Watkins in 2010.
|Born||Michaela Suzanne Watkins
December 14, 1971
Syracuse, New York, United States
Life and career
Watkins was born in Syracuse, New York, the daughter of Myrna and Mark Watkins. She is of Jewish heritage. 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. Subsequently she became active in Los Angeles Theatre for many years, taking on roles with Circle X Theatre and 2100 Square Feet. She is a regular performer at The Groundlings, where she was discovered by Saturday Night Live.
Watkins has appeared with supporting roles in films such as Enough Said, In a World..., Afternoon Delight, The Back-Up Plan, and Wanderlust, as well as the upcoming They Came Together starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. She has appeared with recurring roles in the comedy programs such as 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 with alongside Malin Åkerman, Bradley Whitford, and Marcia Gay Harden in the short-lived ABC sitcom Trophy Wife. The series aired for one season from September 2013 to May 2014. She is currently developing the upcoming USA Network comedy series Benched, which she co-created with Damon Jones. The series stars Eliza Coupe and Jay Harrington and will premiere in early 2015.
Saturday Night Live
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. 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. 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
- Ann Coulter (on a Weekend Update segment cut after dress rehearsal on the season 34 episode hosted by Rosario Dawson, but now appears as a Web exclusive video on NBC.com)
- Arianna Huffington
- Barbara Walters
- Elphaba (from Wicked on Broadway)
- Glenn Close (as Alex Forrest from Fatal Attraction)
- Hoda Kotb
- Janice (from The Muppets, replacing Maya Rudolph)
- Joan Rivers
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Watkins' resemblance to Louis-Dreyfus was also a running gag on The New Adventures of Old Christine)
- Marcie (from Peanuts)
Recurring characters on SNL
- 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.
|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|
|In a World...||Dani|
|2014||They Came Together||Habermeyer|
|2001||Charmed||Andrea||"Death Takes A Halliwell"||1 episode|
|2003||Miss Match||Susan Scott||"Divorce Happens"||1 episode|
|Without A Trace||Marla||"Maple Street"||1 episode|
|2004||Strong Medicine||Julia||"Bleeding Heart"||1 episode|
|2006||Medium||Clerk||"Sweet Child O' Mine"||2 episodes|
|Modern Men||Amanda||"Pilot"||1 episode|
|Grey's Anatomy||Nikki Ratlin||"Superstition"||1 episode|
|Malcolm In The Middle||Receptionist||"Hal's Dentist"||1 episode|
|7 Deadly Hollywood Sins||Jennifer||"Gluttony"||4 episodes|
|2008||Man Stroke Woman (US Version)||Various||"Pilot"||TV Pilot|
|Frank TV||Julia Roberts||"Episode 2.1"||1 episode|
|Californication||Executive||"Coke Dick & First Kick"||2 episodes|
|2008–2009||Saturday Night Live||Cast Member||"Episode 34.8"||15 episodes|
|The New Adventures of Old Christine||Lucy||"How I Hate Your Mother"||7 episodes|
|2009||Eli Stone||Judge Leigh Rappaport||"Sonoma"||1 episode|
|2010||Parenthood||Lucy Estman||"Team Braverman"||1 episode|
|Miami Medical||Carla||"Time of Death"||1 episode|
|2011||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Saundra||"The Safe House"||1 episode|
|Hung||Judy||"Don't Give Up on Detroit or Hung Like a Horse"||1 episode|
|Private Practice||Laura Martin||"Deal with It"||1 episode|
|New Girl||Gina||"Bad In Bed"||3 episodes|
|2011–2013||Enlightened||Janice Holm||"Now or Never"||9 episodes|
|2012||The Life & Times of Tim||Homeless Woman||"Pudding Boy/The Celebrity Who Shall Remain Nameless"||1 episode|
|Childrens Hospital||Detective Lacey Briggs||"The Return of the Young Billionaire"||1 episode|
|Key & Peele||Mary Magdalene||"Episode 2.1"||1 episode|
|Modern Family||Susan||"Schooled"||1 episode|
|2013||Kroll Show||Various Roles||"Please God"||2 episodes|
|Anger Management||Lisa||"Charlie and Kate Do It for Money"||2 episodes|
|2013–2014||Trophy Wife||Jackie Fisher||Series regular||22 episodes|
|2014||Drunk History||Nurse||Season 2, Episode 2: "New York City"||1 episode|
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- "New world view". Jewish Journal. 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
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- Michaela Watkins at the Internet Movie Database
- "Episode 66: Michaela Watkins". mentalpod.com. The Mental Illness Happy Hour. June 22, 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. "The bitter divorce between her sexually repressed mother and left-brained mathematician father who openly complained of his ex-wife’s frigidity left an indelible mark on Michaela’s view of sex, intimacy and relationships."