AceShowbiz - Dennis Quaid's ego took a big hit during his relationship with Meg Ryan after her career skyrocketed as his appeared to stall.
The actress had yet to score her big break when she and Quaid fell in love while shooting 1988 crime thriller "D.O.A.", their second movie together, but that all changed in 1989, following the release of hit romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally...".
She was suddenly thrust into the limelight, and Dennis admits he often felt like he was invisible as fans and the paparazzi would go crazy at the sight of Meg in public.
"When we met, I was the big deal, then my career (slowed down), and she (became a big star), and then we'd go out on the streets of New York and people were like, 'Meg! Meg!'" he recalled on breakfast show Megyn Kelly "Today".
"I have to admit it, I actually did feel like I disappeared. I didn't think I was that small, but I was."
"It was a growth opportunity," he added. "I learned from that."
The couple went on to wed in 1991, and welcomed its only child together, Jack Henry, a year later. The actors divorced in 2001, and it's only now that Quaid, who was accused of infidelity during their marriage, can accept that it was his "most successful relationship" to date.
During the interview, which aired on Monday, July 23, Quaid was also asked to reflect on some of his other leading ladies, and recalled his "Postcards from the Edge" co-star Meryl Streep as being a complete "jokester": "(She was) just the most relaxed person I ever worked with," he gushed.
Quaid then praised his "Dinner with Friends" castmate Andie MacDowell as a "beautiful, beautiful soul," and grew emotional as he paid tribute to late actress Natasha Richardson, who died following a tragic skiing accident in 2009.
"She had those two boys (sons) and great husband, great family relationship, and (was) just a joy to work with," he sighed as he remembered his The Parent Trap co-star, who was married to Liam Neeson. "She... (had) no ego, none of that crap that actors pull."
Quaid also had nothing but great memories of working with the movie couple's onscreen daughter, Lindsay Lohan, who pulled double duty on set to play twins.
"She was one of the most talented people I ever met, but for 11 years old, when I met her? When we were doing the film, she had me believing... that there were twins, for real," he remarked.