Angela Bassett and Courtney Vance are Hollywood vets. The powerful pair of actors have been together over 25 years. Love like theirs is few and far between, and Courtney and Angela have been determined to let fans in on their secret so they too can find everlasting love.

Angela is currently on the promotional grind for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. While speaking with Hoda & Jenna at the Today Show, she let them in on something Courtney said early on that solidified their union and made it so strong.
The ladies congratulated Angela on “having a moment right now,” considering how long she’s been in the industry and still be in big budget films. Hoda asked why in this moment is Angela having such a powerful resurgence. She admits she does not question it and really just tries to enjoy the ride.

also reflected on the loss of Chadwick Boseman and how it forced her and her all female cast to the forefront of the movie to carry the legacy they all began in the first one.
She mentioned that his leadership in the original 2018 film really drove the story and set them up for success on the sequel even though he was not present. Angela calls the movie an epic tale and expresses her gratitude to be a part of it. The ladies try to get her to spill on who the new Black Panther is but she refused to tell them.

Angela Bassett then switched gears to her 25 year relationship with Courtney Vance and how they had to defy the odds because growing up “long relationships” were not modeled for her. Angela says that the 25 years have taught her how much it takes to make a marriage work. She stressed that negotiation is key and that sometimes you do not always get what you want, but most times they find a middle ground. She says forgiveness is also key.

Angela says that Courtney told her a week into their marriage that “divorce was not an option.” She says at the time she laughed it off but later realized he was the one who could “stand the storm,” something every union needs to survive.

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