The Saturday Night Live cast will soon head back to work without Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and possibly Jason Sudeikis. So is Bill Hader, who recently scored his first Emmy nomination for his seventh season on the show, nervous about the amount of sketches he might need to star in this fall? “No, and I don’t know if it will affect it,” he says. “If history serves, it’s the time when people like Taran [Killam] and Vanessa [Bayer] will start to break out. They’ve been on the show two seasons. I feel like that’s what happened with me, Kristen, Andy, and Jason: The first couple seasons, we did really well, and then in your third and fourth seasons, you’re really doing well. Jay, Bobby, Fred, and Kenan are gonna be there. So I think it will be a good, tight ensemble. I’m not too concerned about it. That said, I did buy a bed this summer and wedge it into our small office space at home and put blackout curtains in there so I can sleep.”
We recently caught up with Hader and talked about his Emmy nomination, him trying to convince South Park‘s Trey Parker and Matt Stone to watch Downtown Abbey, why he’s not on Twitter, and how he would have spoofed NBC’s Olympics coverage. (Spoiler alert for people who haven’t started Breaking Bad and intend to.)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: According to your IMDB page, you’ve been a busy man over the summer.
BILL HADER: I’m doing a lot of stuff, and I’m actually doing two movies that haven’t been announced during the season. It’s gonna be hectic, but I did that with Superbad, Adventureland, and parts of Tropic Thunder.
What are the movies?
I don’t want to say anything because I could get cut out of them because of the SNL season. They could replace me. [Laughs] I’ll go online and be like, “Oh, good job, Chris Pratt. Oh, wait a minute, that was the part I was gonna play.” He’s one of my favorite actors. I think that guy’s so good.
We were rooting for him to get an Emmy nomination.
Yeah. And Nick Offerman, too.
Now that you’ve had time to process your nod, why do you think it happened for your seventh season on the show?
I don’t know… It’s like every season I feel like I get a little bit better. Not better, but like, I suck a little less. [Laughs] I didn’t suck as bad as last season. But I will say season 6 was a season where I got really lucky: Julian Assange and Charlie Sheen, Stefon became a thing that people liked. I did Herb Welch, which some people seemed to like. And so, it just carried over maybe. We had nice little gifts for me, personally, like Rick Perry. You just aren’t expecting that, when people go, “Oh, you’re gonna do Rick Perry.” Or the Clint Eastwood commercial, and it’s like, “Hey, you can do Clint Eastwood.” When you’re here for seven years, the writers know what you’re good at, and also what you do around the office that makes them laugh and they want to showcase that. Like, Colin Jost, one of the writers, loves it when I do Alan Alda, but no one can figure out how to fit Alan Alda into a sketch. So, he will.