The 'La La Land' actress also tells EW about her emotional reaction to Kate McKinnon's recent 'Hallelujah' cold open
Emma Stone is no stranger to the set of Saturday Night Live. The star of La La Land (in theaters Dec. 9) hosted the show in 2010 and 2011, and has made pop-up appearances a few other times, including when Andrew Garfield hosted in 2014.
But that doesn’t make Stone any less nervous about what’s in store for her — especially right now. “The timing is crazy,” the 26-year-old tells EW about hosting in the wake of last month’s presidential election. “But I’m just gonna go along for the ride. When I talk to people who are hosting SNL for the first time, they’re always like, ‘I have so many ideas!’ And I tell them, ‘That’s cool that you have so many ideas, but unless you’re a hardcore stand-up comedian, they’ve got it covered.'”
In her previous stints, Stone has shown an obvious facility for comedy and also impersonations. Her tribute to Gilda Radner’s immortal Roseanne Roseannadanna was funny and touching during last year’s 40th anniversary special.
There’s no saying what might be in store for Stone this time around. Surely we should expect some singing and dancing — playing off of her sure-to-be Oscar-nominated role in La La Land — or jokes at the expense of her frequent and current onscreen romantic partner, Ryan Gosling. She also certainly has the chops to take on either the First Lady-elect Melania Trump, or Melania’s step-daughter Ivanka.
And though you should expect to laugh, Stone tells EW that she was moved to tears by SNL‘s post-election cold opening featuring Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
“Oh my God,” she says. “It was so beautoful, it made me cry. It was just gorgeous to watch and such an incredible, emotional performance by Kate McKinnon. It was her emotions that made me cry even more.”
Check out SNL‘s clever promos for Stone’s hosting gig (with musical guest Shawn Mendes) below. Saturday Night Live airs at 11:30 p.m. on NBC.