Abbi Jacobson and Jodi Balfour are headed down the aisle.
The Broad City actress, who co-created and stars in the upcoming TV series version of A League of Their Own TV, attended a Cinespia screening of the original film celebrating its thirtieth anniversary wearing a sparkly new ring on her finger. At the event, she and Balfour confirmed their engagement to People and Jacobson celebrated the happy news with her A League of Their Own costars. D’Arcy Carden, the actress’s costar and friend of 15 years, enthused, “It’s out. It’s great. We’re so happy. We love [Jodi].” And Chanté Adams added, “Abbi’s engaged! Abbi’s engaged! Abbi’s engaged! We’ve had to hide it for…No, I’m kidding.” Jacobson blushed in response to her friend’s excitement, replying to Adams, “No, you have not. You have not had to hide it. That was not a thing. It was not a secret.”
Jacobson and Balfour first began dating in 2020, but haven’t had the chance to make their red carpet debut as a couple until last week at the Los Angeles premiere of A League of Their Own. They previously celebrated their one year anniversary in October on Instagram with some selfies of them kissing. Jacobson captioned her shot, “One year with this incredible human. Don’t know how I got so lucky,” while Balfour gushed, “365 days of the best surprise of my life.” Balfour is a South African actress known for her role as Ellen Waverly on For All Mankind, as well as appearances on Supernatural, The Crown and True Detective. According to Deadline, she is also set to star in the upcoming third season of Ted Lasso. Jacobson first came out as bisexual in a 2018 interview with Vanity Fair saying that she “kind of [goes] both ways’ I date men and women,” adding that her only requirements are that the person “be funny” and is “doing something they love.”
Jacobson also told People that she’s proud of the role she played in helping to tell the stories of these LGBTQ women in the 1940s and getting to work with Maybelle Blair, an alumni of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, who is a consultant on the show and just came out publicly for the first time during the Tribeca Film Festival in June at age 95. “So much research went into it,” she said. “But Maybelle’s point of view, specifically on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League experience, what that was like to play baseball at the time, what it was like to be a queer woman in the league, was pretty important for some of the stories we were telling. But at Tribeca, she had not come out publicly and that was so incredible. And don’t you feel like it’s like, ‘95!’ I’m like, ‘This show needs to come out.’ She came out because we made this show.”