Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart famously had a third wheel on their first date

The 2002 Golden Globes ceremony produced one of the most enduring celebrity couples in decades. According to the story, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart met after she allegedly devised a tricky way to get his attention. Flockhart “purposefully spilled her drink on him to hit him,” a source told People this year. “It worked.” Well, that’s exactly how it didn’t go, although stains appeared.

“She certainly didn’t spill a glass of wine on me on purpose,” the Indiana Jones star revealed to Hello! The “Ally McBeal” star also refuses to take the blame for the mishap. “We talked maybe 20 minutes before the wine spilled, and the truth is, Harrison spilled the wine!” she said. But neither of them was too upset about it. The two continued to chat and remained close for the rest of the night.

Ford was still legally married to his second wife Melissa Mathison at the time, but they had been separated since 2000, ABC News reported. Ford and Flockhart tied the knot in June 2010 in New Mexico, where the Star Wars graduate filmed Cowboys and Aliens, according to People. Since then, they haven’t looked back. Ford and Flockhart’s happy marriage began on that fateful night, which marked the day they first spoke — and also their first official date. The evening could have gone very differently, but Ford and Flockhart had an interesting third wheel.

James Marsden accompanied Calista Flockhart

James Marsden had just joined for the fifth and final season of Ally McBeal in 2001, which landed him at the Golden Globes ceremony the following January when both Calista Flockhart and the show were battling for awards. Despite being a new character and almost 10 years younger than the series’ titular star, Marsden Flockhart became quite close while working together. “We felt safe,” he shared on The Late Late Show with James Corden in 2019.

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And that’s why Flockhart wanted Marsden to come along when she agreed to hang out with Harrison Ford after the awards show. Flockhart made sure Marsden stayed with her all night. “Luckily it was a small group of us, but I became her wingman,” Marsden told Playboy in 2003 (via E! News). After dinner he tried to leave, but Flockhart asked him to accompany her to Ford’s place for a drink. Marsden agreed because he wanted to make sure his friend was comfortable.

But he was also interested in spending time with the mythical Ford. “I was like, ‘Okay. Hey Harrison, can we do some scenes from ‘Star Wars’ together?’ … As a fan, it was too good. I was like, ‘I can’t go,'” he joked. Marsden admitted that Ford seemed upset at the intrusion. “He was giggly and goofy around her, but quite distant with her the rest of us,” Marsden told Playboy. But the third wheel didn’t seem to hurt the chemistry that much.

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart keep their relationship down to earth

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart prefer to keep their personal lives private and down-to-earth. The couple even found a way to balance their California-based careers with a life away from the glitz and glamor of Hollywood. In the 1980s, Ford bought land in Wyoming and turned it into a wildlife sanctuary and ranch, according to The Land Report. Jackson Hole Ranch is still where he prefers to spend most of his time and where Ford and Flockhart prefer to gather their family.

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“When my chores are done and there’s nothing more urgent and the weather is good, I go flying – I love flying up there – or go for a walk in the woods, do some work, ride my road bike or mountain bike,” he told Parade in 2020. The open space gives Ford and Flockhart ample opportunity to spend time together as a couple, thereby deepening their bond. “Being normal is a kind of victory,” he told Closer Weekly.

For Flockhart, the key to their long-lasting marriage lies in their ability to relate to one another. “Harrison and I laugh a lot and humor is everything to me,” she told Fox News in 2017. She also never felt the weight of their 22-year age difference. “It doesn’t matter at all in our relationship. I like how he looks first thing in the morning. It’s not good looking, it’s cuter. He looks like a little boy,” she told Hello!