updated 06/10/2012 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/10/2012 AT 5:00 PM ET
They said their “I dos” in a secret New Year’s Eve ceremony in 1997. Come December, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith will celebrate 15 years as husband and wife.
“Fifteen years! It’s amazing, isn’t it?” Pinkett Smith told PEOPLE at the New York City premiere of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted recently.
“I was just doing the Today show, and there was a couple there who was celebrating 59 years of marriage, and I thought to myself, ‘15 years ain’t nothing, you know?’ It’s just the beginning. That’s the way I look at it.”
So how will they mark the milestone? “You know, we celebrate throughout the year,” she added to PEOPLE at Friday’s MOMS Mamarazzi event in New York. “But usually on our wedding anniversary, we give ourselves a high-five and go, ‘We survived another year, homie! Yeah!’ ”