An unconventional love: How Felicity Huffman and William H Macy survived Hollywood and found true happiness
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy's love story is so dreamy that it would put even the most popular romantic movies to shame
Their love story is so dreamy that it would put even the most popular romantic movies to shame!
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy are celebrating their 21st wedding anniversary this week, and through the years, the duo has become one of the strongest couples out there in the industry. Over the last one year alone, the two have worked together on film projects, even rebuilding a vacation home for themselves since it holds deep, sentimental value to Huffman, as per E! News.
Huffman and Macy met each other at the Atlantic Theater Company, where she had been enrolled by her mother's persistence, who was the actual force behind the actress becoming what she is today. When the two met, Huffman described it as "love at first sight". In an interview, she said, "He was certainly worth it."
However, Huffman surely wasn't the one to make the first move. The couple dated each other on and off for 15 years, during which Macy proposed to her multiple times before she finally agreed to marry him. She told the Tribune News that her rejections stemmed from her fear of losing herself and that their marriage wouldn't succeed.
"I thought I'd disappear. Men's stock when they get married goes up. Women's stock goes down," she said. Moreover, Huffman was also worried about the statistics of how many marriages end up in divorce, especially when it comes to people in the show business.
During their on-and-off relationship, Huffman revealed that there was a three-year period where she was in a very dark place. "That dark time changed me, I think, for the better," she says. And even though the two spent times apart from each other, they knew that they would somehow find their way back to each other.
After about 4 to 5 years after their separation, Macy asked her to marry him again. "I was finally smart enough to go: ‘I'm going to marry this guy or really lose him for good.'" she says of the proposal she accepted. And the couple finally tied the knot on September 6, 1997, saying, "I do" under a big cottonwood tree in the backyard of her childhood home.
The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Sophia Grace a few years later, and soon after, her sister Georgia Grace was born. Although Macy did not become a father until he was 50, he admitted that the timing for him was perfect. "I'm glad I did it late in life. I had more patience, and I had money. I didn't think I'd ever be a father, and boy, do I really like it!" the star told Closer Weekly.
Both Macy and Huffman are extremely loving parents to both their daughters, and the couple frequently keeps sharing their cute family moments on Instagram from time to time. Recently, Huffman posted a photo of her husband dancing with one of their daughters wearing a tiered, lace dress. "The girl tried on her prom dress. The dad took her for a spin," she captioned the moment.
However, what has made the couple's relationship stronger is their mutual love for acting. Both Huffman and Macy have worked on quite a lot of iconic roles in the past, and the duo has also had the joy of working on projects together.
"She's soulful and deep, emotionally. She's a big presence and can draw on that any time she wants… She'll learn an entire play before the first day of rehearsing, off book. She works really hard. She'll call an acting coach and work with them, she'll call a vocal coach. Then finally, she's smart, she's been doing this a long time. She's got chops, you can count on her," Macy explains of his wife's immense talent.
Even though she won an Emmy for her performance as Lynette Scavo on 'Desperate Housewives', Huffman says she still improves as a performer when she acts alongside her husband. "You know how if you play a sport with someone who is better than you, your game will improve? It's true with acting as well," she explained to Closer. "We read each other's scripts; we work together. We both love acting—it's the only language that we have," Macy added.
When Huffman's childhood home in Colorado, where the couple got married, was put up for sale, Macy decided to help his wife rebuild the place after buying the land, so that the family could live in the same place where Huffman has a lot of childhood memories attached. Now, the two share evenings together at their new home, with Macy playing his ukulele and Huffman saying it will be a place where, "[it] will continue to swell with more Thanksgivings, Christmases, weddings, and grandchildren walking to school through the hay fields."
And if their marriage looks anything like goals to you, that's because they think so too! When asked about the secret to their fairytale married life, Macy told E! News, "We got lucky! Marry Felicity Huffman," and his wife answered, "Marry Bill Macy."