about me. I can count on my hand the amount of times in my life anything has felt that clear to me, and when it happens it’s such a relief for me.”
He continued, “I just knew 100 percent, I even knew when she was trying to work out reasons to break up with me.”
If Jackman was so sure about things, then why might Furness try to end their relationship, especially so early on?
“I had just made my New Year’s resolution, I said, ‘I am not dating any actors, and definitely not under 30,’” she explained on Cooney’s podcast, according to People. “I then meet my husband.”
Jackman and Furness first met on the set of the Australian TV show Corelli in 1995. At the time, Jackman was 27 years old and Furness was 40. They dated for just 11 months before marrying in April 1996 and have been together ever since. They even have two children together, Oscar and Ava, who are both in their teens now.
Although they have both gone on to have successful careers post-Corelli, Jackman said he’s never connected with a costar in the same way he did with Furness, even before romance blossomed between them: “The best experience I ever had, working with another actor [was with Deborra]. This was before we were romantically involved or had any idea that Deborra was interested. There was a chemistry… and every time we had a scene together it was unbelievable.”