Tom Hanks Says Playing Mister Rogers Helped Strengthen His Marriage to Rita Wilson

Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks said playing beloved TV personality Fred Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” helped strengthen his own marriage.

Hanks told ET’s Kevin Frazier about how he was able to apply some of the lessons from the popular TV show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” in his marriage to Rita 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,'” Hanks said in a calm Rogers-like tone while recalling a lesson he learned on using your words.

“And I learned that from Mister Rogers.”

The actor, who has been married for 31 years, said he and Wilson spend their free time together cooking as a hobby.

“We make soup together,” Hanks revealed. “Like, if we have a day off and there’s nothing going on … it takes about two to three hours.”

The film, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” is based on an article written by journalist Tom Junod, who formed a friendship with Rogers while writing a profile on his life and work.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law