The following account of Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally’s meet cute comes from two different interviews where each told their side of how they met. I’ve spliced the two accounts together.
Nick Offerman: I was living in a basement in Silver Lake and hadn’t had a TV for ten years. I hadn’t seen Will & Grace. When I went to audition for the play, they said, “We have Megan Mullally.” I was like, “I know you’re saying that as an incentive, but I’m not impressed. I’m from the theater. I don’t need some TV chick in the play.”
Megan Mullally: We met on a play. He was the only one who talked to me on the first day. It was two years in[to Will & Grace]. It was on the hiatus after our second season.
Nick Offerman: At the first read-through, Megan was so funny. And cute. But that didn’t hit me yet. We were both staunchly single at the time. I was like, “Whatever. She’s cute.” I was in some kind of denial.
Unbeknownst to me, everybody else was really freaked out by her because they were huge fans of Will & Grace.
Megan: I don’t know why no one talked to me, except maybe they were going to try and ignore me before I ignored them, or something? I’m not sure (but of course I didn’t want to ignore anybody). He came up, and he was the only one who would [talk to me]. He shook my hand and said, ‘Oh wow! This is gonna be really fun. And we had a lot of scenes together, and I started thinking he was pretty funny. Then I started thinking, ‘Is he sexy? What’s happening?
Nick: So we do this read-through, and she was so funny, masterful and smart. I immediately went up to her and I was like, “Hey, I’m Nick. You’re super funny. I think this is going to be really fun. Anyway, take it easy. I gotta go put my tool belt on and build some shit. You can watch—if you want.” She thought, I guess they haven’t cast this part yet, and they’re having the plumber friend read it. Partway through, she thought, The plumber’s pretty good. They should cast this guy.
Megan: He had asked me out [during the production] because I put my fax number on the cast list. Maybe I was snobby because I put my fax number on there! [This was in 2000] He had called that number and asked me out on a date, but I didn’t get the message until, like, two weeks later, so for two weeks, he had thought I was just totally icing him.
He had asked me to go see a country band, which was interesting, but I think it was an accident because he didn’t know [I was into that kind of music at the time].
Nick: No [I didn’t], but pretty early on, I knew [she] liked singing Tom Waits because [she] played me some in her car and also, she sang “In the Gloaming” to me in a whispery voice in my ear. That was it. The end.
Megan: That was a little calculated. He was also nice to my dog, and he was the only one who paid attention to my dog, and that was a big [deal]. I had a new dog, who I still have. He’s our dog now. And I thought, ‘Hmmm. A father to my children.’
… and the rest is history.