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Avi Rothman and Kristen Wiig | Source: Getty Images
Avi Rothman and Kristen Wiig | Source: Getty Images

Avi Rothman Is Kristen Wiig's Husband and the Father of Her Twins – All We Know About Him

Milla Sigaba
Nov 23, 2022
05:29 P.M.

Avi Rothman, Kristen Wiig's husband, made a name for himself as a comedy star on YouTube. For the most part, the two actors have kept their relationship under wraps, bar a few interviews where Wiig spoke about her husband and their difficult road to parenthood.

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Wiig has cemented herself as a Hollywood actress and is known for her humorous roles in movies such as "Bridesmaids" and "Friends With Kids." She began her acting career in 2007 in "Knocked Up," co-starring Katherine Heigl and Leslie Mann, and has earned multiple awards for her performances.

After the end of her first marriage, Wiig was sure she would never marry again. That was until Rothman came into her life, and the couple has been very secretive about their love life since.

Kristen Wiig at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards | Source: Getty Images

Kristen Wiig at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards | Source: Getty Images

Avi Rothman Is Adele's Actor Friend

Rothman's experience in the acting industry dates as far back as the early 2000s, and over the years, he was worked on over thirty acting projects. His love for comedy was something he remembered having since he was a child.

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He grew up in a family with great humor, but his brother, in particular, always made him laugh. His brother is ten years his senior, and Rothman always admired how easy comedy came to him in all situations.

Kristen Wiig at the premiere of "MacGruber" on December 08, 2021 in California | Source: Getty Images

Kristen Wiig at the premiere of "MacGruber" on December 08, 2021 in California | Source: Getty Images

Avi started by making impressions of his grandparents when he was younger, and by the time he reached high school, the school's annual "The Original Show" was the highlight of his year. "The Original Show" was an hour-and-a-half-long sketch where Rothman got a taste for writing and acting. He said:

"I was fortunate to work with a really talented writer/director for the show who was also an inspiration toward comedy."

After high school, Rothman trained at the Groundlings theater in Los Angeles, the same as his future wife. Around the time YouTube's popularity gained momentum, Rothman's friend, David Savauge, approached him and two other friends, Ryan Reyes and Oren Kaplan, to create a video with the hopes of it going viral.

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He recalled their brainstorming sessions where each person took turns pitching ideas. Eventually, they decided to make a mock commercial for American Apparel. It was called "Naked Breakfast" and, true to its name, featured Rothman and his friends naked while making breakfast.

Avi Rothman in "The Inappropriate Yoga Guy" | Source: Youtube/GoPotatoTV

Avi Rothman in "The Inappropriate Yoga Guy" | Source: Youtube/GoPotatoTV

It received over one hundred and fifty thousand likes in the first two days and later reached as many as five hundred thousand likes. However, Rothman suspected its success could have been greater had it not been flagged for adult content.

"Naked Breakfast's" success led to Rothman realizing the large audience he had on YouTube. James and Tyler Mcfadden produced Rothman's subsequent big comedy sketch success, "Ogden: The Inappropriate Yoga Guy," in 2006.

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In 2008, he worked with Olivia Munn during an episode of "Modern Day Jesus." In 2010, Rothman said he was able to make a profit from his web series after selling two episodes of "Modern Day Jesus."

His online shorts opened doors for Rothman; he pitched "Modern Day Jesus" to Comedy Central and landed a feature in Yoga Journal Magazine for "Ogden: The Inappropriate Yoga Guy."

Avi Roth in "Gay Roommates" | Source: Youtube/ Oren Kaplan

Avi Roth in "Gay Roommates" | Source: Youtube/ Oren Kaplan

He later worked on five more episodes of "Ogden: The Inappropriate Yoga Guy" with the online magazine. While he enjoyed developing projects independently, Rothman had a soft spot for collaborative work. He said:

"I like getting into a rhythm of throwing ideas back and forth and getting others' perspectives of what it is we're working on. That's not to say I never butt heads with people."

