Casey Wilson: Life after 'SNL'
Her stint on Saturday Night Live was short, but Casey Wilson’s career won’t be, considering her genius work as Penny on ABC’s Happy Endings. We asked Wilson, 30, to walk us through her post-SNL highlights.
LANDING HAPPY ENDINGS
On the Friends-esque comedy, Wilson plays Penny, an uberhopeful thirtysomething gal looking for love. ”I love the idea of someone getting knocked down repeatedly, but they still believe in love,” Wilson says. ”A lot of girls see themselves in Penny — and gay guys, too. She’s half woman, half gay man, basically.”
EMBRACING LOS ANGELES
”I’m getting into all sorts of L.A. things,” says Wilson, who spent much of her life on the East Coast. ”I go to bikram yoga, I went to an astrologer recently…I’m accepting L.A. for who she is. She’s a dark temptress.”
The comedian performed with the Upright Citizens Brigade for years, but her proudest moment with the comedy troupe recently has been creating The Realest Real Housewives, a once-a-month show that reenacts 30 memorable scenes from Bravo’s ridiculous reality franchise. ”We perform them like serious stage readings,” Wilson says. ”Allison Dubois, the psychic from Beverly Hills, guested in it. I played her, and she played Kyle Richards. Dreams do come true!”
WRITING MOVIES ABOUT (AND FOR) WOMEN
After co-scripting the 2009 Kate Hudson — Anne Hathaway comedy Bride Wars, Wilson co-penned (and will star in) Ass Backwards, a big-screen indie/labor of love currently in the works. Think Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion: ”It’s basically about two overly codependent best friends who are 30 years old and still share a water bed.”