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Leoni Online: The Articles — New Idea Magazine

A Love Out Of This World Sexy stars Téa Leoni and David Duchovny have defied the odds to have a happy Hollywood marriage Téa Leoni was determined never to wed again – until she met her second husband, former X-Files star David Duchovny. “When I was young, I thought if you get married, your life automatically turns out right,” says the 35-year-old star of Jurassic Park III. “I thought my partner and I were going to be superheroes together and take on he world. That’s how I’d always seen my parents. So when I got divorced, it hit me as a terrible failure.” “I thought: “Why wasn’t I able to pull it off if they could?” ” reveals Téa, whose two year marriage to director Neal Tardio Jr. ended six years ago. “My parents are still so mad for each other. After my divorce I though I’d never have that, and it broke my heart.” The stunning actor says she and her first husband were too young when they married and weren’t right for each other. “I’d decided I was never going to do it again until I came up with a good reason. But I don’t think I ever really came up with a good reason. I just met David!” she says, her expression dissolving into a girlish grin. “In David I found someone so much better and more than I thought was available and deserved. He was the fantasy man I never had. Our marriage is a triumph. I am never bored in or around David’s mind. Or body. We have a great time together.” Yet she adds that they are not some naive love-struck pair. “Neither David nor I are innocents, which is shy I think we’ve got a strong relationship,” she explains. “Neither of us is deluded enough to think every morning we’ll wake up in love. We very well may, but if we don’t neither of us would panic. I remember saying to David: “Whatever happens, let’s not give up. Let’s not quit.” While Téa goes on to describe the fairytale aspects of her whirlwind romance with David, 42 – the couple wed in 1997, four months after they’d met – their marriage has not been without its heartaches. Together they faced the biggest crisis of their lives when their daughter Madelaine West developed double pneumonia and a respiratory virus at just nine months of age. “Then West developed an allergic reaction to the drug they gave her,” Téa recalls. “For a couple of days, we didn’t know if she was going to make it.” While West, who’s now two years old, made a complete recovery, the impact of the near-tragedy lingers. “David and I learnt a lot from it,” Téa says. “We realized how well we worked together. We were able to encourage each other’s strengths and support each other’s weaknesses.” Téa spent the following three months nursing West back to health, before kickstarting her career with a vengeance. Jurassic Park III, which also stars Sam Neill, opens in Australia on August 30. She’ll then be seen opposite Al Pacino in People I Know, and next year in Woody Allen’s Hollywood Ending. These days she and David have little free time, but when they do, they indulge in their famous cheeky painting. “David and I did some butt painting for a charity auction,” Téa explains. “My husband gets totally naked while I apply paint to his butt. I call myself “the paint loader.” “I defy anyone to say that David and I don’t know how to have fun. We have a very healthy attitude to sex.” Téa tries to keep a straight face as she confesses she was crushed to learn her husband was not the sex addict he had been portrayed in the tabloids. “In our early days together we did attempt sex in the sauna, but we made ourselves sick for the next 24 hours, with the worst dehydration!” She’s the first to admit Hollywood can take its toll on even the happiest of marriages and says: “I’m very careful about the amount of time I spend apart from my husband. It is hard to be away, and we realize this is a great prize that deserves to be respected and not taken for granted.” To this end, the couple have turned to therapy. “Sometimes we go in together. It’s like a date,” Téa says. “I go once a week. It’s more important than a new couch, a personal trainer or a facial.: It’s Téa’s devil-may-care quality that’s enchanted Hollywood’s power brokers. In many ways, she’s one of the boys. A self described ‘motorhead’, she drives a BMW 540i, plays a mean game of golf, enjoys single-malt Scotch, smokes like a chimney [Mon notes: I think this is false, now… didn’t she quit?] swears like a trooper and burps with a flourish. Her theatricality comes from her grandmother Helenka Adamowska, a Broadway and silent-film star, who once even received billing over Clara Bow.

“Hollywood was in my blood,” Téa says with a mock theatrical sigh. “But it’s not my work that brings me satisfaction today,” she adds. “It’s being a mother. My family means more than anything to me. I wouldn’t risk it or trade it for anything in the world.”