Paul Bettany first saw Jennifer Connelly in 1986's "Labyrinth" and was immediately taken by her, but both actors were just teenagers and wouldn't meet until several years later, when they worked together on "A Beautiful Mind." Surprisingly, it was the 9/11 attacks that made Bettany realize he had to go after Connelly.
9/11 made millions of Americans reevaluate what was important to them and what they should do to make the most of life, and Bettany described how he ran home and "spent two days trying to call this woman that I sort of barely knew. I remember very clearly thinking to myself, 'What are you doing?'"
When Bettany finally reached Connelly, he told her, "I'm coming over, let's get married," and she agreed. The two wed in 2003 and are parents to Stellan and Agnes Lark, and Connelly has a son, Kai, from a previous relationship. Bettany says of his family of five, "there is nobody on earth with whom I could be having a better time."