Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner officially filed for divorce back in April and while the two have remained friendly and have appeared together in public, it looks as if Affleck has moved on. US Weekly has confirmed that Affleck is dating Lindsay Shookus, a producer for Saturday Night Live.
Affleck and Garner announced their split in June 2015 after a decade of marriage, saying that there was no significant incident or catalyst that prompted the split, just that it was time. However, it was rumored that Affleck’s troubles with alcohol contributed to the split. Affleck went to rehab to treat his alcohol addiction earlier this year. The pair have three children together and were recently seen together in Brentwood, California, celebrating the 4th of July.
A few days later though, Affleck was spotted in L.A. with Shookus, with a source telling US Weekly that two had recently been together in London, where Affleck was filming reshoots for the upcoming Justice League movie.
Here is what you need to know about Shookus.
1. Shookus was Born Outside of Buffalo in Upstate New York
Shookus was born in 1980 in Williamsville, New York, which is located outside of Buffalo in upstate New York. Her father Robert Shookus owns Nelson Heintz & Shookus of Buffalo, which is a manufacturer’s representative for electronic consumer products and housewares. Her mother, Christine Shookus, has worked for Gilead Sciences, a biotech company.
Shookus is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, receiving her degree in Journalism, and started at Saturday Night Live is in September 2002, where she was an assistant to a producer. While working her way up through the ranks at the show, she also worked as an associate producer for 30 Rock.
As a producer at Saturday Night Live Shookus was responsible for booking Chance the Rapper when he was still a relatively unknown artist and A Tribe Called Quest only a day after the released they released We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your service, their first album in 18 years.
2. Shookus Has Been Named One of the Most Powerful Music Executives Twice
Over the course of her time at Saturday Night Live, Shookus has made a name for herself, most notably when it comes to booking musical guests. She was on the list Billboard’s Top 50 Most Powerful Music Executives in both 2015 and 2016, where she was list as a viral visionary, along side fellow music bookers for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America and The Late Late Show With James Corden.
In 2015 Shookus booked Miley Cyrus for Saturday Night Live’s premiere, a booking that led to a significant ratings jump from the previous year. Talking to Billboard about the booking, Shookus said “You get one chance to make the right impression. And people have long memories when you make the wrong one.”
In 2016 Shookus was also one of 200 women who were invited to participate in Marie Claire’s Power Trip conference, a “pop-up summit for badass girl bosses” featuring Gwyenth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, Tyra Banks and Bethany Mota.
3. Shookus is a 5 Time Emmy Nominee
Shookus won an Emmy in 2015 as a producer for Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary special. The star-studded celebration won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special.
It was Shookus fifth time being nominated for an Emmy and her first win. She was nominated twice in 2016, with one nomination for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series (Saturday Night Live) and one nominated for Outstanding Variety Special (Adele: Live in New York City.)
4. Shookus Met Her First Husband at Saturday Night Live
Shookus got married to Kevin Miller in June of 2010 in Williamsville. According to The New York Times wedding announcement , the two met on her first day work. Miller was a writers’ assistant at the time and by the time they were married they had both become associate producers. The two have a daughter together.
A reason for the divorce isn’t known, but Miller is no longer with Saturday Night Live. He is currently a supervising producer for Late Night with Seth Meyers.
5. Her Relationship With Affleck is Reportedly in the Early Stages
Neither Affleck nor Shookus have confirmed their relationship, but according to E! News the couple are “in the early stages” of their relationship.
“It’s more than a summer fling,” the insider shared. “They are having fun and care for each other. It’s early and they are taking it slow.”
The couple saw Sam Mendes’ Ferryman while in London. It’s currently unknown whether or not Shookus is as much of a Batman fan as Affleck.
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