If Tom Hanks is America’s dad then Rita Wilson is our mom… and you don’t mess with mama!
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have one of the happiest marriages in Hollywood, it seems. In addition to raising their famous family, the pair collaborate frequently — and even played siblings in Sleepless in Seattle! So it’s no surprise that the Elvis actor is fast to defend his wife.
On Wednesday night in New York City, the couple was swarmed by frenzied fans while walking to their car. As passersby scrambled for selfies with actors, one of them fell into Wilson, making her trip. “Stop it,” she said, stumbling. And that’s when Hanks lost his usual cool.
“That is my wife, back the f*** off!” he shouted at the crowd, putting a hand on the man who was closest to Wilson. He continued angrily — “Knocking over my wife?!” — and glared menacingly at the group before both he and Wilson were ushered into their SUV.
The moral of the story? Even Tom Hanks gets pissed sometimes.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s Love Story
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson first met on the set of Hanks’ show, Bosom Buddies, in 1981. And they reunited while filming the comedy Volunteers four years later. At that time, Hanks was still married to his first wife, Samantha Lewes (with whom he shares his older children, Colin Hanks and Elizabeth Hanks). But they soon separated, and he and Wilson went public with their relationship in 1986 at the premiere of Three Amigos.
Since then, they have appeared in many movies together, including That Thing You Do!, Sleepless in Seattle, and Larry Crowne: an underrated gem, directed by Hanks.
The couple shares two grown sons, Chet and Truman.