09/05/2013 06:21 pm ET

Hugh Jackman, Wife Deborra-Lee Furness Open Up About Marriage In Town & Country


Hugh Jackman, then 26, met his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, then 39, on set back in 1995 when he was hired to play her love interest in his first professional acting job. Just one year later, they tied the knot.

In the October 2013 issue of Town & Country, the couple -- who have been married since 1996 -- recalled the beginnings of their love story. The "X-Men" actor explained that in spite of their palpable chemistry, he was hesitant to confess his true feelings because he was embarrassed about falling for the leading lady.

Eventually he came clean to Furness, only to discover she felt the same way. Still, he tried to play it cool.

“I decided, I won't ask her to marry me for six months,” Jackman told the magazine. “Then after four months I thought, 'That's the most ridiculous rule!'”

In August, the actor opened up about how he popped the question. First he set up a table with croissants and flowers next to a lake at a botanical garden, then he led her to the table during a morning stroll. So romantic!

Jackman and Furness have two adopted children together: a son, Oscar, and a daughter, Ava.

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