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The actor's wife cracks that she's laying down the law when it comes to her husband's potential costars

July 06, 2015 11:25 AM

Well, all couples have their lines in the sand – even in Hollywood.

For actress Deborra-Lee Furness, that means her handsome husband, Hugh Jackman, 49, isn’t “allowed” to star opposite Angelina Jolie Pitt.

In an interview with the Today Show in Australia on Monday, Furness, 59, joked she’s made arrangements to make sure her husband, 49, isn’t cast alongside the sultry star.

“I’ve told his agent he’s not allowed to work with Angelina, I’m sure she’s lovely,” Lee-Furness says, then adds, “I’m just kidding.”

Lee-Furness says she’s actually a huge fan of Jolie – both on- and offscreen – and mentioned the good work the 40-year-old actress has done for adoption and world aid. The couple were on the show to spread awareness for Adopt Change, an organization that aims to empower Australians to engage with issues affecting adoption.

Lee-Furness and Jackman, who met on the set of the Australian drama Corelli, have been married for 19 years. She says it’s important to choose wisely – especially in show business, where you kiss your partner goodbye and he’s off to kiss someone else for an acting part.

“It just goes to show, if you get it right, if you pick the right partner, then you traverse all those travails and challenges.”

The couple, who struggled to conceive a child naturally, have two adopted children, Oscar, 14, and Ava, 9.

So, what’s their secret to a long and happy union? “Deb had a rule, never apart for more than two weeks,” Jackman explained, saying that early in their relationship he learned it was best to say “yes” to her every whim.

Lee-Furness, for her part, says she likes having Jackman around. “He tells really good jokes, I mean I miss him,” she says, of his occasional absences.

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