The pair first got together when Robert was starring in Gothika alongside Halle Berry. Susan (then Susan Levin) was producing the film through her job with production company Silver Pictures.
At first, Susan wasn’t too sure about Robert, in part because she didn’t want to date the star of one of the movies she was working on, but also because — as she told The Hollywood Reporter in 2014 — she found him “interesting but weird.”
But soon enough, the producer agreed to a date with the actor, and things took off from there. Within a few months, the pair were engaged and two years later, they said ‘I do.’
Now, Robert and Susan share two children and have formed their own production company, Team Downey. From their first meeting to their success as parents and business partners, here is a complete timeline of Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey’s relationship.
2003: Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey meet
Susan and Robert met while he was starring in the 2003 psychological thriller Gothika alongside Berry and Penélope Cruz, which Susan was producing.
“We were up in Montreal prepping for Gothika, and we had lunch with the director and Halle Berry,” Susan told The Hollywood Reporter of getting to know Robert. “Everybody else ordered Japanese, but Robert told us how oatmeal was the ‘superfood.’ He brought his own packets of oatmeal to have at lunch. And he had this box of various herbs and stuff. And then he started doing these yoga moves. I mean, he was interesting but weird.”
October 9, 2003: Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey make their red carpet debut
In October 2003, Robert brought Susan as his date to the premiere of The Singing Detective, a musical that Robert starred in with Katie Holmes, Robin Wright and Adrien Brody. The event marked their first public appearance together.
November 5, 2003: Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey get engaged
“It was her birthday and I wanted to get her before she turned 30, so I waited right before midnight, and I got her a bunch of stuff and then there was a ring,” Robert told Winfrey. “And she opened that, and I said … What did I say?”
Susan answered, “‘I was wondering if, maybe, you’d wanna, like, be my wife one day.’ ”
According to a 2014 Hollywood Reporter interview, while the proposal happened only months after they started dating, Susan insisted on a longer engagement.
August 27, 2005: Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey get married
On Aug. 27, 2005, nearly two years after getting engaged, Susan and Robert tied the knot. As reported by PEOPLE, the pair got married on Long Island, New York and celebrity guests…