“I was slow to make any moves because of our age difference, and also because she was a fan,” Cross told the audience when the couple appeared on stage together during the sketch comedy show Running Late with Scott Rogowsky.Cross and Tamblyn know that people are going to talk about their age difference, and their approach—in true comedian style—is to laugh it off.They were rumored to be dating for at least a year before stepping out in public together.Everything about their relationship seemed normal—Cross proposed after about three years together, they enjoyed the engagement for a year, and then had a quaint little outdoor wedding ceremony in front of family and friends.In 2003, Cook joined the cast of the TV comedy Arrested Development, about a dysfunctional American family.A few years later, Cross introduced the world to his girlfriend, actress Amber Tamblyn.
“As they quietly chip away the last barriers of decency,” the Ray Donovan actor, 70, tweeted with the NAMBLA hashtag, referring to the North American Man/Boy Love Association, which has been described as a pedophile advocacy organization.
He became a regular act at a club called Catch a Rising Star, which is the same place where some of today’s most popular comedians started, like Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen De Generes, Ray Romano, Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey, and Chris Rock.
While his career as a stand-up comedian continued to thrive, Cook made the transition into television in 1993 by taking on a writer position for the sketch series The Ben Stiller Show.
But there was one thing that made their marriage just a little less traditional: the 21-year age gap between them.
When Cross and Tamblyn got married in August 2011, he was 49 and she was 28.