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      Michaela Watkins

      Michaela Watkins

      Highest Rated: 100% Antiquities (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 7% Bad Therapy (2020)

      Birthday: Dec 14, 1971

      Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, USA

      Although many comedy stars were launched from "Saturday Night Live," Michaela Watkins is a rare example of an actor and comedian whose best work came after she was fired from her short tenure on the show. She was let go after only a season on SNL, and then went on to work steadily in both film and television before landing a co-starring role on the sitcom "Trophy Wife." Michaela Watkins was born in Syracuse, NY and raised in the tony Boston suburb of Wellesley, MA. After graduating from Boston University, Watkins worked in regional theater, primarily in the Pacific Northwest, before moving to Los Angeles. Her first film role came in the indie comedy-drama "Inconceivable" (1998), an ensemble work about couples having fertility issues. While in Los Angeles, Watkins began studying with the storied improv comedy troupe The Groundlings and worked regularly in local theater. During this era, she made occasional appearances in guest roles on TV series ranging from the procedural drama "Without A Trace" (CBS 2002-09) to the raucous family sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle" (Fox 2000-06). In 2008, she made her first tentative step into regular TV work, shooting a pilot for an American adaptation of the popular British sketch comedy series "Man Stroke Woman" (BBC Three 2005-07), but the series was not picked up. Later that year, she was hired for the 34th season of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC 1975- ) as a new addition to the show's junior Featured Players rotation, alongside third-generation comedian Abby Elliott. Watkins primarily worked as an impressionist on "Saturday Night Live," with her most popular recurring impersonation being a perpetually embarrassed Hoda Kotb, who became increasingly uncomfortable with the camera-hogging antics of her "Today" (NBC 1952- ) costar Kathie Lee Gifford (Kristen Wiig). Watkins also had a recurring character on the show's "Weekend Update" segment: barely verbal blogger Angie Tempura, whose mumbled takedowns of celebrities she deemed uncool were punctuated by her slurred catchphrase "B*tch, please." However, only weeks prior to the premiere of the show's 2009-10 season, it was announced that Watkins and her fellow featured player Casey Wilson were fired from "Saturday Night Live." After her firing, Watkins said that executive producer Lorne Michaels' explanation to her was that he felt her talents were better suited to television sitcoms.Watkins did move directly from "Saturday Night Live" to a recurring role on the hit sitcom "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (CBS 2006-2010) as Lucy, the neurotic patient turned girlfriend of therapist Matthew Kimble (Hamish Linklater), which she followed with another recurring role, on the cult favorite "Enlightened" (HBO 2011-13). But she focused primarily on strengthening her sketch comedy chops, becoming a key member of the main company of The Groundlings upon her return to Los Angeles. Her first major movie role came in the hit romantic comedy "The Back-Up Plan" (2010), in which she played the sardonic friend of main character Zoe (Jennifer Lopez). This was followed by a memorable role in the ensemble comedy "Wanderlust" (2012) starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston and written and directed by comedy veteran David Wain. In 2013, she took the sitcom path Michaels suggested with a co-starring role on "Trophy Wife" (ABC 2013-14) as Jackie, the second of two ex-wives involved in the complicated new marriage of Peter (Bradley Whitford) and Kate (Malin Akerman).

      Highest rated movies

      Antiquities
      Enough Said
      You Hurt My Feelings Sword of Trust
      In a World ...
      Brittany Runs a Marathon Werewolves Within The Way Back

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      Trophy Wife, Malin Akerman (L), Michaela Watkins (R), 'Cold File', Season 1, Ep. #2, 10/01/2013, ©ABC The View, Oscar Isaac (L), Nicolle Wallace (C), Michaela Watkins (R), 08/11/1997, ©ABC THE BACK-UP PLAN, from left: Jennifer Lopez, Michaela Watkins, 2010. Ph: Peter Iovino/©CBS Films Anger Management, from left: Shawnee Smith, Charlie Sheen, Michaela Watkins, Steve Valentine, 'Charlie and the Sting', Season 2, Ep. #36, 09/12/2013, ©FX Anger Management, from left: Charlie Sheen, Shawnee Smith, Michaela Watkins, Steve Valentine, 'Charlie and the Sting', Season 2, Ep. #36, 09/12/2013, ©FX The View, from left: Oscar Isaac, Nicolle Wallace, Michaela Watkins, Rosie O'Donnell, 08/11/1997, ©ABC Trophy Wife, Michaela Watkins (L), Albert Tsai (R), 'Couples Therapy', Season 1, Ep. #18, 04/01/2014, ©ABC The Goldbergs, Sean Giambrone (L), Michaela Watkins (C), Wendi McLendon-Covey (R), 'Happy Mom, Happy Life', Season 2, Ep. #15, 03/04/2015, ©ABC Trophy Wife, Michaela Watkins (L), Marcia Gay Harden (R), 'Mother's Day', Season 1, Ep. #22, 05/13/2014, ©ABC Trophy Wife, Malin Akerman (L), Michaela Watkins (C), Bradley Whitford (R), 'Cold File', Season 1, Ep. #2, 10/01/2013, ©ABC Trophy Wife, Michaela Watkins (L), Bradley Whitford (R), 'The Minutes', Season 1, Ep. #19, 04/08/2014, ©ABC THE HOUSE, MICHAELA WATKINS, 2017. PH: GLEN WILSON/©WARNER BROS. PICTURES THE BACK-UP PLAN, Michaela Watkins, 2010. Ph: Peter Iovino/©CBS Films Wet Hot American Summer: First Day At Camp, Michaela Watkins, 'Season 1', 07/31/2015, ©NETFLIX Anger Management, Michaela Watkins (L), Charlie Sheen (R), 06/28/2012, ©FX THE BACK-UP PLAN, from left: Michaela Watkins, Jennifer Lopez, 2010. Ph: Peter Iovino/©CBS Films Anger Management, Michaela Watkins (L), Charlie Sheen (R), 'Charlie and the Sting', Season 2, Ep. #36, 09/12/2013, ©FX THE BACK-UP PLAN, from left: Michaela Watkins, Jennifer Lopez, 2010. Ph: Peter Iovino/©CBS Films Trophy Wife, Michaela Watkins, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas... or Twas It?', Season 1, Ep. #10, 12/10/2013, ©ABC SWORD OF TRUST, FROM LEFT: MICHAELA WATKINS (BACK TO CAMERA), JON BASS, MARC MARON (FACING AWAY FROM CAMERA), DIRECTOR LYNN SHELTON, JILLIAN BELL (BACK TO CAMERA) ON SET, 2019. © IFC FILMS

