Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally met while they were co-starring in a play in 2000. Mullally was in the midst of her smash hit sitcom, Will & Grace. Offerman was a struggling actor, living in an unfinished basement apartment and writing stage notes on his overalls, because “he couldn’t afford paper,” or so Mullally jokes.
Even so, the two had undeniable chemistry, both onstage and in real life. Offerman told Conan O’Brien, “After our play one night, we went to a fancy grocery store, which was a new thing for me, and got a baguette and cheeses and a bottle of nice wine, and she knew the park.”
What started as a cute sunset picnic in a canyon ended with coyotes watching the pair, ahem… get to know each other better.
That triste turned out to be the start of something beautiful. Offerman told People, “We just got lucky. We adore each other. We’re two human beings so it’s a relationship that requires work and patience and maintenance. I’m sure I drive her up a tree sometimes and that’s when I go and sleep out in the backyard. Then I write her a letter and she lets me back in the house.”
Mullally certainly agrees, telling People, “I feel like Nick and I have the best relationship and the best marriage.”
Everything in their marriage, down to their wedding, was done on the couples’ strange and signature terms. “We had our family and closest friends fly out and told people we were having an Emmy party,” Mullally said. “When they arrived, we said, ‘Welcome to our wedding!”
A surprise wedding? Eavesdropping coyotes? Sleeping in a literal doghouse? The two may have anything but a conventional story, but the secret to keeping their spark alive is a sweet and simple arrangement: an agreement to not take gigs that would keep them apart for longer than two weeks. Any job that would be longer than two weeks of travel, they discuss and decide on as a couple.