Against all odds, Angela Bassett and her husband, Courtney B. Vance, have managed to stay together and stay in love for twenty years.

In an interview with Jesse Cagle of PEOPLE, she revealed that she was surprised she had already made it to twenty years.

"I don’t keep count!” she told Cagle on The Jesse Cagle Interview. "I hope that means I stay in the moment."

Angela Bassett, 59, has received critical acclaim for her roles across multiple seasons of American Horror Story, and is recently in the spotlight for her work in Black Panther. Courtney B. Vance, 57, has also made a successful career in television, receiving praise for his work in FX's American Crime Story.

Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Slater, and Bronwyn, Twitter
Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance, and their children, Slater and Bronwyn, at the premier for Black Panther (Twitter)

She revealed that the couple got together 14 years after they first met in drama school.

She told Cagle, "He had a beautiful, beautiful girlfriend at the time, who was also in drama school with us. So maybe about 14 years later, our paths crossed here in Los Angeles. And I was single, he was single."

She went on to describe her admiration for her husband, "And I had such an appreciation for him over those years — of his consistency, how he treated other people, of what a supporter he is, what a connector of people and ideas he is, how passionate he is."

Bassett spoke highly of her husband's talents on the screen and at home, calling him "an amazing father" and "a phenomenal person and actor."

She described how supportive and reliable Vance was, saying, "It’s not like I expect this, I expect that from you; Dinner on the table every day, or this, that and the other." She continued, "I have to go sometimes. I can’t be there sometimes, and he steps in there. He’s right there."

Bassett and Vance welcomed twins, Slater and Bronwyn, in 2006, and the couple have authored a book with Hilary Beard, Friends: A Love Story.

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