Why Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman Opted Against Having Kids

It seems like every other day tabloids are revealing another celebrity couple that is calling it quits. Relationships in Hollywood are often as disposable as the next day’s news. Comedians Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman have beaten the odds and found a way to make their marriage work. Mullally, who has been working in the entertainment industry for more than four decades, best known for her most famous role as Karen on the long-running NBC television series Will and Grace.

Offerman is best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. The pair have worked on several projects together, including her famous sitcom. Even though the duo has enjoyed a long and happy marriage, they do not share any children. They admit it was not a conscious decision but rather something that was not in the cards for them.

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullany embracing, smiling, on a red carpet
(L-R) Nick Offerman and Megan Mullany | David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Sharing a good laugh

Mullally mastered the iconic role of Karen on Will & Grace from 1998 to 2006. Before landing the career-changing part, she starred in the Broadway version of Grease with Rosie O’Donnell. 

According to IMDb, she has a band called Nancy and Beth, which has toured extensively with two albums under their belt. The 62-year-old actor has also directed four music videos for the band.

Nick Offerman is a self-described actor, author, humorist, and woodworker. On his website, the funny man refers to himself as “the proud husband and dishwasher to the world’s most powerful woman – Megan Mullally.”

The 50-year-old actor was born in Illinois in 1970. Aside from Parks and Recreation, he has starred in films such as 21 Jump Street and We Are The Millers. He is known not only for his mad woodworking skills, but his offhanded humor that attracts fans from around the world.

A marriage that works 

The power couple met in 2000 while working on a play together called The Berlin Circle. Mullally told BuzzFeed, “We had a lot of scenes together, and I started thinking, ‘Wait a minute, he’s funny.’ And then I started thinking, ‘Wait a minute, is he cute? What’s happening?'”

Offerman said of their relationship, “I think the reason we became good friends and ultimately attracted to each other partially was because we’re the same kind of actor.” He continued, “We both have a combination of a very intense work ethic combined with a love of having fun and screwing around.”

The Parks and Recreation star told BuzzFeed, “The rules we had already established in our lives as professionals just jibed with each other, and so we just continued holding hands and doing it together.” Since their marriage in 2003, they have been inseparable, finding projects to work on together that keep their relationship fun. 

They have worked on several independent films together, guest-starred in each other’s sitcoms, and even appeared together on The Bachelor to offer the contestants some marital advice. Beating the odds of Hollywood breakups, the comedic pair released a book about their love story titled The Greatest Story Ever Told: An Oral History.

Why the couple never had kids

In a 2017 interview with GQ, Mullally said the key to her successful marriage is that they are never apart for longer than two weeks. She also admitted, “no children probably helps a lot.” When asked if not having children was an intentional decision, the fun-loving podcast host revealed, “I never had a burning desire to have children.”

She explained that after she met Offerman, she thought, “This is the only person I’d do this with.” Mullally said the couple tried to conceive, saying, “I was a little long in the tooth for that sort of thing. But we didn’t turn it into a soap opera.” After trying for about a year with no results, the couple mutually agreed that “it wasn’t meant to be.”

Always the comedian, Offerman’s response was, “our attempts may not have been great because we still haven’t had full-on sex.” Mullally quipped, “No, we haven’t had full penetration yet. Maybe for our 20-year anniversary … but don’t rush me!'”

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