While speaking with Hola! magazine recently, the actress says humor is a central component of their lives.
"We enjoy doing the same stuff and Chris has a great sense of humor and knows how to take the sting out of things," she said. "He always makes me and the kids laugh or when I'm angry, he tells a joke to lighten the mood. Humor counts for a lot. More than anything, I enjoy laughing with him."
The couple and their children — India, 9 , and twin sons, Tristan and Sasha, 7 — have also settled into a lifestyle that works for them. That lifestyle is surrounded by nature, not skyscrapers.
Cringing at the family's recent move to Sydney for work, Elsa said, "I definitely couldn't live in [a city] again. It's not for me."
The children, she said, struggled with "all the traffic" in Sydney, as they're used to the more laidback Bryon Bay, where they family primarily resides.
"The children were longing to revert back to being barefoot savages," she said. "This is where we belong, where my children have grown up."
The move to Sydney is only temporary while Elsa and Chris work on separate projects.
"It's a whole new experience… I can't dress down as much as I do in Byron Bay – we hope to get back there on the weekends," she told The Sydney Morning Herald. "Byron has been beautiful. We made the right decision in 2014 to leave [Los Angeles] and come to Australia – it's been great for the kids to be in nature, enjoy animals and go horse riding."