Sarah Jessica Parker met husband Matthew Broderick thanks to her brothers

if you watched Sex and the city, you know Carrie Bradshaw has had no shortage of Prince Charmings — and a few Prince Less-than-Charmings — entering (and leaving) her life. From Keith Travers to Aidan Shaw to Big herself (RIP), she was no stranger to romance.

But while Carrie may not have had the easiest time finding lasting love, the woman who played her, Sarah Jessica Parker, certainly did. In fact, she found love long before her character did when she married her husband, Matthew Broderick, a year before the hit TV show even premiered.

Another fun fact that you may or may not already know: Before meeting Matthew, SJP had a date with Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr.. They met while co-starring in the 1984 drama First-born, and they were a hot item until they broke up in 1991, making way for her happily ever after with Matthew.

Sarah and Matthew (aka Ferris Bueller – yes, he was in the infamous role!) have been together for almost 30 years now. During that time they had three children: James, Tabitha and Marion. Recently, the two made a rare red carpet appearance with their son for the premiere of the Sex and the city Restart HBO, And just like that. The show, which premiered on December 9, again follows SJP as Carrie.

With 30 years under their belt, you can say that Sarah and Matthew have had quite a few significant moments together. So, if you, ahem, couldn’t help but wonder how these two kept their love fresh for so long, here’s the full timeline of Sarah Jessica Parker and Mathew Broderick’s relationship from the very beginning:

November 1991: Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick meet.

The Parting actress and The producers actor crossed paths with a little help from SJP’s brothers, Toby and Pippen. The brothers are co-founders of the Naked Angels Theater company, where Matthew directed a play. Apparently Sarah also had a strong interest in Broadway, and not long after her split from Robert Downy Jr. her brothers worked their magic and introduced the two.

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Photo credit: Ron Galella, Ltd. – Getty Images

March 1996: They performed together on Broadway.

The couple’s shared love of Broadway brought their bond to the stage when they played in How to succeed in business without really trying? together. “I’m so nervous to play opposite him,” Sarah told the… Los Angeles Times back then. “I don’t know how we can do this without laughing hysterically at each other. We don’t talk about it. I don’t even want to rehearse – I go on stage with a big blinder on my head – I don’t know what I’m thinking.” The show’s debut also marked Sarah’s return to Broadway after a 16-year hiatus.

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Photo credit: Kevin.Mazur/INACTIVE – Getty Images

May 1997: The couple tied the knot.

On May 19, 1997, Matthew and Sarah planned a surprise wedding at Angel Orensanz Synagogue in New York. They hosted 100 guests and made them believe they were going to attend an evening party. You could say that Carrie Bradshaw, a role she wouldn’t play until a year later, wore a black dress instead of a conventional white one.

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Photo credit: Evan Agostini – Getty Images

October 2002: The couple welcome their first child.

On October 28, 2002, Sarah and Matthew welcomed their son James. In 2016, Sarah told Net-A-Porter’s the edit“If I could look back on one moment in my life, it would certainly be the birth of my children.”

June 2009: They welcomed twin daughters.

Seven years after the birth of their son, the couple welcomed their twin daughters, Marion and Tabitha. After unsuccessfully trying to conceive for a while, Sarah decided to get her girls through a surrogate mother. In 2010 she told: Fashion“I would give birth as often as I could, if I could. I cherished all the milestones, the good and the bad.”

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Photo credit: Arnaldo Magnani – Getty Images

December 2011: Sarah and Matthew were candid about their relationship.

In an interview with The TelegraphSarah revealed that while she and Matthew make married life look easy, it comes with challenges. “We’ve been together for 20 years, and you have good days, you have good days, and you have bad days. That’s a marriage,” she said. “If you’re in it for the long haul and you want meaningful relationships, you go through a lot of different periods.”

November 2014: Matthew gushed about SJP on Meredith Vieira.

Matthew made a brief appearance on the Meredith Vieira Show to talk about his (then) 17-year relationship with SJP. When asked about the secret to their happiness, he confessed, “We really are friends above all else, and we talk a lot. Just keep talking I guess. I know how cliche that is. Too much silence is definitely not a good idea.”

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Photo credit: Jeffrey Mayer – Getty Images

May 2017: The couple has been married for 20 years.

In a sweet Instagram post dedicated to her husband, SJP captioned her photo: “Monday, May 19, 1997. It flew by Baby. Good golly, I love you. XXX, your wife.” In the photo, the two can be seen hugging Sarah in her much-talked-about black wedding dress.

January 2018: Sarah explained the benefits of taking time out on Girlboss Radio.

In her interview with Sophia Amoruso for Girlboss Radio, the Hocus Pocus star shared that a little time apart isn’t a bad thing: “His work life brings him here, and mine takes me there. In some ways I think that’s been hugely beneficial, because in a way we have so much to share. “

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Photo credit: Brad Barket – Getty Images

February 2020: SJP and Matthew announce their Broadway return.

The two returned to their roots and decided to take the stage again. their show, Plaza Suite, was set to premiere in March 2020. But due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the current preview performance date has been set for February 25, 2022, with the official opening night being Monday, March 28, 2022 at the Hudson Theater.

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Photo credit: Gilbert Carrasquillo – Getty Images

In a joint statement to Deadline, the couple wrote: “We are thrilled to finally welcome Broadway audiences to the Hudson Theater to see Neil Simon’s celebration of New York, New Yorkers and the beautiful ways they fall in love. We just can’t wait.”

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Sarah also noted that getting back to work with Matthew after so many years was a journey in itself. “This is the first time since we have three kids that we… are even prepared [to work together],” she said.

March 2021: Sarah celebrated Matthew’s birthday on Instagram.

In honor of Matthew’s 59th birthday, Sarah shared a blurry photo of a cake captioned: “Happy Birthday Husband. We love you and we are oh so happy, thankful you were born. XXX, your SJ and 3 young Broderick’s in love [sic].”

December 2021: Matthew and Jessica pose together on the red carpet.

To celebrate the premiere of And just like that, SJP brought Matthew and their son James to the premiere party at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The three held hands and smiled as they posed for the cameras. Talk about a perfect family and relationship!

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