Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor Were Each Other’s ‘Rebound’

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor.
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From rebounds to actual love! Though Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor have been married for greater than 20 years, the duo revealed that their relationship began out casually.

“We have been each one another’s, I might say, like, type of rebound relationship a bit bit,” Taylor, 51, shared in the course of the Monday, January 30, episode of her podcast “Hey Dude … The 90s Referred to as!” on which Stiller, 57, made a visitor look.

The Zoolander actor echoed his spouse’s sentiments. “We weren’t taking it severely,” he defined, including that the twosome met whereas making the 1999 TV pilot Warmth Imaginative and prescient and Jack, which Taylor visitor starred in and Stiller directed.

“We had a enjoyable time making the present after which Christine and I related after which I went off to do a film [Keeping the Faith] in New York and I invited her to return hang around,” the Alongside Got here Polly star recalled.

Taylor chimed in: “I ended up going and staying the complete summer time.”

Previous to his relationship with the Brady Bunch Film actress, Stiller dated a number of actresses together with Jeanne Tripplehorn, Calista Flockhart and Amanda Peet. Taylor, for her half, dated Neil Patrick Harris from 1987 to 1988. The How I Met Your Mom alum, 49, publicly got here out as homosexual in November 2006. Two years later, Harris mentioned that his relationship with Taylor helped him come to phrases along with his sexuality.

“She’s the best, nicest chick ever. She’s an absolute catch, and I assumed, ‘If I’m not going to really feel the tremendous sparks along with her … it in all probability means I’m homosexual,’” the Gone Woman actor mentioned throughout an April 2008 look on “The Howard Stern Present.”

Regardless of beginning out as one another’s respective rebounds, Stiller and Taylor tied the knot in 2000, one yr after they met. Throughout Monday’s podcast look, the Tropic Thunder actor admitted that the duo’s engagement bore similarities to a movie he was making on the time.

“We bought engaged round once I was capturing Meet the Dad and mom … Christine’s dad had a safety firm — and nonetheless does — and so it was form of this bizarre parallel. He was very very like the Robert De Niro character to me,” the New York native quipped to Taylor’s cohost and Hey Dude costar, David Lascher.

Nevertheless, the Craft actress contested her husband’s model of occasions. “Dad, I do know you’re listening. You weren’t intimidating,” she joked.

Taylor and Lascher, 50, have a romantic historical past of their very own. The pair dated as youngsters whereas filming the Nickelodeon comedy Hey Dude, which aired from 1989 to 1991.

“Everybody has that one teenage or younger grownup relationship that crushes them,” Lascher solely instructed Us Weekly of the romance earlier this month whereas selling the podcast launch with Taylor. “We had a pleasant run. We had so many good instances. Actually, I keep in mind the great instances, the laughs, the love. After which I keep in mind one summer time being crushed. Nevertheless it occurs, you already know?”

The Wedding ceremony Singer actress, in the meantime, added: “David, such as you mentioned, I broke your coronary heart and I felt horrible. And then you definitely would get mad at me after which I might in all probability say, ‘Let’s strive to do that once more.’ After which it wouldn’t work.”

Greater than 30 years after Hey Dude went off the air, the Nickelodeon alums can giggle about their relationship. On Monday, Stiller requested Lascher how he’d gotten together with Taylor’s mom throughout their relationship.

“Is there a sweeter particular person on the planet?” the Blossom alum replied. The Evening on the Museum star shot again: “If she approves of you.”

Stiller and the Search Get together actress share daughter Ella, 20, and son Quinlin, 17. The pair introduced that they have been separating in Could 2017 however later reconnected, formally confirming their reconciliation in February 2022.

“We have been separated and bought again collectively and we’re joyful about that. It’s been actually fantastic for all of us. Sudden, and one of many issues that got here out of the pandemic,” Stiller instructed Esquire on the time.

One month later, a supply solely instructed Us that the non permanent cut up had been “a critical eye-opener” for the Royal Tenenbaums actor. “He missed [Christine] terribly and hated the thought of their children rising up in a damaged dwelling,” the insider mentioned.