Without a question, Carrie Preston is a superb actor! But it’s simply charming that she, too, had a talent crush on her husband, Michael Emerson, when they were just starting to know each other. Preston and her husband, Michael Emerson, have been together since 1998 and are still going strong as of this writing.
They Met At the Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Preston met the man who would become her husband for the first time while still in school. At the Alabama School of Fine Arts, he was pursuing a master’s degree. Preston was based in New York at the time, but she was in Montgomery for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
She first saw him in A Christmas Carol, when he played multiple characters. However, the two met on the set of Hamlet, according to an interview with Entertainment Weekly (via CheatSheet).
While Preston was playing Ophelia, Emerson was portraying Guildenstern, the titular character’s boyhood friend, and he delivered her a vase of fresh flowers and a basket of peaches from his peach tree.
Carrie Preston’s ‘Talent Crush’
Preston revealed in another interview with People that she has always had a thing for Emerson — a talent crush, to be precise.
“Within a month, I was contacting my mother and telling her that I had met the man I was going to marry,” she remembered.
Fortunately, the feeling was reciprocated. Distance could not keep them apart once love had found them. They dated for four years while commuting between New York and Alabama. They married in a theater in her hometown of Macon, Georgia, in 1998, and then moved to New York City, which Emerson dubbed “Home with a big H.”
They haven’t had any children in the nearly two decades they’ve been married, but in 2010, they adopted Chumley, a poodle-Maltese mix who they treat like their sole “kid.”
Carrie Preston and her husband share a mutual admiration for acting. Preston and her husband have shared the screen on numerous occasions over their successful television careers. Preston, for example, appeared as Emerson’s ex-fiance in Person of Interest and guest-starred in an episode of Lost.
They collaborated on other projects as well, such as Straight-Jacket in 2004. Ready? Ok! Claws were released in 2008, and Claws was released in 2018. Preston is obviously a fan of her spouse and sees him as a brilliant performer. She has said that Emerson was so skilled at what he did that she became “lost in his storytelling.”
The affection is reciprocal, as Emerson has described his wife as a “comic genius.”
The two have a total of eleven important awards to their credit for their contributions to the art of acting. The husband was nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards and won two, while the wife won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2013.
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