Antonio Banderas says he'll love ex-wife Melanie Griffith 'until the day I die' (Exclusive)

Antonio Banderas still has a lot of love for his ex-wife, Melanie Griffith.

ET caught up with the 58-year-old actor at Fox and FX's Emmys after-party, and he only had lovely things to say about his former wife of nearly 20 years. Banderas was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role in Genius at the 70th Emmy Awards, but lost out to The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story star Darren Criss.

"Melanie is my dear friend and she just texted me. She was really sorry that I didn't win. So we're going to see each other this week because she's still my family and my kids," Banderas said of the 61-year-old actress, who he divorced in 2015.

Earlier this year, Griffith revealed that she had skin cancer removed from her nose. “It’s a scary thing when you’re an actress and you depend on your face for work,” she told InStyle of the removal. “But I realize I have to put a Band-Aid on it, and it’s fine. I just look like a dork.”

When ET asked Banderas about his ex's health scare, he declared, "I will love that woman until the day I die."

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas attend the 'Black Nativity' premiere at The Apollo Theater on November 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: (L-R) Actor Antonio Banderas and actress Melanie Griffith attend the after party for the 'Black Nativity' premiere at The Red Rooster on November 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 17: Actors Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith are seen on the grid before the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 17, 2013 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - AUGUST 10: Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith attend the 4rd annual Starlite Charity Gala on August 10, 2013 in Marbella, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MALAGA, SPAIN - MARCH 26: Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith attend procession during the Holy Week on March 26, 2013 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20: Actors Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith attend Children's Hospital Los Angeles' Gala Noche de Ninos honoring The Walt Disney Company, Heidi Klum and Pau Gasol at L.A. Live Event Deck on October 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - AUGUST 04: Actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas attend the 3rd annual Starlite Charity Gala on August 4, 2012 in Marbella, Spain. (Photo by Daniel Perez Garcia-Santos/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 19: Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas arrives to Goya Cinema Awards 2012 ceremony, at the Palacio Municipal de Congresos on February 19, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Actor Antonio Banderas and actress Melanie Griffith arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Haywire' at Directors Guild Of America on January 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actors Antonio Banderas adn Melanie Griffith arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
ASPEN, CO - DECEMBER 30: Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas attend the Ajax Cup co-sponsored by Aspen Peak magazine at Silver Circle Ice Rink on December 30, 2011 in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas attend the 2011 NCR ALMA Awards at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on September 10, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Actor Antonio Banderas and actress Melanie Griffith arrive at 'The Skin I Live In' Premiere at the Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Clinton Gilders/FilmMagic)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 21: (EXCLUSIVE and Premium Rates Apply) (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas backstage at Univisions 8th Annual Premios Juventud Awards at Bank United Center on July 21, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/WireImage)
CANNES-May 11: Actress Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas attend the 'Midnight In Paris' Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 64th Cannes Film Festival May 11, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas attend the Opening Ceremony and 'Midnight In Paris' Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
MALAGA, SPAIN - APRIL 26: (SPAIN, FRANCE, GERMANY AND ENGLAND OUT) Actors Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith pose for photos at Hotel Larios on Aprilç 26, 2011 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo by Contacto/LatinContent/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Melanie Griffith (L) and Antonio Banderas arrive at the Primary Wave Music Pre Grammy Party at SLS Hotel on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)
Photo © 2010 Astufoto/The Grosby Group NO EUROPE / *USA ONLY* Marbella, Aug 10 2010 ANTONIO BANDERAS and MELANIE GRIFFITH celebrating Antonio's 50th birthday with daughter Stella del Carmen, mother Ana Banderas and his brother Javier at a local restaurant in Marbella, Spain. PGta68 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - AUGUST 07: Spanish actor Antonio Banderas and American actress melanie Griffith attends Starlite gala at Padierna Hotel on August 7, 2010 in Marbella, Spain. (Photo by Handout/Starlite Gala Organizers)
NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Actors Melanie Griffith (L) and husband Antonio Banderas attend the 64th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
Actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas arrive at the premiere of 'Shrek Forever After' held at Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Griffith and Banderas -- who are parents to 21-year-old daughter, Stella Banderas -- might be the most amicable exes in Hollywood. Prior to her ex-husband gushing over her, the Working Girl star looked back fondly at their marriage during her interview with InStyle.

“[Starting a family with Banderas] was more exciting than playing a part in a story,” she said. “You have to live your life and not just play somebody else all the time. And how can you play somebody else if you don’t live your own life?”

Banderas has found love again with girlfriend Nicole Kimpel, who joined him at the Emmys. Though Banderas was tight-lipped about a possible forthcoming proposal to Kempel, he did tell ET that if it were to happen, it would definitely be in private -- unlike Emmy winner Glenn Weiss, who proposed to Jan Svendsen on-stage during his acceptance speech.

"The reaction was enormous. It was enormous. It was beautiful. It was probably the moment of the night. It didn't have anything to do with the awards. It didn't have anything to do with any of the TV shows. It had to do with life. And it was fun," Banderas said of Weiss' proposal. "...When that happened you just think, 'That was a good idea.'"

As for whether he and Kimpel will ever get engaged, he admitted, "I don't know yet."

Banderas added, "We are pretty much in love... I don't want to go into details right now, but we have been four years together. It's great."

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Melanie Griffith out and about
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 11: Melanie Griffith attends the Beats By Dre for Violet Gray party on July 11, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 10: Rosanna Arquette, Eva Longoria and Melanie Griffith attend the Global Gift Foundation USA Women's Empowerment Luncheon at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar on May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Yardbird Southern Table & Bar)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 16: Melanie Griffith attends Eva Longoria's Hollywood Star Ceremony Post-Luncheon on April 16, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - FEBRUARY 08: Melanie Griffith during the reception of Opera Ball Vienna ( Wiener Opernball ) at Grand Hotel on February 8, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 19: Melanie Griffith is seen on December 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 06: Actress Melanie Griffith is seen on December 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by GP/Star Max/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actress Melanie Griffith arrives at the AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi - screening of 'The Disaster Artist' at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 12, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actress Melanie Griffith arrives at the AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi - screening of 'The Disaster Artist' at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 12, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson attend the 2017 LACMA Art + Film gala at LACMA on November 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Melanie Griffith attends Fonkoze's 'Hot Night In Haiti' Los Angeles Event on November 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Melanie Griffith arrives at the 2017 LACMA Art + Film Gala honoring Mark Bradford and George Lucas at LACMA on November 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Melanie Griffith arrives at Goldie's Love In For Kids at Ron Burkle's Green Acres Estate on November 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Melanie Griffith arrives at Goldie's Love In For Kids at Ron Burkle's Green Acres Estate on November 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 18: Melanie Griffith attends VIP Conversation for Women's Brain Health Initiative Hosted by Sharon Stone at Gagosian Gallery on October 18, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 13: Melanie Griffith, Goldie Hawn arrives at the amfAR Los Angeles 2017 at Ron Burkle's Green Acres Estate on October 13, 2017 in Beverly Hills, Californi (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 13: Melanie Griffith and Goldie Hawn attend amfAR Los Angeles 2017 - Arrivals at Ron Burkle� Green Acres Estate on October 13, 2017 in Beverly Hills, Californi (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 12: Actress Melanie Griffith attends the Eva Longoria Foundation annual dinner at The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Actress Melanie Griffith attends the 4th Annual CineFashion Film Awards at El Capitan Theatre on October 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
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