Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson's Sweet Love Story
That house has to be filled with laughter — and love!
Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney’s relationship in real life seems to be entirely different than the one they have onscreen. The two have followed in the tradition of many showbiz couples and found love on set. Now, with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia headed into a whopping 16th season, the pair is still going strong.
From coworkers to the proud parents of two sons, Olson and McElhenney’s relationship has spanned almost two decades. Of course, we’re curious to know all the ins and outs of how they got together—and how they keep things so strong!
Here is everything you need to know about Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney’s relationship.
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Is Kaitlin Olson married?
What a question! Kaitlin Olson is in fact married. Her husband is her It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-star Rob McElhenney. McElhenney created the series and developed it along with fellow series’ star Glenn Howerton. The show premiered in August 2005. Olson and McElhenney have been together since 2006 and married in 2008. That means they have been in a relationship for around 17 years and married for around 15!
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Who is Rob McElhenney’s wife?
Rob McElhenney’s wife is his It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-star Kaitlin Olson. McElhenney, the creator and co-developer of the series, plays Ronald “Mac” McDonald on the show while Olson plays Deandra “Sweet Dee” Reynolds. The series also stars Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day and Danny DeVito.
McElhenney has credited his wife with improving upon their original vision of her character. According to Olson, “In the beginning, before Season 1, I almost didn't take [the role], because I was reading the scripts, and Dee was the voice of reason, and they all were really funny. I said, 'With all due respect, I just don't want to play that character. I don't want to be the voice of reason.' It just wasn't what I was interested in doing. They said to me, 'Look, we just haven't really written for women that much, but we'll figure it out.' My first thought was, 'Well, don't write for a woman. Just write another funny character.' I'll make it female just by not doing anything. I just am a woman. Don't think about it as male or female."
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How did Rob and Kaitlin get together?
Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson met during the audition process for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. While Olson has admitted she didn’t “think twice” about her future husband during the audition, McElhenney had a different experience.
He revealed he thought she was, “so funny and so beautiful and so out of my league” from the start, however, considering he became her co-star and boss, he initially did not pursue a romantic relationship. “I recognized the power dynamic, and I said, ‘This is inappropriate.’”
Olson, on the other hand, then became the aggressor, with the Mac actor saying of his now-wife, “She pursued me like a jungle cat.”
While they flirted here and there and kissed a number of times in the interim, the two officially became a couple in March 2006 at the wedding of two of their co-stars, Charlie Day and “The Waitress” actress Mary Elizabeth Ellis. McElhenney admitted, “At a certain point, you can only be respectful of the situation for so long. You have a woman this beautiful, this talented, this kind.”
The two began secretly dating behind the scenes during the production of Season 2 of the series before getting engaged at co-star Danny DeVito’s Malibu beach house in December 2007. They married on Sept. 27, 2008.
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How long have Rob and Kaitlin been married?
Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson began dating in 2006 and got married on Sept. 27, 2008. They have been together for around 17 years and married for almost 15.
The pair share two sons, Axel Lee, born in 2010, and Leo Grey, born in 2012.
Are Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney still married?
Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney are still married and have been for almost 15 years. The It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia costars first met in 2005 during the audition process for the show. However, McElhenney has since revealed he’d formed a crush on his future wife years earlier.
In a March 2020 Instagram post, McElhenney wrote in part, “I remember watching an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2002—before I even moved to LA—and seeing this woman playing Larry’s sister-in-law. I thought she was so funny and so beautiful and so out of my league. Well, it’s 18 years later and tonight I get to hold her hand, watch her on another episode of Curb and be reminded of all of those things again.”
Are Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson still married?
Yes, Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson are still married as of this writing. The two have known each other since they met in 2005 during the audition process for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Surprisingly, Olson revealed later she almost didn’t get the part that would make her a TV cult icon and connect her with her future husband after an issue during her audition. “I left the room and Rob was like, 'How did she leave out the funniest line that was in there?' and he didn't want to cast me. Rob, who I've now married, had to be talked into hiring me."
Are Dee and Mac still married?
As previously written, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-stars Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney, who play Dee and Mac respectively, are still married. They have been together since the show's second season in 2006 and married since September 2008. The pair share two children.
However, don’t expect their It’s Always Sunny characters to follow suit. Olson has said, “Me and Mac will never get together. I think Mac and Dee are revolted by each other.”
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Where does Rob McElhenney live?
It appears Rob McElhenney and his wife Kaitlin Olson live with their two sons in Los Angeles. In 2020, the famous duo opened the doors of their Southern California home for an issue of Traditional Home. However, the couple does own Mac’s Tavern, a bar in McElhenney’s home state of Pennsylvania.
What religion is Rob McElhenney?
Rob McElhenney was raised Roman Catholic. It is not clear whether McElhenney is still a practicing Catholic or if he his a member of any other religion. It is known that McElhenney is an outspoken ally of the LGBTQIA+ community with close ties to it. His parents divorced when his mother came out of the closet and he also has two gay brothers, in addition to his character on It’s Always Sunny having come out of the closet.
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