Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick Have Kept Their Marriage Going Strong for 29 Years
Although Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick officially met while making the 1988 TV movie Lemon Sky, they'd actually exchanged words in a diner years before, and had a connection that they wouldn't learn about until decades later (they're distant cousins).
Even on the set of Lemon Sky, 22-year-old Kyra didn't think Kevin was her type. "I vividly remember looking at his butt when he walked away after we first met and thinking, Well, I guess some girls like that," she told Redbook.
But Bacon won her over somehow—perhaps reminding Sedgwick about the time, at age 12, she complimented his play performance after running into him in a restaurant—and the co-stars starting dating shortly after. They tied the knot on Sept. 4, 1988, when she was 23 and he was 30.
The couple recently celebrated their 29th anniversary (the Footloose star commemorated the occasion with a sultry throwback Instagram post), and if Sedgwick's 2008 Redbook interview is any indicator, sex and dinner were definitely part of the evening.
"Sex is really important. That desire is there," Sedgwick has said. "When he walks into a room, I'm still…I mean, my heart gets a little fluttery and I think, 'Oh! He's so cute. He's so hot.' That's literally the first thing I think. You can ask people on the set—it's palpable."
Besides Lemon Sky, the pair has appeared together in Pyrates (1991), Murder in the First(1995), The Woodsman (2004), Cavedweller (2004), and Loverboy (2005), in addition to Lifetime's Story of a Girl (2016), directed by Sedgwick and starring Bacon.
After collaborating on so many projects and two children (son Travis, 29, and daughter Sosie, 25) it may come as a surprise that Sedgwick says Bacon's "still a mystery" to her.
"We've been married for so long and there are no secrets. But I never in a million years thought there would
"When I look back at our first four years...by that time we'd had our second kid, and I look back at those pictures and I think, 'Gosh, I didn't know him at all!' I loved him, but I didn't know him, and he probably didn't know me," she added.
Sedgwick credits their strong relationship to several factors. First, they're committed to being together for the long haul, no matter what conflicts arise. Secondly, when their kids were young, they kept the marriage the top priority, making a point to be alone together and have date nights. "It's the foundation on which everything is built," said Sedgwick. "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."
Now, with their pearl wedding anniversary on the horizon, Sedgwick admits there's a certain type of co-dependency in the marriage. "I think, because my father and mother split up when I was very young, there was a part of me at the beginning of our marriage that thought, I'm cool alone. I love him, but I'm strong enough to handle life without him," she has said. "But now he is the person I count on to live and walk through life with."
From: Country Living US
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