John Travolta and Kelly Preston have been married since 1991, and their love story is a bit iconic. The two have been acting for decades, and they’ve seen one another take on a variety of roles that put them in a variety of situations.
Kelly starred in Jerry Maguire as Tom Cruise’s girlfriend. As anyone who has seen the movie knows, it is absolutely filled with memorable scenes and lines. If you were alive and old enough to see it when it came out in 1996, I’m sure you can instantly tell me what’s going on in the movie when one character calmly says, “Show me the money.”
One of the more memorable scenes is between Tom Cruise, who plays Jerry Maguire, and Kelly, who is playing Avery. Kelly’s character is known for being a bit, um, feisty, and she and Jerry share a very energetic sex scene early in the film. It turns out that Kelly’s husband, John Travolta, didn’t know about the scene before seeing the movie. Yikes!
In the scene, Avery loudly shouts, “Never stop [expletive] me!” In a recent interview, John shared, “You don’t even know what awkward is, nor do you, until you sit in the screening of Jerry Maguire and you don’t know that scene is coming up and your wife is with Tom Cruise in the middle of something that is astonishing. That’s awkward. I had no idea.”
Kelly and John had been married for five years at the time of the film’s release, and they presumably talked to one another about how work was going … which begs the question: How is it possible he had absolutely no idea? Perhaps Kelly simply felt it was the kind of scene that was better left as a surprise.
Luckily, it looks like the pair and parents of three definitely made it past this sticky spot. Both have continued to enjoy careers in Hollywood, with John recently taking a turn as Moose in 2019’s The Fanatic.