In the whirring world of crazy TV production schedules, a constantly hungry public eye, and the normal pressures of married life, it’s a wonder any celebrity couple can keep their marriage intact. “Parks and Recreation” star Nick Offerman and “Will & Grace” star Megan Mullally have been together for 20 years and married for 15. How did such an amazing match come to be, and what is their secret for success? The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (Dutton) has the answers for you.
This book is a collection of conversations between the two stars on topics ranging from family backgrounds, their past relationships and current marriage, reflections on fame and much more. In their own candid and comic ways the two relay their paths to each other and offer a beautiful example of true love built with a shared foundation in performing and show business.
Their relationship is definitely unique, but that won’t stop the world from asking how to achieve the same happiness. Some of my favorite pearls of wisdom picked up from their primer on mastering love and marriage are as follows:
–Do something you love and someone you’ll love will come to you. This perhaps is one of my favorite pieces of advice from Nick. If you’re in an environment or doing an activity that leaves you feeling glowing and confident, people will feel drawn to you. To boot, you’re more likely to find your best match if they share your same passions.
– Don’t limit limit relationships with people to cookie cutter versions of yourself, if you feel a connection with someone, go for it. Megan and Nick come from completely different families and backgrounds, but this obviously was not a problem! Nick is from a large tight-knit family in Illinois, which Megan describes as one that could jump out of a Norman Rockwell painting. On the other hand, in Kentucky Megan grew up with her mom mostly steering her upbringing due to her father’s cheating and substance abuse. Nick spent most of his time on his family farm and enjoyed working with his hands while Megan was in private school and enjoyed trips to the mall. She reflects on how her complicated relationship with her father led her to shy away from long-term relationships, while Nick normally committed to them.
Despite these differences growing up, both shared a love for acting and met in Chicago working together in the same theatre group (again a plug for do what you love). The two were the perfect match for each other and were able to commit fully to a relationship simply because they wanted to and knew anything else would just be a pale comparison.
–The power of books! Nick realized he wanted to be an actor in college, but attributes reading books over the years to developing his creative voice and tastes. Megan agrees and says “reading books is where I learned. Because whenever I read, I make the movie of the book in my head. I act it out in my head.” Perfection. I can now happily add “cultivating my inner muse” to my list of excuses next time I get turned loose in a bookstore.
–Become a pillar of support for your partner. Nick describes in great deal his wife’s expertise as an actress and his admiration for her bounces brilliantly off the page in clear three dimensional clarity. Megan similarly enthuses on Nick’s many many merits. To match every compliment paid there is also a tongue-in-cheek remark, blunt insult, and tease that illustrates their bond, perhaps even more, in a moving way.
These two harbor a deep level of respect for each other’s careers and talents that join them on whatever project they are working on. While they each enjoy their own distinct places in the lime light, Nick recalls some of his happiest moments as getting to work with Megan playing Ron’s crazy ex-wife Tammy on episodes of “Parks and Recreation.”
For more on a collection of expert level puzzles, childhood snapshots, and a colorful story that illustrates two iconic humorists’ journey to fame and through marriage, be sure to check out The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, now available for purchase.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally are actors, writers, and comedians. together, they have appearedc in the television shows “Will & Grace,” “Parks & Recreation,” and “Children’s Hospital,” the movies “Somebody Up There Likes Me,” “Kings of Summer,” “Infinity Baby,” and “Smashed,” and the comedy tour “Summer of 69: No Apostrophe.” They live in Los Angeles, California, with their dogs.