Hugh Jackman gushes over wife: 'She's the greatest thing that happened to me'

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Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness will celebrate 20 years of marriage this April and after all this time, their relationship is still stronger than ever.

The 47-year-old actor gushed over his wife to Ellen DeGeneres, touting that his marriage keeps getting "better and better."

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"She's the greatest thing that ever happened to me," he said. "I'm kind of really grateful that I met before anything kind of happened because everything that's happened in my career and on screen, off screen we've always done it together."

See more photos of the couple through the years below:

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Australian actor Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness attend the 34th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival in Santa Barbara, California, on November 19, 2018. - The 34th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Hugh Jackman with the 13th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film (Photo by LISA O'CONNOR / AFP) (Photo credit should read LISA O'CONNOR/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian actor Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness attend the 10th Annual Governors Awards gala hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California on November 18, 2018. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Hugh Jackman, Deborra-Lee Furness seen on the streets of Manhattan on October 16, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness attend God's Love We Deliver 12th Annual Golden Heart Awards at Spring Studios on October 16, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness speak onstage during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival: Be The Generation in Central Park on September 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-lee Furness attend the opening night gala of the 2018 tennis US Open held at Arthur Ashe stadium of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2018 in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Deborra-lee Furness and Hugh Jackman attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness attend Bob Roth's 'Strength In Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation' book launch party at Joe's Pub on February 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 16: (L-R) Actor Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness are seen on January 16, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 10: Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness attend The Cinema Society & Bluemercury host the premiere of IFC Films' 'Freak Show' at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on January 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Hugh Jackman (L) and Deborra-lee Furness attends the FOX and FX's 2018 Golden Globe Awards After Party on January 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: 75th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Hugh Jackman and actor-producer Deborra-lee Furness arrive to the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Hugh Jackman, Deborra-lee Furness arrives at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 9th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 11, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness attend 'The Greatest Showman' World Premiere aboard the Queen Mary 2 at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on December 8, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness pose in the VIP Lounge during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 7: Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman attend 2017 Stephan Weiss Apple Awards at Urban Zen on June 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Owen Hoffmann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness attend the 2017 Stephan Weiss Apple Awards on June 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Urban Zen Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness at 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Gar�ns:Art of the In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness attend the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Actors Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman are seen at the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21: Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness at the 2016 Angel Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on November 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 9: Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness attend the men's semifinals at Arthur Ashe Stadium on day 12 of the 2016 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 28: Actor Hugh Jackman and actress Deborra-Lee Furness attend the 2016 G'Day Los Angeles Gala at Vibiana on January 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for G'day USA Gala)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 05: Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness arrive ahead of the Red Ball 2015 at the Grand Hyatt on September 5, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness arrive to attend the Men's Final on day fourteen of the 2015 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 13, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 3: Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness attend the funeral of fashion designer Oscar De La Renta at St. Ignatius Of Loyola church on Park Avenue in the upper-east side of Manhattan on November 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 4: Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness attend the match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Gael Monfils of France during Day 11 of the 2014 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 13: Hugh Jackman and Deborra Lee Furness arrives ahead of a screening of Shame as part of the 66th Melbourne International Film Festival on August 13, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Sam Tabone/WireImage)
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The Wolverine star also went into how he met Furness, 60. "That was my first job, where I met her. She was the star I had this major crush on her. Everyone did," Jackman explained. "The whole crew had a crush on her and I was so embarrassed that I didn't talk to her for about a week."

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A week later, he says he got the courage to ask Furness to a dinner party. "I invited her over and about 20 other people, and she said, 'What's the matter, have I annoyed you? You're not talking to me anymore. What have I done wrong?'" he recalled. "I'd had a couple and I said 'Look I got a crush on you, I'll get over it,'" he said. "And she went, 'Oh really.' And I was like, 'Oh, this is bad.' And she goes, 'Yeah, I got one on you too.' ...That was it."

When ET chatted with Jackman in September, he revealed that his anniversary plans are inspired by the movie Begin Again. "Remember the splitter moment...Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo with headphones with a splitter so you could both be listening to the same song and walking around?" Jackman said of the 2013 film. "I was like, I'm knicking that idea. Thanks Mark!"

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