Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart met in 2002 at the Golden Globes and have been together since then.
There are moments in a marriage that test the tenacity of the relationship and the family. Everyone goes through trying times and being supportive of each other helps the partners rise up from the occasion faster. Knowing that they have their partner by their side is life-affirming in the hardest of the situations.
Harrison Ford, 78, has been married to Calista Flockhart, 55, since 2010 but their relationship began way back in 2002. They met at the Golden Globes and the Ally McBeal actress hatched a plan to meet him by spilling a drink on him. Their age gap didn't deter them from falling for each other and right from the initial days of their romance, they were serious. He even adopted Flockhart's adopted son, Liam, Ford's youngest of five kids, as his own and they have been focussed on raising him together, as per PARADE.
"I wasn’t expecting it at all. The unexpected part was certainly true, and the joy part is also true. I think Liam was about 6 or 8 months old when I met him and Calista. We have been together ever since," he said.
Both actors are avid aviators and a few years ago, Ford's love for flying had turned into an almost tragedy. On March 5, 2015, his plane which he was piloting went down in California. He had flown from the Santa Monica Airport and reported engine loss, requesting to return just minutes after takeoff. The then-73-year-old Star Wars actor crash-landed his Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR – a World War II-era trainer – on a golf course near the airport, as per PEOPLE.
The Indiana Jones actor suffered a large laceration on his scalp and broken bones. He was hospitalized for almost a month. After the heart-stopping crash, Flockhart rushed to his side to support him.
"Calista spent most of the weekend by Harrison’s side," PEOPLE quoted a source as saying on March 12, 2015. "She arrived early every morning and returned home late every night. She was under stress," they said.
While she was worried, she was not resentful as she understood his love for the hobby. In 2003, Ford had told PEOPLE, "Calista loves to fly, and I’m thrilled because it’s so important to me and it’s the kind of thing that’s so much more fun with somebody who really enjoys it. Calista likes the process, she likes what she sees from the air, she likes seeing me happy. I think a lot of it has to do with that she loves to see me doing something that I love."
She had also revealed that she trusts his flying skills completely. "I had always been a little nervous about flying, but when we went for the first time – I think to Santa Barbara – I wasn’t nervous at all,” she said in 2003. “I loved it. I also think I love it because I really trust Harrison and we take Liam flying all the time and he loves it," she added.
The Air Force One actor recovered in a couple of weeks and at the age of 78, he continues to fly his family around the country. After the crash, he praised his wife for being the encouraging partner that she is. "My wife, who is a wonderful lady, understands my passion for aviation, she understands what it means to me and flies with me to this day," he said, as per ITV's The Jonathan Ross Show.
In April 2020, he had another incident as he landed at the Hawthorne Airport in California. He had crossed a runway where another aircraft was landing. He had landed his private jet and had asked permission to cross but was asked to "hold short." An angry air traffic controller had yelled at the Blade Runner actor, who profusely apologized for his error and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) even launched an investigation into the incident. But months later, in July 2020, his private jet landed there and he deboarded with his family, as per Daily Mail.