Michaela Watkins currently stars as Valerie Cole, a newly divorced therapist who is just re-entering the world of dating, in the critically acclaimed Hulu show Casual.
She recently wrapped production on the comedic film The House starring alongside Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler.
Watkins can also be seen in all three seasons of Amazon’s Golden Globe®–winning show Transparent; opposite Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, and Paul Rudd in the Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer; and in HBO’s hit comedy Veep. Watkins joined the SNL cast in the middle of the 2008-09 season.
Given what happened with Laura’s teacher Michael and Alex’s girlfriend Emmy, Valerie is in no rush to return to the world of dating. When fellow therapist Jennifer moves across the hall from her office, Valerie sees an opportunity to make a real friend. But she learns making new friends as an adult can be just as complicated as dating – especially when she becomes involved with one of Jennifer’s friends. As her new relationships develop and her 40th birthday approaches, Val can’t avoid comparing her past with an uncertain future, and how family – for better or for worse – plays into all of it.