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Who Is Willa Fitzgerald? The 'Reacher' Star Allegedly Dated Chef Gabe Kennedy

Esther NJeri
Feb 04, 2022
09:30 A.M.
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Willa Fitzgerald became a household name when she played Emma Duval in MTV's "Scream." And while she has appeared in many other film and TV roles, fans are curious about who she is in real life. 


Fitzgerald has had a successful career in film after making her debut playing Vivian in the 2008 film "For the Love of a Dog." Soon after, she appeared in other roles, including "Alpha House" and "Royal Pains."

She then began landing recurring roles "The Following," "Gotham," and in the police procedural drama television series "Blue Bloods."  Her other movie credits include "Dare Me," "Bull," "Blood Money," "Freak Show," and "Little Women." 

Willa Fitzgerald and Gabe Kennedy pose at "Harry Potter and The Cursed Child parts 1 & 2" on Broadway Opening Night at The Lyric Theatre on April 22, 2018 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images


Since she started acting, fans have loved her performances in her various films and TV series, but they'll love her most recent role even more. Fitzgerald plays cop Roscoe Conklin in the upcoming crime thriller "Reacher."

The show, which premiers on Amazon on February 4, 2022, chronicles the veteran military police investigator, Jack Reacher, who finds himself amid a deadly conspiracy after being accused of murder. 


The show is sure to grab viewers' attention with its brilliant casting that includes Fitzgerald, "The Architect"'s Malcolm Goodwin, "No Mercy"'s Bruce McGill, and "Smallville"'s Kristin Kreuk.


While she has never confirmed her relationship status, speculations say the actress was romantically involved with chef Gabriel "Gabe" Kennedy since 2017. 


Fitzgerald and Kennedy worked together on a "plastic awareness" advertisement in 2017 and soon after began featuring on each other's social media accounts. The "Behind Enemy Lines" actress then started sharing photos of the two on exotic trips. 

Other photos showed the duo attending red carpet events, film festivals, and others where Kennedy was her date in several weddings. Fans could not hold back their joy at the thought of the two being a couple.


One such photo shared on Fitzgerald's Instagram about three years back seemed to allude to the two celebrating their second anniversary. The photo featured Kennedy holding Fitzgerald's dog Birdie with the caption

"2 years with this beautiful human ❤️ @gabe_kennedy."


However, there seemed to be trouble in "paradise" after Fitzgerald stopped posting their photos together. All available ones are from years back, and they also do not follow each other on social media

While they have never confirmed or denied the dating rumors that have surrounded them for years, fans hope there was no "break-up," and the lack of social media updates is their way of keeping their lives private.



And while their relationship status remains unknown, the same cannot be said about Kennedy. The hunk wears many hats and has achieved a lot. He co-founded Plant People, a doctor-formulated, regenerative plant and mushroom supplement brand.

After hiking with the co-founder of RISE Brewing Co., Hudson Gaines-Ross, they both discovered that they suffered from the same irritable and dissociated aftermaths of traditional pharmaceuticals after being treated for traumatic spinal injuries. 

They joined forces to launch Plant People, which sells various products ranging from face masks to sleep drops and infused olive oil. Kennedy is also a TV host, globetrotter, a successful entrepreneur, a world-class chef, and is on the 2020 Forbes "30 Under 30 - Food & Drink" list.