Andy Samberg Loved Joanna Newsom Before They Met
There's nothing better than finding out two people you think are just the coolest think the same of each other. Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak. Alexis Beldel and Vincent Kartheiser. And the granddaddy of all them all — alt prom king and queen Adam Samberg and Joanna Newsom. The hilarious 37-year-old Saturday Night Live alum and his 33-year-old musician wife have been going strong for seven years and will celebrate their second wedding anniversary on Sept. 21 — the day after Samberg hosts the 2015 Emmy Awards. They're the kind of couple who you might never guess would work out together, until you see the looks on both of their faces when they're walking a red carpet. Then comes the uh huh moment when you realize they are just too perfect for words.
So, how did Samberg, a California-born comedian, singer, writer, and producer hook up with the equally as Californian singer, songwriter, and harpist? In a nutshell, he totally stalked her. I'm kidding. Sort of.
One of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star's friends revealed to Us Weekly in 2012 that Samberg liked Newsom's music and would attend her shows even before they were an item. "He had the biggest crush on her," the source revealed. Awww. Their is something beyond adorable about the thought of Samberg standing in the audience, like anyone else, and being absolutely clueless about the fact that the beautiful harp-playing performer on stage would one day become his wife.
Lucky for Samberg, he and Newsom had mutual friends who were finally able to introduce them. They hit it off and, as it turns out, Newsom totally appreciated Samberg's sense of humor and the hysterical music videos he creates with The Lonely Island. Mutual admiration. "She respects what he does with his songs," the insider told Us Weekly. "She's so proud of everything that he has accomplished."
If you were to juxtapose Newsom's indie-folk music, say a great, quirky track like "Sadie," with Samberg's "Diaper Money," you might shake your head in disbelief. But the two share more in common than you might think. Samberg was born and raised in Berkeley, where he enjoyed opportunities to flex his creative muscles before eventually graduating from New York University with a degree in experimental film. Newsom was also raised in Northern California and had progressive parents who encouraged her love of music, but banned bad television.
They also both have an extremely impressive capacity for songwriting (don't laugh, I'm totally about to back up this point). Sure, Samberg's lyrics "Bustin' five knots, wind whippin' out my coat/ You can't stop me motherf*cker cause I'm on a boat" from "I'm on a Boat" are just a wee bit different from these taken from Newsom's "Inflammatory Writ": "Even mollusks have weddings/though solemn and leaden/but you dirge for the dead/and take no jam on your bread." But they're both creative and clever as hell — in their own ways.
And the most important thing is that they both agree. Samberg and Newsom were married in 2013 in Big Sur and are still going strong. No doubt she'll be right there in the audience cheering on her husband when he kills it at the Emmys.
Now, if only Kaling and Novak would get on board with this whole getting married and staying together forever thing.