Harry Hamlin on Why Lisa Rinna Relationship Works After His Previous Marriages ‘Disappeared’


Harry Hamlin: Why My Marriage With Lisa Rinna Works
Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna attend the 27th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on February 24, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for EJAF

Harry Hamlin knows he and wife Lisa Rinna are completely different, but they’re similar in one very important way. The No Alternative star spoke about why the pair’s marriage works on the set of Hallmark’s Home & Family on Monday, April 8.

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“Lisa and I are of the same mind. When you get married, you get married,” Hamlin, 67, exclusively told Us Weekly. “So we have a very functional relationship and we respect each other and listen to each other and admire each other and we let each other be. We’re not helicopter husband and wife.”

Hamlin and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 55, star tied the knot in 1997, something Hamlin calls “a big deal.” And it’s not lost on him that despite their long-lasting relationship, they have very little in common.

Harry Hamlin: Why My Marriage With Lisa Rinna Works
Harry Hamlin and Actress Lisa Rinna attend “American Woman” premiere party at Chateau Marmont on May 31, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

“I have no idea why opposites attract but we are completely and utterly opposite. But I love to cook and she doesn’t, so we all get fed as a result of that. I have no interest in pop culture and she does so whatever I know about pop culture I get from her.” Hamlin continued, “As far as the science stuff goes, she’s marginally into that but she’s very busy with all the things that she’s doing.”

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The couple even became professional partners when they created their former fashion line, Belle Gray, several years ago. “The business we started with the clothing company, our clothing company is really where her heart lies, I think ‘cause she’s a fashionista and she loves fashion, as do my children. But the two of us, she’s able to do the creative part of fashion and I’m able to do the business part so we keep the company going, I can keep the nuts and bolts going and she keeps the fun stuff going.”

He added, “We’re a good team.”

As for his past relationships, he has some ideas as to why those didn’t work out. “This is my third time at it, but it wasn’t … the two times before that it disappeared, the marriages disappeared was not for lack of trying on my part.”

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The actor was previously married to actress Laura Johnson from 1985 to 1989 and Desperate Housewives alum Nicollette Sheridan from 1991 to 1992.

Hamlin currently appears on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and No Alternative, which is available on demand on iTunes and Amazon Prime Video.

Reporting by Kayley Stumpe

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