Lily Kwong is known to many as the wife of ‘Big Mouth’ actor and comedian Nick Kroll. However, there’s much more to Kwong than her marriage to a Hollywood star. Let’s explore the life and career of Kwong, reflecting on her individual achievements and her life with Kroll.
Kwong’s Education and Career Highlights
Lily holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Columbia University. Initially exploring modeling, Kwong worked with her cousin, fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra. Her journey then led her to landscape design.
As the head of Studio Lily Kwong, her work is not just about creating visually appealing spaces; it’s about integrating sustainable practices into her designs. Her notable clients include Glossier, JW Marriott, and St-Germain.
Kwong’s designs earned her a spot on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in 2018. Her work includes a project on New York’s High Line and a collaboration with the fashion brand Maiyet.
Lily and Nick’s Love Story
Lily met Nick Kroll in 2018 on the dating app Raya. Their relationship progressed from long-distance to a deep connection, leading to their marriage in November 2020 in Big Sur, California. Here is what Kroll recalls about the beginnings of their relationship:
“I think she sent the first message, which I really liked. She was in New York, and I was in L.A. We had a long [time] kind of where we didn’t see each other. We just chatted very casually and then met at some point in New York and liked each other and slowly progressed.”
In October 2020, the couple announced they were expecting their first child. Their son, Leo, was born in January 2021. Kwong and Kroll have been very private about their son’s identity to keep their family life away from the media’s gaze.
The birth of their son Leo has been a source of joy and inspiration for Kroll. He often shares light-hearted stories about his son, like Leo’s fondness for blueberries. He also enjoys performing voices, like Elmo’s, for his son:
“[Becoming a dad] is the best thing I’ve ever done, and I feel so excited to be a father. … He doesn’t even know who Elmo is, but I’ll just talk to him like, ‘Hey, how are you doing?’ [in Elmo’s voice]. And as soon as I do a voice like that, he goes, ‘Hi.’ There’s no joy like hearing the laughter of your child.”
Becoming a husband and father has also influenced his work by bringing a new perspective to his writing and comedy. He openly discusses how fatherhood has enriched his life, sharing anecdotes on talk shows and incorporating these experiences into his stand-up routines.