Michaela Watkins

Michaela Watkins

Highest Rated: 100% Antiquities (2018)

Lowest Rated: 17% The Back-up Plan (2010)

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 actress 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).

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Movies

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7% No Score Yet Bad Therapy Judy Small (Character) - 2020
83% 84% The Way Back Beth (Character) - 2020
93% 62% Sword of Trust Mary (Character) $321.2K 2019
80% 86% Good Boys Saleswoman (Character) $83.1M 2019
88% 87% Brittany Runs a Marathon Catherine (Character) $7.1M 2019
No Score Yet 37% Dude Jill (Character) - 2018
41% 47% Under the Eiffel Tower Tillie (Character) $4K 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Under the Eiffel Tower Unknown (Character) - 2018
100% 89% Antiquities Dolores Jr. (Character) - 2018
39% 61% How to Be a Latin Lover Gwen (Character) $32.1M 2017
52% 47% Person to Person The Widow (Character) $48.3K 2017
20% 35% The House Raina (Character) $25.6M 2017
75% 47% The House of Tomorrow Mrs. Whitcomb (Character) - 2017
82% 86% Brigsby Bear Louise (Character) $532.6K 2017
No Score Yet 48% Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Ivanka Trump (Character) - 2016
67% 42% Lazy Eye Mel (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cuddle Party Jane (Character) - 2016
69% 39% 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) $3M 2013
59% 39% Wanderlust Marisa (Character) $17.3M 2012
17% 46% The Back-up Plan Mona (Character) $37.5M 2010
No Score Yet 56% The Prankster Miss LaFleur (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inconceivable Marcy (Character) - 1998

TV

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85% 73% The Unicorn Delia (Character) 2019-2021
No Score Yet 24% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2019
No Score Yet 31% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2019
73% 73% Schooled Ms. Taraborelli (Guest Star) 2019
98% 92% Catastrophe Sydney (Character) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2018
92% 89% Casual Valerie (Character) 2015-2018
No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2018 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Activity Therapist (Guest Star) 2017
90% 85% Easy Karen Treska (Character) 2017
58% 91% The Mick Trish (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Tell the Truth Guest 2017
64% 88% The Guest Book Phyllis (Guest Star) 2017
90% 98% Playing House Dr. Laura Meredith (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet 37% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2017
73% No Score Yet Nobodies Michaela Watkins (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet 80% Drunk History Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
90% 78% Transparent Yetta (Guest Star) 2014-2016
96% 73% 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 87% At Midnight With Chris Hardwick Guest 2016
No Score Yet 91% 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 85% The Goldbergs Miss Taraborelli (Guest Star) 2015
78% 69% Marry Me Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2015
69% 75% Benched Executive Producer 2014
95% 83% New Girl Gina (Guest Star) 2014 2011-2012
76% 81% Trophy Wife Jackie Fisher (Character) 2013-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Soup Guest 2014
23% 55% Anger Management Lisa (Guest Star) 2013
87% 90% Enlightened Janice Holm (Guest Star) 2013 2011
85% 87% Modern Family Susan (Guest Star) 2012
51% 80% Private Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
92% 95% Curb Your Enthusiasm Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
0% 100% Miami Medical Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
89% 81% The New Adventures of Old Christine Unknown (Guest Star) 2008-2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Unknown (Character) 2008-2009
60% No Score Yet Eli Stone Judge Leigh Rappaport (Guest Star) 2009
57% 76% Californication Executive (Guest Star) 2008
84% 77% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2003

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