But at the time, sparks didn’t immediately fly. The actor said he “bumped into” Meester, 36, a few times over the next couple of years before they were both cast in the 2011 movie The Oranges. “I thought she was gorgeous,” he noted. “And even when we did the movie, there was chemistry there, but I was seeing someone.”

However, a year later, they finally became an item. And Brody, who shares daughter Arlo, 7, and a son, 2, with the Single Parents star, has nothing but admiration for his wife, saying on Anna Faris‘ podcast that “she’s literally like Joan of Arc.”

The actor continued, “She is the strongest, best person I know. She is my moral compass and North Star, and I just can’t say enough good things about her character. It’s crazy.”