Michaela Watkins

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Michaela Watkins
Michaela Watkins 2010.jpg
Watkins in 2010.
BornMichaela Suzanne Watkins
(1971-12-14) December 14, 1971 (age 42)
Syracuse, New York, United States
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Fred Kramer
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Michaela Watkins
Michaela Watkins 2010.jpg
Watkins in 2010.
BornMichaela Suzanne Watkins
(1971-12-14) December 14, 1971 (age 42)
Syracuse, New York, United States
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Fred Kramer

Michaela Suzanne Watkins (born December 14, 1971) is an American comedic actress best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2008–2009 and for her recurring role as Lucy in the sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. She currently co-stars in the ABC comedy Trophy Wife.

Early life[edit]

Watkins was born in Syracuse, New York, the daughter of Myrna and Mark Watkins.[1] She is of Jewish heritage.[2] She went to Jamesville-Dewitt -Moses-Dewitt Elementary School and Wellesley High School in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Michaela is a graduate of Boston University, where she studied theater and acting. Watkins lived in Portland, Oregon from 1996–2000. She built a theatrical career there, appearing onstage with Portland Center Stage and the defunct improv group Toad City Productions.[3] Subsequently she became active in Los Angeles Theatre for many years, taking on roles with Circle X Theatre[4] and 2100 Square Feet.[5]

Saturday Night Live[edit]

In November 2008, Watkins joined the cast of Saturday Night Live along with Abby Elliott. Watkins made her first major appearance on the show as Arianna Huffington on the November 22nd Weekend Update.[6] 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 and would not be returning for the 2009-2010 season.[7] In a statement, Watkins said:

I will say to you now, though, that I had a GREAT time there. Met some of the most truly talented and fantastic people, had the most exciting job and I honestly can say I don't have any regrets I can think of right now. Although it seems kinda crazy right now, this may shake out to make sense to everyone. Lorne isn't known for indulging in any lip-service and I feel very encouraged by his words last week. I'm working on something I'm very excited about now, so... the journey continues, and I feel so lucky I got to stop off at 30 Rock. It was awesome.

Impressions on SNL[edit]

Recurring characters on SNL[edit]


After her exit from SNL in September 2009, Watkins has returned to Los Angeles and continues to perform at The Groundlings.

Watkins had a supporting role in the romantic comedy The Back-Up Plan starring Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin. Watkins played the part of Mona, the longtime best friend of Jennifer Lopez. In December 2009, she returned for two episodes of The New Adventures of Old Christine, playing her recurring role of Lucy.

In 2011, Watkins appeared with recurring roles in the comedy programs Enlightened and New Girl. As well as making guest appearances on shows such as Hung, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Modern Family, she most recently appeared in the 2012 comedy Wanderlust starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston.

She now co-stars with Malin Åkerman, Bradley Whitford, and Marcia Gay Harden in the ABC family comedy Trophy Wife. The series premiered on September 24, 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Watkins is married to Fred Kramer, who is the executive director of the Jewish World Watch organization.[8] They married in July 2013.[9]



2008Yoga MattJill GoeringShort film
2010The Back-Up PlanMona
The PranksterMiss LaFleur
Welcome to the Jungle GymPrincipal GillyShort film
Worst EnemyWoolyShort film
2011Una Hora Por FavoraElissaShort film
2012WanderlustMarisa Gergenblatt
2013Afternoon DelightJennie
iSteveMelinda Gates
In a World...Dani
Enough SaidHillary
2014They Came TogetherHabermeyer


YearShowRoleFirst EpisodeNotes
2001CharmedAndrea"Death Takes A Halliwell"1 episode
2003Miss MatchSusan Scott"Divorce Happens"1 episode
Without A TraceMarla"Maple Street"1 episode
2004Strong MedicineJulia"Bleeding Heart"1 episode
2006MediumClerk"Sweet Child O' Mine"2 episodes
Modern MenAmanda"Pilot"1 episode
Grey's AnatomyNikki Ratlin"Superstition"1 episode
Malcolm In The MiddleReceptionist"Hal's Dentist"1 episode
7 Deadly Hollywood SinsJennifer"Gluttony"4 episodes
2007RevengeMary-Louise"Pilot"TV Pilot
2008Man Stroke Woman (US Version)Various"Pilot"TV Pilot
Frank TVJulia Roberts"Episode 2.1"1 episode
CalifornicationExecutive"Coke Dick & First Kick"2 episodes
2008–2009Saturday Night LiveCast Member"Episode 34.8"15 episodes
The New Adventures of Old ChristineLucy"How I Hate Your Mother"7 episodes
2009Eli StoneJudge Leigh Rappaport"Sonoma"1 episode
2010ParenthoodLucy Estman"Team Braverman"1 episode
Miami MedicalCarla"Time of Death"1 episode
2011Curb Your EnthusiasmSaundra"The Safe House"1 episode
HungJudy"Don't Give Up on Detroit or Hung Like a Horse"1 episode
Private PracticeLaura Martin"Deal with It"1 episode
New GirlGina"Bad In Bed"3 episodes
2011–2013EnlightenedJanice Holm"Now or Never"9 episodes
2012The Life & Times of TimHomeless Woman"Pudding Boy/The Celebrity Who Shall Remain Nameless"1 episode
Childrens HospitalDetective Lacey Briggs"The Return of the Young Billionaire"1 episode
Key & PeeleMary Magdalene"Episode 2.1"1 episode
Modern FamilySusan"Schooled"1 episode
2013Kroll ShowBella's Mom"Please God"1 episode
Trophy WifeJackieSeries regular22 episodes


  1. ^ "She's got characters". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  2. ^ "Speakers and Performers | The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles". Jewishla.org. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  3. ^ "Former Portlander Michaela Watkins to join "SNL" cast". OregonLive.com. 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Sperm - Reviews - Mar 9, 2004". Theatermania.com. 2004-03-09. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Update: Arianna Huffington | Video | Saturday Night Live". NBC. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  7. ^ "the comic's comic: Addition through subtraction: SNL fires Michaela Watkins and Casey Wilson!?". Thecomicscomic.typepad.com. 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  8. ^ "New world view". Jewish Journal. 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  9. ^ "Fred Kramer & Michaela Watkins - Wedding Registry". Registry.theknot.com. 2013-07-28. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 

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