‘It’s Just A Joy’: Keshia Knight Pulliam Is Enjoying Farm Life With Family After 40 Years In Hollywood

‘It’s Just A Joy’: Keshia Knight Pulliam Is Enjoying Farm Life With Family After 40 Years In Hollywood

Actress and current Married at First Sight After Party host Keshia Knight Pulliam is relishing downtime with her husband, Brad James, and their two children, with whom she lives on a family farm. After more than 40 years in Hollywood, Knight Pulliam finds the most joy in her quiet moments, PEOPLE reported.

The 42-year-old Spelman alumna, who rose to fame playing the adorable Rudy Huxtable on the popular sitcom The Cosby Show, credits balancing her professional and personal life with how she’s carved out a path that is all her own.

“I have been in the business my entire life, spanning over 40 years,” she said, “but I’ve also had my own private life away from it, and I appreciate that.” 

Work and life would collide, however, when Knight Pulliam met James on the set of the Lifetime movie Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta in 2019. Though the couple did not play love interests in the film, a spark was ignited between the two.

“We were actually playing brother and sister,” Knight Pulliam said. “Our paths had crossed many times before, but this was the first time we saw each other.” As a show of good faith, the actress invited her costar, James, to Thanksgiving with her family.

“He came to my brother’s house with all my people and met everybody, and we were literally just cast mates at the time,” she explained. “Five or so years later, and he’s my husband, and we’ve made a whole other human being.” 

The pair were married in 2021 and welcomed their son, Knight, earlier this year, making them a family of four as the actress shares a daughter with her ex-husband, Ed Hartwell. The birth of the couple’s son came at a time when both Knight Pulliam and James found themselves with free time, as the SAG-AFTRA strike continued in Hollywood; timing they never could have predicted.

“I never imagined taking time off to have my son, and then when it was time to come back, the whole industry would be shut down,” says Knight Pulliam, who is still able to take on her reality TV duties. “Luckily those things were outside of the scope of the strike, but it’s definitely been nice to have more family time.”

Knight Pulliam and James opted for a life far away from the hustle and bustle of the industry for their children. “We live on a farm, so my husband built me a greenhouse, and we’re in the process of planting, taking care of chickens and goats, and really just enjoying time as a family.”