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'Hacks' Star Hannah Einbinder Identifies as Bisexual - Meet Her Long-Time Girlfriend

Bettina Dizon
Apr 25, 2022
11:45 A.M.
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Hannah Einbinder resonates with her "Hacks" character's sexuality, identifying herself as bisexual. She is also a talented comedian and lover of her long-time partner, Ellie Neilson.


At 23, Hannah Einbinder became the youngest stand-up comedian to perform on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert." Her talent for humoring others runs through Einbinder's veins, having been raised by a father who was a comedy writer. 

On the other hand, her mother, Laraine Newman, was one of "Saturday Night Live's" original Not Ready for Prime Time Players. Newman claimed her daughter was always quite the comedian.

Hannah Einbinder in a photo she posted to social media. | Source: Instagram/hannaheinbinder


"I'll never forget at age seven; she was at a Mexican restaurant. She raised a cheese and bean burrito, looked at her butt, and said, 'Get ready.' I thought, 'That's good,'" Newman shared.

In her 20s, Heinbinder followed in her parents' footsteps, working on-screen, as she starred in the HBO Max series "Hacks." However, the actress resonates more with her character's sexuality than with her humor.


The brilliant minds of Lucia Aniello, Jen Statsky, and Paul W. Downs gave viewers a glimpse into the comedy world and queer lives of daring women in the hit series "Hacks."


Einbinder brought to life the character of Ava, a young and entitled writer, and stars alongside the legendary Jean Smart, who plays a Las Vegas comedian and mentor.

Einbinder has proudly presented her girlfriend, Ellie Neilson, to the world through social media.

While the show's first season revolved around Ava and Deborah's (Smart) lives, with the end of Deborah's Vegas residency and the passing of Ava's father, season two will be a whole new chapter.


Coming in the second season are Martha Kelley from "Euphoria," Laurie Metcalf from "Lady Bird," and Ming-Na Wen from "Mulan." The show's original cast included Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Kaitlin Olson, Poppy Liu, Christopher McDonald, Megan Stalter, and Johnny Sibilly.


Ava will also be a big part of season two as Heinbinder continues to take pride in portraying a character who helps others be noticed. As someone who identifies herself as bisexual in real life, Einbinder said of her character:

“There are so many years that I spent so lost [...] I think we're only now around to the existence of fluidity in a widespread way. I really have only recently stopped putting pressure on myself to fall into a rigid category in terms of my sexuality and gender.”


According to the actress, growing up with more images of bisexual characters would have made her journey towards acceptance easier. However, being open to different sexualities has been much more straightforward in modern times. 

Einbinder has proudly presented her girlfriend, Ellie Neilson, to the world through social media. Sweet photos with the woman she calls "love of my life" are posted for everyone to see.

The couple doesn't shy about showing their sweetness online, having photographs showing affection. The pair joins the likes of Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi in taking pride in their relationship.



Unlike her girlfriend, Neilson focused her career on humanitarian efforts. She graduated from the London School of Economics, obtaining a Master's Degree in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Neilson has worked with refugees worldwide and founded an NGO, Richard's Rwanda/IMPUHWE, that supports education for women in Rwanda.

She previously worked at Giving Tech Labs and led nine countries at the impact investment/anti-human trafficking firm, Not For Sale & Just Business.