Omari Hardwick prioritizes respect and communication in relationships. The truth is, the actor tells PEOPLE each traits are main keys in his 11-year marriage to Jennifer “Jae” Pfautch.

The outlet just lately interviewed Hardwick, touching base on components of a wholesome relationship. In response, he broke down the phrase “relationship,” evaluating a romantic partnership to the operation of a ship.

Omari says the vessel sinks if the folks working a ship or boat don’t carry out their duties. He says issues aren’t so completely different in a “relation-boat,” including that “it’s a ship.”
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“If it’s romantic, you’ve got to really be about the ship, and the best way to relate to each other on the ship is to communicate so those nights you don’t want to do that or those mornings you don’t want to do that, you get a bit of a hallway or bathroom pass if you will. You get a pass because you’ve done it enough. You’ve tallied up your numbers at communication enough.”

Hardwick and Jae married in 2012, however that they had been courting for a number of years–shedding their first baby in a stillbirth dying in 2008. After marrying in April, the couple welcomed one other baby–a daughter named Nova–in November 2012. Their second baby, a son named Courageous, was born in March 2015.

Omari Says Communication And Respect Are ‘Next-Door Neighbors’ In A Relationship

The actor, whose newest movie Mom is streaming on Netflix, says communication and respect enable you leeway in a wholesome relationship.

“You can probably get away with it as long as communication and respect would be next to it. Respect is the next-door neighbor,” Hardwick advised PEOPLE. “You just got to really respect the person you’re in that relationship with. Once that’s gone, it’s really hard to get that back.”

Omari’s feedback observe one other married couple’s perspective on lasting marriage. Kirk and Tammy Franklin just lately dismissed the label of “perfect couple” in an interview with Essence. Making a wedding good “makes something that is outside of the context of reality,” Kirk stated. Tammy added that there’s additionally a contemporary obsession with the “length of a marriage as opposed to the health.” For them, their 27-year marriage runs on religion, friendship, remedy, and being proactive fairly than reactive.

In April, Omari’s spouse Jae gave her recommendation on courting and marriage, itemizing progress as “one of the most important things.” She spilled in a captioned selfie of her and hubby Hardwick.

“Constant, perpetual, continual GROWTH in all facets. Look for someone who is always evolving. They aren’t going to magically fall in love with growth once you’re married, so look for it when you’re dating someone. Marry someone who loves to grow, get better, learn, and progress. If they strive for growth in their own life, they’ll nurture your relationship towards growth the saaaame way. See, change is inevitable, but growth is optional. If you marry someone who is always striving to grow…sh*t! Best partner ever! Ps. Don’t be out there lookin for a “grower” while you’re nonetheless dwelling stale, stagnant, and stuffed with excuses why you haven’t modified, grown, gotten higher, or met your objectives, as a result of they received’t be havin it otherwise you. Progress is at all times attractive.”

On the time, Omari reaffirmed his spouse’s loving message within the feedback.

“We are all just rock kickers trying to get from today to tomorrow. Many are comfortable just kicking it along a flat road. Most try to avoid the rocks entirely. & SOME dare….to kick, push, carry, drag, pull the rock UP a mountain. THAT sh*t. Maaaan. Forever grateful beyond [Jae] for you being THAT! I love you,” he wrote.

In the meantime, one other particular somebody in Omari’s life caught the eye of oldsters on-line this week. His lookalike brother, Jamil, had the innanet girlies in a chokehold when his pictures went viral.