Megalyn Echikunwoke is well-known for television series like 24, CSI: Miami, The 4400, Like family, Law and Oder, Supernatural, American Dad, Ghosted, among others. It first came as a rumor in 2016 that the actress was dating American Comedian Chris Rock, then it was confirmed that the two are actually an item and have been seeing each other since 2015.
Here are details of all the personal stuff you need to know about the Hollywood actress, including her romance with Chris Rock.
Echikunwoke was born in Spokane, Washington on the 28th of May 1983 to Anita Laurie, a mother who is of English, Irish, and German descent. Her father, Onigwe Versato Echikunwoke is a Nigerian who is of the Igbo tribe. Although born in Spokane, Echikunwoke grew up in Chinle, Arizona on a Navajo Indian Reservation.
Her grandfather is a traditional Igbo leader, this makes her an African Loyalty. Megalyn is not the only child of her parents, she has two siblings – a brother named Miki and a sister named Misty.
Megalyn’s Rise to Fame
The talented actress was first discovered in 1997 when she was just fourteen years old at a summer Art camp. After a fantastic performance at the camp, she began auditioning for roles both through videos tapes and in person. Eventually, fate smiled on her in 1998 and she appeared on the TV miniseries Creature. She equally appeared as a guest on The Steve Harvey Show.
Ever since her debut, Megalyn Echikunwoke has remained a regular face on television series, shows, and Hollywood blockbusters. In 1998, she played Kelso’s girlfriend, Angie Barnett, in the 7th season of That ’70s Show and would later land a recurring role in three episodes of Raising the Bar, portraying the love interest of attorney Marcus McGrath (J. August Richards).
Megalyn played the adult version of Isabelle Tyler on the science fiction television series The 4400, until 2007. She portrayed the coffee house singer Cherish Pardee on MTV soap Spyder Games and was also in the first season of 24 as Nicole Palmer, David Palmer’s daughter.
Echikunwoke was in CSI: Miami for just one season (seven) as Dr. Tara Price. Her other works include House of Lies, Made in Jersey, Mind Games, Arrow, Who Do You Love?, A Good Day to Die Hard, Night School, Late Night, etc. Megalyn also played a voice role in the web series, Superhero.
Husband or Boyfriend (Chris Rock); Is Megalyn Echikunwoke Married?
When the rumor got out that the funnyman Chris Rock was dating again after he filed for divorce from his ex-wife Malaak Compton-Rock in 2014, the whole world wanted to know who the “lucky” woman was, and it turned to be no other than the stunning Hollywood actress Megalyn Echikunwoke.
Although the couple made their relationship public in February 2016, they have actually been seeing each other since 2015. In September 2016, the actress appeared on the red carpet during Showtime’s Emmy Eve Party in L.A, wearing what looked like an engagement ring.
When asked by People if she was set to tie the knots with the funnyman anytime soon, she replied: “definitely not”. Explaining further, she stated that the alleged engagement ring was just a pearl, “It’s not even a diamond” she added.
If Rock decides to pop the question any time soon will the Arrow actress accept? Well, that may not happen as she clearly stated that she is not a huge believer in marriage.
Megalyn Echikunwoke has never been married or known to have any kid(s). Before her relationship with Chris, she dated actor Patrick Fugit, but for an unknown reason, the couple called it quits in 2014, the same year Rock filed for a divorce. This actually gave rise to the rumor of her being the reason behind the funnyman ending of his 19-year-old marriage.
Other Facts To Know
Echikunwoke is a political activist. In 2007, she campaigned for Barack Obama, moving around campuses alongside her friends Kal Penn, Justin Long, and Olivia Wilde on what they called the All-Actor All-Iowa All-Star Voter Education Tour, aimed at registering new college-age voters before the 2008 Presidential election.
She loves singing and still nurses the dream of pursuing a musical career in the near future. Asides singing, her other hobbies are dancing, surfing the internet, and traveling. She said she wouldn’t mind being taken around the world to visit historical places like the Taj Mahal, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the Egyptian pyramids.