‘Shameless’ Actor William H. Macy on Felicity Huffman Marriage: “I Look at It As a Lifesaver”

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In every way, he’s unashamed. Shameless actor William H. Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman, gave the sweetest interview ever while chatting this week about their marriage of 20 years.

“I don’t look at it as an achievement, I look at it as a lifesaver,” the Fargo star told Us Weekly. “I’m the luckiest guy, I won the lottery. I love being married to Felicity. I love being married, I really like it. Although I have screwed it up before. I just got lucky. There’s no secret, I got lucky.”

Huffman, like her husband, shares the same exact sentiments. “I lucked out,” the Desperate Housewives actress chimed in. “I married Bill Macy. But that’s as far as I can go. I don’t know how you make marriage work, I just got lucky. I have no idea.”

The pair first fell in love in the early 1980s, but dated for nearly 15 years before she finally accepted his proposals. Yes, plural. “I was so scared of marriage that I thought I would’ve preferred to step in front of a bus,” Huffman previously told Tribune News. In September 1997, they married.

Now, the spouses and Krystal co-stars share two teenage daughters together. “As a father, I love that he always tells the truth,” Huffman told Us Weekly in the same interview. “As a husband, I love that he cherishes me.”

He added: “She is 100% supportive. She can criticize them, but she’s got your back. You’ll never question it. She’s got a lot of love and a great sense of humor. She can be self-deprecating. She’s fierce, which my daughters just love, and they emulate.”

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.