Rita Wilson on Lasting Marriage to Tom Hanks
May 08, 2012
The Insider's Brooke Anderson sits down with actress Rita Wilson, who talks about embarking on her new music career and reveals the secret of her 24-year marriage to Tom Hanks.
Wilson -- best known for acting roles in numerous films and TV shows and for being the driving force behind box office hits such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Mamma Mia! -- says performing music has always been her childhood dream and she's now debuting her first album AM/FM, which goes on sale today.
She also performed songs from the album -- which features iconic songs from the '60s and '70s -- at Hollywood's historic Troubadour club last Friday. "I'm really excited about it," Wilson said about taking the stage. "It's a joy to do. It's so much fun, all this week having shows. This is my fourth show this week (Troubadour) and there's nothing better than performing live."
Wilson said Hanks has been incredibly supportive and enthusiastic about her music career and even flew in recently from a movie location to see her perform. "He's been so great about it and when we were recording, he'd say, 'What did you record today, can I hear it?' And then he'd say, 'Oh, I think that's my favorite track.' Now he just says the whole thing is his favorite, he can't choose."
On maintaining her successful marriage to Hanks despite the pressures of Hollywood stardom, Wilson said the secrets include understanding the meaning of commitment, as well as knowing how to remain friends and to make sure to laugh a lot.