Emma Stone and her husband SNL's Dave McCary have kept much of their relationship under the wraps, but what's known of their private, years-long love story is very sweet.
Stone welcomed a baby girl with her husband on March 13, 2021, multiple sources told TMZ. Days after their daughter's arrival, multiple sources spoke to People about the two's relationship, calling their marriage “strong and respectful.” A month into Stone and McCary becoming parents, a source updated Us Weekly on how their relationship has changed “in a way they never expected.”
News of Stone and McCary becoming parents arrived less than a year after the couple officially tied the knot in September, according to a source for People. They were spotted wearing wedding bands around Los Angeles, on September 11, 2020, a few months after Stone appeared on Reese Witherspoon's YouTube channel wearing a gold band.
Stone and McCary got engaged in December 2019 after more than two years of dating. The couple has shared little-to-no details about their relationship—save for a few date night photos here and there. However, they announced their engagement via McCary's Instagram with a surprise ring photo.
Stone’s husband is extremely accomplished and has made a name for himself in the business behind the camera. Here, everything we know about McCary as he and Stone settle into parenthood.
He's a segment director for Saturday Night Live.
According to People, McCary joined SNL alongside cast members Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett during the 39th season in 2013. He's a writer, segment director, and co-founded a comedy troupe called Good Neighbor with Mooney, Bennett, and Nick Rutherford, per People. In fact, if you peep McCary's non-engagement ring posts, you'll see quite a bit of Mooney.
He proposed to Emma Stone at the SNL offices.
Stone and McCary reportedly got engaged at the Saturday Night Live offices in New York City, per a Page Six source. "Dave proposed at the offices where they first met at [NBC’s Manhattan HQ] 30 Rock," the insider said. "No one was there and by all accounts, it was very romantic."
McCary broke the news of his engagement to Stone on Instagram in 2019. He captioned a photo of the two smiling while she held up her hand with the engagement ring, " "💕."
Celebrities including Zoey Deutch, Queer Eye's Tan France, and SNL's Aidy Bryant have shown the couple love in the comments section.
Stone and McCary welcomed their first baby girl on March 13, 2021.
Stone never personally confirmed her pregnancy, but the actress was last photographed out days before she gave birth on March 5. TMZ broke news that the couple welcomed their first child on Saturday, March 13 in the Los Angeles area. People reported days later that the Stone gave birth to a baby girl. The couple hasn't revealed the name of their daughter yet.
Stone spoke to Jennifer Lawrence for ELLE in 2018 about her hope to become a mother in her 30s. "My perspective about kids has changed as I’ve gotten older," she told her friend. "I never babysat or anything. As a teenager, I was like, I’m never getting married, I’m never having kids. And then I got older and I was like, I really want to get married, I really want to have kids."
Weeks into parenting, Stone and McCary are “excited” and have built a “strong and respectful” relationship.
Multiple sources gave People rare insight on McCary and Stone's relationship days after outlets reported that Stone gave birth to a baby girl.
“They are a very grounded and private couple and were ready for a family,” a source close to Stone told the outlet in late March. “Emma is close to her family and good friends but not the type to flaunt her personal life. Dave respects that about her and is the same way. They have a great life together and support each other.”
An insider added that “she has been private [about life with Dave and their baby girl] but said that she was feeling great. She always has a huge smile when she is with Dave.”
A third film source reiterated what People's first two sources said about McCary and Stone's relationship: “Emma and Dave have a strong and respectful marriage. A baby will add a new dimension of bliss for both of them.”
In April 2021, just one month into parenthood, McCary and Stone's relationship had changed drastically.
Us Weekly got a rare update from a source about how McCary and Stone are doing one month into becoming parents to their baby girl. “Having a baby has brought them closer in a way they never expected,” a source told the outlet. McCary in particular is “hands-on and helping with their daughter.”
The couple has been “very low-key and has asked people to just respect their privacy during this time,” the source added. “Emma has been at home with her husband and the baby.”
McCary and Stone made a rare event appearance together in January 2023.
Stone and McCary arrived together on January 12, 2023 at the New York City premiere of When You Finish Saving the World, a movie they co-produced. They opted not to pose on the red carpet together, keeping the focus on the film rather than their relationship.
In September 2023, a source spoke about how the couple balances work and parenting.
A source told Us Weekly in mid-September 2023 that McCary is very supportive of Stone’s acting career, and they’re enormously happy as parents.
“For Emma, quitting acting and being a stay-at-home mom would be like cutting off one of her limbs. That’s just not her,” the source said. “Acting is as vital to her as breathing, it’s a part of who she is—and Dave’s 100 percent behind her.”
