Are Ben and Jen the new Tom and Rita?
It’s awards season which only means one thing: we all wait in great anticipation for the most romantic acceptance speeches.
Am I alone?
When Tom Hanks accepted his Academy Award for his performance in Forrest Gump, the beloved actor fixed his tear-filled blue eyes upon his wife, fellow actor Rita Wilson, and beautifully stated:
“I’m standing here because the woman I share my life with has taught me and demonstrates to me every day just what love is,” Tom gushed.
Ahhhh, you had me at, “Life is like a box of chocolates.”
It seems hunky actor-director-producer Ben Affleck is this generation’s ‘perfect’ Hollywood hubby.
The Argo star was beaming with pride as he accepted his award for Outstanding Producer at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday (January 26). And he was quick to credit his win to wife, fellow actor Jennifer Garner, and their three children: Violet, 7, Seraphina, 4, and Samuel, 11 months.
“I want to thank my kids, who are lovely and beautiful,” he stated during his acceptance speech on behalf of Argo. “[And] I want to thank my wife without whom I wouldn’t be able to do anything, let alone direct movies.”
As well, he recently took home Best Director and Best Motion Picture Drama awards at the Golden Globes for Argo.
During his acceptance speech he couldn’t help but gush about his seemingly-perfect family.
“I want to thank my three kids Violet, Sera and Sam, I love you guys,” Ben said. “And I want to thank my wife. She’s the reason I’m standing here. I adore you, I love you so much. Thanks for sitting through this. You’re my everything.”
And during the SAG Awards – held in Los Angeles on Sunday (January 27) – Ben boasted about his stunning wife.
“She’s the most beautiful woman out there,” Ben raved during an interview with Access Hollywood, after the Argo ensemble took home the award for outstanding performance by a motion picture cast.
Fancy trophy or not, there seems to be a few perfectly matched pairs in Tinseltown, in my humble opinion.
From the 16-year union of Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, to Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick’s two decade-plus marriage, let’s take a look at 5 Hollywood couples with strong marriages.
- Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck:
The Garflecks, who wed in June 2005, seem like the perfect match.
“Jennifer played such a profound role in making me a better person,” Ben said. “We don’t have a perfect marriage, but she inspired me; and finding myself in that marriage and having a child dovetailed with getting to be a little more mature.” He added of his wife, “She truly is kind. She means no one any harm. She doesn’t have ill will for any person. She’s not competitive with other people. She’s not spiteful. It’s one of those things where it becomes almost aggravating at times. Every time I go, ‘F— him!’ I see in her face that she just thinks that’s petty and small.”
- Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick:
Sarah Jessica Parker married Matthew Broderick in 1997 in a simple black dress. Fifteen years after their wedding day, the couple have three children – son James Wilkie, 10, and 3-year-old twin daughters Tabitha and Loretta – and plenty of life lessons along the way.
“Kids can really distract you from your relationship,” SJP admitted. “Maybe in good ways and bad ways. It’s important to have all eyes on all parts of the relationship. It’s something you really have to pay attention to. But you figure it out.”
The high profile couple have been together a long time – especially by Hollywood’s standards – but the Sex and the City star admits they’ve had their ups and downs. “We’ve been together for 20 years and you have good days, you have decent days, and you have bad days. That’s a marriage,” she said.
“He does lots in the house,” she continued. “He shops for me a lot and he cooks for all of us. There are a lot of things he does better than I do, so it balances itself out. I don’t feel taken advantage of. We take care of each other.”
- Faith Hill & Tim McGraw:
After meeting in spring 1996 during the Spontaneous Combustion Tour, the country crooners were wed within a few months. They have welcomed three daughters during their 16-year union: Gracie, 15, Maggie, 14, and Audrey, 11.
“I think we have a lot of respect for one another. We have a good time. We are friends – we like each other. It’s as simple as that,” Faith shared. “And don’t take everything so seriously. Enjoy life. We have our health and our kids are healthy.”
Tim added, “And I say ‘yes ma’am’ a lot.”
- Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick:
Wed in September 1988, the Hollywood couple – who are parents to son Travis, 23, and daughter Sosie, 20 – are sure to keep their relationship a priority.
“I feel the primary relationship has to be the mother and the father, and then it can be the kids,” Kyra said of the secret to her successful 24-year marriage. “Of course the kids come first in planning your life, but it’s incredibly important to keep your relationship as a couple strong and make time for it. It’s the foundation on which everything is built. Kids should know that your needs are important, because if they think your happiness lies only in them, that’s a lot of pressure on them. Plus, I think if you are pursuing your own goals, it makes your kids want to search for whatever their dreams and bliss are.”
- Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos:
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos met in 1995 as costars on the popular soap opera All My Children. The two eloped the following year and have welcomed three children together: Michael, 15, Lola, 11, and Joaquin, 9.
While Kelly is sure to gush about her hunky hubby, she says they do argue sometimes.
“[Mark is] kind of awesome,” Kelly gushed. “I think he makes me better. He makes everything in our lives better.” She added that they do fight sometimes. “We argue about children, discipline, homework, good-cop/bad-cop. He says he’s the bad cop and I’m the good cop, but really they associate him with fun and after-school activities. They associate me with inoculations, X-rays, and stitches. He’s more apt to dole out discipline, but my punishments are real.”
And she said the flame is still burning in their 16-year marriage.
“I think about my husband in the middle of the day because I love him and I can’t wait to see him,” she said. “He is my best friend. Nobody knows me the way he knows me. We’ve seen each other in an Avatar, ‘I see you’ way.”
She said their inspiration comes from their own parents. “Together our parents have been married for almost 100 years. We’re all swans; we mate for life,” she shared.
Which Hollywood couple will stand the test of time?