To borrow the most over-used expression from....what, 2016?...Melanie Lynskey and Jason Ritter are couple goals. Like, I'm sorry but it's just a fact! These two couldn't be more sweet or mutually supportive of each other if they tried, and—amid Melanie's career absolutely thriving—the time has come to take a look back on their relationship. Starting with when they first connected in 2012, a year I literally cannot remember.
January 22, 2012
Melanie and Jason hang at some fancy brunch, full of other actors, so we know they've at least been friends since this time!
Melanie and Jason star in The Big Ask, which is presumably when they started dating (since E! News reported they'd been together four years at the time of their engagement in 2017).
The pair later tell Drew Barrymore the early days of their relationship were pretty complex: "We were both going through very difficult times in our lives. We were both going through breakups," Melanie says. "It was a very tumultuous time."
"It's not as cute of a story as you would like to think. It was messy and interesting and weird," Jason adds. "In the mix, I was dealing with some alcoholism issues. At a point, I knew how amazing she was, and I thought she would be incredible for someone, someone who deserved her, basically, and I didn't feel like I was that person. I felt a little bit too crazy.... It was only after a year into not drinking that I go, 'Oh, maybe I can promise some things to someone else.' So I knew that she was incredible. It was working on myself to think that maybe I could be the one for her too."
January 20, 2014
Jason and Melanie are papped looking cute!
January 6, 2015
They make an official red carpet appearance at the premiere of Togetherness.
February 25, 2015
And then they have this cute lil' PDA moment:
August 26, 2016
Melanie talks to Screen Crush about working with Jason on their film The Intervention, saying, "Well, it was really fun. We had done it before, that was the movie we had met each other on. It was fun, it was just easy. We get along really well. He is just such a sweet, easygoing person. It was nice, he is very easy to be around. He is such a good actor."
February 14, 2017
Cute Valentine's Day vibes, incoming!
— Melanie Lynskey (@melanielynskey) February 14, 2017
This is the most romantic thing you could have done
— Jason Ritter 🦋 (@JasonRitter) February 14, 2017
February 16, 2017
Melanie announces their engagement on Hollywood Today Live, saying, "Now he's my fiancé. I'm announcing it!"
September 10, 2017
Never seen a more chic couple:
December 19, 2018
Jason's friend, director Neema Barnette, reveals he and Melanie have welcomed a baby:
February 1, 2019
Annnnnd then Melanie goes ahead and confirms they've welcomed a little one:
We feel lucky to have been able to have our news just be for friends and family for a while, but I guess the story got out, so! Yes! @JasonRitter and I had a daughter in December. We love her so much; she’s perfect. Thanks to everyone for your sweet messages
— Melanie Lynskey (@melanielynskey) February 1, 2019
March 20, 2020
Melanie shares a glimpse at life with their baby daughter:
January 29, 2022
Jason defends Melanie from trolls.
If anyone has any further unsolicited comments about *anybody* else’s body, they can feel free to write them in permanent ink onto their own foreheads and swan dive directly into the sun https://t.co/5UyaHmR4JS
— Jason Ritter 🦋 (@JasonRitter) January 29, 2022
February 27, 2022
I mean....the look of love.
March 13, 2022
Jason shouts out Melanie on Twitter:
I am sorry to do this and she will be embarrassed that I did this but my GOODNESS what an absolyute beaut my wife is!!!
ok I’m sorry but I mean LOOK at this human being who is also the best person I know
Ok sorry again goodnight that’s enough from me but also 🔥👀 pic.twitter.com/dKX8Mgrt9Y
— Jason Ritter 🦋 (@JasonRitter) March 14, 2022
Pretty sure this is also the first we hear that they're married!
April 1, 2022
Melanie shares a throwback to their wedding:
May 12, 2022
Melanie gives details about her wedding, saying, "Honestly, I got married because someone was like, 'Jason won't get into Canada unless you're married,' which just wasn't true. I was going to Canada for Yellowjackets, and I was on the phone with somebody, and they said, 'Oh, he won't be allowed in.' And I was like, 'We have a child. What? I can't leave for six months.' So, I was like, 'We have to get married tomorrow.'"
"We got married on our front porch of our little rental house in Atlanta. A nice lady came and married us. We had two friends there. Ali Ahn and William Jackson Harper… They brought a cake and flowers and everything we needed. It was actually a very fun wedding day, but it didn't need to happen. He could totally have gotten into Canada."
March 14, 2023
Jason confirms that yep, he had a cameo in The Last of Us:
Just the best day
— Jason Ritter 🦋 (@JasonRitter) March 14, 2023
March 22, 2023
Jason reveals what Melanie thinks of his iconic TikTok:
March 24, 2023
Jason gushes to E! News about how amazing Melanie is, saying, "She's just been so wonderful for so long and she never really put a lot of thought process into anything else aside from her work. That was always the most important thing to her."
March 31, 2023
Another day, another wedding TBT!
April 4, 2023
Melanie gushes to Entertainment Tonight about what attracted her to Jason, saying, "There was something about his willingness to have a conversation, always. Even in our darkest and most difficult moments, which there were a few, he would always talk about it. He's always very willing to take responsibility and he's kind. He's kind to people. That's the most important thing to me. He's very talented! I can't be with someone who's not talented. That's my big thing."
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