The 49-year-old Designated Survivor actor is opening up about his former relationship 25 years later and why he is grateful that Julia called it off.
“I think she was being realistic for herself and I think that’s much better,” Kiefer told People. “I think it’s hard to explain the pressure. We were young and we were both very much in love and we had decided that we wanted to get married.”
Julia and Kiefer met on the set of Flatliners, which was released in 1990.
“She was arguably the most famous woman in the world and this wedding that was supposed to be something between the two of us became something so big,” Kiefer added. “And then in the middle of that I think she had the courage ― it wasn’t what she wanted to do in the end. And I think it took a lot of courage, in amongst all that other stuff, to be able to say, ‘I can’t do this.’ And I’m gonna leave it at that.”