Who Is Joey Lawrence's Wife, Samantha Cope?

Whoa! "Blossom" star Joey Lawrence and Samantha Cope are married!

The couple got engaged one year after Joey ended his marriage to second wife Chandie Lawrence. He broke the big news to Us Weekly while discussing his career, and it turned out that his love life and his work life had become intertwined (more on that later). Cope, of course, couldn't say enough nice things about her then-future husband on Instagram. "Life is so full of blessings but also little unpredictable battles," Cope wrote. "I can't thank you enough for staying positive even in the toughest of times. You're my fav babe."

In response to Cope's post, Joey described her as "an incredible pillar of strength love and kindness." The two dated for 11 months, meaning they got together a few weeks after Joey filed for divorce from Chandie on July 14, 2020 (via Entertainment Tonight). The exes have two daughters together, Charleston and Liberty, and Joey told Us that the girls are fans of their then-future stepmother. "They like her a lot," Joey stated.

The "Melissa & Joey" star spoke about what dating during a pandemic was like. He and Cope didn't get to go on many conventional dates, but perhaps the unusual circumstances helped them get to know each other on a deeper level. "It was just hanging out, trapped in that, you know, confined space." he said. So, how did the actor meet his wife?

Joey Lawrence and Samantha Cope met at work

Samantha Cope is an actor, and she got to know her future husband while working with him on the upcoming Lifetime movie "A Deadly Deed." Shooting the film was a family affair for Joey Lawrence — Matthew Lawrence co-stars, while Andrew Lawrence directs. In other words, Cope also got to know her future brothers-in-law at work. "Meeting her has just been really the greatest thing ever," Joey told Us Weekly.

The couple became writing partners while quarantining together, and they have already sold a script for a romantic comedy to the streaming platform Tubi. "When you can meet the greatest person for you in that kind of environment, it's saying something," Joey said of the unusual start of their romantic and working relationship. He also said that he and Cope only went to the movies once and "out to dinner five times" while they were dating.

Cope's past credits include the film "Flowers and Honey," the HBO series "Insecure," and the Lifetime movie "The Single Mom Conspiracy," in which she plays the villain (via Cinemaholic). Her acting career began in 2007 with a small part on the Nickelodeon show "Drake & Josh," which was followed by a role in a 2009 episode of the Disney Channel series "Hannah Montana." She and Joey worked together again in March when they filmed the holiday movie "Mistletoe Mixup" in Utah. It also features appearances by both of Joey's brothers.

Samantha Cope appeared on To Catch a Predator

One of Samantha Cope's first acting roles was an unconventional one. In 2007, she played one of the decoys posing as an underage girl on the Dateline NBC series "To Catch a Predator." Her episode of the show was set in Flagler Beach, Florida. She was 19 years old at the time, but 53-year-old retired truck driver James Wiles believed she was 13 when he met her at a beach house, per NBC News.

In addition to being an actor, Cope is an animal lover who spends a lot of time with horses and her pet dogs, Dakota and Jax. When she adopted Dakota in May 2020, she even created a separate Instagram profile for the pup. In an April 2020 post, she seemed to reveal that Jax and Joey Lawrence share the same nickname. "I am feeling so thankful for the extra time at home with babe & Jax (even tho I call them both 'babe') and enjoying sunset dinners together in the backyard," she wrote.

Cope is also a member of the team that cares for the furry residents at the nonprofit farm animal rescue BIG Heart Ranch. According to her bio on the Malibu Foundation website, the Idaho native is certified in equine therapy. She helps rehabilitate animals and works to save dogs in shelters. Larence once paid $1,000 to rescue a dog from a shelter in Australia, per People, so he and Cope are clearly the paw-fect pair.

Samantha Cope and Joey Lawrence had a wedding to remember

In 2022, Joey Lawrence officially tied the knot with Samantha Cope, per People. The two said "I do" in an outdoor ceremony in California. Family members, including Lawrence's daughters Charleston and Liberty, were in attendance. Prior to their special day, Lawrence and Cope shared details about their relationship with the outlet. Cope said, "From day one, it was such a safe place to be myself. He loves everything about me and celebrates all those weird quirks about me." She felt a strong connection with her love from the get-go, as she added, "Two weeks in, I was like, 'I will be with you forever.'" Lawrence gushed, "I have somebody who is like-minded and has the same love language and we communicate the same way. That's super important. And I am so thankful."

A year after getting married, Lawrence and Cope took to Instagram to celebrate their anniversary, as well as share a romantic memory from their wedding. Alongside a picturesque video of the occasion, Cope revealed she and her hubby danced to a song that he wrote just for her at their wedding. "My favorite line from the song says 'just give me 20,000 days, let's enjoy getting old,'" she explained. The couple's love hasn't faded, as Cope continued, "Luckily, it's only been 365. So cheers to us, happy anniversary babe! So glad we have thousands of days left to make memories together."

...and then there were three!

Less than one year after getting married, Joey Lawrence and Samantha Cope shared some exciting news. In January 2023, the couple revealed they had welcomed a baby girl named Dylan Rose Lawrence to the world. In a joint Instagram post, they wrote, "we welcomed her into this world with the most amazing midwife, everyone is happy and healthy and we are overjoyed with gratitude." They added a series of photos of their adorable newborn.

When it comes to his family life, Joey is clearly on Cloud Nine. In August, he told Extra TV, "I have three beautiful daughters and finally found somebody that's great, you know, that just makes you happy and you feel just great being around, so it's a good time." Since Dylan's arrival, Cope has shared a plethora of pictures and videos of her husband and daughter. In September, she posted a video featuring highlights of her family's outdoorsy summer adventures. Wherever they went, the trio beamed!