The funny attracts the funny. And in Hollywood, funny couples have stamina. A patient star Steve Carell and his wife Nancy Ellen Carell (née Walls) have been married for 27 years after first meeting in a comedy class in the early 90s. You can recognize her by her performance as a Featured Player on Saturday night life in the 1995-1996 season, or her spectacular roles in some of Steve’s most iconic shows and films, such as Office or 40 year old virgin.
The couple has survived auditions, big breaks and fatherhood together – and are still in love with each other over 25 years later. Here’s a look at their Hollywood success story.
Early 1990s: Nancy attends Steve’s improv class
Both budding comedians in the early 90s, the couple first met when Nancy took on one of Steve’s Second Towns. Improvised comedy lessons in Chicago. Nancy also worked at the bar across the street, and Steve often dropped in to her place just to talk. Speaking to Ellen DeGeneres about her show in 2015, he said they danced for a long time making the first move before he worked up the courage to ask her out. “The conversation went something like this: “You know, if I ever asked a woman out on a date, it would be someone like you. Just like you,” said Steve Ellen. “And she would say, ‘If a guy like you ever asks out a woman like me, I will definitely do it.’
They continued like this for several weeks before one of them actually did something about it. “The other people at the bar at the bar must have been saying, ‘Just do it! Deliver us all from our suffering. And finally we are done. It was great,” he said.
Steve and Nancy Carell, headshots from Second City.
Initially, they were both nervous about their romance, and their anxiety manifested itself in different ways. “I was immediately attracted to my wife. She is beautiful, smart and very funny. She sort of checked all the fields in my head,” he said. The keeper in 2013: “But I thought she hated me because she was very quiet with me. I thought she knew for a fact that I was full of it, and later I found out that she was just as nervous as I was and was trying to act cool.”
August 1995: Steve and Nancy get married.
When asked about their wedding in August 1995, Steve talked about his future wife. “I knew right away that she was the one,” he said in The keeper interview. “I will never forget when I stood at the altar and saw her walking down the aisle, I immediately felt a sense of calmness.” Describing their perfect wedding, he continued: “There was an ethereal feeling of how right everything was, and more than anything, I was inspired to know that this person would be my partner and have my back. It just made me feel strong and I will never forget that.”
Not quite their wedding, Steve and Nancy Carell attend a wedding in 1996.
1999–2002: Employees for daily show
For three years, Steve and Nancy worked simultaneously as correspondents. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Nancy previously appeared in 20 episodes Saturday night lifeto whom Steve also occasionally voiced the character “Gary”.
For a comedic couple, they aren’t afraid to test their egos at the door – especially Steve, who thinks his wife is funnier than him. “Even though I don’t really feel like I share a sense of humor with my family, I definitely do share it with her – we find the same things funny,” he said.
Early 2000s: The Carells become parents
Steve and Nancy enjoyed marital happiness for several years together before expanding their family. In May 2001, they had a beautiful baby girl named Elizabeth “Annie” who completely changed Carell’s outlook on her life and career. “I will never forget the first audition after my daughter was born. I did it because I didn’t care,” he said in 2013. “Before that, I hadn’t had much success in TV show auditions, it was uneven at best, but for this audition, it wasn’t a life or a death thing. All I wanted to do was go home to my child.”
Three years later, in June 2004, a son named John was born. “It changed my view of my career and the world, of who I was,” Carell said. “The world was much bigger than me or any of my worries, and much richer as well. Having children is by far the most important and best thing we have ever done.”
2006: Office Colleagues
When Steve Had His Big Break at NBC Office, he took Nancy with him as the girlfriend of his character Michael Scott (and soon ex-girlfriend) Carol. In a prominent scene between them, Michael photoshops his face into a photo from a ski trip Carol took with her ex-husband and kids, and she promptly dumps him. The episode ends with the iconic image of Michael heartbroken listening to a free 15-second iTunes sample of “Goodbye My Lover” in his office.
2015: Praise for Steve’s Dramatic Turn
Steve also tried his hand at drama, receiving a Best Actor nomination for his performance in the 2014 film. Fox catcher. At the Oscars that same year, Nancy praised her husband, saying he was “amazing” in the role. Since then, he has also starred in an Emmy-nominated drama series. morning show.
2016: Angie Tribeca Showrunners
In 2016, Steve and Nancy also developed a TBS series. Angie Tribeca together, which starred Rashida Jones for four seasons. “We didn’t think we’d be writing the show,” Steve explained. Entertainment tonight. “We just came up with this name, which was really stupid and it just kept laughing at us… and the more we talked about it, the more it made us laugh. She makes me laugh more than anyone.”
June 2022: red carpet appearance
Even after decades of their relationship, Nancy and Steve still appear on the red carpet together and look dizzy as always. Nancy supported Steve in June 2022 in his animated film. Minions: Rise of Gruand were caught with a huge smile at the Los Angeles premiere.
From the looks of it, minion films are a family affair in the Carell family. Steve also talked about how their now grown children were so excited about the latest film. “These [movies] started when they were 4 and 7 years old, and now they are 18 and 21 years old,” Carell said. People at that time. “I told them, ‘Well, the premiere is this week, do you want to go?’ And they were in it all, like they didn’t even hesitate,” the actor added.
“I think it’s nostalgia at the moment. They love the characters and they love the franchise. It was a big part of our family.”
Steve doesn’t necessarily believe in fate – instead, he thinks the success of their partnership is nothing more than luck. He just said The keeper in 2013: “They say what is the secret of marriage? There is no secret – I think you are lucky.