Leslie Jones Q&A: ‘Saturday Night Live’
“The first thing I said was ‘Did they find some more nude pictures?’,” laughs Leslie Jones about being unexpectedly awakened on the morning of Emmy nominations. In our recent interview (watch the exclusive video above), the first time nominee from “Saturday Night Live” adds, “My phone kept ringing and the only thing I kept thinking was who is ringing my phone before 10:00 ’cause they know that no one calls me before that time.”
Jones refers to the social media scandal from the summer of 2016 when photos of her suddenly appeared online. She actually addresses that crazy subject on her “SNL” episode submission for voters which was hosted by Tom Hanks as her Emmy submission for Best Comedy Supporting Actress. This installment of the NBC program aired October 22 and was the 4th episode of the 42nd season. In this segment, Jones appears as a contestant on “Black Jeopardy” and rants on “Weekend Update” about her computer hack.
Regarding that particular update segment, she says, “All of my updates are from a pretty real place. But I think I picked that one because it inspired people to know that you can still survive after something bad happens to you. I wanted to let people know that something like that is not going to scare me. I’m the one that’s going to reveal the elephant in the room, and I’m going to make the elephant laugh.”
In our chat, we discuss the different types of hosts the show welcomes: returning cast members (like Kristen Wiig), regular guests (like Hanks and Melissa McCarthy), and first-timers (like Lin-Manuel Miranda), all who are among the 22 nominations for the show this year. Among those bids are her “SNL” co-star Kate McKinnon (defending champion) and Vanessa Bayer in her category of Best Comedy Supporting Actress along with Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”), Judith Light (“Transparent”), and Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent”).
Jones began her “SNL” career as a writer and was part of that show’s WGA Awards nomination in 2015. This Emmy bid is the first major awards success for Bayer in her career. She hosted the BET Awards this summer and has appeared in such films as “Top Five,” “Trainwreck,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Masterminds.”