"Susan holds one pillar and I hold the other and this creative arc of tension just flows between us," he said.
They were an unlike match, two pieces that even they didn't believe would fit together at first. He was the bad boy while she had crystal-clean slate. But Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Levin grew so close that every sign in their life told them this was it.
It was far from being love at first sight for them. They met in 2003 on the set of Gothika, in which he was acting and she was producing. "The main thing I remember about meeting him was thinking how strange he was," Susan Levin said. During the filming of the movie, they would have lunch together and even work out together. And after working with him for a few weeks, her image of him started to change.
"One day, when we were on the treadmills, Robert goes, 'Levin, you wanna go to dinner?' and I said, 'Eh, I'll grab something to eat,' so we agreed to go change and meet in the lobby," Susan Levin said. "And as he walked down the stairs toward me, I remember looking up at him and suddenly thinking, He's really cute."
Robert Downey Jr. used to be described as a tortured soul but now his life has drastically changed because of his loving wife. In Hollywood, she's unofficially titled the Miracle That Saved Robert Downey Jr., according to Harper's Bazaar.-
"She is the font of all good things," Robert Downey Jr. said about the way she directed his life for the better. "It's as if she has some sort of calming effect," writer and producer, David Dobkin, told The Hollywood Reporter.
He had spiraled deep into drug addiction, but when he saw the magic between him and Susan Levin, he gave his vices up because he didn't want to lose the special relationship they had.
"I think he saw what we had," Susan Levin said. "There was something magical there, something we couldn't put our finger on. He always says that we became this third thing when we got together — something that neither of us could have become by ourselves — and I think that's true."
The two of them got married in 2005, according to Showbiz Cheat Sheet, and in both their marriage as well as their careers, they hold the two ends up to make things work. "Susan holds one pillar and I hold the other and this creative arc of tension just flows between us," he said as they love making movies together.
Earlier, they had promised each other that they would never spend more than a fortnight apart. But they realized that the best way to stop missing each other was to make movies together. "Before I met Susan, I didn't even know what producers did, except yell at you when you did something they didn't like," Robert Downey Jr. said. "Now that I understand what they do, she's the only one I want."
Even though it was the most terrifying decision that Susan Levin made, she never regrets taking a chance with Robert Downey Jr. blossomed into something absolutely beautiful. She said, "I think there's something about running toward what scares you."
It wasn't just Susan Levin who become Robert Downey Jr.'s saving grace, but even he had a drastic effect on her life that brought out the best in her. About her life before meeting him, she said, "I was very focused, driven, rigid, work-oriented. I didn't care about having a family or making a home. I didn't think about kids. It's not that I didn't want those things, I just didn't think about them."
But Robert Downey Jr. made everything in her life fall into place. She said, "Then I had someone who came in as a tornado, this creative, beautiful ball of insane energy and passion. And it completely opened me up."