Michaela Watkins

Michaela Watkins

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Michaela Watkins
Michaela Watkins in 2010

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Watkins performing at the “Improv in Iraq Tour” in 2010
Born Michaela Suzanne Watkins
(1971-12-14) December 14, 1971 (age 46)
Syracuse, New York, United States
Alma mater Boston University
Occupation Actress, comedian
Years active 1998–present
Known for Saturday Night Live
Trophy Wife
Spouse(s) Fred Kramer (m. 2013)

Michaela Suzanne Watkins (born December 14, 1971)[1] is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for starring on the Hulu series Casual and on the short-lived ABC sitcom Trophy Wife, as well as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2008 to 2009. She has also recurred on television series such as The New Adventures of Old Christine, Enlightened and Transparent, and has had appearances in the films The Back-up Plan (2010), Wanderlust (2012) and Enough Said (2013).

Early life[edit]

Watkins was born in Syracuse, New York, the daughter of former Latin teacher mother[2] Myrna Watkins and Syracuse University mathematician father Mark Watkins.[3][4][5] She has two sisters, Rebecca Kent and Sarah Fitts.[3]

She was raised in DeWitt, New York,[6] a suburb of Syracuse, in a Jewish family.[2] After her parents’ divorce, Watkins’ mother obtained a marketing degree and relocated the family to Boston when Watkins was 15.[2][7]

She attended Moses DeWitt Elementary School and Wellesley High School in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Michaela graduated from Boston University, where she studied theater and acting. Watkins auditioned for a part in a British farce at a community theater when she was 15, and got the part. Joan Rivers was one of her inspirations to go into show business.[2]



After theater school, Watkins lived and worked in New York City for a year but struggled to build her career. She moved with a friend to Portland, Oregon.[8] She lived there from 1996–2000 and appeared onstage with Portland Center Stage and the defunct improv group Toad City Productions.[9] She traveled around the country doing regional theater, then decided to move to Los Angeles.[8]

She was active in Los Angeles Theatre for many years, taking on roles with Circle X Theatre[10] and 2100 Square Feet.[11]

Regional theater[edit]

  • Portland Center Stage: Hamlet (1999), Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (1999), Bus Stop (2000)
  • Portland Repertory Theatre: Arcadia
  • Artist Repertory Theatre: The Misanthrope, How I Learned To Drive as well as Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s Tale, Angels in America, The Food Chain
  • Circle X Theatre: Laura Comstock’s Bag Punching Dog (2002) – LA Weekly award,[12]Sperm (2004)
  • Vineyard Playhouse: Fighting Words by Sunil Kuruvilla (2003)[13]


She became a regular performer at The Groundlings,[14] where she was discovered by Saturday Night Live.[15] Watkins said the appeal of sketch work is that she can write her own material.[2]


Saturday Night Live[edit]

In November 2008, Watkins joined the cast of Saturday Night Live (SNL), along with Abby Elliott. Watkins said (at that time) that she was the oldest woman they ever hired.[2] Watkins has since been surpassed by Leslie Jones, who was 47 when she joined SNL. Watkins made her first major appearance on the show as Arianna Huffington on the November 22nd Weekend Update.[16][17] Watkins remained on SNL as a featured player throughout the rest of the 2008-2009 season, up to the season finale on May 16, 2009.

However while SNL was on summer hiatus, the news broke in early September 2009, that Watkins, along with fellow castmate Casey Wilson, were both to be let go from the show[18][19] and would not be returning for the 2009-10 season.[20][21]

Recurring characters on SNL[edit]
  • Angie Tempura: A geeky, iced coffee-drinking computer nerd who snarks on celebrities and movies and is the creator of the snarky website “Bitch Pleeze” (www.bitchpleeze.com, which redirects to the SNL site). Though she insults celebrities, Angie was revealed to have a crush on Zac Efron.

Post–Saturday Night Live TV[edit]

She has appeared with recurring roles in the comedy programs as Lucy opposite Hamish Linklater in the sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, Enlightened, New Girl, Anger Management. As well as making guest appearances on shows such as Hung, Childrens Hospital, Kroll Show, Key & Peele, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Modern Family.

Watkins most recently starred alongside Malin Åkerman, Bradley Whitford, and Marcia Gay Harden in the short-lived, but well-received[22] ABC sitcom Trophy Wife.[23][24] The series aired for one season from September 2013 to May 2014.[25]

In 2015, it was announced that Watkins will star in the Hulu series produced by Jason Reitman called Casual, which will be executive produced by Liz Tigelaar.[26]

Producing, writing[edit]

Watkins co-created (with writing partner and fellow Groundling, Damon Jones)[27] the short-lived 2014 USA Network comedy series Benched.[28] The series starred Eliza Coupe and Jay Harrington and premiered on October 28, 2014.[29] Watkins and Jones were also executive producers on the show.[30]


Watkins has appeared with supporting roles in films such as Enough Said, In a World…,[31] Afternoon Delight, The Back-Up Plan, Wanderlust, They Came Together and Lazy Eye.

