Read of the Day: SNL‘s Vanessa Bayer on Her Audition and Meeting Miley Cyrus
5:30 pm, October 22nd | by Colette McIntyre
Today’s Read of the Day is Rolling Stone‘s interview with the delightful Vanessa Bayer, who has clearly been to her fair share of Bar Mitvahs. In the excerpt below, Bayer talks about the average SNL work week and reveals how she created her Miley Cyrus impression.
Walk me through your average week.
We get in Monday afternoon and we pitch scene ideas to the host. That involves all the cast members and the writers. Then Tuesday afternoon, the cast and the writers come in and pretty much stay in all night writing. Depending on the week, you might write more or less scenes, but we basically stay all night Tuesday writing. Then we come in Wednesday afternoon and read through all the sketches. Later that night we find out what got into the show and start rehearsing. We rehearse and rewrite the scenes that get into the show on Thursday and Friday, and then Saturday we rehearse in the afternoon. We have the dress rehearsal show at 8:00 PM and we have the live show at 11:30 PM.
On Sundays, do you just sleep?
Yeah, I sleep a lot on Sunday. It’s really great. It’s really convenient, and I feel like there’s a lot of good TV on Sunday night, which really makes the day enjoyable
Tell me how you created your Miley Cyrus character.
That started a few years ago – before I got hired. I started watching her on TV and thought she was a fun, lively personality. I thought she would be an interesting person to do an impression of. I was sort’ve starting to think about SNL and if I got the opportunity, what I would do. So I just started watching stuff that she was doing and trying to sort of mimic it. I’d workshop it, but not actually do it out in the world. People would have been like, “Maybe do that in your own time.”
When did you meet her?
It was when she hosted my first year. Her mom were there as well as some of her siblings. I was a little nervous to meet them. I thought that my impression was nice and just meant to be a fun thing, but you’re always nervous before you meet someone that you impersonate. But she and her family couldn’t have been nicer or more enthusiastic about it.
For the full interview, click here.