She Thought He Was Gay: Phoebe Cates And Kevin Kline’s Unusual Road To Marriage
January 11, 2019 18:19 By Fabiosa
Before intertwining their lives with each other and becoming a couple, Kevin Kline was a star of Sophie's Choice, and Phoebe was known for Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Gremlins.
They met for the first time during Phoebe’s audition for a role in The Big Chill, and it was love from first sight. They married each other after six years of dating, in 1989.
Kevin Kline has once revealed the hilarious story of the beginning of their relations. Turned out, his future wife thought he was actually gay. But after Kevin realized it, he managed to convince Phoebe that he was straight, and finally won her heart:
Before I met Phoebe, she'd seen me in Sophie's Choice. And when we first started dating, she said `you know, I'd sort of assumed you were gay. I said `oh really. Why?' And she said `well, you come from the theatre, you seemed so clean - and you really used your hands a lot on that movie. I don't think I use my hands that much. At least, no more than most Italian men. But, funnily enough, one of the reasons why people suspect my character Howard is gay is because he uses his hands a lot, too.
By the way, Phoebe and Kevin have a rather big age difference – she is 16 years younger than her husband. But Kevin claims it is an ideal difference, and even has an explanation for his choice of a young wife. He says he understood the necessity and importance of having a family only when he was 40-ish, and if he married someone his own age or even older, there was no guarantee they could have mutual children:
I was 40-ish, when I finally stopped obsessing about acting and thought it would be nice to have a life and actually got married. If I had married someone my own age, the possibility of progeny would have been very slim. I didn't consciously say: 'Hey, we could make babies; want to get married?' It just happened that way.
Kevin and Phoeve have two beautiful children: Owens Joseph Kline and Greta Simone Kline. Greta is mostly known for her stage name Frankie Cosmos, and has become a musician and a songwriter.
This couple is so inspiring! Despite the confusing situation at the beginning of their relationship, they managed to be happy together and build a wonderful family.