On ‘Friday Night In With The Morgans,’ Garret Dillahunt and Wife Michelle Hurd Revealed Their Meet Cute


On the very first episode of Friday Night with the Morgans in
mid-April (and what feels like 12 years ago), Jeffrey Dean Morgan
and his wife, Hilarie Burton, had husband and wife Jensen and
Danneel Ackles as their first guests. They were, coincidentally,
the couple that introduced Morgan and Burton at a bar many years
ago, and it came with a
spectacular meet cute story

This weekend, Jeffrey and Hilarie had on another married couple,
Garrett Dillahunt and Michelle Hurd. Ironically, Dillahunt was up

for the role of Negan
on The Walking Dead that Jeffrey Dean
Morgan would eventually land, although Dillahunt got a fairly
decent consolation prize as John Dorie on Fear the Walking
. Hilarie Burton, meanwhile, knew Michelle Hurd from a 2012
Christmas film, Naughty or Nice, that they starred in with …
Daneel Ackles (small world!).

Anyway, many people may not realize this because he is a fairly
private actor (except for all the novelty masks he shows off on
but Dillahunt has been married to Picard star, Michelle Hurd, since
2007. In the tradition of sharing meet cutes on Morgans, Hurd and
Dillahunt shared theirs this week, and it involves a huge

As Hurd tells it, she and Dillahunt were starring in a play
together. She doesn’t name the play, but it appears to have been

900 Oneonta
in 1996. When she arrived to the first day of
rehearsal, Hurd was excited to meet her new co-star and love
interest, Dillahunt, and excitedly introduced herself. “I put on
a big smile, and I stuck out my hand, and I said, ‘Hi! I’m
Michelle, and I’m playing your love interest!”

“And I swear to God,” Hurd continues, Dillahunt listlessly
turned his head and said, “Hi. I’m Garrett,” and turned back
away from her. “Oh, that’s it, huh?” Michelle thought.
“You’re just going to give me a look?” Meanwhile, she sees
their other co-star, Missi Pyle, approach Dillahunt and they start
laughing and chatting together. “Oh, that’s fine! That’s
fine!” Hurd thinks. “You done. We are not playing. I’m

Dillahunt, however, remembers the experience differently. “It
was hot,” Dillahunt says, “and Michelle was on rollerblades, so
she rolls in and she’s nine feet tall.” She’s not wearing
much, Dillahunt continues, saying that she was “all bare abs and
bare legs for days.” Meanwhile, Dillahunt was nervous, and “had
no sense of fashion,” and he “turns around … and I was just
the biggest nerd. I was so tongue-tied that I couldn’t come up
with anything to say … It was awful.”

And there you go: The first time that Dillahunt met his future
wife, he was so lovestruck that he couldn’t speak to her.

Meanwhile, Michelle Hurd — who has naturally curly hair —
also told a story on the episode about an experience she had
playing an “event planner to the stars,” who owned her own
business on a TV series she recurred on. Hurd received a call from
producers after the first day on set, and they said to her, “We
love you, and we love your hair. It’s just so fabulous.
However,” the producers continued, “we have done research where
we have found that a Black woman who owns her own business can only
be taken seriously if she has straightened hair.”

“This was said to me,” Hurd continues, understandably
frustrated. “Just a few years ago. On a big f**king show …
it’s just like Tracee Ellis Ross says. ‘If you hire me, you
hire my hair.’”

Hurd did not specify the show, but it is worth noting that she
played an event planner on The CW’s 90210 back in the early


Source: FS – All – Entertainment – News 2
On ‘Friday Night In With The Morgans,’ Garret Dillahunt and
Wife Michelle Hurd Revealed Their Meet Cute