Three and a half decades into his marriage, Denzel Washington has learned a few things about what makes his lasting love with wife Pauletta work.
“I do what I’m told. I keep my mouth shut,” Washington, 63, joked to PEOPLE.
The Equalizer 2 star also revealed that when he and his wife celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in June, they did so in a low-key way. “We just chilled, had some dinner,” he said. “It was kind of quiet.”
So what is their secret? What makes a marriage work for three decades?
“There’s too many things!” said Washington of what he appreciates most about his better half. “What pops into my head: security, food, a beautiful home. The difference between a house and a home, it’s a big difference. You can buy a house, but that doesn’t make it a home – and not to say a man can’t make a home a home, but my wife has made our house a home, and raised these beautiful kids [John David,33, Katia, 30, twins Olivia and Malcolm, 27] and protected them and sacrificed for them, she did the heavy-lifting.”