Together with famous filmmaker Jordan Peele, Michael Key rose to stardom through the much-renowned comedy series, Key and Peele (2012-2015). Since then, he has been surfing on the wave of success. A much-admired character in the film industry, Michael is one of the comedy figures that have managed to show consistency and much prowess.

It goes without saying, many people have shown interest in his personal life. Unfortunately, the sensational comedian is off the market for a second time. His recent divorce in 2017 with a dialect coach and actress Cynthia Blaise seemed like the end of his love life. But he proved everyone wrong.

Ever since he started making appearances with the beautiful Elise Pugliese, everyone knew there was a new love story in town. Just how much do we know about her though? She doesn’t have the most outstanding faces in Hollywood, but she does have unique traits and tremendous skills.

Michael, who always seems charismatic onset, is said to have been seeing Elisa even before finalizing his divorce with Blaise.

In this piece, we will take a deeper dive into the life of Pugliese and find out just how much influence she has had on the popular Mad Tv star. Keep reading!

She is both a professional Actress and Producer

Elisa Pugliese
Elisa Pugliese (Photo by Emma McIntyre/BAFTA LA/Getty Images)

Talk about immeasurable talent in one family. If you have watched the CW’s or USA Network’s shows, then you have probably seen Michael Keegan’s exceptional performance. Imagine teaming him up with a woman of equal skill. Unlike her husband, Elisa’s specialty is not in comedy. But at least she has some Hollywood glory and special skills up her sleeve.

Throughout her years of filming, not much has been established about her background story. She was born in 1971 and brought up in New York City- the city that never sleeps. After completing her college education and graduating from Syracuse University, she started nurturing her career.

Her first significant accomplishment in filmmaking was the animation- Snow Queen, where she served as a make-up artist. From then onwards, she played major roles by making cameo appearances in films such as School of Rock and helping in production.

Having mastered her art to professionalism, she started soaring higher and higher especially in her production work. Twice in a span of 2 years, she served as an executive producer for the intriguing films; American Teen– a top-grossing documentary, and Fair Game– a political thriller.

Though not comparable to her husband’s achievements, Elisa is definitely a name worth recognition. Despite her many years in the show business, her big break came in 2013, when she helped produce the American Journey– a highly acclaimed comedy documentary. All this time, Michael was not in the picture.

And that’s not all. In 2014, she showed her multitalented skills by making the comedy- Boy meets Girl. Later in 2016, she directed Better Off Single, and the 75th Annual Peabody awards.

She is a true example that women can have their own self-made careers in an industry dominated by men.

She has never been married before

Keegan-Michael Key, Elisa Pugliese
Keegan-Michael Key, Elisa Pugliese (Photo by Steve Granitz/Getty Images)

Prior to meeting Keegan and his magical charms, Elisa has had no past ties to anyone we know of. Many speculate she must have had a past relationship. Regardless, her ability to keep things private has made it hard for anyone to confirm the claims. It’s safe to presume she hasn’t been married before.

Michael, on the other hand, has been previously married for over 15 years; a truth known by many. Much is not known about the cause of his divorce with Miss Cynthia Blaise. But we do know for a fact that he was happy to end the marriage.

Barely 2 years after his divorce, he took to social media about his engagement with Elisa, leaving fans surprised that he would bounce back so quickly. Keegan and his ex-wife (who was way much older than him) never had kids.

Elisa and Michael were head over heels for each other. No wonder they got engaged after a short period of dating and got married 7 months after their engagement. The private wedding happened at their New York home on June 8th, 2018.

Though this current marriage seems fiery, we cannot say for a fact that the two will have any kids either, considering their ages. Both are nearly 50 years old, but who knows? They might as well adopt some kids or puppies; whichever suits them best.

She has directed one of Keegan’s movies

Keegan and Elisa
Keegan-Michael Key and wife Elisa Pugliese (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)

Throughout her journey as a director and film producer, Elisa has definitely earned herself some note-worthy skills, ultimately promoting her from the underdog league. Her impressive resume is nowhere near completion, yet.

In 2018, she played a huge role in the production of Madero- a thriller about an undercover DEA cop with the New York department struggling to overcome his past. Keegan is not the only notable character in the movie. It also has some big names in it like John Leguizamo and Olivia Munn.

Fans who are dedicated to the couple have truly enjoyed seeing them working on a movie together. A true gesture that they can both put boundaries between work and relationship life.

Through and through, she has proven to be open-minded about her career. She has handled all kinds of genres that come her way and ended up providing state-of-the-art deliveries. Keegan couldn’t ask for a better wife.

With their flame fanning up and their names getting bigger by the day, we sure hope the lovely duo will work on more projects together. Elisa, whose net worth is still under review, remains supportive to her husband who has gained approximately $12 million from acting and television shows.

She is madly in love with her husband

Keegan-Michael Key and Elisa Pugliese

One of the things that stands out when we hear Michael and Elisa’s story, is that the two are age-mates; something that is not common for Hollywood celebrities. In a world where couples have an age difference of over 20 years, these two have decided otherwise.

Without reasonable doubt, they understand each other in divine ways, hence strengthening the union between them. From tea parties and red carpet events to theatre premiers and Gala awards, Elisa has been seen flaunting her looks, with her husband by her side of course.

Her love for him seems to be growing as the day goes by, and she is not ashamed to show it publicly. Michael too has constantly shown his wife on his social media accounts and even acknowledged her during interviews and awards. Celebrity friends such as Olivia Munn and Jordan Peele have been close to the couple, and have shown nothing but love and support to them.

Despite being married recently; it feels like the world has known them for many decades.

She is a devout football fan

Keegan-Michael Key and Elisa Pugliese
Keegan-Michael Key and Elisa Pugliese (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

Over the years, we have seen celebrities and their spouses engaging in multiple recreation activities. The most common one being basketball. Stars such as Jay-z and Beyonce have been seen on the stands of different NBA games cheering.

It is no different for the power couple- Elisa and Michael. Due to her love for football, the two have been seen at past games making merry and enjoying the gift of one another. With no kids in the picture, they have all the time for themselves.

Moreover, she takes a keen interest in political matters and has shown this clearly through her Twitter account. On all her social media handles, she is dominantly known for publicizing political matters that have an influence on society. Previously, she has been seen supporting sexual harassment victims, giving her opinion on immigration among other political agendas.

It goes without saying; Elisa doesn’t seem like the outgoing type, but she has learned to channel her boldness and originality to getting whatever she wants in life. An ironclad lady indeed.

This is by far, not the end of Elisa Pugliese

Overall, Mrs. Key is one of Hollywood’s unsung icons. She has not only helped Michael but also inspired many in society. Keegan was going through the toughest time of his life, but Elisa was his light at the end of the tunnel.

Everyone seems to love and adore her so far, and we have no doubt she will do more in the near future. Through her husband’s fame and personal circle of influential friends, she is definitely bound to soar higher and higher.

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