Kate McKinnon Makes First Appearance with New Girlfriend at Emmys

Kate McKinnon, 33, has a new lady in her life to help celebrate her Emmy win tonight.

The Saturday Night Livestar picked up her second win as a member of the sketch comedy show Sunday at the 2017 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, where she also made her first appearance with her girlfriend, Jackie Abbott.

McKinnon, who is Saturday Night Live‘s first openly gay female cast member, was seated next to Abbott in the audience tonight, and gave her a hug before accepting her award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series.

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According to her website, Abbott is an actor, photographer and artist based out of New York City. Born in Stamford, Connecticut, she graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she “studied with Olympia Dukakis and worked for Susan Sarandon.” She was also a Tisch Drama Award recipient, according to her online resume.

Clearly the two share a sense of humor, with Abbott writing on her website that she was “dubbed a cheeky firecracker by her professors” and that she “is as passionate as she is a goofball.”

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The duo were last spotted out together backstage at the hit musical Fun/Home on Broadway at The Circle in The Square Theatre on April 10, 2016 in N.Y.C.

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McKinnon has previously spoken about being an LBGT comic, reportedly telling AfterEllen, “As minorities, we’re on the fringe, and there’s just something so wonderful about that perspective, something so inspiring. If you’re a part of that minority, you can make fun of those people while respecting them and lifting them up.”

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During her acceptance speech tonight, McKinnon, who famously played Hillary Clinton on the sketch comedy show, said that “being part of this season of SNL is the most meaningful thing I will ever do.”

She also thanked Clinton “for your grace and grit.”

She beat out competitors including Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live), Anna Chlumsky, (Veep), Kathryn Hahn, (Transparent), Leslie Jones, (SNL), Judith Light, (Transparent) and Kate McKinnon (SNL).

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The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, are airing live on CBS from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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