Showrunner Jill Soloway and standup star Hannah Gadsby are reportedly romantically involved, to the joy of lovers of queer comedy everywhere.
“Jill recently went to Australia to meet Hannah’s family,” a source told Page Six. “They don’t want people to know they are a couple ... they are very private.”
Page Six reports that dream couple has been together since this summer when Nanette was released. However, public gestures offer reasons to believe the coupling is more than the whispers of gossip columns.
The two have been traveling together on Soloway's book tour for her new memoir She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy. A telling sign that the two are serious is that the book's dedication reads "for Hannah," who is also thanked in its acknowledgments.
Last week, the pair spoke together at the The New School in New York City for a TimesTalk, a public conversation organized by The New York Times. Soloway told the audience that the two met after they sent an email to Gadsby while on the hunt for “queer, intersectional, interesting folks to speak to about book writing" for their literary arm of the production company Topple.
Their relationship reportedly accelerated after Soloway saw Nanette "and was so blown away."
“We had breakfast the next morning … and became friends after that. We realized yes, we both have a lot of things in common that we like to talk about that generally annoy other people," recalled Soloway.
“I think it overwhelms people. It was nice to meet someone who in the course of small talk, you are talking about consent," Gadsby added. Describing their relationship, Soloway concluded, “Rage, patriarchy, consent before the coffee comes."
As detailed in their book, Soloway ended their marriage with music supervisor Bruce Gilbert in 2015. After the split, Soloway dated poet Eileen Myles who they worked with on the set of Transparent.