Sunday, June 13, 2021

As life slowed down, they became creative

Actor and comedian Niecy Nash and musician Jessica Betts are getting married on August 29, 2020, at the height of the pandemic in an intimate ceremony at their home in Ventura County, California.

“We only had 24 guests,” she said. Nash, 51, the Emmy winner, remarked, attracting many fans from her longtime role as Deputy Raineesha Williams in ‘Reno 911!’ or as the enterprising Desna Simms on ‘Claws’.

Since saying ‘I Do’, the creative couple, who met on Instagram in 2015, have been productive while being forced to search like the rest of the world.

Betts, 41, who views her music as a blend of rock and soul, and sings and plays guitar, has been writing and producing music for a new album. Her first single from the project is tentatively available for release this summer. Mrs. Nash is involved in two highly anticipated Netflix projects, a biopic mini-series, “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” and a rom-com movie, “The Perfect Find,” also starring Gabrielle Union.

The dynamic duo also had the opportunity to mix business and pleasure when they shared the stage for the 32nd annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 8th. Nash presented the virtual ceremony and Betts performed her soulful single “Catch Me”.

While the newlyweds were quarantined, they got the chance to get to know each other better.

‘Covid is terrible in terms of what it represents, but in terms of the fact that we can have more time to spend together? I really do not complain about that, “said Mrs. Betts said.

Me. Nash agrees, adding: ‘The other good thing for us is that we got married in our backyard. We can walk around here and say, ‘Remember, we took that wedding photo there? Do we remember that we just got married there? We cut the cake right there! ‘The house is so full of memories and getting married here made it warmer. ”

The couple also created new memories with home evenings. “One night we can cook,” she said. Nash said. ‘Or we can have a tent outside and sleep in the garden. Or we’ll say, ‘Let’s go to the movie room and have a movie night and pop real popcorn with butter.’ We enjoy our space. ”

By sitting at home together, the newlyweds were able to rediscover their love of water. One of the pleasant pastimes in the quarantine included immersions in their pool. When asked who is the better swimmer between the two, Ms. Nash immediately replied, “Jessica.” Then she jokingly added, “But I’m the better skinny skinny.” On this it me. Betts replied with a laugh: ‘Yes. You got me on that one. ‘

For the couple’s first Valentine’s Day as a couple, Ms. Betts is planning a private dinner at the couple’s home. “It was funny because I got in the car and could not see anything,” Nash said. ‘I have to keep my eyes closed. We’re driving somewhere. I have no idea where we are because I can not open my eyes. I came to the door, opened it, and we were at our house.

“She drove me back home and had it transformed into this beautiful dining experience,” she continued. ‘There were balloons everywhere. It was absolutely beautiful. ”

Me. Betts also hired a private chef to prepare a custom menu that includes Caesar salad, filet mignon and snow crabs. “We both love snow crabs,” she said. Nash said. “This is our favorite.” A loaded brownie with caramel and whipped cream dessert and Cristal Champagne completed the romantic meal.

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Nash and Betts both lost family members during the pandemic.

“I lost my grandmother,” she said. Betts said. When you lose an elderly family member, you are filled with so many wonderful memories. But during Covid, having meetings or funerals is not easy. This is difficult because you want to be there for family members and make sure people are comforted. On the other hand, you need to be very careful and aware of all the safety rules and regulations. ”

Me. Nash, who has lost a close ousus, reflected her wife’s sentiment. “Trying to control everyone’s mind and heart and keep their spirits up over time was important,” she said.

There were no extended holidays after the wedding. While Covid travel restrictions played a role in this, Ms. Nash said there were other factors as well. “The first time we tried to leave, we came to the airport and my passport expired,” she said. “I did not realize it because we were in quarantine. So we just drove to Santa Barbara. ‘Right around the new year, the couple managed to take another’ mini-moon ‘to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The couple sees more travel in their future. “We were just talking about going to Aruba,” she said. Betts said. “And Turks and Caicos,” she told me. Nash added.

When asked how they avoid their challenges consuming the relationship, Ms. Betts immediately replies, “Therapy.” To which me. Nash added: ‘I firmly believe that there are two kinds of people in the world. People who are in therapy and people who need to be in therapy. ”

The couple was committed to maintaining a constant schedule of therapy even during the pandemic. “We did our sessions on FaceTime at the beginning of the quarantine,” she said. Nash said.

Couple therapy was initially me. Nash’s idea, but now she and Mrs. sing. Betts the praise of it. “We do individual and couple therapy and we started before we got married,” she said. Nash said.

By looking through the couple’s social media accounts, one can see how these two glow in each other’s presence. Beets as well as Nash acknowledge their powerful influence. “We certainly did not sit strategically and devise a plan on how to inspire with our love, I can guarantee you that,” she said. Betts said. “But yes, I take responsibility for it, because I like to inspire, and so does my wife.”

Mrs. Nash, who has three grown children and has been married to men twice before, said: “It’s funny because people always knew I was in a relationship with men.”

When she and Ms. Betts got married, she said, ‘People were like, Aunt Niecy ?! Yip! Your favorite aunt. ”

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