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Hugh Jackman has spilled the beans on how he keeps the romance alive in his marriage.

“My number one rule for romance is surprise,” Jackman says in the August issue of Good Housekeeping. “If I bring Deb flowers every Tuesday, yeah, it’s nice, but is it romantic?”

The Wolverine star has been married to Deborra-Lee Furness, who he calls his “best mate”, for 17 years.

Despite having two children and a busy work schedule, Jackman says the key to romance is shaking your routine up.

“So much of life is about your routine. I [recently] pretended I was still on the set. I called Deb and said, ‘I’ll be back late tonight.'”

He then surprised her by showing up hours earlier. “And she got such a shock. I’d made reservations at our favourite lunch place. It was three hours before the kids finished school, and it was awesome because it was unplanned.”

The gorgeous couple also keep their marriage strong by never being apart for more than two weeks, a rule Furness instated.

“When I met her, she’d already done about 20 movies,” Jackman says. “She said, ‘It’s not that I think you’re going to go off with a costar, or vice versa. But people get used to living apart. You get used to handling a problem yourself.'”