The couple first met when Mann auditioned for the movie The Cable Guy. It premiered in 1996. Apatow confessed to Elle that he was in love when he set his eyes on his future wife. The actress initially preferred the film director, Ben Stiller, but she gave Judd a shot after realizing that he might be a nice person. She said, “On the way to… [a] basketball game, I was like, ‘Oh!’ It touched me. My previous boyfriend was really mean. And I thought, [Judd’s] nice. This is the type of person I should be with.” They broke up after the match. Although her feelings weren’t immediate, she quickly fell in love. She said, “I think the morning after – oops! I slept over…I remember driving home and feeling so happy and like…I felt like I was already in love.”
The couple would marry in Los Angeles, California.
The couple’s first child, Maude, was born.
The couple added another child, Iris.
Apatow will direct the film Knocked Up, starring his wife and daughters.
Iris, Maude and Leslie star in This is 40, a film produced, written and directed by Judd. The film was a sequel to Knock Up.
The couple celebrated their 20th anniversary when Apatow uploaded an adorable photo of their wedding on Instagram. He wrote: “Today is the 20th anniversary of my marriage to the brilliant, hilarious, amazing Leslie Mann, the best thing that ever happened to me.”
While interviewed by Us Weekly, Leslie confessed that the family is quite open about approaching each other for beauty advice. The mother stated, “I ask their opinion, and she mine; Iris doesn’t really care what I have to say, Maude does a little more than Iris, and then I care what they both have to say. This is how it works!”
The youngest daughter responded to her mother criticizing her makeup on her Instagram account. She wrote, “Under-eye concealer too light,” she noted and summed it up by saying: “[Kisses]Mom.” The daughter replied, “A text would have been nice.”
After the couple took the spotlight for a showdown outside LA’s Katsuya Restaurant, the producer stated that getting things out was important. This was during an interview with The View. He said “We are committed” [in fights], and I think that’s why our relationship is so healthy,” he continued, “and then you get a call like, ‘What are you saying? we saw you [fighting]† I was like, ‘Really? Have you been married? Do you know what marriage is?’”
During the DGA Awards, the producer told how he and the actress maintain an interesting marriage despite being together for 22 years. “You have to be very inventive because you’ve gone through all the good gifts and activity concepts,” the producer told Us Weekly exclusively. “At some point you’re like white water rafting or mariachi bands because nothing is off limits.”
Judd gave fans a glimpse into his life during lockdown with his family, while Maude said he was the worst adapted member. The actress revealed to a rolling stone: “Oh my god, the first three weeks of the lockdown, you lost it. But now you’re doing a lot better. I think we’ve all settled in.” Judd said he felt he should take a two-hour walk every morning to “flatten it out.” He said it took him a while to figure out what to do to boost his morale.
Apatow uploaded a photo in honor of his wife’s birthday, stating that he loves her very much. He wrote: “Happy birthday Leslie!!! I love you. I would write more but I feel it would weaken the impact of the ‘I love you’. If there are many words around it, it could be lost go, and people would forget I even said it, but if that’s all I say, it has a lot more impact, because what else is there to say than that?” He went on to say, “I could go on and on with specific praise for this or that, but I’ve done that on previous birthdays, and I feel like everyone else does, and then I sound like I’m John Legend or J copy. See. So let’s keep it tight. I love you. That is it. Only that. It is enough. No one ever meant it again. Not a legend. Not J-Lo. Not Kelsey Grammar. None of them. I love you.”