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MICHAELA WATKINS (Dani) is a natural talent with undeniable energy who has made her mark through a variety of impressive, even unforgettable roles. Watkins will next be seen in Jill Soloway's Afternoon Delight. The film, which follows a bored housewife who is looking to spice up her life, co-stars Kathryn Hahn, Josh Radnor, Juno Temple, Jessica St. Claire and Jane Lynch.
Watkins was recently seen in the comedy Wanderlust, opposite Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, as well as indie dramedy Thanks for Sharing, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo. She just wrapped shooting on an as-yet-untitled Nicole Holofcener film opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener and Toni Collette. Watkins also recently completed production on David Wain's They Came Together, co-starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler.
Watkins recently wrapped the ABC pilot "Trophy Wife," opposite Malin Akerman, Marcia Gay Harden and Bradley Whitford. The show follows a reformed party girl who finds herself an "insta-family" after falling in love with a man with three manipulative children and two judgmental ex-wives.
Other TV credits include recurring roles on Fox's hit "The New Girl," opposite Zooey Deschanel; HBO's "Enlightened," opposite Laura Dern; and ABC's "Modern Family." Additional TV credits include "Childrens Hospital," "The New Adventures of Old Christine," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Parenthood," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Californication."
Watkins hails from the Los Angeles stage company The Groundlings, with whom many distinguished "Saturday Night Live" alumni have performed. Watkins joined the cast of "SNL" during the 2008 season and made her mark with spot-on impressions of Arianna Huffington, Barbara Walters and Kathie Lee Gifford's sidekick Hoda Kotb.
Born in Syracuse and raised in Boston, Watkins studied acting and theater at Boston University. After receiving her B.F.A., Watkins pursued a career in regional theater and ultimately moved to Los Angeles.
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