Bill Hader feels ‘lucky’ to do ‘To Do List’
BY CINDY PEARLMAN July 23, 2013 11:40PM
Saturday Night Live - Season 38
Updated: August 27, 2013 6:05AM
First things first: Bill Hader says that Stefon lives!
Might there be a movie about the anxious “Weekend Update” nightlife correspondent? “Yeah, we talked about it, but we didn’t feel there was a real movie there. It barely worked as a sketch,” Hader says. “But I’d love to bring Stefon back to the show. I hope I can always come back.”
After leaving “Saturday Night Live” in May, he’s up for an Emmy for his work on the late-night show and says, “It’s insanely flattering.”
The Oklahoma native is focused on the big screen as the voice of Guy Gagne in “Turbo.” He also stars in “The To Do List,” written and directed by his wife Maggie Carey and starring Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”). The film centers on a high school grad’s quest to lose her virginity before going off to college.
Q. What was it like to have your wife cast you in “The To Do List”?
A. I felt very lucky. Maggie’s writing is amazing. I read her script and really wanted to do it. She was right there saying, “OK, there is only one right way to play this.” She is very specific and I love that about her.
Q. In the film, you play a guy who runs the community pool and can’t swim. Are you water challenged?
A. I can swim, but I can’t swim laps. I don’t know how to breathe right. For this movie, they took me to a pool to teach me and I still can’t do it.
Q. Was it a tough decision to leave “SNL”?
A. It just felt right. It was time to leave. The only thing is I thought I wouldn’t get emotional. But during the Stefon wedding sketch, I got choked up. I was there for 8 years. It’s funny, but those of us who have recently left call each other now. We’ll be like, “You OK? How are you feeling?”
Q. There are rumors you’re signed, along with David
Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, to a big-budget “Baywatch” movie? Wait, you can’t swim.
Q. You’re a big Cubs fan. How are you feeling about the current season?
A. To be honest, my head hasn’t really been into sports. We just moved to L.A. from New York and my wife got me tickets to the NBA season, but I still love the Cubs. Go Cubs! Did you write that down? Believe this if you read it on the Internet: Go Cubs.
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