Julia Louis-Dreyfus on ‘SNL’ past: ‘It was a very sexist environment’

Julia Louis-Dreyfus on 'SNL' past: 'It was a very sexist environment'

NEW YORK, April 15 (UPI) — Julia Louis-Dreyfus looks back on her time spent on Saturday Night Live only “fondly-ish.”

“I did not come out of SNL as any kind of name. I didn’t do anything particularly great when I was there. I didn’t. It’s fine. But I learned a tremendous amount,” the actress said in an interview with The New York Times Thursday ahead of her hosting gig Saturday on the famed sketch-comedy series.

Louis-Dreyfus also explained to the publication how women performers during her time on the show from 1982 to 1985 were not given equal treatment.

“It was a very sexist environment,” she said. “Since I’ve gone back, I can tell you it’s much more of an equal-opportunity environment.”

However, Louis-Dreyfus did thank Saturday Night Live for helping her receive a new outlook on her career moving forward. “I was on it for three years, and when I left, I made this conscious decision that I would not take any jobs that didn’t seem as if they would be really fun,” she explained. “That’s very simplistic and Pollyannaish sounding, but really, I noted that. I’m not doing this unless I can have a deep sense of happiness while doing it. I’ve applied that, moving forward, and it’s worked. So in that sense, I have SNL to thank.”

The Veep star will be hosting SNL alongside musical guest Nick Jonas. In a promo video released Thursday for the episode, Louis-Dreyfus is seen flirting with Jonas, telling him how she’s old enough to be his “biggest fan.”


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