Antonio Banderas Shares His Secrets to A Happy Marriage

Opening Night Premiere
Actor Antonio Banderas (L) and actress Melanie Griffith attend the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival opening night premiere of "Shrek Forever After" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on April 21, 2010 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »Antonio Banderas believes in love at first sight. He said the moment he laid eyes on his wife of 15 years Melanie Griffith his life changed for the better. And, the love is still alive.

Melanie and Antonio (Photo Agency)
He said: "I was lucky from the very beginning, from the day we met. At the time we were having problems with our respective partners, and those relationships were pretty much over. We were both in very similar situations.

She's very funny. That's one of those things that I've always loved about her, together with her generosity. I couldn't be with someone who is depressed all the time. She helps me get past problems, including the most serious problems that we've had, and she's had. We've got nothing to hide."

Although the couple's relationship hasn't always run smoothly, they have never considered splitting up.  Discussing whether they had ever talked about divorcing, Antonio, 49, said:
No, no. in 15 years, we've never discussed that. We've had rough times like anyone has, and we've had fights. Were a normal couple with ups and downs, but we've never gotten to that point. Never. I'm happy with Melanie.

There's no specific secret, but I guess it's about paying attention to the little things. The details. Like getting up in the morning and embracing seeing her without makeup by saying, 'This is part of the relationship.' That type of really small thing. In constantly rediscovering your partner, knowing there's a way out of any crisis.
See more pictures of Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith here (click any picture):
  • Antonio Banderas in The "Shrek Forever After" Premiere in Los Angeles
  • Antonio Banderas in The "Shrek Forever After" Premiere in Los Angeles
  • Antonio Banderas in The "Shrek Forever After" Premiere in Los Angeles
  • Antonio Banderas in The "Shrek Forever After" Premiere in Los Angeles
  • Antonio Banderas in The "Shrek Forever After" Premiere in Los Angeles
  • Antonio Banderas in The "Shrek Forever After" Premiere in Los Angeles
  • Antonio Banderas in The "Shrek Forever After" Premiere in Los Angeles
  • Antonio Banderas in The "Shrek Forever After" Premiere in Los Angeles
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