For long, he didn't believe in the idea of marriage but now that he's happily married, he wished he had done it sooner.
The moment you think of some of your favorite romantic comedies, one of the 90s hunks that comes to mind is Hugh Grant. From his timeless on-screen romance with America's sweetheart Julia Roberts to his unmatched comedic timing in Four Weddings and a Funeral, the now 58-year-old actor has been part of some of the biggest hits in yesteryears. But not many are aware of the fact that, for a long time, the hopeless romantic that he played onscreen was really not the person he was in real life.
As far as blue-eyed actors go, Hugh Grant is at the very top of the list for many. With a smile that'll make your heart melt to that adorable British accent that you just can't seem to get enough of, Grant has won many hearts with his effortless charm over the years.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he was asked, "Hugh, you've said that you permanently have an inferiority complex because you are 'just the guy from romantic comedies.' Is that true?". And to this, Hugh Grant answered, "Well, yes, but less now because I've gotten too old and ugly and fat to do them anymore, so now I've done other things and I've got marginally less self-hatred."
Although the actor couldn't love his wife and his children more, he still has moments where he can't accept himself. For a long time, he's felt like his onscreen characters in romantic have boxed him into someone that he doesn't particularly like. Despite all the success and all the fame, he still felt like he was being limited. While he's begun to make different choices for his acting career, the one thing he seems to be extremely happy about is his role as a father and a husband.
Long before he met the woman of his dreams who made him want to say, "I do," Hugh Grant was someone who was very against the institution of marriage and believed that it was something that was stopping people from being truly happy. He said that he was "not a massive believer in marriage," and described it as the complete opposite of what it's meant to be — "unromantic".
Previously, the actor had told US radio host Howard Stern, "Do I think human beings are meant to be in 40-year-long monogamous, faithful relationships? … No," as reported by The Telegraph. At the time, he didn't believe that the idea of marriage was a good idea at all, saying that people can see the worst in a person when they are married, saying that it brings out "possessiveness, ownership and jealousy".
He also added, “I think there's something unromantic about marriage. You’re closing yourself off." But all this was before he met Anna Eberstein, whom he fell deeply in love with over the years. Grant was gushing about his bride in 2018 as they finally decided to tie the knot and got married. And he even admitted that he wished he had gotten married earlier to Anna Eberstein, who he had been with for years before they exchanged vows.
Later on, when he was asked about how his life has been as a newlywed, he said, “It’s really nice, I can’t pretend it isn’t,” he said. “I should have done it before. I’m just lucky. I’m lucky. I’ve got a great wife. I love her,” according to People.
After having climbed the ladder of success in the film industry and having earned himself a world-wide reputation, he doesn't count any of that as the most important thing in his life. Being a father is what he said was the "nicest thing". When he spoke about fatherhood, he said, “It was the nicest thing that’s ever happened to me —he said sounding clichéd — but it happens to be true.”
Having a family is what showed him the deeper side of love as he saw how raising three children changed him. He added, “It’s just lovely to have all that love around. Suddenly you love someone more than yourself. It’s unheard of in my case and they love you and it’s all enchanting.”
While the dashing star has been melting hearts of people around the world for a significant part of his life, he finally has found a big space for love in his own life over the past few years.