Julia Louis-Dreyfus: ‘SNL’ Was “Very Sexist” During My Years On Show
Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals in a new interview that “Saturday Night Live” was a “very sexist environment” during her time as a cast member in the early ’80s. The actress, who will be hosting the sketch comedy show this Saturday, further explains why she only looks back at her “SNL” years “fondly-ish.”
Louis-Dreyfus appeared on the show from 1982-1985, along with male cast members like Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal and Martin Short. The actress tells The New York Times that the men were given preferable treatment during that year, and acknowledges, “I did not come out of ‘SNL’ as any kind of name. I didn’t do anything particularly great when I was there.” The actress further offers, “It was a very sexist environment,” but she also clarifies, “Since I’ve gone back, I can tell you it’s much more of an equal-opportunity environment.”
Louis-Dreyfus goes on to say that when she left the show after three years, she “made this conscious decision that I would not take any jobs that didn’t seem as if they would be really fun.” The “Seinfeld” star also describes the iconic series as “its own university,” adding, “Once you’ve been there, there is a kinship with everyone who’s been there and everyone who is there.”
The “Veep” star also notes that she’s particularly friendly with fellow “SNL” alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, whom she met during her first time returning to host in 2006. “We’ve been in touch since then,” the actress says. “I like those guys. I feel a connection to them.” Louis-Dreyfus hosts the show this weekend with musical guest Nick Jonas, and Gossip Cop will have coverage.