Personal life[edit]

Watkins is married to Fred Kramer, who is a founding partner of Reason Ventures and General Manager of Critical Mass Studios, Inc.[32] Kramer used to be Executive Director of the Jewish World Watch organization, a Los Angeles-based anti-genocide non-profit, focused on the situations in Sudan and Congo.[33] They married in July 2013.[34]



Year Film Role Notes
1998 Inconceivable Marcy
2008 Yoga Matt Jill Goering Short film
2010 The Back-Up Plan Mona
The Prankster Miss LaFleur
Welcome to the Jungle Gym Principal Gilly Short film
Worst Enemy Wooly Short film
2011 Una Hora Por Favora Elissa Short film
2012 Wanderlust Marisa Gergenblatt
2013 Afternoon Delight Jennie
iSteve Melinda Gates
In a World… Dani
Bunion Therapist Short film
Enough Said Hillary
2014 They Came Together Habermeyer
2016 Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie Ivana Trump
Punching Henry Mara
Lazy Eye Mel
2017 Person to Person The Widow
Brigsby Bear Louise Pope
The House of Tomorrow Mrs. Whitcomb
How to Be a Latin Lover Gwen
The House Raina Theodorakis
2018 Dude Jill
Ibiza Sarah
TBA Brittany Runs a Marathon Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Charmed Andrea Episode: “Death Takes A Halliwell”
2003 Miss Match Susan Scott Episode: “Divorce Happens”
Without A Trace Marla Episode: “Maple Street”
2004 Strong Medicine Julia Episode: “Bleeding Heart”
2006 Medium Clerk 2 episodes
Modern Men Amanda Episode: “Pilot”
Grey’s Anatomy Nikki Ratlin Episode: “Superstition
Malcolm In The Middle Receptionist Episode: “Hal’s Dentist”
7 Deadly Hollywood Sins Jennifer 4 episodes
2007 Revenge Mary-Louise Unsold TV pilot
2008 Man Stroke Woman (US Version) Various Unsold TV pilot
Frank TV Julia Roberts Episode: “#2.1”
Californication Executive 2 episodes
2008–09 Saturday Night Live Various 15 episodes
The New Adventures of Old Christine Lucy 7 episodes
2009 Eli Stone Judge Leigh Rappaport Episode: “Sonoma”
2010 Parenthood Lucy Estman Episode: “Team Braverman”
Miami Medical Carla Episode: “Time of Death”
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Saundra Episode: “The Safe House”
Hung Judy Episode: “Don’t Give Up on Detroit or Hung Like a Horse”
Private Practice Laura Martin Episode: “Deal with It”
2011–13 Enlightened Janice Holm 9 episodes
2011–15 New Girl Gina 5 episodes
2012 The Life & Times of Tim Homeless Woman (Voice) Episode: “Pudding Boy/The Celebrity Who Shall Remain Nameless”
Childrens Hospital Detective Lacey Briggs Episode: “The Return of the Young Billionaire”
Key & Peele Mary Magdalene Episode: “#2.1”
Modern Family Susan Episode: “Schooled
2013 Kroll Show Various 2 episodes
Anger Management Lisa 2 episodes
2013–14 Trophy Wife Jackie Fisher 22 episodes
2014–15 Married Stacey 2 episodes
2014–16 Transparent Connie/Yetta 5 episodes
2014–16 Drunk History Nurse / Julia Child 2 episodes
2015 Marry Me Janet L’Amour Episode: “Dead Me”
The Goldbergs Señora Taraborelli 2 episodes
Veep Patti Episode: “East Wing”
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Rhonda 6 episodes
2015–present Casual Valerie 36 episodes
2016 American Dad! Pharmacist (voice) Episode: “Stan Smith Is Keanu Reeves as Stanny Utah in Point Break”
Family Guy Train-pulling Girl (voice) Episode: “Take a Letter”
2016–17 Angie Tribeca Melanie Burke 2 episodes
2017 Speechless Becca Episode: “O-s-Oscar P-a-Party”
Idiotsitter Windy 2 episodes
Playing House Dr. Laura Meredith Episode: “You Wanna Roll with This”
Big Mouth Cantor Dina Reznick (voice) Episode: “I Survived Jessi’s Bat Mitzvah”
The Mick Trish Episode: “The Friend”
Easy Karen Treska Episode: “Conjugality”
No Activity Erin Episode: “Golden Age of Tunnels”
Do You Want To See a Dead Body? Herself Episode: “A Body and Some Pants”

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