By Bryanne Salazar 10:00pm PDT, Jun 11, 2023
We love "Saturday Night Live" for its hilarious and timely skits, famous guest stars, hit musical performers and, most importantly, its amazing cast. But when the curtain closes, who are they loving? In celebration of "SNL" alum Bill Hader's 45th birthday on June 7, 2023, we're taking a look at the behind-the-scenes love lives of current and past "SNL" cast and crew members. Let's start with the birthday boy…
Bill Hader has dated a bevy of beauties since his 2017 split from writer-director Maggie Carey, his wife of 11 years. He dated "The O.C." actress and podcast host Rachel Bilson in 2019 and 2020. He started seeing "Pitch Perfect" actress Anna Kendrick in 2021, though the couple kept their relationship under wraps before splitting in June 2022. More recently, he's been linked to fellow comedian Ali Wong, whom he dated briefly in 2022 before reconnecting in April 2023.
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Though Colin Jost first met A-lister Scarlett Johansson in 2006 when he was fairly new to the "Saturday Night Live" writing staff and she was hosting, it would be another decade until sparks flew. The world first learned they were hooking up after they were spotted making out at the "SNL" season 42 finale afterparty in the spring of 2017. They married in 2020 and welcomed their first child together, son Cosmo, in 2021. (Conlin's also a stepdad to Scarlett's daughter, Rose Dauriac, from her second marriage.) But the beauty isn't Colin's only famous former flame: He and "Parks and Recreation" star (and fellow Harvard alum) Rashida Jones split around 2016 after a few years of dating.
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After Aidy Bryant joined the "Saturday Night Live" cast in 2012 (she left in 2022), she made a name for herself portraying characters like Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Adele. In 2018, she married writer and "Palm Springs" actor Conner O'Malley — who's perhaps best known for his writing work on "Late Night With Seth Meyers" — after more than a decade together.
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Heidi Gardner, who joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 2017, is a married woman: In 2010, she said "I do" to Marvel Comics and "Robot Chicken" writer Zeb Wells.
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Kate McKinnon joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 2011 and became the first openly gay female performer on the show. At the 2017 Emmys, Kate was photographed with girlfriend Jackie Abbott, an actress, photographer and professional clown. Kate exited the show in May 2022 after a successful 10-year run.
Pete Davidson started dating Ariana Grande in May 2018. By June, they were engaged and had moved into a lavish New York City apartment together. Ariana even wrote a song — the aptly titled "pete davidson" off her 2018 "sweetener" album — dedicated to her then-fiancé. However, by October 2019, it was over. The following year, Pete dated three more gorgeous Hollywood stars. From January to April 2019, he was linked to Kate Beckinsale. That summer, he dated "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" actress Margaret Qualley. And that winter, he had a brief but intense romance with another "it" girl…
Comedian Pete Davidson started seeing model Kaia Gerber — the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford and Casamigos tequila co-founder Rande Gerber — in the fall of 2019. After a brief but intense romance, however, the pair called it quits that winter. "We were dating for a few months," Pete said in an interview with Charlamagne Tha God. "It just wasn't the right place or the right time at all," he added, noting that he wasn't in the best place mentally and that Kaia "should be having fun" at her age.
If you thought Pete Davidson made big headlines dating those previous ladies, just wait! When Kim Kardashian served as the host of "Saturday Night Live" in October 2021, she shared an on-screen kiss with Pete during a sketch that led to… the internet's dream duo. They sparked dating rumors after they were spotted holding hands at Knott's Berry Farm in California a few weeks after that "SNL" taping and soon were seen at the movies in Staten Island and on a romantic vacation in the Bahamas. By May 2022, things were serious — like, attending-the-Met-Gala-together serious. That same month, Pete announced he was leaving the sketch-comedy show. By August 2022, he and Kim were dunzo too.
Before Ariana, Kate, Margaret, Kaia and Kim, there was Cazzie. Pete Davidson, who joined the cast of "SNL" in 2014, dated Cazzie David — the daughter of "Seinfeld" creator and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Larry David — from 2015 to early 2018. In a 2016 interview with People magazine, Pete shared that he loved Cazzie "very, very much" and the proof could be seen in their sweet Instagram pics, including one touching image Cazzie shared on Sept. 11, 2016 — the 15-year anniversary of Pete's dad's death. The firefighter was killed in the horrific terror attacks of 9/11.
In October 2017, it was reported that Emma Stone was dating someone new following her 2015 split from Andrew Garfield: "Saturday Night Live" segment director Dave McCary. They met when she hosted "Saturday Night Live" in December 2016 and he directed her in a hilarious sketch — a fake commercial called "Wells for Boys." A source told Page Six that Dave returned to the place it all started to popthe question in late 2019. "Dave proposed at the offices where they first met at 30 Rock," NBC's headquarters in Rockefeller Center in New York City, the source explained. "No one was there and by all accounts, it was very romantic." In the fall of 2020, it was confirmed that Emma and Dave had quietly and privately wed amid the coronavirus pandemic after initially postponing their spring 2020 ceremony as the global health crisis took hold. The two welcomed their first child together, daughter Louise, in 2021.
Grab your popcorn because this is the most intense love story that never was. In January 2017, Married to the Mob streetwear clothing line founder Leah McSweeney threw major shade at "Weekend Update" co-anchor Michael Che for reportedly being "arrogant" and "rude" during their text chats that began when the two met on the Raya dating app. While some were quick to put Michael on blast, he quietly shared screen shots of what appeared to be their actual text exchanges, which cast a whole lot of doubt on the "Real Housewives of New York City" star's claims. Instead of Michael looking like a jerk, Leah came off looking aggressive, saying (after weeks of silence and very little communication between the two before that), "U hate me cus I'm white. Our conversations r everything to me btw. We have a lot of friends in common and if any of them saw this I would b so ashamed." When she later sent him a picture and asked if he wanted to meet up, he replied, "I don't wanna meet up. You text really strange declarations looking for a reaction, and I don't wanna know what's the real life equivalent of that."
