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Tom Hanks Says "Mister Rogers" Helped Keep His Marriage To Rita Wilson Strong

Tom Hanks says that his role of "Mister Rogers" helped him keep his marriage to Rita Wilson strong
November 18, 2019 - 11:30 / Sarah Schulz

Tom Hanks stars in the upcoming film, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood as the late great Fred Rogers. Here's how portraying him helped keep his marriage with Rita Wilson strong... 

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have been married for over thirty years and Tom's recent portrayal of the iconic children's television host, "Mister Rogers" has helped him in his marriage as well as his day to day life. Tom worked very hard to embody "Rogers'" "earnestness, his nuance and his emotional maturity" while also taking some of his famous lessons to heart. 

Tom Hanks as "Mister Rogers"
Tom Hanks as "Mister Rogers"

Tom Hanks: Mister Rogers' Life Lessons

Some of the life lessons such as using your words when your mad and addressing how you feel directly in a given situation, have helped Tom Hanks in his marriage to Wilson. "When my wife and I are going at it on those rare occasions, when she is letting me know that I'm not really listening to her and I'm trying to establish what the ground rules are [for the argument], when we're going at it like that, one of us will say, 'Well, you know what? You know what, honey? It's good to talk. It's good to say the things we feel,'" according to ET. Adding that he learned that from "Mister Rogers."

Tom Hanks attends "A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood" New York Screening on November 17, 2019

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson like to make soup together 

Tom Hanks also gave insight into some of the things the happy couple do together, which is their shared love for cooking. "We make soup together. Like, if we have a day off and there's nothing going on... it takes about two to three hours," Hanks said. "I'm nothing like Fred Rogers in any way, shape, or form. Except, I think, I wake up in the morning thinking, 'Hey, it's a nice day, it's a good day. Let's try to make it a little bit better," Tom concluded in the interview.

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood comes out in theatres on November 22, 2019