“The schedule is interesting, but I love working there so much. It really was my dream job,” admits Kate McKinnon during our recent webcam chat (watch above) about being a regular on the long-running NBC variety show “Saturday Night Live.” Unlike most of the performers over the program’s history, she doesn’t necessarily want to leave after a few short years for a lucrative film career. “I hope to work there as long as they’ll let me.”
McKinnon joined “SNL” towards the end of Kristen Wiig‘s final season in 2012. She has since gone on to receive three straight Emmy nominations as Best Comedy Supporting Actress and another for Original Music and Lyrics in 2014. She has a lot of original characters on the program but is also well known for portraying Hillary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Justin Bieber, and many more celebrities.
For the Emmy judges, she is submitting the episode hosted by Ariana Grande from this past March. Of this installment, she says, “We ended up doing this video where Hillary Clinton was sort of turning into Bernie Sanders, which was this brilliant observation by Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, the writers who I work with on all of the Hillary stuff. I did this other sketch where I played a mermaid who was a blobfish, and the prosthetics alone were stellar, so I just loved those two sketches a lot.”
On her “SNL” hiatuses, she has already started an impressive film career. The blockbuster reboot of “Ghostbusters” this summer also starred Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Leslie Jones. She was also a voiceover performer in Pixar’s “Finding Dory.” Upcoming movies include “Masterminds” with Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, and Zach Galifianakis and “Office Christmas Party” with Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, and Olivia Munn.
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