The Advice Paul McCartney Gave Bill Hader Backstage at ‘SNL’ for His Anxiety

by Jeremy Spirogis
Paul McCartney on Saturday Night Live

Bill Hader, the well-known Saturday Night Live alum, skilled horrible bouts of tension as a solid member on the present. One evening backstage at SNL, Hader’s nerves had been so noticeable that musical visitor Paul McCartney jumped in to offer him some recommendation.

Paul McCartney on Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live musical visitor Paul McCartney | Dana Edelson/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal by way of Getty Images

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Bill Hader says he had intense nerves as a solid member of ‘Saturday Night Live’

Hader recalled his time acting on Saturday Night Live in an interview on Off Camera, a podcast “hosted by director/photographer Sam Jones.” The venture is the result of “his conversations with a myriad of artists, actors, musicians, directors, skateboarders, photographers, and writers that pique his interest.”

“I’m a really anxious person,” the SNL alum shared on the podcast. Hader admitted he can be a “wreck” earlier than internet hosting Saturday Night Live.

“I get like, flu symptoms,” Hader stated about his pre-show nerves. “I just start to feel really dizzy, and … my arms get really heavy.”

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The podcast host marveled at the truth that Hader carried out for eight years on SNL” whereas coping with that.

“How did you survive?” Jones questioned.

“The first four years at SNL I used to be like, ‘I’m going to get fired at any second,’” Hader admitted.

Before performing his songs on ‘SNL’, Paul McCartney gave Hader some recommendation

Hader additionally remembers being backstage one evening at Saturday Night Live particularly. He was an anxious wreck earlier than occurring one evening. The actor’s head was “spinning,” and he requested for some espresso.

Hader apologized for making “biggest name drop in the world” to inform this story on the podcast — however it appears value it.

“Paul McCartney’s next to me,” Hader remembered. In a fairly spot-on McCartney impression, Hader reenacted the story to Jones.

“You know, you’re nervous,” the Beatles alum instructed Hader within the SNL hallway. McCartney suggested him to drink one thing else.

“You drink coffee, it’s just going to make it worse,” McCartney instructed Hader that evening. “You should drink some water. Or maybe a little tea, maybe?”

“I used to be like, ‘OK, Paul McCartney,’” Hader stated, reliving the surreality of the expertise.

Bill Hader on Saturday Night LiveBill Hader on Saturday Night Live
Bill Hader throughout his opening monologue on the Saturday Night Live episode he hosted in 2018 | Will Heath/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal by way of Getty Images

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How Bill Hader survived on ‘Saturday Night Live’ enjoying Stefon and different characters

Hader remembers that taping “Weekend Update” every week as an SNL solid member was significantly terrifying.

As Hader instructed Jones on Off Camera: a stage supervisor on Saturday Night Live can be “consoling” Hader — who was dressed as Stefon, or James Carmichael, or whoever — earlier than the actor made an look on the “Weekend Update” section, telling him it might be OK.

Eventually, the SNL participant discovered meditation and different strategies to quiet his nervousness. But clearly, Hader by no means forgot the backstage recommendation from McCartney, both.

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