Dennis Quaid calls Meg Ryan marriage his ‘most successful’

Dennis Quaid has fond memories of his time with Meg Ryan. The Regan actor opened up in a new interview about his 10-year marriage to the You’ve Got Mail actress.

“[It was] my most successful relationship,” Quaid, 64, said on Megyn Kelly Today on Monday, July 23. “When we met, you know, I was the big deal. And then my career [came to a halt]. … We’d go out on the streets of New York and it would be like, ‘Meg! Meg!’ And I have to admit it, I actually did feel like I disappeared. I didn’t think I was that small, but I was. It was a growth opportunity. I learned from that.”

The Parent Trap star and Ryan, 56, fell in love on the set of D.O.A. They wed in 1991 and welcomed a son named Jack, now 26, the following year. The couple divorced in 2001.

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Meg Ryan, one of the stars of the new film "Courage Under Fire," poses with her husband, actor Dennis Quaid, at the film's premiere July 8. The film also stars Denzel-Washington.
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(NO TABLOIDS) Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan during Elton John Named the 2000 MusiCares Person of the Year by the GRAMMY Awards at the Fox Studios in NEW YORK, NY. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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Actress Meg Ryan chats with her actor husband Dennis Quaid before the start of the Royal Premiere of the film the Parent Trap at London's Odeon in Leicester Square November 9. The latest film from the Disney stable, stars Quaid and British actress Natasha Richardson. HP
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Quaid also shares twins Thomas and Zoe, 10, with his ex-wife Kimberly Buffington, to whom he was married from 2004 until they finalized their divorce this April. He is now dating model Santa Auzina.

“I like to be in a relationship. I do. It’s more fun,” Quaid said on the NBC talk show, noting that he does not care about the age difference between him and his 32-year-old girlfriend. “We don’t think about it. I’m sure a lot of other people do, but hey, they’ll just have to get used to it.”

But long before the Day After Tomorrow actor was lucky in love, he fell on some hard times. Through the years, he has spoken candidly about his past addiction to cocaine and his subsequent rehab stint.

“I grew up in the ‘60s and ‘70s and there was a completely different attitude about it back then, even in some movie budgets,” he recalled on Monday. “I kept roaring on. I was basically doing cocaine pretty much on a daily basis in the early ‘80s. I spent many, many a night screaming at God to please take this away from me. … I had what I call a white light experience where I saw myself either dead or losing everything that meant anything to me.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: Dennis Quaid sighting at Global House on April 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/GC Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Dennis Quaid on the Today Show. Tuesday, April 11, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Actor Dennis Quaid discusses 'Fortitude' with the Build Series at Build Studio on April 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor Dennis Quaid visits the SiriusXM Studios on April 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Jemima Kirke and Dennis Quaid -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 18: Actor and recording artist Dennis Quaid of Dennis Quaid & The Sharks performs during Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XXIII at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 18, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
Actor Dennis Quaid (R) visits Sandra Bernhard's 'Sandyland' on SiriusXM's 'RadioAndy' at SiriusXM Studios on January 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
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JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, January 23 included Dennis Quaid ('A Dog's Purpose'), Bill Burr ('Walk Your Way Out' comedy special) and musical guest Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) DENNIS QUAID
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) Actors Cary Elwes, Christian Cooke and Dennis Quaid attend Sony's Crackle 'The Art Of More' Rings The New York Stock Exchange Closing Bell at New York Stock Exchange on November 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Actor Dennis Quaid (L) and Santa Auzina attend 'The Art Of More' Season 2 Premiere at Museum Of Arts And Design on November 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Cary Elwes, Dennis Quaid, and Christian Cooke attend The Build Series to discuss 'The Art Of More' at AOL HQ on November 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 7: Molly Shannon and Dennis Quaid backstage during 'The Late Late Show with James Corden,' Monday, November 7, 2016 (12:35 PM-1:37 AM ET/PT) On The CBS Television Network. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Christian Cooke, Dennis Quaid, Elvis Mitchell and Cary Elwes attend the Film Independent at LACMA screening and Q&A of 'The Art Of More' at LACMA on October 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - OCTOBER 17: Dennis Quaid, Faye Dorn and Richard Dormer attend Photocall for 'Fortitude 2' as part of MIPCOM at Palais des Festivals on October 17, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Actor Dennis Quaid attends a career retrospective for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations at SAG Foundation Actors Center on October 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - OCTOBER 17: Dennis Quaid and guest attends MIPCOM Opening Party at Martinez Hotel on October 17, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
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