Nicolas Cage Says Wife Riko Shibata's Pet Flying Squirrels Had a Hand in Their Love Story (Exclusive)
By Paige Gawley
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Nicolas Cage was sure his wife was the one after learning about her unusual pets. ET's Lauren Zima spoke to the 57-year-old actor at the premiere of his latest flick, Pig, and he revealed more details about his and wife Riko Shibata's love story. Cage and Shibata tied the knot in a Las Vegas ceremony last February, and made their red carpet debut at the premiere.
"We met in Japan and I thought she was stunning when I met her. We had a lot in common," Cage told ET. "She likes animals, too, so I asked her, 'Do you have any pets?' And she said, 'Yes, I have flying squirrels.' She had two sugar gliders... I thought, 'That's it. This could work out.'"
Tuesday's premiere marked the first time Cage and Shibata have been publicly photographed since their wedding.
"I'm quite excited to take a picture with her," Cage gushed of his wife, who wore a black gown to the event.
As for the project that Cage and Shibata were there to support, the actor told ET that he took on the role of a man who goes on a mission to find the person who stole his pig because he "related to the feelings of loss."
"I lost a dog years ago," he said. "... Especially now when we went through what everyone went through, you rely on animals."
The film has already received critical praise, a fact Cage called "a little surprising and thrilling."
"I think Gary Oldman said the sound of applause must never be taken lightly, so I welcome any kind of enthusiasm," he said. "I'm very happy with the response."
As he looks ahead in his career, Cage said that he stills considers himself "very much a student" of acting, adding that he has a lot more that he'd like to do in the coming years.
"I'm not thinking that in terms of legacy," he said, "but I am thinking in terms of, what's next?"