The two actors reflect on their decades-long relationship after spending almost 40 years dedicated to each other.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell first met in the year 1968 on the set of "The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band." During the musical film's production, there was some chemistry between the two actors but nothing really came of it. However, a few years later, they felt a spark when they chanced upon each other once again. It has been almost four decades since that time, and while they dated and even married other people before finding one another, their love is now only growing stronger. Their whirlwind romance began with a quirky first date and has blossomed into a lasting relationship filled with love, support and respect.
Hawn recalled the first time she met Russell in an interview with BBC Radio 4, according to Oprah Magazine, "I was 21 and he was 16. I thought he was adorable, but he was much too young. Then, years later we met up again, and I remembered that I liked him very much when I first met him. We both said we would never go out with another actor so it just shows you never can tell." The couple went on their first date after destiny brought them back together at an audition for their next movie, "Swing Shift."
"He was so good-looking, but he had no pretense about him," the actress shared with People Magazine. "I could tell right away he was not a womanizer." Their first date began at the Playboy Club, where they went swing dancing. Later on, they decided to make a visit to Hawn's newly purchased home. However, there was one issue: She had forgotten her key. The pair had to "break in" to essentially get inside her own home. Russell explained, "We eventually found our way upstairs, looking around at imaginary furniture and we were in the imaginary bedroom, now, and we are realistically having sex when the police walked in because we had to break into the place to get in."
Ever since that eventful first date, Hawn and Russell have been inseparable from one another. Together, they have remained devoted to each other, loved each other through all the obstacles and raised children together. Nonetheless, there is one thing the couple never did: exchange wedding vows. According to the actress, marriage simply seems unnecessary. "We have done just perfectly without marrying," she stated in an interview with Now To Love. "I already feel devoted, and isn't that what marriage is supposed to do? So as long as my emotional state is in a state of devotion, honesty, caring, and loving, then we're fine." Given their long and nurturing relationship, Russell had a few words of advice to offer others looking to sustain the relationships they are in: "I think the secret is to know when to depend on somebody and when not to. It's important that you are able to hold up your side of the house. I believe that one person can't bear the whole burden because then their shoulders start getting heavy."