“She and Dave are happy as a couple and one of the reasons why is they respect each other as artists,” the source continued, adding that Stone has “a great set-up” to balance parenting and work.
As for McCary and Stone, their life with daughter Louise is wonderful. “They love their little family,” the source said. “Louise has brought them so much joy and they’re growing and learning every day. They’re in this together. Emma still has the Hollywood ambition and drive and determination to do her best work and it keeps her going, and she believes doing what she loves will also make her a better mom.”
The couple reportedly lived together while dating.
On the heels of their engagement news, a source told People that McCary and Stone also "got a home together in Malibu over the summer." The insider went on to talk about the couple's connection, sharing, “Dave is a super down-to-earth guy. Most of his best friends are people he’s known since he was a kid, and he’s not affected by Hollywood. He’s very creative and funny, and he and Emma share the same sense of adventure.”
He met Stone when she hosted SNL in 2016.
Stone first met McCary when she hosted SNL in December 2016. She was performing in the show's "Wells for Boys" sketch, which McCary was directing.
Stone gave McCary a very public kiss and tribute at the 2024 Golden Globes.
When Stone won the Best Actress award there for Poor Things, Stone kissed McCary before walking on stage. As soon as she got to the podium to begin her speech, she said, “Dave, I have to start with you really quickly. I love you very much, thank you for everything.”
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 8, 2024
McCary and Stone made a rare red carpet appearance together at The Curse’s finale premiere.
Following the Golden Globes, Stone and McCary posed together at The Curse’s season finale screening in Beverly Hills on Jan. 8, 2024. The couple hardly ever does red carpets together. McCary had his arm wrapped around Stone as they posed with Benny Safdie, left of Stone, and Nathan Fielder, right of McCary.
He's directed a movie called Brigsby Bear.
Houston, we have a side hustle. In addition to his work on Saturday Night Live, McCary directed a film called Brigsby Bear, starring his SNL pal Kyle Mooney. The film released (only in select theaters) in July 2017, and grossed $500k at the box office. Before the film's opening night, Stone and McCary were rumored to be dating but hadn't actually been seen together—until the film's opening night that is. A fan caught this video of the couple leaving the film's premiere party together (that blonde head is Stone and that abnormally tall guy is McCary).
He's been dating Stone since at least October 2017.
Rumors that Stone and McCary were exclusive were swirling since they were seen leaving that Brigsby Bear premiere together, but actual, legitimate reports they'd been dating "for months" surfaced in October.
He's on Instagram (kinda).
Unlike his famous girlfriend, McCary has an active Instagram account...sort of. He's on Instagram as @DaveMcCary, but he's posted hardly any photos of himself. In fact, his feed consists mostly of photos of his best friend Kyle Mooney, who is an actor on SNL.
He's a San Diego Padres fan.
On June 22, 2021, McCary and Stone were spotted on a rare date night out as they attended a San Diego Padres baseball game. The couple wore Padres fan gear and posed for quick selfie with sports analyst Mark Grant. "Great to meet Academy Award-winning Best Actress Emma Stone and her husband Dave McCary from Saturday Night Live. I mentioned I have done a few films myself 😂 #Dontourage @Padres," Grant tweeted. This is the first time the private couple has been spotted out together in over a year.
Great to meet Academy Award winning Best Actress Emma Stone and her husband Dave McCary from Saturday Night Live. I mentioned I have done a few films myself 😂 #Dontourage @Padres pic.twitter.com/MFge6v33R3
— Don Orsillo (@DonOrsillo) June 23, 2021
Then on Friday, October 7, 2022, they caught the San Diego Padres in game one of their National League Wild Card series at New York's Citi Field. The couple was adorably dressed in gear from the Padres brand store. The mega-fans were laughing and having a great time while wildly cheering on their team, who eventually won the first of the best of three series 7 to 1.
Unfortunately, you can't rep California in a New York stadium without getting some pushback. The couple appeared briefly across the Jumbotron and got booed by the many Mets fans in the audience.
Stone took it in stride, raising her beer cup to the camera with a big smile and flashing her Padres gear.
Their spirits were not crushed, and they went to another Padres game on August 5, 2023, where McCary was invited to catch the ceremonial first pitch as his team faced off against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park.
He and Stone are working as film producers together.
On January 20, 2022, Stone and McCary made a rare appearance during a Zoom panel for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival to promote the release of the film they produced together, When You Finish Saving the World, directed by Jesse Eisenberg. Their production company Fruit Tree Productions was founded in August of 2020.
“As an actor, you usually just go with what comes to you and you're at the mercy of the process,” Stone said, according to IndieWire. “We don't want to say we just want to make things, that sounds trite. Because we have these longstanding relationships, we thought it would be amazing to support these people in a more meaningful way than just being a cog.”
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