It’s kind of a funny story how Ali Wong and Bill Hader got together—or at least, we assume so, since they’re both successful comedians. Gotta be some ha-has in there somewhere. Here’s everything you need to know about the couple you saw smooching at the Golden Globes 2024.
Wait, Bill Hader and Ali Wong are dating?
Yes! The two performers made headlines at the Golden Globes 2024, where they were seated together and shared a sweet kiss after Wong was announced as the winner of best actress in a limited series for Beef, in which she plays a houseplant entrepreneur with significant road rage issues and weak boundaries. (Hader was nominated at the Golden Globes 2024 too, in the best actor in a television series, musical or comedy category for Barry.) Though some viewers may have been surprised to learn that they were dating, this was merely their red carpet debut as a couple: The two performers confirmed all the way back in April 2023 that they were an item.
They also dated briefly before, sources told Page Six, but called it off in the fall of 2022 after about two months due to being “just super busy with things.”
Aren’t Ali Wong’s stand-up specials all about her husband and kids?
Yes, it’s true that a lot of the material in the Netflix stand-up specials that helped Wong break into public consciousness was about her life with then husband Justin Hakuta and their two daughters. In fact, for both Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, Wong was visibly pregnant. Now, however, Hakuta is her ex-husband. The two announced in April 2022 that they planned to divorce amicably after eight years of marriage and that they would “continue to co-parent lovingly.” Indeed, in March 2023 she said she and Hakuta were still “best friends” and that “he still to this day has ultimate veto power” over jokes about him and their family in her act. “I need him desperately, and I need to respect him,” she said. In December 2023, more than a year after announcing their separation, Wong officially filed for divorce from Hakuta, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split.
In a March 2023 interview with The Cut, while discussing the busy chef she plays in the rom-com Always Be My Maybe, Wong offhandedly threw out that she doesn’t anticipate hearing wedding bells again in her life, saying, “If I had a wedding or if I had to get married again—which I probably never will.” In the same interview, she said that she was thinking about calling her upcoming live dates “the Single Lady Tour,” which didn’t stick for obvious reasons.
Fast-forward to the present day and Hakuta got a thank you in Wong’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. “I really need to thank the father of my children and my best friend, Justin, for all of your love and support,” she said. “It’s because of you that I’m able to be a working mother.”
Asked about her shoutout by Entertainment Tonight after the win, Wong said, “Yeah, that’s right, I like to keep it peaceful and grateful and amicable” with the men in her life.
And has Bill Hader been married before?
Yes. The former Saturday Night Live actor split from ex-wife Maggie Carey in March 2018. The two share three daughters. In recent years, before Wong, Hader was linked to both Anna Kendrick and Rachel Bilson.
Where will we see Bill Hader and Ali Wong next?
Great news for fans of this romance: Both Wong and Hader are nominees several times over at the Emmys 2024, in recognition of their television work in the 2023 TV season. Wong has two nominations for Beef, as outstanding lead actress in a limited series and for outstanding limited series. She was also nominated for outstanding voice-over work for Tuca & Bertie, in which she voiced Bertie. (That category’s winner has already been announced, with Maya Rudolph taking the trophy for her voice work in Big Mouth.)
Hader has a bundle of nominations at the ceremony too, all for his show Barry. He stands to win big as a nominee for directing, acting, writing, and the big outstanding comedy series prize for the year.
Whether they’ll serve us up more even more sweet moments of PDA remains to be seen, but as two of the night’s big honorees, there’s a chance we’ll see Wong and Hader at the Emmys 2024 on Monday evening, and perhaps during the awards circuit ahead.