Saturday Night Live's newest cast member also co-wrote the upcoming comedy Bride Wars, about two best friends getting married on the same day.
How did you land your SNL gig?
I held off on trying out for a long time for fear I wouldn't get it. I came out to audition on the [SNL ]stage, and it was nerve-racking and wild, a little out-of-body. It was like a one-woman, five-minute, semi-entertaining variety show.
When did you realize you had a gift for comedy?
When I went to meet with [SNL producer] Lorne Michaels, my dad had gone through my diaries from when I was 8, 9 and 10 and found passages where I wrote, "I just want to be on SNL." I realized I've been dreaming about it forever.
How did you get involved with Bride Wars?
My writing partner and I had been working on it for three years. We went to the set the first day, and we just started crying. Seeing Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway reading the lines we wrote was beyond surreal.
Your mother was the chair of the National Women's Political Caucus. Are you political?
My mom worked tirelessly on getting equal rights for women. Instead of going into politics, I decided to go into comedy, which is the second most daunting career path for a woman.