Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy Once Dated — Glimpse into the Actors' Personal Lives

Manuela Cardiga
Sep 24, 2020
12:30 P.M.
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Actress Catherine O'Hara plays Eugene Levy's wife and mother to his real-life children, but the chemistry between them is real and stems from their past.


In the hit comedy "Schitt's Creek," Catherine O'Hara plays the matriarch of a mega-wealthy family whose financial manager runs off to the Caymans with all they own, except one little town her husband once bought as a joke for his son's birthday -- Schitt's Creek.

Playing the part of Johnny Rose, her husband, and father of her two children David and Alexis Rose, is iconic "American Pie" actor Eugene Levy, whom she once dated.

It was due to Dan that the old flames were reunited on the screen when he created and produced "Schitt's Creek" 

Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara at the 24th Annual Critics' Choice Awards in 2019 in Santa Monica | Source: Getty Images



Back in the days when they were starting out their careers, Eugene and Catherine worked for The Second City, a company specializing in improvisational sketch comedy, which launched the career of many notable comedians, including Bill Murray, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Tina Fey, and Stephen Colbert.

The young actors were then at the start of their career, and as Catherine explained, everyone at Second Company dated everyone, and Eugene made her laugh, so she went out with him.



The result was a brief fling that ended up laying the foundations for a lifelong friendship. When Eugene's son Dan Levy came up with the "Schitt's Creek" concept, which he co-wrote with his father, there was only one choice for the voluble, dramatic Moira Rose: Catherine O'Hara.

Eugene wanted Catherine to play Moira, and Dan agreed, but he was to have the surprise of his life on the first day of filming, when the "Home Alone" actress unveiled her version of the down-and-out former millionaire and her odd accent. Eugene shared:

 “The first time we heard it was knockout — unreal.”


Catherine's superb representation of Moira has earned her eight awards, including a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Even though their brief romance came to nothing, Eugene and Catherine's six-year "marriage" has been a huge success.

In real life, Catherine is married to Bo Welch,  a production designer and art director famed for his work with iconic director Tim Burton, whom she met on the set of the 1988 hit comedy, "Beetlejuice." Catherine found Welch very attractive, and he eventually made his move and asked her out. Catherine revealed:

"He finally asked me out. We went on location at the end of the movie, and we started dating. I moved to L.A. to be with him."


Bo Welch and Catherine O'Hara at the Hammer Museum's 17th Annual Gala in 2019 in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images

Four years later, the couple tied the knot and welcomed son Matthew in 1994, then and Luke in 1997. Catherine and Welch have now been married for 28 years. The couple likes to keep a low profile and is only occasionally spotted together at red carpet events.


Eugene is also married. He met his wife Deborah Divine shortly after he dated Catherine, and the two have now been married for an incredible 43 years. Deborah is a screenwriter, and the couple passed on their love of acting and the written word to their children, Sarah Levy, 34, and Dan Levy, 37.



It was due to Dan that the old flames were reunited on the screen when he created and produced "Schitt's Creek." Dan cast his father Eugene as the father of his character David Rose, and his sister Sarah as the sweet Twyla, the hair-brained owner of Schitt's Creek's only cafe.

After their six years together, the cast has admitted that they feel like a real family and will be missing the everyday contact with each other. Viewers will be missing them too, but maybe Dan Levy will relent and bring back "Schitt's Creek" for a second run, or maybe a reunion.