It had to be Hugh. Hugh Jackman, that is. Who else could tell you a story about proposing to his wife that makes you melt?
Wolverine didn't pounce when it came to the big moment. Rather, he had a strategy. First, he designed the ring he would give his future wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, and then kept it for six weeks before popping the question. Second, he turned the whole proposal into a major event... that went awry.
Hugh, 43, had a major romantic scene set up at the Botanical Gardens in New York City. "My friends set up a table inside the pagoda with a white tablecloth, roses, croissants and champagne," he says. Hugh Jackman Loves His Wife
But, at 8:30 the next morning, he woke up to a torrential downpour—and the pogoda was outdoors! But, like the brave, determined man he is, Hugh weathered the storm and went through with his plan. "My friend called me and said, 'You gotta get here. The ducks are eating your croissants,'" he says.
The rest, as we know, is history. But we'll let the Real Steel star, who's currently beating up the box office, explain it in his own words:
What's the best love advice you've ever received?
You have to plan romantic events, but you need to be flexible. The day I proposed it was pouring rain. I got dressed in my track pants and shirt and said, "Let's go for a jog." My future wife said, "Nah, it's raining." Finally, we go to the Botanical Gardens and she saw the table. It was still raining, but that just made it better. I said, "Surprise!" She started crying. My heart was beating and literally the clouds parted and the sun came out. It was better than what I expected! So you can't plan perfection. It just happens.
What did your future wife say?
Well, I looked at the rainy day and said, "This is almost perfect." She said, "What do you mean? It is perfect!" That's when I said, "It will be if you marry me!"
We're melting! Now that you've been married for 15 years, what is the secret of keeping love alive?
You need to really listen to each other…and you have to do what you can to spend great romantic moments together. You never let that out of your sight. I love spending time with my wife and family. Hugh Jackman: A Wolverine In The Sack
You look like such a loving dad in real life to your son Oscar, 11, and daughter Ava, 6. Was it hard to play a distant dad who starts out as a bit of a jerk in Real Steel?
I can't tell you how many times in real life I want to say something to one of my kids, but I walk out of rooms when I'm losing it. This was great therapy.