Maggie Carey

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Maggie Carey
Bornc. 1975 (age 44–45)
Alma materUniversity of Montana (B.A.)
University of Texas at Austin (MFA)
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, producer, actress
Years active2001–present
Home townBoise, Idaho, U.S.
Bill Hader
(m. 2006; div. 2018)

Maggie Carey (born c. 1975)[1] is an American director, screenwriter, producer and actress. She has directed comedy shorts for television, and she wrote and directed the 2013 film The To Do List.

Early life[edit]

Carey was raised in Boise, Idaho.[2] She attended Jackson Elementary, West Junior High,[3] and graduated from Borah High School in Boise in 1993.[3][4][5]

Of her high school experience, Carey said, "I was in every AP class possible. I played a ton of sports. I was in student council. I was an all-American soccer player."[3] Carey was also a lifeguard at the Borah pool, an experience that would influence her film The To-Do List.[6]

Carey attended the University of Montana and graduated with a bachelor's degree in English literature. She was co-captain of her Division I soccer team at that school.[2] Carey went on to earn an MFA degree in film production from the University of Texas at Austin.[2][3]


In 2007, Carey and Liz Cackowski created an online series called The Jeannie Tate Show.[7]

Carey was a member of New York's Upright Citizens Brigade improvisation troupe.[3][8] Carey performed with both the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York[9] and Improv Olympics West in Los Angeles.[1]

In 2011, Carey cowrote and directed sketches for four episodes of Funny or Die Presents called “Lady Refs” about female referees working youth soccer games.[1] Carey wrote and directed the low budget sex comedy, The To Do List, which was released in 2013; the film is set in her home state of Idaho in 1993, featuring a lead character who is the same age as Carey was then.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Carey married actor Bill Hader in 2006.[12][13] They met in Los Angeles, California, through a friend of Carey's from college.[3]

They have three daughters together: Hannah Kathryn, born October 6, 2009,[14] Harper, born July 28, 2012,[14] and Hayley Clementine, born November 15, 2014.[15]

Hader and Carey separated in 2017.[16] Hader filed for divorce in December of that year.[17] The divorce was finalized in March 2018.[18][19]


As director and screenwriter[edit]

As writer, director and/or producer[edit]

  • Mixed-ish (2020) ("It's Tricky")
  • Sunnyside (2019) ("Mondale")
  • Splitting Up Together (2019) ("China-Curious"), (“Melancholicky”)
  • Single Parents (2018) ("They Call Me Doctor BISCUITS!")
  • I Feel Bad (2018) ("My Kid Has a Grownup")
  • Champions (2018) ("Matt Bomer Poster")
  • Barry (2018) ("Chapter Four: Commit to... You")
  • A.P. Bio (2018–2019) ("Rosemary's Boyfriend"), (“Toledo’s Top 100”)
  • Great News (2017) ("A Christmas Carol Wendelson")
  • The Last Man on Earth (2017–2018) ("Point Person Knows Best"), ("Senor Clean")
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2016–2019) ("Kimmy Walks Into a Bar!"), (“Kimmy Finds a Liar!”)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2016–2019) (3 episodes)
  • Love (2016–2017) (3 episodes)
  • Silicon Valley (2014) ("Fiduciary Duties")
  • Funny or Die Presents (2011) (TV series) (four episodes)
  • Suburban Bravery (2007) (short)
  • The Jeannie Tate Show (2007) (TV series)
  • Head in the Oven (2006) (TV series short)
  • Jenny Clone (2005) (short)
  • Soap Scum (2004) (short)
  • Sun River Homestead (2002) (TV movie documentary short)
  • Dance Club (2002) (short)
  • Ladyporn (2001) (documentary)

As actress[edit]

  • Rejected Pitches (2013) as Kathryn Bigelow (2 episodes)
  • Cinema Six (2012) as Tina
  • Human Giant (2008) as Jason's Mother
  • Jenny Clone (2005) as Jenny
  • Dance Club (2002) as Gloria
  • Vacancy (2002) as Women
  • Occam's Razor: The Great Dialogues of Mindy (2001) as Brenda Gibson

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Fallon, Kevin (July 24, 2013). "Growing Up Maggie Carey: The writer-director and recovering overachiever checks 'debut film' off her to-do list". Newsweek. Archived from the original on October 18, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2013. ...Carey. now 38...
  2. ^ a b c Maggie Carey official site. Archived from the original on August 6, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Moeller, Katy (July 15, 2013). "Borah grad makes big-screen debut with 'The To Do List'". Idaho Statesman.
  4. ^ Oland, Dana (August 10, 2013). "Boise native Carey enjoys success with 'The To Do List'". Idaho Statesman.
  5. ^ Cohn, Gretta (July 17, 2013). "For 'The To Do List,' Director Maggie Carey Goes Back To The Summer Of '93". The Soundcheck Blog. WNYC (New York Public Radio). Archived from the original on October 29, 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (April 18, 2013). "'The To-Do List': Director Maggie Carey Goes Home in Aubrey Plaza Comedy". Variety. Archived from the original on October 2, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  7. ^ Guest, Jocelyn (November 12, 2007). "This Minivan Seats Eight—Plus a Talk Show". New York. Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  8. ^ Hall, Tim (July 21, 2013). "Q&A with The To Do List's Director/Writer Maggie Carey". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Seattle, Washington. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Maggie Carey". UCB Theatre. Archived from the original on September 15, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  10. ^ Evans, Bradford (August 1, 2013). "Talking to Writer/Director Maggie Carey About Her New Movie 'The To Do List'". Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  11. ^ Urbancich, John M. (July 24, 2013). "Writing, directing, being funny and Mrs. Bill Hader top Maggie Carey's very personal 'to do list'". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  12. ^ Michaud, Sarah (October 12, 2009). "Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader Welcomes a Daughter". People. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  13. ^ Freydkin, Donna (July 31, 2013). "On Bill Hader and Maggie Carey's to-do list: Togetherness". USA Today. Archived from the original on 18 October 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  14. ^ a b Johnson, Zach (July 30, 2012). "Bill Hader, Wife Maggie Carey Welcome Daughter Harper!". Us Weekly. Archived from the original on September 12, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  15. ^ Marquina, Sierra; Brown, Brody (November 18, 2014). "Bill Hader, Wife Maggie Carey Welcome Third Child, Baby Girl Hayley Hader!". Us Weekly. Archived from the original on October 18, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  16. ^ Corrison, Michele; Jordan, Julie (November 17, 2017). "Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader and Wife Maggie Carey Are Divorcing -". People. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  17. ^ Saad, Nardine (December 22, 2017). "SNL alum Bill Hader Divorcing after 11 years". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
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