American actress-comedian Aubrey Plaza will be making her first guest-hosting debut on NBC’s Saturday Night Live S48, which will air on January 21 as the first episode of 2023 and the season’s 10th episode. She is best known for her portrayal as April Ludgate on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation from 2009–2015 and as Harper for the comedy-drama The White Lotus since 2021.
A few days ago, the comedian appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC, where she spoke about her journey from auditioning for Saturday Night Live to making her debut as a host of the show. According to her recent interviews, she also struggled financially in the early stages of her career and had difficulties getting good jobs. Despite that, she is thrilled and nervous at the same time about her dream break on Saturday Night Live.
Aubrey Plaza Reveals How She Failed In Saturday Night Live Auditions
As part of her first guest-hosting debut on Saturday Night Live, actress-comedian Aubrey Plaza will accompany singer-guest Sam Smith on January 21. Even though Plaza is hosting the show for the first time, she has already had several memorable experiences on the show in the past that she will never forget. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the actress recently discussed her time on SNL and how she even failed to make it through the audition process.
“I didn’t make it to the Lorne [Michaels] audition, the famous final audition, but I did a preliminary first-round showcase.”
“I remember one character I did was like a Puerto Rican news reporter that was always trying to make all of the news stories sexy, even if they were horrific news stories. I was just trying to, like, s*x up the news or something.”
Plaza added and told about the second character she played in auditions,
“A pill-popping housewife that had a show called ‘Celebri-Tails,’ where I would just name celebrities and name what kind of tail they would have if they had a tail. Like I would say, ‘Lindsay Lohan would have a bushy squirrel’s tail.’ Or, like, ‘Bill Clinton would have a polar bear’s nub.’”
Unfortunately, the two bizarre characters she tried out for the SNL audition process were not good enough to make it to the Lorne Michael round.
Debuting As A Host Is Exciting And Nerve-Wracking For Aubrey Plaza
It is safe to say that Aubrey Plaza has appeared in many other critically acclaimed roles and performed jaw-dropping performances in the past, and her unique style of acting makes her stand out from the crowd. Still, she is in a great deal of nervousness and excitement about hosting SNL for the first time because this is something she is looking forward to since she has been a comedian for so long.
During her appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, when the show host Jimmy Fallon asked her,
“Saturday Night Live. You’re hosting it this weekend with Sam Smith. Unbelievable. This is a giant deal. Are you excited?
“I’m scared. Hold me.”
Then Fallon said,
“No, you’re not scared. You used to intern there…”
“I did. I was an intern in the design department for the four set designers, who I know you’re aware of.”
“They loved me because I did not care about set design at all, and they wanted an intern that had no interest in learning what they did.”
“I was, like, kind of stalking, lurking in the shadows. I was just, like, creepy. Like, I was a creepy stalker. Like, now I’m gonna host it, so my master plan worked.”
After her stint as an intern in the design department on the show from 2004 to 2005, Plaza landed her role as a host of the show owing to her creative and challenging work skills. The upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live will showcase her powerful and hilarious performance, so be sure to tune in to see it.