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Michaela Watkins is a journalist who covers the Middle East for NPR. But since the Syrian conflict, she's also become a point of contact for people fleeing conflict zones and seeking to escape violence. This has led to an overwhelming stream of stories which Watkins must tell as she juggles a difficult career and academic schedule.
is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for starring on the Hulu series Casual and on the short-lived sitcoms The Unicorn and Trophy Wife, as well as being a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2008 to 2009. She has also recurred on television series such as The New Adventures of Old Christine, Catastrophe, Enlightened and Search Party and appeared in films such as The Back-up Plan (2010), Wanderlust (2012), Enough Said (2013) and Sword of Trust (2019).Watkins recent television credits include the series Casual, Catastrophe, and Search Party. Her additional credits include Trophy Wife, Veep, The Goldbergs, Married, The Comedians, New Girl, Enlightened, Modern Family, Childrens Hospital, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Parenthood, Key and Peele, The Kroll Show, Drunk History, Californication, and Transparent. Additionally, she appears in Get Shorty opposite Chris O'Dowd, and the limited series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp opposite Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. Also, Watkins executive produced, created, and wrote the comedy series Benched starring Eliza Coupe.She is currently playing Valerie in ‘Casual’, as a psychiatrist and a mother of 2 children, a daughter, and a son. This character is a huge turn away from her usual comedic roles as the character of Valerie takes on a more serious outlook on life. She is still one to accept the challenge as she has been getting good reviews for her acting.
Yes, Michaela still has to audition for roles. She was actually the first person to audition for a part in ‘Casual’. The producer Jason Reitman and the director Zander Lehmann felt she was right for the part but she herself was unsure and told them they have the option to choose someone else. Later on, Reitman, the producer told her that although she had been perfect for the part, the network wanted to go with someone more famous. A year later she got a call from the producer that she had gotten the role to play Valerie.Casual star Michaela Watkins is opening up about her short-lived tenure at Saturday Night Live. In a new interview on The Daily Beast’s The Last Laugh podcast, Watkins revealed that she was blindsided by her sudden firing in 2009, after just one season on the NBC comedy. “It does play out rather coolly, if I’m being honest,” the actress recalled. “Everybody was presented with contracts except for two people. It is a little rude.” In addition to starring in a passel of films including last summer's Brittany Runs a Marathon and October's Torrance opposite Ben Affleck, Watkins is a Saturday Night Live alum and a recurring television MVP on everything from The New Adventures of Old Christine with Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Transparent and Casual. (Source: cbswatchmagazine.com)