Who is Michaela Watkins?
Michaela Suzanne Watkins was born in Syracuse, New York State USA, on 14 December 1971 – her zodiac sign is Sagittarius and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress and a comedienne, who’s probably known best for her portrayal of Delia in the family comedy series “The Unicorn” which also starred Walton Goggins, Omar Benson Miller and Rob Corddry, and follows a widower who’s trying to date again while raising his two daughters. It has won Walton a nomination for a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
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Childhood, family and education
Michaela was raised in DeWitt, New York alongside her sisters Sarah Fitts and Rebecca Kent (both married), by their father Mark Watkins who was a math teacher at Syracuse University, and their mother Myrna who was a Latin teacher. Her parents eventually divorced.
Michaela studied at Moses DeWitt Elementary School, but when she was 15, she and her mother moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where she attended Wellesley High School, and became interested in acting, appearing in nearly all the plays performed at the school. Upon matriculating in 1989, Michaela enrolled at Boston University’s School for the Arts from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting and theatre in 1993.
She spent the following five years appearing in theatre plays, including in regional theatre, before launching her career on TV.
Roles in movies
Michaela has been credited with appearing in more than 120 movies and TV series, and we are about to mention some of her most notable performances in this article.
She made her debut film appearance with her portrayal of Marcy in the 1998 comedy “Inconceivable” which failed to attract any attention, and after over a decade of portraying supporting characters in mediocre movies, Michaela was invited to portray Mona, one of the lead characters in the 2008 romantic comedy “The Back-up Plan”, written by Kate Angelo, directed by Alan Poul, and which also starred Jennifer Lopez and Alex O’Loughlin.
It follows a woman who has just conceived twins with the help of artificial insemination, and has then met the love of her life; the movie was nominated for two awards.
In 2012, she was cast to play a supporting role in the romantic comedy “Wanderlust”, written and directed by David Wain, and which starred Jennifer Aniston, Malin Akerman and Paul Rudd. It follows the life of a couple living in Manhattan who have just lost their jobs and are trying to find alternative ways to make money; the movie won Jennifer a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedic Movie Actress. The following year saw Michaela appear in many hit movies, such as the romantic comedy “Thanks for Sharing”, the comedy “In a World…” and the comedy drama “Afternoon Delight”.
Also in 2013, she portrayed Hillary in the romantic comedy drama “Enough Said” written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, and which starred James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Catherine Keener. It follows a divorcee who falls in a love with a man, but then learn he’s the ex-husband of her new best friend – the movie won eight awards of the 46 it was nominated for, including a Golden Globe.
Some of her following roles were in the 2016 comedy “Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie”, the 2016 comedy “Punching Henry” and the romantic comedy drama “Lazy Eye”. In 2017, Michaela was cast to play the supporting character Louise Pope in the comedy drama “Brigsby Bear”, written by Kyle Mooney who also starred in it alongside Mark Hamill and Jorge Lendeborg Jr.
It follows a man who was stuck in an underground bunker, and after being freed, wants to make a movie about the one and only show he watched while underground. The film won five of the 16 awards it was nominated for.
Three of Michaela’s most recent roles in movies have been in the 2019 adventure comedy “Good Boys”, the 2020 sports drama “The Way Back”, and the 2020 romantic comedy “Bad Therapy”.
Roles in TV series
Michaela made her debut TV series appearance with her portrayal of Andrea, Davidson’s Assistant in the 2001 episode “Death Takes a Halliwell” of the mystery fantasy drama “Charmed”, and the following years saw her appear in an episode or two of various series such as the mystery crime drama “Without a Trace”, the romantic comedy drama “Miss Match” and the drama “Strong Medicine”.
She gained recognition in 2008, when cast to portray various characters in 15 episodes of the musical comedy “Saturday Night Live”, and in the same year she portrayed the supporting character Lucy in the comedy “The New Adventures of Old Christine”, which starred Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Clark Gregg and Hamish Linklater, and follows the life of a divorced woman. The series was a hit, winning five awards of the 34 it was nominated for, including a Golden Globe. The year 2011 saw her play Janice Holm in the comedy drama “Enlightened”, created by Laura Dern who also starred in it alongside Sarah Burns and Diane Ladd. It follows a self-destructive woman who suddenly has a spiritual awakening, and it won Laura a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical.
In 2013 and 2014, Michaela starred as Jackie Fisher in 22 episodes of the comedy “Trophy Wife”, which is about a girl who falls for a man who has two ex-wives and three children.
From 2015 to 2018, Michaela starred as Valerie Meyers alongside Tara Lynne Barr and Tommy Dewey in 36 episodes of the comedy drama “Casual”, which follows a man, his sister and her teenage daughter, as they’re living under the same roof and are guiding each other through life. The series was nominated for six awards including a Golden Globe.
Three of Michaela’s most recent roles in TV series have all been in 2020, in the animated comedy “American Dad!” in which she voiced several characters, the animated romantic comedy “Big Mouth” in which she voiced Cantor Dina Reznick, and themusical “In Strange Woods” in which she portrayed the supporting character Irene.
Michaela has three writing credits: she wrote the 2008 short video “Men at Work”, 12 episodes of the series “Benched” in 2014, and the 2017 episode “Venus” of the series “Casual”.
She also has two producing credits: the 2010 short film “The Creepy Hand Model: Ellen Sirot with Michaela Watkins”, and 12 episodes of the series “Benched”.
Michaela sang three songs in three episodes of the series “Saturday Night Live”.
She has received special thanks for three movies: the 2010 documentary “Saturday Night”, the 2015 short drama “Stars” and the 2018 romantic comedy “Set It Up”.
Michaela has been featured in many documentaries, such as the 2013 series “Teens Wanna Know”, the 2016 series “The New Yorker Presents”, and the 2017 film “Funny: The Documentary”.
She has also been invited to make a guest appearance in many talk-shows, including “Hollywood Insider”, “The Drew Barrymore Show” and “The George Lucas Talk Show”.
Awards and nominations
Michaela has been nominated for only one award: a 2016 Women’s Image Network Award for Actress Comedy Series for her performance in “Casual”.
Love life and husband
On 28 July 2013, Michaela exchanged vows with Fred Kramer, who’s an actor, film producer, businessman, and a philanthropist. He has one acting credit – the episode “Why Do We Cover the Mirrors” of the series “Transparent – and has produced two movies: the 1999 drama “Wednesday’s Child” and the 2001 romantic comedy “Amy’s Orgasm”.
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The two don’t have kids together, and this is widely believed to be because they both prefer to focus on their careers rather than on raising children, however, there are also those who claim that at least one of the two is infertile.
Neither Michaela nor Fred have spoken about any other people they have perhaps been with, and as of March 2021, Michaela’s married to Fred Kramer; they don’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Michaela’s a fan of theatre, and has appeared in many plays including “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead” in 1999 at Portland Center Stage, “How I Learned To Drive” as well as ‘The Merchant of Venice” at Artist Repertory Theatre, and “Laura Comstock’s Bag Punching Dog” in 2002 at Circle X Theatre.
She was once very interested in working out, and had four to five training sessions at the gym each week. Michaela wanted to look as the actress Jennifer Aniston in the hit comedy series “Friends”, however, she eventually gave up on the idea and stopped training.
She’s a fan of Marvel movies, and would like to appear in one. Some of her favorites are “Doctor Strange”, “Avengers: Endgame” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp”.
Michaela’s very passionate about travelling, and her acting career has taken her to nearly every US state, while she’s allegedly also been to many European countries.
Age, height and net worth
Michaela’s age is 49. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.66m) and she weighs around 130lbs (58kgs).
As of March 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $3 million.