Love is a funny thing for Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman
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