Being cute and hilarious is all in a day’s work for TV stars Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, known for their side-splitting tweets and cosy, yet quirky, pictures. How many times can they demonstrate their love for each other? Let’s count the amusing and increasingly inventive ways the long-time married couple have come up with.
1. Offerman fell for the real woman, not the TV star
Both are known for major comedy TV roles; Mullally for Will and Grace and Offerman for Parks and Recreation. However, when they met Offerman was staying on a friend’s couch and didn’t own a TV. Moreover, he a hadn’t actually seen a single episode of Mullally in Will and Grace but just found her “hilarious.”
2. They made out to music
Before the rehearsal of a theater show they were doing together, Offerman put his hand on Mullally’s, which was resting on the the gear stick of the car they were in. The duo ended up putting a Beck track on repeat while they enjoyed getting to know each other much better for nearly two hours.
3. Age is no barrier to love
Mullally was actually looking to date someone who was more her own age, which at the time was 41. She wasn’t pleased when she found out that Offerman was just 29. By accident, when he asked for her number, the actress didn’t give him the correct one – actually the fax number was handed out instead.
4. Humor is the way to win a second date
On their first dinner date Offerman took a risk that Mullally shared his offbeat sense of humor. When they first went to eat, he turned up in yellow overalls. What’s more, the funnyman pushed his luck a little further by using his lurid outfit to secure his napkin. Remarkably, this stunt didn’t put Mallally off.
5. Loving your partner’s work can help things along
To show his appreciation and support for his burgeoning love interest, Offerman went to almost every filming session of Will and Grace, only missing about a couple. Indeed, his perseverance and devotion to Mullally, who was starring as madcap Karen Walker, actually brought an unexpected reward. In one episode, he landed himself a cameo.
6. Real love is worth waiting for
It was four months into their relationship before the duo became lovers, according to Michelle Regna writing for website BuzzFeed. Mullally is said to have wanted to know Offerman was serious about her. Mullally also banished her lover from the bed when she felt a haircut he had for a role was a complete turn-off.
7. Rehearsing your wedding proposal adds to the fun
In a 2013 interview with Playboy magazine, Swanson explained that he got hold of joke wedding rings from the costume designer on Will and Grace. He then staged three faux proposals on a trip to Paris, France – “accidentally” dropping the bogus rings one after the other at each crucial moment. “I thought it was hilarious,” Mullally said. “But the rings got progressively bigger, and for a moment I thought the last one might be real.”
8. The hilarious real wedding proposal was the way nature intended
In an interview with the The Guardian newspaper, the actor revealed his uproarious genuflecting proposal to Mullally. “It was in Regent’s Park [London]. Magically, the ducks on the water and birds in the air began to furiously copulate all around us. Something made the moment bigger than the two of us. It was fated by Mother Nature,” Offerman explained.
9. Make a big thing of presenting the ring
Off-screen, the actor also likes to spend time in his woodshop. The loved-up Offerman decided to make use of his woodworking skills when he was ready to genuinely propose to Mullally. He crafted her a special heart-shaped box to produce for the big moment.
10. Real chemistry transcends to the screen
Mullally starred with Offerman in Parks and Recreation as a very eccentric couple. They also worked together on a live tour entitled “Summer of 69 No Apostrophe” which involved a dance act to Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does It Better.” They seem to make performing together part of their offbeat romance.
11. Keep your guests in the dark about the wedding
Offerman and Mullally threw a party the night before the Emmys in 2003 and the small 20 or so guests thought it was to honor the awards. However, in fact it turned to be their wedding. The couple had kept it under wraps because Mullally’s co-star Debra Messing’s nuptials had been invaded by the paparazzi.
12. No children isn’t the end of the world
After getting married in 2003, Mullally decided if she was going to have children Offerman was just the man. However, when nothing happened after a year, they simply decided to move on. As Mullally explained to GQ magazine in May 2017, “So we tried, but I was a little long in the tooth for that sort of thing. But we didn’t turn it into a soap opera.”
13. Doing jigsaws then being in the jigsaw is romantic and funny
The couple love doing jigsaws and have posted a lot of pictures on social media of this pastime. However not content with completing the puzzle, they like to do something different and pose like the characters within it. One memorable post on Christmas Day 2017 showed Offerman and Mullally dressed up like the Father Christmas in the puzzle, complete with the caption ‘A Cookie for Santa’.
14. Start a quirky puzzle trend
Offerman and Mullally have apparently started something with their puzzle posts and now fans are following in their footsteps. Jonathan Toth posted a picture of his Ravensburger Mullally and Offerman puzzle saying he was happy to be putting together the picture of two of his “most favorite people.”
15. Tweet your love on social media
The couple feature in an hilarious “celebration of marriage” video in which Mullally is seen swearing about her hubby, with the offending words beeped out. The love send-up, on the Carpool Karaoke Twitter feed, involves the couple singing along before declaring they “want to blow some newlyweds’ minds.”
16. Love your wife’s work at least 25 times
Offerman has continued to love his wife’s work since the Will and Grace filming days. Recently his wife let it out that he’d seen Young Frankenstein, a Broadway musical she’d starred in in 2007, no fewer than 25 times! He added on Twitter: “I wish I could see it 25 more because of the magnificence and what not.”
17. Find quirky ways to celebrate your love’s birthday
Offerman came up with some adorable if unusual sentiments on his wife’s birthday on November 12, 2018. On Twitter he posted a picture of them both wearing top hat and tails and dancing with canes. Next to this he wrote, “Happiest of birthdays to my dance captain, my band leader, my entertainment director and the Queen of the Pixies! Love of my life.”
18. Celebrate happy coincidences
The couple both worked and indeed met in theater, but stranger than that is the fact they were both doing this in Chicago. They then went on to become sitcom stars in two of the biggest-ever NBC shows. In addition, they both got their big acting breaks aged 39, Mullally in Will and Grace and Offerman in Parks and Recreation.
19. Write a book about your love story
The comedy actors have put together a book of their finest marriage moments. The book, its tongue-in-cheek title The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, is billed as a collection of marriage “lessons.” The audio version has already made the New York Times Magazine’s monthly bestseller list.
20. Liking someone is as important as loving them
The couple joke in the book that neither Antony and Cleopatra nor Samson and Delilah were as in love as them. However, they have said in interviews liking each other is perhaps the most important thing of all. Mullally summed it up to newspaper USA Today in October 2018 by saying, “I like him. I like what he has to say. I think he’s funny. I think he’s cute.”