Casey Wilson is an accomplished actress and current cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live. She's also appeared on the big screen in the film Bride Wars, the screenplay for which she also co-wrote, and will have a part in the new Meryl Streep film Julie & Julia due out later this year.
Q: How did you get your start in comedy?
CW: I'm still waiting. I kid. When I was little we found some old velvet curtains in our attic and my dad built a wooden stage in our backyard with wings and a backstage area with of course the curtains on pulleys. And I directed, wrote, produced and starred in neighborhood plays. They were supposed to be serious - one was called "Acts in a Big Show" and another, wait for it, "Cats 2," but they ended up being comical. The neighborhood kids were so over me bossing them around. I even fired one girl (and took her part, natch) and, to add insult to injury, I demoted her to a telephone. So she had to squat on stage and I picked up her arm and held it to my head as the receiver. Very post modern stuff.
Q: Part of the allure of Saturday Night Live is that things can go awry, since, of course, it is a live show. Does working on a live show create added pressure for you, or do you enjoy the excitement that comes with the unexpected?
CW: It's exciting! The energy is so crazy and fun. You don't even need coffee because when the stage manager, Jenna, starts counting down the place is vibrating. I try and just pretend I am doing a show with friends for an audience of 150 - basically the people in 8H rather than for the viewing audience.
Q: What would fans be surprised to learn about the inner workings of SNL?
CW: That I'm on the show? I kid, AGAIN! Hmm, that we don't even get sodas or water because of cutbacks? I pray I'm not next!
I didn't know before I came how much the cast members collaborate with the writers on sketches.
Q: It seems that everyone knows someone that is writing a screenplay, but few people ever get the opportunity to see their screenplay make it to the big screen. In your mind, where does co-writing the screenplay to the film Bride Wars rank in your list of accomplishments?
CW: Definitely pretty high. We worked on and off on it for 3 years. That's how long it took from when we were hired through to seeing it at the premiere. Hearing the 20th Century Fox drum start up before the movie started was really neat. Our friends and family flew in and everyone cheered. I cried and so did my dad.
Q: You have a long list of comedic achievements, but are listed to have a part in a couple of non-comedic films (Julie & Julia and Five Killers). Is it difficult to play a more serious role, or do you enjoy playing a part that's different than what your fans may be accustomed to?
CW: Well I would have to be honest and say my roles in all of these films are comedic. I majored in serious method acting at NYU - at The Stella Adler Studio part of Tisch - so we did a lot of Sam Shepard. A lot of Chekhov. Even an abstractamundo sight specific Lower East Side all female version of Medea, where we all wore orange prison jumpsuits and performed inside a basketball court and made the audience watch us through the chain link fence. GET IT?! But I loved all that jazz way too much.
Q: You've had the pleasure of working with many great comedians throughout your career, but who would you consider to be the funniest "non-comedian" that you've encountered?
CW: Non comedian? Hmm, haven't worked with a ton of non comedians but Justin Timberlake is hosting this week and he is a trip. Truly he has been making me laugh. I thought I would be immune to the siren call of J.T - but I'm only human, guys.
Q: Who is your favorite celebrity to impersonate, and have you ever heard from any of the people that you've impersonated on SNL?
CW: Probably Jennifer Aniston, and no. I have such a girl crush on her though!
Q: What's the greatest practical joke you've ever pulled on someone?
CW: In college my girlfriend had way too many vodka sodas one night and she was hurting. Bad. And a bunch of our girlfriends were all hanging out the next night at home in jammy jams and my friend Marissa had been in bed with a hangover all day and just crawled out to chit chat and she was just managing to keep a couple saltines down and something came over me. Something evil. She was like, (sad, sick voice) "Case, can you fill up my water bottle?" And I filled it with vodka. And she drank a huge gulp and, this story makes me sound so mean (I feel really bad), she threw up all over. I'm sorry Marissa! That was the worst. No one even laughed.
Q: What activities do you enjoy doing when you need to "get away from it all"?
CW: Margaroos with my friends! Real Housewives! Going to musicals (lame, I know). Going to musicals with the Real Housewives and having a marg with them after.
Q: Through the wonders of YouTube, we discovered that you are desperately in need of a piece of art to go above your couch. Have you considered a painting of the greatest of all marsupials (and our website's mascot), the wombat?
CW: Haha. I hadn't. And I'm still not.