The Legend of Zorro star was married to Johnson's mother Melanie Griffith for almost 20 years before the couple split in 2015, but that doesn't mean the relationship between him and his stepdaughter ended. In fact, the divorce only seemed to fortify their unique bond, with Banderas even raving over Johnson's acting skills in a 2015 interview with E! News ahead of Fifty Shades of Grey's release.
"I know the expectations of these movies are enormous but we know—every member of the family, brother, sister, real father—that she's a good actress," Banderas gushed. "She's going to have a fantastic career because actually she can play many different turfs...This is a great opportunity for her and I know that she's going to take it."
No, we're not crying, we just so happened to be chopping onions while a tree branch fell into our eye, okay?!
But that's far from the first time the pair have exchanged heartwarming words about each other. So, in honor of Banderas' 62nd birthday Aug. 10, we're looking back on his special bond with the 32-year-old, including their adorable date to the Oscars, her cute nickname she still uses for her stepfather and the emotional speech she gave in his honor that left her in tears...