It’s been on our screens for 15 years, but It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia has never been nominated for an Emmy.
So star Kailtin Olson is feeling pretty smug about gaining her first major nomination for a character her husband Rob McElhenney didn’t write.
Continuing to be one of the best showbiz couples in the business, Kailtin, 44, has utterly roasted Rob, 43, after bagging a Primetime Emmy nomination for outstanding actress in a short form comedy or drama series for Flipped.
It’s Always Sunny showrunner Rob – who also plays Mac in the comedy series – posted a video to Instagram, in which he played the Death Cab For Cutie song I’ll Follow You Into The Dark on the guitar while sitting next to his wife.
It was a sweet moment for the husband and wife of 12 years – until Kaitlin interrupted: ‘I got nominated for an Emmy for a show you didn’t write.’
A rather dejected Rob stopped playing and simply quipped: ‘Yep’, as Kaitlin revelled in her Emmy nominee status.
Famous friends were loving the clip, with Ryan Reynolds commenting: ‘Yep’ and Watchmen showrunner Damon Lindelof writing: ‘God, I love you two.’
Colin Hanks called the clip ‘absolutely perfect’, while Rancid drummer Branden Steineckert commented: ‘Hahahahahaha perfect!! Huge congrats @kaitlinolson. Love & respect to you both.’
Kaitlin – best known for playing Dee Reynolds on It’s Always Sunny – was nominated for first ever Emmy for playing Cricket Melfi opposite Will Forte on the Quibi series Flipped, which is a feature film cut into 11 under 10-minute episodes.
The comedy follows two home renovation experts – modelled on Chip and Joanna Gaines – who are kidnapped by drug cartel members and forced to ‘flip’ their homes.
Olson is up against #FreeRayshawn’s Jasmine Cephas Jones, Reno 911! star Kerri Kenney-Silver, Anna Kendrick for Dummy and Razor Tongue star Rain Valdez in the category.
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia has run for 14 series, with a record-breaking 15th series commissioned, yet its only Emmy nods have been for outstanding stunt coordination for a comedy series for stunt coordinator Marc Scizak.
McElhenney last year expressed his desire for Mac’s emotional contemporary dance about his sexuality – probably the show’s only poignant moment – to be honoured at the Emmys, writing on Instagram: ‘This industry has been so good to me. I have absolutely nothing to complain about with regards to awards. That train left the station a long time ago.
‘But if there is anyone who deserves some Emmy recognition it’s the team of @alison_faulk @leomoctezuma and @kyliesheaxo. They took an uncoordinated buffoon and created something really special. I truly can’t dance for s*** but they worked tirelessly to make it look like I could. I will be forever grateful for an incredible experience. Their patience and support and dedication will be remembered always.’
But we’re sure Rob will be more than happy for Kaitlin. Well, happier than Mac would be for Dee, anyway.
After McElhenney cast Olson as ‘Sweet Dee’ Reynolds on the show, he started to fall for the actress around the second series, and they went on to date in secret for a year before the truth came out.
Speaking to Dax Shepard on his podcast Armchair Expert, Kaitlin admitted that she knew how she felt before Rob did.
She said: ‘It was very awkward, just awkward. I had been drinking because that’s how I handled being nervous around him. And I would just move in to sit at the game and back up in between his legs, and like move myself into his lap. And he was just like, “What— what are you doing?” That’s the other thing about Rob. He’s unbelievably direct. Like, honest to a fault.
‘It took him a while to realise … it was a very interesting dynamic. Like, once I fell in love with him, I realised that I was deeply in love with him in a way that I hadn’t been in love with anyone before. And then we started secretly dating, and he really just wanted to be casual, but I had this hubristic confidence that this person is completely in love with me—and he has no idea. It wasn’t even a game. It was just like, oh, you don’t know, you have no idea that you are completely in love with me. You want to have it casual and just date, and yet you’re calling me every Friday night and you’re spending the night on Saturday night and you’re seeing me on Monday morning.’
Hilariously, Rob had to keep the relationship a secret from Glenn Howerton (Dennis) as they were living together at the time.
Kaitlin said: ‘It was great because he was living with Glenn at the time, and this was all a secret, and Glenn would come to work jealous. He was just like, “Rob is just like out there at bars just like meeting people and every bar he goes to he meets someone and spends the night [with her]”.’
The secret soon came out and Rob and Kaitlin got married in September 2008, two years after they started dating.
The stars have gone on to have two children – nine-year-old Axel and eight-year-old Leo.
The Emmys take place on 21 September.
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