Aubrey Plaza reveals she once auditioned for Saturday Night Live

Aubrey Plaza reveals she once auditioned for Saturday Night Live… years before she got to host the show

Years before making her hosting debut on Saturday Night Live – which garnered season-best ratings over the weekendAubrey Plaza once auditioned to be on the show herself.

The 38-year-old comedienne is coming off a huge year in 2022 with critically-acclaimed performances in HBO’s The White Lotus and Netflix‘s Emily the Criminal.

Before she hosted SNL, she revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that she tried out for SNL, but never made it to the final audition with creator Lorne Michaels.

Auditions: Before she hosted SNL, she revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that she tried out for SNL, but never made it to the final audition with creator Lorne Michaels

Auditions: Before she hosted SNL, she revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that she tried out for SNL, but never made it to the final audition with creator Lorne Michaels 

Host: Years before making her hosting debut on Saturday Night Live - which garnered season-best ratings over the weekend - Aubrey Plaza once auditioned to be on the show herself

Host: Years before making her hosting debut on Saturday Night Live – which garnered season-best ratings over the weekend – Aubrey Plaza once auditioned to be on the show herself

‘I didn’t make it to the Lorne audition, the famous final audition, but I did like a preliminary, like first-round showcase at UCB,’ Plaza revealed.

When Fallon asked if she did any characters, Plaza revealed, ‘I remember one character I did was like a Puerto Rican news reporter that was trying to make all the news stories sexy, even if they were like horrific news stories, and I was just trying to sex up the news.’

She added the other character she did during the audition was, ‘a pill-popping housewife who had her own talk show called Celebri-tails, where I would just name celebrities and name what kind of tail they would have.’

Audition: Before she hosted SNL, she revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that she tried out for SNL, but never made it to the final audition with creator Lorne Michaels

Audition: Before she hosted SNL, she revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that she tried out for SNL, but never made it to the final audition with creator Lorne Michaels

Character: She added the other character she did during the audition was, 'a pill-popping housewife who had her own talk show called Celebri-tails, where I would just name celebrities and name what kind of tail they would have'

Character: She added the other character she did during the audition was, ‘a pill-popping housewife who had her own talk show called Celebri-tails, where I would just name celebrities and name what kind of tail they would have’

‘Like I would say, “Lindsay Lohan would have like a bushy squirrel’s tail,’ Plaza added. 

After the audition, she went on to intern in the design department for the four set designers on SNL.

‘They loved me because I did not care about set design at all and they wanted an intern who had no interest in learning what they did because they’re moody bastards,’ Plaza said with a laugh.

Tail: 'Like I would say, "Lindsay Lohan would have like a bushy squirrel's tail,' Plaza added

Tail: ‘Like I would say, “Lindsay Lohan would have like a bushy squirrel’s tail,’ Plaza added

She added that she ‘loved them’ but they were so moody their office was nicknamed, ‘The Moody Room’ on the set.

When asked who was on the cast then, Plaza said she didn’t talk with the cast because she was an intern and just ‘lurking in the shadows.’

‘I studied like a sponge. I was just, like, creepy. I was like a creepy stalker. Like now I’m gonna host it so my master plan worked,’ Plaza added. 

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