FX’s ‘The Bear’ stars Abby Elliott, a Wilton native

Almost two decades after starring in her high school's plays, Connecticut native and "Saturday Night Live" alumna Abby Elliott is now starring as "Sugar" in the FX/Hulu original, “The Bear.” 

The dark comedy follows Carmen "Carmy" Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), a young chef who returns to Chicago to run his family sandwich shop after the death of his brother. Elliott plays Natalie “Sugar” Berzatto, the middle child of the Berzatto family and the family fixer. 

In an interview with Youtube channel Popternative, Elliott described the role as a “dream job” and was attracted to the story’s emotional and relatable components. 

“I think right now people just want to relate to each other and relate to stories that, you know, hit home," she said. "I feel like there are so many elements to this show that people can really relate to, whether they’ve been there or know someone who has.”

Elliott grew up in Wilton and moved to Ridgefield during high school. She is the daughter of comedian Chris Elliott, known for "Schitt's Creek," "Groundhog Day" and "There’s Something About Mary," and the granddaughter of Bob Elliott of "Bob and Ray." 

“I’m a Connecticut girl through and through. I loved knowing people in my town, the carnival coming every year, going to the gazebo in Wilton and hanging out as a pre-teen,” she said in an interview with Serendipity Magazine. “There was a trail behind our house in Wilton that we would walk through to a riding club and pet the horses.”

While attending Immaculate High School in Danbury, Elliott joined the concert choir and starred in the school musicals “Grease,” “Footloose” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." She graduated in 2005 and was voted most artistic and most musical of her graduating class. The actress also married "House of Cards" writer Bill Kennedy in eastern Connecticut.  

Elliott trained at Los Angeles's Groundlings Theater and was a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade, a comedy group founded by comedian Amy Poehler.  At 21, she followed in her father’s footsteps and joined the cast of NBC’s "Saturday Night Live," where she remained for four seasons. 

Elliott’s television appearances include Bravo’s first scripted half-hour comedy, "Odd Mom Out," as well as other shows like "How I Met Your Mother,""Inside Amy Schumer" and "2 Broke Girls," according to IMDb. She has also appeared in films "Cheaper by the Dozen," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "Sex Ed," "Better Off Single" and "No Strings Attached." 

Season one of "The Bear" is now streaming on Hulu. The show, which debuted on June 23, currently has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is set to return for a second season.