EXCLUSIVE: William H. Macy says the secret to a 20-year Hollywood relationship is 'marry Felicity Huffman'


William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman have been one of Hollywood's most inspiring couples for the last two decades and as they are coming up on their 20th wedding anniversary, the Shameless star says the secret to their success is sharing "common interests" and open communication.

"Felicity and I talk about it all. We read each other's scripts and we love to talk about acting," Macy told ET's Deidre Behar at press junket for the upcoming romantic comedy The Layover, which Macy directed. "She insists that we talk. She keeps us talking, which I'm not completely against."

"I'll talk, but talking leads to feeling and that's a slippery slope to living in your life and I'm Lutheran, I'm not sure I want to do that," Macy joked.

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Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy during ABC's 1998 Summer TCA Press Tour All-Star Party at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
361253 16: William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman at the Independent Spirit Award Nominations in Los Angeles, CA, August 1, 1998. (Photo by Russ Einhorn / Liaison Agency)
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy during First Annual Project A.L.S. at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman during 'Bowfinger' Los Angeles Premiere at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
SPORTS NIGHT - 'When Something Wicked This Way Comes' - Airdate: October 12, 1999. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) FELICITY HUFFMAN;WILLIAM H. MACY
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: US actor William H. Macy(L) arrives at the premiere of her new film 'Magnolia' with co-star Felicity Huffman(R) in Los Angeles, CA 08 December 1999. The film is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and also stars Tom Cruise and Julianne Moore. AFP PHOTO/Lucy NICHOLSON (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
SPORTS NIGHT - 'And the Crowd Goes Wild' - Airdate: February 8, 2000. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) FELICITY HUFFMAN;WILLIAM H. MACY
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2001: William H. Macy and his wife, actress Felicity Huffman, arrive for a benefit screening of the movie 'Jurassic Park III' for the Atlantic Theater Company at the Sony Lincoln Square theater. Macy stars in the film. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy during 2004 Emmy Creative Arts Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 19: Actors Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy attend the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 19, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman during The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Showtime After Party at Morton's in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by J. Shearer/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 11: Actors William Macy and Felicity Huffman backstage at the Heart Truth Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Tent at Bryant Park on February 11, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for IMG)
VENICE, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actors Felicity Huffman and William Macy attend the Cast of ABC's Desperate Housewives Step Up to Benefit Homeless Youth Fundraiser presented by StandUp For Kids/LA fundraiser at The G2 Gallery which featured photographer Tom Stone's award winning Portraits of Kids Living on the Streets on February 6, 2010 in Venice, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for InStyle Magazine)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 21: Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy arrive at the Hollywood Stars Bowl For Project A.L.S. at Lucky Strikes on April 21, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)
<> at Resort at Pelican Hill on May 28, 2010 in Newport Beach, California.
William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, nominee Best Actress in a Leading Role for 'Transamerica' (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 16: Actor William H. Macy and wife actress Felicity Huffman arrive at Fox Searchlight Pictures Premiere Of 'Thank You for Smoking' held at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood on March 16, 2006. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy during The 20th Annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon - Arrivals at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Eva Longoria (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage for GLAAD)
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy during Esquire House 360 Hosts Annual Cocktail Party for Oxfam - Red Carpet at Esquire House in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actor William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman arrive at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton on January 15, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Actress Felicity Huffman and actor William H. Macy arrive to unveil 'Got Milk' ad and announce Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine 'Family Of The Year' at Zimmer Museum on May 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Beck Starr/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 22: Jennifer Grey, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman arrive for the 'Trust Me' - Los Angeles Premiere at the Egyptian Theatre on May 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 22: (L-R) Felicity Huffman, Clark Gregg, William H. Macy and Sam Rockwell arrive for the 'Trust Me' - Los Angeles Premiere at the Egyptian Theatre on May 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: (L-R) Actors Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Eva Longoria attend the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Actors William H. Macy (L) and Felicity Huffman attend the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for AFI)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Actors Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Selena Gomez arrive at the Los Angeles VIP Screening of 'Rudderless' at the Vista Theatre on October 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actors Felicity Huffman (L) and William H. Macy attend the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actor William H. Macy and wife/actress Felicity Huffman arrive at the premiere of 'Stealing Cars' held at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 13: Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy arrive at the Premiere of A24's 'Room' at Pacific Design Center on October 13, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actors William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman attend the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman attend the Showtime Emmy Eve Party at Sunset Tower on September 17, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
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Ultimately, Macy said he had one surefire way to ensure a successful Hollywood union: "Marry Felicity Huffman."

But since that option isn't really on the table for anyone else, Macy suggested, "Marry someone nice."

As the milestone anniversary approaches, the 67-year-old star said he and his wife are planning on doing something big to celebrate the impressive occasion.

"We've always fantasized about pushing all the furniture back, getting a full dance band and inviting all our pals over and having a dance, an old-fashioned swing dance kind of thing."

Macy and Huffman are also the proud parents of two teenage daughters -- 17-year-old Sofia and 15-year-old Georgia -- and the Fargo actor got very candid about how he's dealing with his own kids looking for love and forging their first romances.

"I'm trying to wean myself off of saying all those clichés like, 'I'll just have a .45 on the table when he comes in,'" Macy said. "If I'm really gonna be honest, I hope my daughters are well-adjusted and keep themselves safe and have lots of love affairs. And all that guilt and crap I grew up with, I want it to stop here. I want them to be healthy and adventurous."

Macy's latest directorial effort, The Layover -- starring Kate Upton, Alexandra Daddario and Matt Barr -- flies into theaters Sept. 1.


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