Jackie is Pete's second ex-wife and is mother to their adopted son Bert. She represents everything that Diane is not. She's eccentric, spiritual, new-age-y, and completely unpredictable. For example, she celebrates every holiday of every religion so as not to confuse Bert. Of course, it's behavior like this that confuses everyone else in the family.
Even though she and Pete are now divorced, Jackie is seemingly always in Pete and Kate's lives. She’s been known to garden in their yard, use their pool, and nurse them when they're sick. Simply put: she doesn't understand boundaries, which can get on their nerves.
Jackie would describe herself as "an entrepreneur/inventor" and often boasts about the many businesses she's started. They include a pickle business, a homemade jewelry business, and teaching acupuncture to the elderly. In her spare time she's a professional real estate agent. While Jackie is prolific in starting businesses, she is incapable of seeing them through. The same could be said of her dating life, where she's unable to commit to anybody.
Even though she struggles to keep her own life in order, Jackie is always there for her son Bert. He is, and will always be, the most important person in her life.
A natural talent with an undeniable energy, Michaela Watkins has made her mark through a variety of impressive and unforgettable roles. She was most recently seen in two feature films that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the first, Lake Bell's comedy, In a World, the second, Jill Soloway's Afternoon Delight, with Kathryn Hahn, Josh Radnor, Juno Temple, Jessica St. Claire and Jane Lynch.
Up next for Watkins is the Courtney Cox-directed film, Just Before I Go, opposite Sean William Scott. In addition she'll soon appear in Fox Searchlight's Untitled Nicole Holofcener Film, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener and Toni Collette. Watkins recently completed production on David Wain's They Came Together, co-starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. Feature film credits include her stand-out roles in the Universal Pictures comedy Wanderlust, opposite Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, and the indie dramedy Thanks for Sharing, alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo.
Watkins' television credits include recurring roles on FX's Anger Management, opposite Charlie Sheen, Fox's New Girl, with Zooey Deschanel, HBO's Enlightened, opposite Laura Dern, as well as such other hit TV shows as The New Adventures of Old Christine, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Parenthood, Grey's Anatomy and Californication.
Watkins hails from the Los Angeles main stage company The Groundlings Theater, where many distinguished SNL alum have performed. She joined the SNL cast mid-season in 2008-09 and made her mark with spot-on impressions of Arianna Huffington, Barbara Walters and Kathie Lee Gifford's sidekick, Hoda Kotb.
Born in Syracuse, NY and raised in Boston, Watkins pursued a career in regional theater before moving to Los Angeles. She studied acting and theater, and received her B.F.A. from Boston University.