Arnold, Maria Still 'Hot for Each Other'
"(We are) still engaged with each other, hot for each other," Shriver, 49, tells Vanity Fair magazine. "There hasn't been a moment when I have been bored."
The movie star-turned-Republican governor of California and his wife, a member of the Democratic Kennedy clan and a journalist, say their differences are exactly what keep the flames of their marriage burning.
"Everyone assumed that I was supposed to marry someone like a John Kerry, some preppy that had gone to Harvard or Yale," says Shriver. "I didn't want to marry those boys – I did not like them. I had been around them my whole life."
For his part, Schwarzenegger, 57, who calls the Kennedy family "the clones," says he understands Shriver's desire to be with someone so different.
"Everyone in the family thinks exactly the same," he says. "If her mother says it is green, it is green. If her father says it is black, it is black. When you are in the family, you think this is normal, and then you meet someone from the outside and the lights go on."
But the couple admits they have had to struggle over hurdles together. The charges that Schwarzenegger had groped women in the past, as well the effect his political aspirations have had on his wife's career as a TV journalist have been rough to navigate.
Shriver calls the womanizing allegations "flat-out tough, painful, no doubt about it." She was also upset over her forced retirement from NBC, which happened after her husband won his bid to become California's governor.
Still, the couple says their marriage is as strong and vivacious as ever.
"I have never met anyone whose marriage is like anyone else's. What is a normal marriage?" asks Shriver. "I am proud of my marriage."