Hugh Jackman Gushes Over Wife: 'She's the Greatest Thing That Happened to Me'

by Jackie Willis 3:02 AM PST, February 01, 2016
Playing Hugh Jackman Gushes Over Wife: 'She's the Greatest Thing That Happened to Me'

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness will celebrate 20 years of marriage this April and after all this time, their relationship is still stronger than ever.

The 47-year-old actor gushed over his wife to Ellen DeGeneres, touting that his marriage keeps getting "better and better."

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"She's the greatest thing that ever happened to me," he said. "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 Wolverine star also went into how he met Furness, 60. "That was my first job, where I met her. She was the star I had this major crush on her. Everyone did," Jackman explained. "The whole crew had a crush on her and I was so embarrassed that I didn't talk to her for about a week."

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A week later, he says he got the courage to ask Furness to a dinner party. "I invited her over and about 20 other people, and she said, 'What's the matter, have I annoyed you? You're not talking to me anymore. What have I done wrong?'" he recalled. "I'd had a couple and I said, 'Look I got a crush on you, I'll get over it,'" he said. "And she went, 'Oh really.' And I was like, 'Oh, this is bad.' And she goes, 'Yeah, I got one on you too.' ...That was it."

When ET chatted with Jackman in September, he revealed that his anniversary plans are inspired by the movie Begin Again. "Remember the splitter moment...Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo with headphones with a splitter so you could both be listening to the same song and walking around?" Jackman said of the 2013 film. "I was like, I'm knicking that idea. Thanks Mark!"