Fast Marriage Facts - Colin and Livia
Married: June 21, 1997.
First Marriage: Yes.
Did You Know?
They believe the secret to a successful marriage is to make sure they spend enough time together.
Livia Giuggioli: Italy.
How Livia and Colin Met:
- William "Will" Joseph Firth: Born in 1990. His mother is Meg Tilly.
- Luca Firth: Born in 2001. His mother is Livia Giuggioli.
- Mateo Firth: Born in 2003. His mother is Livia Giuggioli.
Livia: Director, documentary film producer.
Colin at the 2011 Academy Awards: "Livia, for putting up with my fleeting delusions of royalty and who I hold responsible for this and really everything good that's happened since I met her."
Source: "Colin Firth Winning Best Actor for The King's Speech." YouTube.com. 2011.
Quotes About the Marriage of Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli::
Source: "Colin Firth Still The Same After Oscar Win!" ShowbizSpy.com. 3/08/2011.
"Because I had a lot of strikes against me. I was 10 years older nearly, English, didn't speak the language. Already had a child. I was an actor. I mean, the list really does get very, very bad so I had to fix the language. It was one thing I could deal with and, you know, there's nothing like communicating with people in their own tongue."
Source: "Colin Firth learned Italian to impress in-laws." Movies.ndtv.com. 2/21/2011.
Colin: "We're very committed on a daily basis to how we deal with our family lives. But the real secret is time - we have to make sure that we spend enough time together. Every relationship in life you're going to have to take care of, there's a marathon factor to it."
Source: Bang Showbiz. "Colin Firth: Secret to happy marriage is time together." AZCentral.com. 2/18/2011.
Livia: “We’re a great match because I’m the ballbreaker and he’s the brains.”
Source: Lisa Grainger. "Colin Firth's new eco-store." TimesOnLine.co.uk. 11/17/2007.
Colin: "I'm married to an Italian who is a phenomenal cook, and far more fastidiously tidy than I am. I tend to make an outrageous mess in the kitchen. I like to think the results are OK but the process is pretty grisly ... I think the thing that's required the most courage that I've done in the name of romance was getting married, to be honest. If you're as scared of marriage as I was, it's a pretty romantic thing to have done. That and learning her language, I suppose ... Her English is better than my Italian will ever be. But if you're going to live your life with someone you should, as a mark of respect, try to learn their way of conceptualising things."
Source: Hermione Eyre. "The Q Interview." The Independent. 1/11/2004.
Susan Chenery: "He has said in the past that he is very happily married, that his family brings him peace and tranquility, and that if he needs advice about work he talks to his wife. "She is the smartest person on Earth. She is much more secure than I am."
Source: Susan Chenery. "Firth, actually." The Weekend Australian Magazine. 11/15/2003.
Colin: “What strikes me about the Italians is their attachment to family. Livia’s family is beautiful and very close. From the family is derived a sense of inner security and stability that is not found in other cultures. We English, on the other hand, are always wandering apart … When I met my wife, I had to court her, present myself to her father. Before this, I had never met a 26-year-old woman who was still living with her parents.”
Source: Sara Faillaci. "Me Sexy?" Vanity Fair (Italy) 10/16/2003.
Colin: "They say opposites attract, but the truth is it's never that simple. Not all Italians are fiery and not all Englishmen are repressed. But it was love at first sight for me. I immediately felt she was amazing, and it was very quick. It was instinctive, inexplicable, and I've never looked back ... It's probably to do with committing yourself to something you can't undo—like having a child ... Having a relationship with someone cannot be an egotistical process if it's to survive. Children and marriage: nothing comes close to that. "
Source: Sue Gold. "I'm a nerd and Hugh hates me." Daily Mail. 11/20/2003.
Colin: "I am not a fan of Valentine's day, for instance, because I don't like an appointed day for roses and the show of romance. I think it's probably quite important to be imaginative and show an element of surprise about it all."
Source: Jenny Cooney Carillo. "The Importance of Being Colin." TV Week. 7/6/2002.
Colin: "I feel much more settled and peaceful," reports Colin on marriage. Once again, however, he shies away from discussing that side of his life. "It was love at first sight or lust," he says of Livia. "She is an Italian beauty and the smartest woman on the planet. And this is as far as we're going in relation to my personal life! I'm no open book. There will never be a Colin Firth's Diary!"
Source: Colin Firth. HelloMagazine.com.
Colin: "She [Livia] had no idea who he was. "I remember saying to Livia and her family in Italy, 'You know, I'm a heart-throb.' And they all threw their hands up and said, 'Get outta here.' Someone sent some tapes of the series to Italy and they didn't get it. They don't find reserved very sexy."
Source: Susie Steiner. "Twice Shy." Guardian.co.uk. 3/31/2001.
William Leith. "Nick Hornby describes her as 'joke-perfect: PhD, beautiful in that sultry Italian way, funny and vivacious'. She is also, he says, 'very good for Firth, because she's absolutely not in any thrall to him'. She 'affects to be completely mystified' by the Mr. Darcy situation."
Source: William Leith. "True Romance." The Observer Magazine. 4/09/2000.