Abbi Jacobson Is Engaged! Happy “A League of Their Own” Week to All Who Celebrate

Feature image of Abbi Jacobson and Jodi Balfour by Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty Images

Abbi Jacobson and Jodi Balfour made their red carpet debut as a couple for the Los Angeles premiere of Prime Video’s new A League of Their Own series last week with a special gay bonus: They’re engaged!

People reported on the news of their engagement, noting the excitement of several members of the A League of Their Own cast. Jacobson co-created and also stars in the TV remake of the classic 1992 Penny Marshall movie with Will Graham, and what better way to celebrate an engagement than at the premiere of the season’s most hotly anticipated queer reboot? The ensemble cast was thrilled for her, People reporting that Chanté Adams chanted: “Abbi’s engaged! Abbi’s engaged! Abbi’s engaged!”

Jacobson, who came out publicly as bisexual a few years ago, posted about her one-year anniversary with Balfour at the end of 2021, writing: “One year with this incredible human. Don’t know how I got so lucky ❤️”

There’s no crying in baseball, but I’m absolutely crying. 🥺

Born and raised in South Africa, Balfour also acts and was recently cast in the upcoming season of Ted Lasso.

While Jacobson is still best known as being one-half of the chaotic Broad City duo, I can confidently say I think she’s heading in a new, thrilling direction with her career when it comes to A League of Their Own. That’s all I can really say though, because the embargo hasn’t lifted for actual takes on A League of Their Own yet. But when it does lift later this week, you’ll get a full season (spoiler free) review from me.

Then, starting Friday, our senior editor Heather Hogan and editor-in-chief Carmen Phillips will be tag-teaming DAILY RECAPS of all eight episodes of the new series. Between now and then, expect interviews with cast members and other fun tidbits, because we’re swinging for the fences, baby! All eight episodes of the show’s first season drop on Friday, August 12 on Prime Video.

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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is the managing editor of Autostraddle and a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Orlando. She is the assistant managing editor of TriQuarterly, and her short stories appear or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Joyland, Catapult, The Offing, and more. Some of her pop culture writing can be found at The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Cut, and others. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram and learn more about her work on her website.

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  1. OK. So. Is anyone else thinking about rewatching the movie before the series drops? I loved the movie but haven’t seen it in years and I’m torn about whether I want to have the source material fresh in my head or if I’d rather watch the new series and then go back to the movie, if I want to.

  2. I love this, but!!!! Not a single mention of Jodie literally playing a queer female PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES in “for all mankind?” The show is sooooo good and she’s soooo good in it. And literally just came out to the entire world in the last episode

    • Exactly i could not believe that info wasn’t included in this article. They do recaps of “For All Mankind” and Jodi’s character Ellen’s storyline on this website.

      • This is cool info! But your tone is a little rude! You can share this fun extra fact without being snarky towards Kayla and the Autostraddle writers/editors.
        Not sure if you meant it that way, but that’s how it comes off.

        • I meant it exactly how I wrote it, which I don’t believe was rude at all. That being said, this article was dismissive to 50% of the couple being written about in it. That’s not being rude, that’s just being truthful.

  3. Between the dykes in “A League of Their Own- goddess blessed you for this Abbi – and the women astronauts of “For All Mankind” it has been a fabulous streaming season.

    While none of this will soothe the sorrow of losing a real life Anne Lister season 3 of Gentleman Jack FAM helped a bit. Molly Cobb, based on Jerry Cobb thrilled me and chilled me.
    Ellen Wilson recreating the sorrow of Sally Rides fake het marriage was the moral lesson the straights needed to see.

    Now Abbi marries Jodi… WOW!

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