12 Things You Didn’t Know About Melissa Joan Hart And Mark Wilkerson’s Relationship

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Melissa Joan Hart has lived a very public life, from her time on the beloved Nickelodeon show Clarissa Explains It All, to ABC’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and finally Melissa & Joey. We’ve essentially watched her grow up on television. Since we’re so used to watching her play different characters on-screen, we often forget that she’s actually a wife of 15 years and a mom to three boys! In celebration of their long-standing relationship, here are 12 things you probably didn’t know about Melissa Joan Hart’s relationship with musician Mark Wilkerson!

12. They Met at the Kentucky Derby

Melissa and Mark met in 2002 at the Kentucky Derby where Mark’s band, Course of Nature, was playing a benefit concert. In an interview with Mark, he said: “She introduced the band that night and then we talked afterwards; kept in touch and then started flying off to see each other. And then from there we got married. That’s how we came to be.”

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11. Melissa was Dating Someone Else at the Time

In an interview with the Inquisitor, Melissa talked about how when she first met Mark, she was actually dating Jerry O’Connell. “I met Mark and that [same] night I made out with Jerry. But, the next morning at the Derby races, Jerry is hitting on someone else and I said, ‘Oh, I see how this is going to be.’ And then Jerry said to me, ‘When we get back to LA are we going to hang out?’ And I said, ‘I don’t think so, I think I met the man I’m going to marry,’” she said.

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