Leslie Jones Interview: ‘Saturday Night Live’

“Actually I used that song as a rescue dog joke. I just decided to turn the men that I date into rescue dogs, so it worked perfectly,” actress and comedian Leslie Jones reveals about her Emmy submission for her 2018 nomination on “Saturday Night Live.” She performed the song “Angel” during “Weekend Update” on the May 5 episode hosted by Donald Glover. In our recent webchat (watch the exclusive video above), she adds about Glover, “He was fun and very open. Gave us a lot of good suggestions to work with sketches.”

Each cast member pitches sketches on the live program weeks. Jones adds that it goes even better when former cast members like this season’s Tina Fey, Will Ferrell and Bill Hader are returning. She has one sketch that she has been trying to get on for a long time. Of the character Dr. Annette, she says, “I play an all-night dentist… because your teeth hurt right now! I’ve been trying to get that on and for some reason, it always gets to dress (rehearsal) but never gets to live.”

Jones received her first nomination in this category last year but was defeated by “SNL” co-star Kate McKinnon. Both ladies return for the 2018 ceremony, and are up against another co-star, Aidy Bryant, previous winners Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”) and Megan Mullally (“Will and Grace”), past nominee Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), plus first-time contenders Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”) and Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”).

Her “SNL” anchors and head writers Michael Che and Colin Jost will be hosting the ceremony for NBC with Lorne Michaels producing. She said it will be “exciting” but she can’t reveal anything about what will happen, including whether she will be on stage. In terms of the Emmy mingling and parties, she really wants to meet up with the the casts of “Power,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and RuPaul Charles.

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