Adam Brody revealed he was ‘instantly smitten’ with now-wife Leighton Meester when they first met during a candid chat on podcast Podcrushed this week.
The 43-year-old Fleishman Is In Trouble actor — who attended the Shazam! premiere with his spouse, 37, last month – recalled ‘I think the first time I saw her is when I met her at Canters, the Deli in Los Angeles.’
He was prompted by co-host Nava Kavelin, who said, ‘I’m wondering if you remember the first time Leighton entered your consciousness?’
‘That’s when I saw her, and, yeah, I was smitten instantly,’ he told the hosts, which in addition to Nava, includes Leighton’s former Gossip Girl costar Penn Badgley and Sophie Ansari.
‘I was, you know, smitten for a long time. I didn’t get to know her for many years after, even though we even worked together briefly,’ he continued.
Sweet: Adam Brody revealed he was ‘instantly smitten’ with now-wife Leighton Meester when they first met during a candid chat on podcast Podcrushed this week; the couple pictured last November in NYC
Expressing his admiration and appreciation for his wife, who he married in 2014, Adam added: ‘She’s so lovely, and she’s so sweet.’
The father-of-two, who shares 7-year-old daughter Arlo with Leighton as well as a younger son, continued to praise his wife as he gushed, ‘She’s so nice. She’s so good.’
Looking back at that time he noted, ‘And yet – and this is to her credit – she remained elusive to me for so long, you know, and aloof.
‘I couldn’t get a total read because even though she professes to have been interested in me and all those things, not only did she not pursue that – I mean, she was perfectly willing to let that never happen if it never, you know.
‘Yeah, she was perfectly willing to let that message in the bottle return to sea at several points,’ he explained.
Penn, who stars in Netflix’s hit series You, reflected, ‘That means she already had faith in your love. She was already letting you go.’
Adam responded, ‘She says, oh, it’s because I knew if we did it would be a thing, you know, or like it’s too powerful.’
Beyond having their acting careers in common, the lovebirds have also picked up another shared interest since their relationship began.
Jogging his memory: The 43-year-old actor recalled ‘I think the first time I saw her is when I met her at Canters, the Deli in Los Angeles’; pictured 2019
First impression: ‘That’s when I saw her, and, yeah, I was smitten instantly,’ he told the hosts; the couple pictured last month in LA
‘A big part of our quarantine life is that my wife and I have been surfing our brains out,’ Brody told the Wall Street Journal in December 2020.
‘My wife will come down with our son half an hour, 45 minutes after I’m up and join the party and we will check the surf on our phones.
‘I’ve been off and on a lifetime surfer. My wife’s relatively new to it but is very dedicated. She is going surfing right now,’ Brody continued.
And in 2019 Leighton told Shape, ‘I have found that when I don’t have a physical result in mind when I’m exercising — it’s not just about getting sore or getting abs or burning fat — I feel much more confident.
‘I’m working on a skill, and that is so fulfilling to me.’