Charlie Hunnam Recalls ‘Terrible, Painful, Expensive’ Three-Year Marriage To Actress Katharine Towne

Charlie Hunnam vows his marriage was terrible.

During an interview with the Associated Press in Las Vegas March 30, the Sons of Anarchy actor recounted his hasty 1999 wedding to actress Katharine Towne, who he had met at a Dawson’s Creek audition. Listen to what he said in the video above!

“First time I was ever in Vegas I got married, which didn’t turn out that well,” Hunnam, 37, said. “I had known the girl for three weeks. We had fallen madly in love and it was the first time I had ever been in love.”

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Charlie Hunnam arrives at the premiere Of Amazon Studios' "The Lost City Of Z" in 2017. Steve Granitz/WireImage

The pair decided to elope before Hunnam, then 18, had to head back home to England. “We thought, ‘What if we never see each other again? Let’s get married and then we’ll have to see each other again even if it’s just to get divorced,’” he recalled. “So we came to Vegas, but I couldn’t even get a drink so I actually didn’t think I would be able to get married.”

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Katharine Towne arrives at the 5th annual TV Guide Emmy Party in 2007. Paul Mounce/Corbis via Getty Images

But anything goes in Sin City. At 2 A.M., Hunnam and Towne said “I do” in front of Silver Bell Wedding Chapel’s Reverend RJ Cotton. (They wanted to get married by Elvis but “he left the building,” joked Hunnam.)

The end result: “Three terrible years,” admitted Hunnam, whose divorce was finalized in 2002. “Three terrible, painful, expensive years. I got the cats at the end of it, so that was good. There was a small victory.”

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Charlie Hunnam and Morgana McNelis attend the 2nd annual Critic's Choice Television Awards in 2012. Tiffany Rose/WireImage

He’s since gone on to find success in his 12-year relationship with jewelry designer Morgana McNelis. The pair reside in a $2.76 million Hollywood Hills pad that likely sees a lot of action. After all, The Lost City of Z star recently reveled he stays in shape by having tons of sex, among other activities. 

“I try to do it all. I also try to make love as often as I can. That’s an important part of fitness. There’s no reason you can’t be active at 70. I want to run up mountains at that age,” Hunnam told Men’s Health. “We are supposed to be very active animals. It’s our DNA. Sweating is how I change my oil every day. I just feel happier, more positive, energized, and disciplined if I work out.”

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