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Amidst Fat-Shaming & Stereotypes, Aidy Bryant Opens Up On 'SNL', 'Shrill' & Being Comfortable In Her Own Skin

Bryant admits that she does think about the day when she’ll say goodbye to “Saturday Night Live.” “I sometimes see these new people, and I’m like, ‘I want to make room for them,’” Bryant, who has been with “SNL” since 2012, says on Thursday’s episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast “The Big Ticket.

2020-05-28T15:04:00Z

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Saturday Night Live! is certainly what it is in recent times owing to some amazing names and actors in the form of Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Colin Jost, Michael Che among others.

But lately, there have been numerous conversations about how some leading stars are actually planning to call it quits with the variety sketch series and Bryant is no exception.

Bryant admits that she does think about the day when she’ll say goodbye to “Saturday Night Live.” “I sometimes see these new people, and I’m like, ‘I want to make room for them,’” Bryant, who has been with “SNL” since 2012, says on Thursday’s episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast “The Big Ticket.” “But I’m still having so much fun there, and I still feel challenged there, and it’s my home. It’s truly where I started. When I got hired, I had never been on camera in any form.”

While she’s racked up a slew of television and film credits since then, Bryant became a leading actor for the first time in Hulu’s “Shrill” as Annie, an aspiring writer at an alternative newspaper in Seattle who’s juggling work, romance, friends and her parents. The series, based on Lindy West’s memoir “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman,” has been picked up for a third season.

Bryant says she always had hopes that she would play a woman who accepts her body the way it is, but she wasn’t sure it would happen. “Even when I was auditioning for ‘SNL’ I was like, ‘I wonder if they won’t hire me because I’m fat or because that’s sort of not the typical body you see on camera or there are less people for me to do impressions of, or that kind of thing,’” she says. “So then to kind of be in the position to also take on [‘Shrill’] and really spearhead it? Total dream come true.”

Probably more than I’m comfortable with. [Laughs] Just the other day someone asked me about kind of a nasty sex scene we did, and they were like, “That’s based on you?” And I was like, “No, that’s not me!” But you know, there are definitely shreds of my own story in there.

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