Jul. 17 2007, Published 6:00 a.m. ET

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Playing a woman in Hairspray gave John Travolta newfound respect for women, wife Kelly Preston said at the Hairspray premiere in NYC on July 16. 'It was amazing how much attention breasts and butts get,' John, 53, said. 'I liked that everyone wanted to grab them, and grab my butt. I was very generous with my allowing them to do that. Of course, it wasn't me, so that's why I let them do that.' Even his starstruck costar Zac Efron, 19, couldn't help but cop a feel. 'Yeah, I felt up the fake John boobs. It felt like foam ? it felt like one of those heating pads you put on your neck.'All the attention made taking off the Edna Turnblad garb that much sweeter when John went home to his wife of nearly 16 years and their son Jett, 15, and daughter Ella, 7. What's the secret to a happy marriage? 'Communication,' John told OK! 'Communication leads to understanding, and understanding is a universal solvent.' -Valerie Nome

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