Hollywood couple Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance have been married for 10 years, but it took decades—and one really bad date—before they realized they might be soul mates.
Courtney and Angela first crossed paths more than 20 years ago while attending graduate school at Yale University. She noticed the "alluring" Courtney, but he didn't remember Angela at all. After running into Courtney in 1994, the Oscar®-nominated actress got his attention and a date. "Dare I say, it wasn't memorable," Angela says. "He just seemed like a really, really nice guy, which translated [to] 'kind of boring.'"
But after a second date at the driving range, something clicked. Angela says she felt like a teenager after their first kiss, complete with "pinpricks and chills."
One year after that life-changing first kiss, Courtney and Angela married. The couple says their marriage is strong because they keep "God in the middle." Angela even had "GOD" inscribed on her wedding band. "I can only rely on his strength," Angela says. "I'll attempt to see [Courtney] even in those moments that aren't perfect, perhaps in a small way, the way God sees him."