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Harry Hamlin Recalls 'Uncomfortable' Moment on First Date with Wife Lisa Rinna

Harry Hamlin Recalls 'Uncomfortable' Moment on First Date with Wife Lisa Rinna

The 'Mayfair Witches' actor and 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' alum also reveal how they keep their relationship "hot and spicy" after 26 years of marriage

Rich Fury/Getty Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna attend the Amazon Prime Video post Emmy Awards party at Cecconi
Rich Fury/Getty Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna attend the Amazon Prime Video post Emmy Awards party at Cecconi's on September 17, 2018

Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna are looking back at the early days of their relationship.

The Mayfair Witches actor, 72, and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum, 60, recalled their first impressions of each other after meeting while Rinna was working at an eyeglass store.

“I was having dinner with the owner [of the store],” Hamlin told Us Weekly. “When she brought him the keys, we invited her to sit for a glass of wine. She started talking about how she’d gone to the circus the night before and how sexy it was. I go, ‘Wait a minute, who is this broad?’”

“It was Cirque Du Soleil,” Rinna clarified. “He’s Harry Hamlin, so my first impression was, ‘Wow, he’s gorgeous.’”

FilmMagic ctor Harry Hamilin and actress Lisa Rinna attend HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014
FilmMagic ctor Harry Hamilin and actress Lisa Rinna attend HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014

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Hamlin then asked Rinna out on a first date at the last minute and was surprised when the actress agreed to go.

“At the time, a book called The Rules was making the rounds,” he explained. “It was about how a woman could snag a man. One rule was that you never went out on a date the same day someone invited you out. I called her at, like, 6 p.m. and asked if she’d meet me for dinner in an hour. I knew I’d get shut down, but she said yes.”

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Rich Fury/Getty

“She showed up in a white T-shirt, jeans, scuffed-up cowboy boots and no makeup to this kind of fancy restaurant,” he continued. “I was really impressed by that. The fact that she showed up in the first place got me.”

“I like to be spontaneous. It seemed like a fun thing to do,” she added.

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However, the date didn’t go entirely to plan when the waiter made things awkward between the pair when he accurately predicted the longevity of their relationship. Hamlin recalled, “The waiter comes up to our table to give us our menus and says, ‘You two are going to get married and have children. You’re soulmates, and you’re going to have a great life together.’ At this point, Lisa and I didn’t know each other at all.”

“We were so uncomfortable,” Rinna said and Hamlin added, “It freaked us out. After dinner, she was in her car, and I reached in to kiss her. And it was the worst kiss.”

“[I was like], 'Goddamn, he’s so hot, but he can’t kiss,'” she added.

Rinna shared that Hamlin then canceled their second date but “came crawling back about two months later.”

<p>Stefanie Keenan/Getty </p> Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna attend the Vanity Fair and Amazon MGM Studios awards season celebration at Bar Marmont on January 6, 2024

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Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna attend the Vanity Fair and Amazon MGM Studios awards season celebration at Bar Marmont on January 6, 2024

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The pair went on to tie the knot in 1997 and welcome daughters Delilah Belle, 25, and Amelia Gray, 22. As to how they have maintained a long-lasting marriage in Hollywood, Hamlin shared, “It comes down to listening and being respectful and supportive. Lisa is Lisa, and that in and of itself is kind of a challenge, which is why I don’t follow [her] on social media.”

Rinna chimed in: “In our case, opposites attract. And we’re good at allowing the other person to be who they are and do what they want.”

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The couple also shared how they keep things spicy in the relationship. Hamlin said, “I don’t have to do anything. All I have to do is come into the room, and she’s hot and spicy.”

“I like to take risks,” Rinna adds. “I was born fun, so you don’t really have to do much. If you’re bored, I will change it up for you.”

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