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Rothman is not only an actor but also a writer and producer and has co-written many of his online sketch videos. He added "Partners" to his list of credits in 2007 and "Codependents" and "Bunion" in 2014. He produced those shorts and another called "Boundaries" in 2007.

As Rothman's success grew, he took a step away from YouTube and tried his hand at acting in Hollywood. He played a waiter during an episode of "The Game" in 2008 and landed the role of Steve Lemmaducci in Kevin Heffernan's 2009 film, "The Slammin' Salmon." By 2020, Rothman had worked with impressive names such as Gal Gadot and Chris Pine.

Kristen Wiig at the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards on March 13, 2022 in California | Source: Getty Images

Kristen Wiig at the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards on March 13, 2022 in California | Source: Getty Images

Rothman and Wiig have also shared the silver screen. In 2020, they both appeared in "Wonder Woman 1984" and "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar" in 2021. While his wife has had famous friendships with Hollywood talents like Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler, Rothman has a famous friend of his own — Adele.

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Avi Rothman Has a Comedic Talent Like His Wife

Since its release 15 years ago, "Ogden: The Inappropriate Yoga Guy" has received over two million views on YouTube. Rothman sports a bright red bandana and a two-one outfit in a slightly grainy video, considering the time it was released.

His love for yoga inspired his character, and while he said he was quiet and reserved during his yoga practice in real life, his comedic character was the complete opposite. Rothman said:

"My sister got me into yoga about seven years ago. For a while, I became addicted and was in class five times a week. I'm usually the quiet one in class, generally keeping to myself."

Avi Roth in "Gay Roommates" | Source: Youtube/ Oren Kaplan

Avi Roth in "Gay Roommates" | Source: Youtube/ Oren Kaplan

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His video with Olivia Munn, titled "OLIVIA MUNN, SHIRTLESS with Jesus," had over four hundred thousand views at the time of writing. In the video, Rothman and Munn, who acts as Mary Magdalene, played roommates. He acted in another plot about roommates in "Gay Roommates." The comedic short had over seven hundred thousand views at the time of publication.

Avi Rothman and Kristen Wiig Started Dating and Married in Secret

Rothman and Wiig sparked dating rumors in 2016 when paparazzi spotted them sharing a kiss. They were on a romantic vacation in Kauai, Hawaii, when they were seen kissing on the beach, and a source said they had been dating "for a few months."

Their relationship came after Wiig's marriage to Hayes Hargrove and their divorce in 2009. After her four-year marriage, Wiig dated Brian Petsos, a producer. Her last public relationship before Rothman was with Fabrizio Moretti, the drummer from Strokes. They dated for over a year before breaking up in July 2013.

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In 2019, Wiig and Rothman got engaged. Wiig was 45 when she attended the screening of "Booksmarts" in California wearing an engagement ring. Wiig and Rothman stuck to their MO of keeping pursed lips regarding their relationship and only revealed they had tied the knot in 2021 when Wiig called Rothman her husband during an interview. She said:

"In my home, I am very lucky about having these two babies and my husband. They make it all better and changed my life in that regard."

Kristen Wiig and Avi Rothman Struggled with IVF for Years before Welcoming Twins via Surrogacy

After getting married, Rothman and Wiig welcomed twins via surrogacy. They underwent IVF for three years and received bad news month after month. It began to take a toll on them emotionally and medically, to the point where Wiig no longer wanted to share her experience. She said:

"As a successful woman, you're conditioned to think, 'I'm supposed to be able to do it all.' But then your first reaction when you get that negative result is, 'I've failed.'"

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After an unsuccessful IVF journey, they opted for surrogacy. They tried to keep the process as private as possible and did not reveal the date of their twins' birth or names. However, during the movie credits of "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar," Kristen Wiig subtly revealed her children's names. She thanked Rothman and listed the names Luna & Shiloh.

While Wiig revealed that she was lucky to have Rothman and her twins, she joked during her interview on "The Late Late Show with James Corden" that she did sneak out of her house from time to time to escape the hustle and bustle that came with motherhood.

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