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      35% No Score Yet The American Society of Magical Negroes Masterson (Character) - 2024
      94% 64% You Hurt My Feelings Sarah (Character) $3.8M 2023
      32% 57% Paint Katherine (Character) $811.5K 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Wife Unknown (Character) - 2023
      86% 80% Werewolves Within Trisha Anderton (Character) $575.6K 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For Madmen Only: The Stories of Del Close Self - 2020
      92% 80% For Madmen Only Narrator - 2020
      7% No Score Yet Bad Therapy Judy Small (Character) - 2020
      84% 84% The Way Back Beth (Character) - 2020
      88% 87% Brittany Runs a Marathon Catherine (Character) $7.1M 2019
      80% 86% Good Boys Saleswoman (Character) $83.1M 2019
      94% 63% Sword of Trust Mary (Character) $321.2K 2019
      41% 41% Under the Eiffel Tower Tillie (Character) $4.0K 2018
      100% 81% Antiquities Dolores Jr. (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 35% Dude Jill (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Under the Eiffel Tower Unknown (Character) - 2018
      75% 46% The House of Tomorrow Mrs. Whitcomb (Character) - 2017
      55% 44% Person to Person The Widow (Character) $48.3K 2017
      82% 87% Brigsby Bear Louise (Character) $532.6K 2017
      20% 35% The House Raina (Character) $25.6M 2017
      39% 61% How to Be a Latin Lover Gwen (Character) $32.1M 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cuddle Party Jane (Character) - 2016
      62% 41% Lazy Eye Mel (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 51% Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Ivanka Trump (Character) - 2016
      71% 40% They Came Together Habermeyer (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 39% iSteve Melinda Gates (Character) - 2013
      95% 75% Enough Said Hilary (Character) $17.5M 2013
      66% 41% Afternoon Delight Jennie (Character) $174.5K 2013
      92% 71% In a World ... Dani (Character) $3.0M 2013
      59% 39% Wanderlust Marisa (Character) $17.3M 2012
      No Score Yet 55% The Prankster Miss LaFleur (Character) - 2010
      17% 46% The Back-up Plan Mona (Character) $37.5M 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inconceivable Marcy (Character) - 1998

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2015 2023
      85% 67% The Unicorn Delia (Character) 2019-2021
      No Score Yet 35% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2019
      73% 70% Schooled Ms. Taraborelli (Guest Star) 2019
      98% 92% Catastrophe Sydney (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2018
      94% 87% Casual Valerie (Character),
      Screenwriter
      2015-2018
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016 2018
      No Score Yet 81% No Activity Therapist (Guest Star) 2017
      90% 86% Easy Karen Treska (Character) 2017
      58% 92% The Mick Trish (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet To Tell the Truth Guest 2017
      64% 89% The Guest Book Phyllis (Guest Star) 2017
      90% 98% Playing House Dr. Laura Meredith (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nobodies Michaela Watkins (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 81% Drunk History Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      91% 76% Transparent Yetta (Guest Star) 2014-2016
      96% 72% Angie Tribeca Melanie Burke (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gentlemen Lobsters Unknown (Guest Voice) 2016
      No Score Yet 91% American Dad! Pharmacist (Guest Voice) 2016
      No Score Yet 88% At Midnight With Chris Hardwick Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 92% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2014-2015
      93% 90% Veep Patty (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 75% The Goldbergs Miss Taraborelli (Guest Star) 2015
      79% 69% Marry Me Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      69% 75% Benched Executive Producer 2014
      95% 85% New Girl Gina (Guest Star) 2011-2012 2014
      76% 76% Trophy Wife Jackie Fisher (Character) 2013-2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Soup Guest 2014
      23% 52% Anger Management Lisa (Guest Star) 2013
      88% 91% Enlightened Janice Holm (Guest Star) 2011 2013
      85% 90% Modern Family Susan (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 81% Private Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      92% 90% Curb Your Enthusiasm Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      0% 86% Miami Medical Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      89% 77% The New Adventures of Old Christine Unknown (Guest Star) 2008-2009
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Unknown (Character) 2008-2009
      60% 100% Eli Stone Judge Leigh Rappaport (Guest Star) 2009
      57% 78% Californication Executive (Guest Star) 2008
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2003