Mark Wilkerson Is Melissa Joan Hart’s Husband: His Life and Love Story with the ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ Star
Melissa Joan Hart's husband, Mark Wilkerson, has inspired her to be the happiest woman and the best mother she can be to their three children. It's no surprise that Hart takes great pride in having him as his lifelong partner.
Melisa Joan Hart became a household name as Sabrina Spellman in the 1996 series "Sabrina the Teenage Witch." She began her career as a commercial model at four, then became a theater actress in New York before settling in Hollywood.
Some of the actress's earliest acting inspirations include Shirley Temple and Audrey Hepburn. Meanwhile, Hart's marriage to her longtime husband, Mark Wilkerson, has brought her as much happiness as her stellar career.
Mark Wilkerson at Ben Kitay Studios on October 22, 2007, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
Who Is Melissa Joan Hart's Husband Mark Wilkerson?
Wilkerson is an actor born in Enterprise, Alabama, on September 6, 1976. He appeared in films such as "Nine Dead" and "Satin." He was also featured in the video game "Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2."
Besides acting, Wilkerson is the lead singer and guitarist of the alternative rock band Course of Nature, best known for their several hit songs "Caught in the Sun," "Wall of Shame," and "Memory of You."
Furthermore, he is a gifted songwriter. Wilkerson co-wrote the famous track "It's Not Over" with Chris Daughtry, which became one of the top songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the rock band Daughtry.
Mark Wilkerson and his band Course of Nature perform at Music Midtown 2002 on May 4, 2002, in Atlanta, Georgia. | Source: Getty Images
When Did Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Wilkerson Get Together?
In 2002, Hart and Wilkerson first met at the Kentucky Derby. Shortly after their first encounter, the TV actress revealed to her mother that she already knew the perfect boy whom she would marry in the future.
The two seemed destined to be together, as Wilkerson also told his family he met a girl at the same event. Wilkerson's sister, Sally, was excited when Hart asked for her brother's phone number.
Sally revealed that her brother was aware of who Hart was, but he maintained his cool when he met the dazzling actress. Wilkerson eventually gave Hart his phone number.
When Hart and the musician went to Alabama to see the rest of Wilkerson's family, Sally welcomed them at the airport. The pair looked forward to seeing them for a long time. Sally said:
"I was like, 'Oh my gosh, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, is coming! I made her sign everything. Mark said, 'Don't you dare.' "
Hart won Wilkerson's affection. The couple eventually married in Florence, Italy, in July 2003. The ABC Family even broadcasted the pair's wedding through the "Tying the Knot" miniseries.
When Hart reminisced about the day of her and her husband's wedding, she said Wilkerson cried so hard as they bowed their heads and exchanged their vows that his nose was stuffed up.
Hart gave her tearful husband her grandmother's handkerchief she tucked into the cleavage of her wedding gown. Several of the guests laughed, looking at them.
According to Hart, that part of the ceremony was not documented but was the most memorable for her. Since then, the sweet couple began a family of their own.
How Many Children Does Mark Wilkerson Have with His Wife?
The couple shares three children. Their eldest son Mason was born in 2006, and they went on to have two more sons, Braydon, born in 2008, and Tucker, born in 2012.
Wilkerson said having time away from their children and going to the gym has allowed him and his wife to spend more time together.
Hart's sons have grown up before her eyes, and as the year passes, she faces new challenges as a parent. When their children were babies, she and her husband had to deal with many diaper changes and feedings. She said:
"And now...they say the bigger kid, the bigger their problem is. It's true. Now my kids are getting into dating and girls and school stuff, school drama, and wanting to be social and, 'Mom, you're not cool.' "
In addition to these parenting challenges, Hart also revealed that she taught her teenage son Mason how to drive a car, as he will be getting his driver's license soon.
The family relocated from Connecticut to Nashville, Tennessee, in October 2020. Despite the pandemic, Hart's adorable children have adjusted well to their new home.
The children have started attending school. Hart said she felt lucky to have kids who are adaptable to changing situations and have no difficulties building friendships with others.
Hart praised Wilkerson for all the hard work he did for their family. She recently marked Father's Day with a sweet message on Instagram and described her loving husband as the "best daddy in the world."
How Does Mark Wilkerson Help His Wife to Stay in Shape?
More than being the best father her children could ask for, Melissa Joan Hart is grateful to Wilkerson for teaching her the importance of good health. The longtime pair regularly date by working out at the gym.
Wilkerson said having time away from their children and going to the gym has allowed him and his wife to spend more time together. As a support system for his wife, he has maintained her weight at 40 pounds.
Hart appreciated how her fitness-loving husband encouraged her to maintain her physical fitness. Her sister-in-law, Sally, also inspired her to live healthier.
Sally stopped eating fried foods, drank gallons of water instead of sweet tea, and began exercising until she lost 136 pounds. She is now a certified yoga instructor and sets an excellent example for Hart.
Hart admired Sally's self-discipline and that she never deprived herself of her favorite food and knew how to enjoy it in moderation. She also said her supportive sister-in-law is her marriage counselor.