Actor Carrie Coon was recently nominated for an Emmy for her work on the third season of Fargo. But before she was a success on screen, she earned a Theatre World Award and a Tony nomination for her portrayal of Honey in Broadway's 2012 revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? It was during that play that Coon met her now-husband, actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts.
On Late Night With Seth Meyers, Meyers joked that the Edward Albee play is not usually one you think of when you think of happy marriages and good starts. But Coon said her experience was different. “In fact, our production was so successful because Pam MacKinnon, our director, and then Tracy and Amy [Morton], who were playing George and Martha, they approached it as a love story,” said Coon. “Tracy would always say, ‘Wouldn’t you want your partner to fight for you that hard?‘”
Coon and Letts wed in September 2013 in a hospital. Coon explained that they had gotten their marriage license in Illinois, which requires you to get married within 60 days of registering or else you need to go back to City Hall and re-register. On Day 59, Coon and Letts were planning to get married the next day when Letts didn’t feel well. After heading to the emergency room, Letts was rushed in for emergency gall bladder surgery. Still, the two didn’t want to have to re-register, so they were married in the hospital. “My husband was so high,” she joked. ”His gown was slightly off the shoulder.”
Their anniversary is coming up, and so are the Emmys. Having appeared on Fargo and The Leftovers, both shows with ambiguous endings, Meyers asked her if she would weigh in.
“What’s important is not the experience I have, it’s the experience you have, and I wouldn’t want to rob anybody of that moment of sitting with what happens in those shows and thinking about for themselves what they believe,” said Coon. It’s a lesson she actually learned in the theatre.
“I had an acting teacher that used to say—I used to always be crying in scenes—and he’d say, ’Carrie dry it up. It doesn’t matter if you cry, it matters if we cry.‘ I think that’s exactly right.”