THE INSIDER: CASEY WILSON
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Casey Wilson gave you a reason to stay home on Saturday night when she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live last year. Now, with her big-screen writing debut for the film Bride Wars, will she actually get you to laugh at the a pair of bridezillas? NYLON investigates.
This story was published on January 7, 2009.
How did you end up working on Bride Wars?
It’s kind of based off of my friendship with [Bride Wars co-writer] June Raphael, who I’ve been friends with for six or seven years. We first met at NYU at clown class, and then we did a two-woman show at Upright Citizens Brigade. The exec [of Bride Wars] approached us and asked if we wanted to write a movie. She said it’s about female friendships and female leads, which is exactly what we want.
Do you feel like there aren’t enough roles out there for funny women?
I think there are certainly enough comedians—Kate Hudson is a great example, she’s hilarious! She’s adorable and fun and can do what she’s been doing, but [in Bride Wars] you see her tackle a fully comedic role, in the spirit of her mom. She said it’s not that she doesn’t want to do [movies like Bride Wars], it’s just that the roles are not out there. That’s my tiny crusade, to create roles for women.
What’s your response to someone who says that women aren’t funny?
My response is to laugh, because it’s so misguided. Trying to defend it is just silly. SNL is a good example of the opposite—it’s the best. Look at all the women who have come out of SNL over the years. Being inside of it, I think the reason so many women have come out of there is because of the support from other ladies on the show.
When you first joined SNL last year, were you hazed by either the cast members or the audience?
Oh yeah, I definitely felt it from fans. They were like, “Watch your step, lady. You’re not there yet.” They’re used to their regular players. The cast didn’t haze me, but I guess I haven’t met any of them, they don’t actually speak to me [laughs]. No, they’re great. If anything, they’re more open to me.
Who are some of your favorite comedians right now?
I think there’s a bunch of girls from Upright Citizens Brigade who are amazing, like Jessica St. Clair and Ronna and Bev, these two Jewish mothers.
Do you prefer impersonating someone or creating a character?
Impersonating people is really fun, because all of the work is already done for you. I’m not the best mimic in the world, but I’ve been doing it since I was kid. With creating your own character, there’s no right or wrong. I’ll usually base it off someone I met.
Who, then, is your favorite person to impersonate?
I love to do Jennifer Aniston. I just love her voice, and it comes from being such a huge fan of hers. I used to be so obsessed with her and realized I could do her voice. It’s a tribute, I hope she sees it as that…
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS