On August 31, 2022, the actor turned 73, and it's hard to believe it because he doesn't look a day older than 60.
There's not one person who doesn't recall Richard Gere's grace and screen presence in Pretty Woman. He was a handsome, 40-year-old man at the time of filming, and it's safe to say that Gere has aged rather gracefully since.
On August 31, 2022, the actor turned 73, and it's hard to believe it because he doesn't look a day older than 60. Does he have a secret to looking forever young? Well, during a red carpet event in 2020, when he was asked about his secret to staying young, he said, "Don't pay any attention to it, that's the secret."
"Having young kids also help," he added later on in the interview, suggesting that having young kids makes it seem like you are much younger than your actual age.
In another interview, when asked what happiness means to him, he spoke about how "Happiness is a project, it's not a place you get to."
"I keep expanding what I can keep expanding, my heart and my mind, and my ability to get outside of myself, that's moving towards happiness all the time. I can trust that."
Speaking of happiness, Gere finds joy in one woman and that is his wife, Alejandra Silva. For Gere, it was love at first sight and their intense connection was not one to be denied. Alejandra told Hello! Magazine, "A friend introduced us, we looked at each other and felt a very strong connection. We couldn't stop looking at each other all night, and since then we haven't been apart."
"Love stories with a complicated beginning, where you have to overcome difficulties together, can bring you closer... I'm sure I did [have some doubts] at some point. In the beginning, he was more convinced than me. But from very early on, we felt that we were destined to be together."
Soon enough the two tied the knot in an Indian-inspired wedding in April 2018 on Richard's ranch and they've been happily in love ever since. "I feel like I'm in a true fairytale," Alejandra said. "Without a doubt, I feel like the luckiest woman in the world."
Also, the two are head over heels for each other.
"I'm the happiest man in the universe. How could I not be? I'm married to a beautiful woman who is smart, sensitive, committed to helping people, who's fun, patient, who knows how to forgive, who's a great cook – and who makes the best salads in the world!" said the Pretty Woman star about his wife. "Alejandra meditates, she's a vegetarian, a great mother, has the touch of an angel... and she's also Spanish: the land of kings and queens, of Cervantes and Buñuel... You can't get any better than that."
Gere also became a father at 70 when he welcomed his second child with his wife Alejandra Silva in April 2020. He is living proof that age does not matter to start enjoying life to the fullest.
Happy Birthday, Richard Gere, you deserve nothing but love and happiness.
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