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Originally posted 10/13/2011 11:35AM
Something wasn't quite right with Antonio Banderas. But his wife, Melanie Griffith, only later realized what was wrong.
The Spanish actor was filming Pedro Almodóvar's psychological thriller The Skin I Live In, and it was consuming him.
"When Melanie watched the movie in Toronto, something interesting happened," Banderas, 51, said Wednesday at the film's New York Film Festival premiere. "That night, when we got to the hotel, she was just looking at me weird ... and she said to me, 'Now I understand why you acted like that the last three months of your life!' "
Originally posted 09/22/2011 08:00AM
In 15 years of marriage, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith "have had as many problems as anybody," he admits. Among them was Griffith's stint in rehab, her third, two years ago.
"We've never hidden it. We've been open about addictions, in the case of Melanie," the actor tells AARP The Magazine in its November issue.
This openness extends to their children, says Banderas. The couple have one daughter together, Stella, who turns 15 this week. Griffith also has two children from previous relationships, Alexander, 26, and Dakota, 21.
"The pretending is the worst, because kids are so smart," Banderas says. "They can see through all of those things, and if you don't talk openly about problems, it creates a very dark place. They carry that through the rest of their lives, to their marriages, to their kids."
Originally posted 05/20/2010 08:40AM
"The whole family, we have been around her, and it is a good message for people that have that type of problem … There is nothing in the world that cannot be cured by love. That is the most important thing."
Antonio Banderas, on wife Melanie Griffith's successful battle to overcome an addiction to painkillers, to Ellen DeGeneres, on Thursday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 05/16/2010 08:30PM
Most dads sweat it out as their daughters approach dating age. Not Antonio Banderas.
"My daughter, at 13 years old, is way more mature than me," the Spanish hunk tells PEOPLE of his and wife Melanie Griffith's youngest child, Stella. Describing the teen as "very selective, she knows exactly what she wants," Banderas, who turns 50 this August, promises "I'm not going to jump [in] unless there is [something] that's going to damage her."
But the loving father also sees the need for Stella to experience both the good and the bad.
Originally posted 05/13/2010 01:05PM
Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith are a rarity in Hollywood – a couple married for 15 years and still going strong despite divorce rumors and stints in rehab. So, what's their secret?
"There is one virtue that is very underrated and that's passion," Banderas told PEOPLE at the New York launch of his fragrance, The Secret. "If you lose your passion, all these other virtues that are way more important, they just all fall."
The actor, 49, who also displayed his first photography exhibition "Secrets on Black" with pieces auctioned via Charity Buzz to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, says that hard times can make a union stronger.
"We have been in crisis sometimes and we knew that if just waited to cross that tunnel that we were just in, at the end we were going to be stronger," he said. "We believed, very much, in each other and we've been battling with everything that happens in our lives because at the end we knew there was a reward. And the reward in my case was her."
Originally posted 04/22/2010 10:15AM
Having said she's beaten back the "monster" she calls her 30-year-old substance-abuse problems, an elegant Melanie Griffith looked the picture of health at her husband Antonio Banderas's side for Wednesday's opening of New York's Tribeca Film Festival. It was certainly a cause for many celebrations.
"He did everything," Griffith 52, told PEOPLE about Banderas's help during her struggle. (Last August, Griffith entered rehab for the third time, following stints in 1988 and 2000.) "He has been an amazing man."
"It's tough," Banderas, 49, admitted to PEOPLE, as he and Griffith appeared on the red carpet for the animated feature Shrek Forever After, in which the handsome Spaniard is not seen but heard – as the swashbuckling feline Puss in Boots.
Originally posted 04/21/2010 06:30AM
After battling substance-abuse problems on and off for more than 30 years, Melanie Griffith says the "monster" has been contained.
"Addiction's a tough enemy to defeat," the Oscar-nominated actress tells Spain's ¡Hola! magazine in a new interview. "I think of it as a monster. If I feed it, it will always want more and more, so now I'm letting it starve to death in a corner. But it's always there."
Last August, the actress, 52, entered rehab for a third time, following stints in 1988 and 2000. She tells the magazine she became addicted to painkillers following a skiing accident.
Originally posted 09/09/2009 08:00AM
Melanie Griffith's recent admission to a rehab clinic isn't something husband Antonio Banderas is going to sweep under the rug.
"It's not a rumor, but let me explain to you," Banderas, 49, tells Ellen DeGeneres in an interview to air on Wednesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
"It was said actually in some magazine that I said that I gave an ultimatum to my wife. That I present the matter of divorce because she has been involved in addictions and blah, blah, blah," says the actor. "Melanie has been addicted for many years and we always came out. We said it out loud. It was okay, we were never embarrassed of the situation but what happened she was clean and sober for six years."
But six years of clean living was endangered after Griffith, 52, had a skiing accident in Aspen, Co., a year and a half ago. Three operations in her knee required her to use narcotics – and come face-to-face with her demons again.
Originally posted 09/03/2009 10:10AM
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