Love is a funny thing for Me­gan Mul­lally & Nick Of­fer­man

Chattanooga Times Free Press - Parade - - Front Page - By Sa­muel R. Mur­rian

Turns out the fun­ni­est peo­ple in the world can have a happy mar­riage. So happy, in fact, that they be­come ex­perts: Eigh­teen years af­ter Nick Of­fer­man, 48, and Me­gan Mul­lally, 59, first met—and 15 years af­ter they mar­ried—they’re de­but­ing their first co-writ­ten book: The Great­est Love Story Ever

Told (Dut­ton, Oct. 2), which is raunchy, poignant and ro­man­tic—a hu­mor­ously in­sight­ful look at what it takes to make a mar­riage last. Mul­lally and Of­fer­man met while act­ing in a play in Los An­ge­les in 2000, and the attraction was in­stant. Will & Grace was fairly new, but Mul­lally was al­ready a star: Mouthy mil­lion­airess Karen be­came an in­stant fan-fa­vorite, even­tu­ally gar­ner­ing the ac­tress eight Emmy nom­i­na­tions and two wins, as well as three Screen Ac­tors Guild awards and four Golden Globe nom­i­na­tions. (She re­turns to NBC in the sec­ond sea­son of Will & Grace’s re­vival on Oct. 4).

Of­fer­man was sleep­ing in a friend’s base­ment. (This was years be­fore he won our hearts and a Tele­vi­sion Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion award for his role on Parks and Re­cre­ation.)

“I was a he­do­nist when I met Me­gan,” he says. “I was smok­ing a lot of to­bacco and I was drink­ing a lot. Just by na­ture of co­ex­ist­ing with her it was ob­vi­ously like, ‘Oh, if you want this re­la­tion­ship to last, you re­ally have to clean up your act—be­cause right now, you’re kind of a stinky hog-like hu­man.’ I feel like I was partly look­ing for this re­la­tion­ship be­cause it saved my life.”

One of their se­crets to mar­riage suc­cess? The su­per-busy cou­ple re­fuses to be apart for more than two weeks at a time. “Be­cause of our two-week rule, I know we’ll be to­gether most of the time, and that means ev­ery­thing will be OK,” says Of­fer­man, who just wrapped the first sea­son of the craft­ing re­al­ity se­ries Mak­ing It with Amy Poehler and soon ap­pears in the thriller Bad Times at the El Royale with Jeff Bridges (Oct. 12).

“We just said it on the phone the other night. Love has saved us,” Mul­lally says.

“And I told him that

I have to die first. I made him prom­ise.

He was like, ‘I can’t re­ally prom­ise that,’ and I was like, ‘Prom­ise!’ so he said, ‘OK.’ ”

Read on to hear more from the love­bird authors of The Great­est Love Story Ever Told.

Cover and fea­ture pho­tog­ra­phy by Emily Shur

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