Actor-comedian Nick Kocher — an Emmy-nominated member of the "Saturday Night Live" writing staff in 2016 and 2017 — married "Guardians of the Galaxy" actress Karen Gillan at a castle in her native Scotland in 2022, DailyMail.com reported. It's unclear how long they were a couple before marrying, but they're seen here in May 2019.
Beck Bennett joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 2013 and left in 2021. He started dating actress Jessy Hodges in 2011. They married in 2018 and welcomed their first child in 2022.
You guys, it's been more than 25 years since Will Ferrell joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live." (How is that even possible?!) The notoriously funny actor starred on the show from 1995 to 2002 and went on to become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. In 2000, Will married Swedish actress and auctioneer Viveca Paulin. In 2004, they welcomed their first child, son Magnus, followed by Mattias in 2006 and Axel in 2010.
Alex Moffat — who joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 2016 — is notoriously private, so it wasn't easy to find much about his love, comedian Caroline Rau, whom he married in 2017.
Funnyman Kenan Thompson — who's been a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" since 2003, making him the longest tenured comedian on the show ever — married model Christina Evangeline (pictured) in 2011 in the Arctic Room at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. In 2014, they welcomed their first child, daughter Georgia. Their second daughter, Gianna, was born in 2018. Their split was confirmed in April 2022 and Kenan filed for divorce that May.
In December 2022, rumors swirled on Reddit claiming that Kenan was dating Aria Lisslo, a musician he was mentoring who at 19 was 2 years his junior. In September 2022, it emerged that Kenan's estranged wife, Christina, had moved on with with Kenan's former "SNL" co-star Chris Redd.
Although Lindsay Shookus isn't technically a cast member on "Saturday Night Live," she is an Emmy-winning producer who worked on the show from 2008 to 2022, and her romance with Ben Affleck was too hot to leave off our list. The couple went public in 2017, though multiple outlets have alleged they first became romantically involved in 2014 when they were both still married to their respective exes, Jennifer Garner and former "SNL" producer Kevin Miller, who moved on to "Late Night With Seth Meyers." They ended their on-again off-again romance for good in 2019.
"Saturday Night Live" cast member Mikey Day dated actress Selma Blair from 2008 to 2010. Mikey, who joined the show in 2016, reportedly met Selma when the two co-starred on the comedy "Kath & Kim" from 2008 to 2009. These days he's a married man…
Mikey Day is in a long-term relationship with Paula Christensen, an actress who's appeared on episodes of shows like "FBI," "Modern Family" and "Switched at Birth." The couple, who keep their relationship pretty private, welcomed a son in 2012. (He played Mikey's on-screen son in a Macy's children's clothes commercial parody that aired on "SNL" in 2019.)
One former cast member who found love in the co-worker pond is actor and "Saturday Night Live" writer Michael Patrick O'Brien, who dated "SNL" star Cecily Strong (who joined the show in 2012). In 2014, Cecily went on record with Cosmopolitan to confirm that Mike (seen here with her in 2014) was indeed her boyfriend, though she said dating someone she works with was "probably stupid." However, she added, "The good thing is I never feel like I'm complaining or talking about my job too much." Mike left the show in 2015.
Bobby Moynihan left "Saturday Night Live" in 2017. In 2016, while still an active cast member, Bobby married theater actress Brynn O'Malley. In August 2017, the couple welcomed their first child, a girl.
Taran Killam, who arrived at "Saturday Night Live" in 2010 and departed in 2016, dated Canadian actress Cobie Smulders for years before they finally tied the knot in 2012. They welcomed kids in 2009 and 2015.
Before Seth Meyers hosted his own late night talk show, he was a cast member, head writer and "Weekend Update" anchor on "Saturday Night Live." A year before he left the show in 2014 after a tenure of more than 12 years, he married lawyer Alexi Ashe. In 2016, the couple welcomed their first child, son Ashe. Baby No. 2 — son Axel — was born in the lobby of their apartment building in 2018. The couple added to their family again in 2021 when daughter Adelaide was born.
It doesn't seem real that "Saturday Night Live" star and former head writer Tina Fey left the show in 2006 to focus on her own projects, like her award-winning comedy series "30 Rock." Tina's absence on "SNL" wasn't felt for long, however, because she's made a point to return on and off over the years to host and take part in sketches. In 2001, Tina married composer-producer Jeff Richmond, who's worked with her on projects including "30 Rock," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and Broadway's "Mean Girls" musical. The couple share two daughters.
Another "Saturday Night Live" alum is film and TV star Jason Sudeikis, who joined the show in 2003 as a writer before becoming a cast member in 2004. Jason left the hit series in 2013, but like Tina Fey, he's been known to stop by the set and make appearances on occasion. In 2011, Jason started dating actress Olivia Wilde after meeting her at an "SNL" finale party (which seems to be the place for the cast to find new love). The couple announced their engagement in 2013 and in 2014, they welcomed their first child, Otis, followed by his little sister, Daisy, in 2016. Their lengthy relationship ended in 2020.
Comedian Luke Null joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" for one season in 2017 and 2018, bringing with him a knack for laughs, some musical chops and girlfriend Cady Shultz. The pair announced their engagement in 2019 and in 2020, Cady revealed in a super-sweet Instagram post that they'd been together for nine years and planned to be husband and wife by their 10th anniversary. They wed in 2022.
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