Robert Downey Jr.'s Wife Reveals Secret to 18-Year Marriage: The '2-Week Rule'

Celebrity Power Couple Shares Insights into Marriage and Careers.

by Nouman Rasool
Robert Downey Jr.'s Wife Reveals Secret to 18-Year Marriage: The '2-Week Rule'
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In a recent interview with PEOPLE, Susan Downey, wife of renowned actor Robert Downey Jr., unveils a key element that has kept their 18-year marriage steadfast: the "two-week rule." This rule ensures that the family never stays apart for more than a fortnight at a stretch.

"We do have a two-week rule, which often feels too long, but we don't go more than two weeks without seeing each other and the family being together," Susan shared in the latest issue of PEOPLE, where Robert Downey Jr.'

s Oscar win for his role in Oppenheimer is spotlighted. Susan, who along with Robert shares two children, 12-year-old Exton and 9-year-old Avri, elaborated on their family dynamic, noting their penchant for being a "traveling circus" whenever possible.

Despite Robert's demanding acting career, which frequently takes him to distant locations for filming, the couple prioritizes maintaining their bond.

Navigating Showbiz Challenges

However, the unpredictability of showbiz often throws challenges their way.

Susan, also Downey's producing partner at Team Downey, emphasized the need to remain adaptable amid the uncertainties of their profession."Someone might get sick, or there might be a shutdown, or this or that. So you just have to have some basic things in place, and then you have to be willing to flow with the rest of it," Susan explained.

Despite the occasional hurdles, Robert Downey Jr. cherishes the stability of their home life, humorously remarking that it provides a positive outlet for his neurosis.Reflecting on her own role as a producer, Susan acknowledged the flexibility it affords compared to her husband's on-screen commitments.

She expressed admiration for couples navigating careers in front of the camera, recognizing the difficult choices they often face. As Robert embarks on his next project, the HBO series "The Sympathizer," Susan commends his unwavering dedication to his craft.

Portraying multiple characters in the espionage thriller, Robert's commitment to disappearing into his roles continues to astound his wife. Susan emphasizes that behind Robert's seemingly effortless performances lies a wealth of skill and craftsmanship, underscoring his dedication to his art.

With their enduring bond and mutual respect, Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey continue to navigate the complexities of marriage and Hollywood with grace and resilience.

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