Colin Jost Reveals His Mom’s Reaction to His & Scarlet Johansson’s Unique Baby Name: ‘Is It Final?’
Colin Jost revealed that his mother has finally accepted the name Cosmo, which he and wife Scarlet Johansson chose for their newborn son, after needing time to adjust to the unique moniker.
On a recent appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, the Saturday Night Live star shared that his mother did not initially understand the name Cosmo. “My family is very supportive always,” he said on the episode. “My mom, I would say, was slightly thrown by [the name] and didn’t quite understand it. I don’t know if she thought it was kind of like a hippie thing?”
She even offered the star couple alternative suggestions. “She would call us, after three or four days, she’d be like, ‘Cosmo…’ She’d be like, ‘And, now, is it final? Like, did you submit the birth certificate?’ And we’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, we did that at the hospital,’” Jost reflected. “She was like ‘Oh okay, interesting. Because I was reading that there’s also a name Cosimo with an ‘I’ so that could also be an option. Maybe you call him Cosimo, that’s his real name, but then you can call him still Cosmo.’”
However, with time, Cosmo’s grandmother made peace with the name. “She lives in Staten Island, eventually she started meeting various members of the Italian community who have a lot of Cosmo relatives. So then she would call and she would say, ‘I met someone they said their uncle’s name is Cosmo. So, it is OK,’” Jost explained. “And I was like, ‘It’s locked in.’”
Jost and Johansson married in October of last year after having dated since 2017. Last August, Jost announced the pregnancy on-stage at a stand-up comedy show in Connecticut. “We’re having a baby,” he told the crowd. “It’s exciting.”
Baby Cosmo is the couple’s first child together. Johansson has one daughter, 6-year-old Rose Dorothy Duariac, whom she shares with ex-husband, journalist Roman Duariac.
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