Kate McKinnon had a killer year playing Hillary Clinton on Saturday Night Live, so she deserved to celebrate after the season wrapped last month. We just didn’t think Kate McKinnon would destroy SNL property as a way to say farewell! But that’s exactly what she did.
She told Jimmy Fallon last night that, in a moment of exuberance, she took a hammer and used it to make holes in a wall at the NBC building. Not just out of nowhere, of course. NBC was doing some construction, so there were tools nearby — and she was really just helping them demolish the walls. Except that she hammered through the wrong walls. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t feel good anyway. “Wow, did I feel young and alive,” she joked. We bet.
She also played a game of “True Confessions” with Fallon and John Cena during her appearance on the show, offering this delightful morsel: “I once snuck into a zoo after hours.” Because of course she did.
It was hard to tell whether or not she was lying of course, because McKinnon has a great poker face. That’s actually one of the things SNL co-star Alec Baldwin liked about her when he first met her. “Truly, Kate is someone who, there is no limit to what she can do, and I really have fallen madly in love with Kate when I’ve worked with her,” Baldwin told Vanity Fair.
Kate McKinnon will always be one of our favorite SNL cast members.
McKinnon is great on SNL, but she’s also been working on other projects. This summer, she’s in Rough Night with Scarlett Johansson, Ilana Glazer, and Zoe Kravitz — all equally talented and hilarious women. It’s also the first big studio-made, R-rated comedy directed by a woman, Lucia Aniello, in 20 years. That’s a lot of girl power!
But that’s just what McKinnon brings to the table. Whether it was playing Clinton, or starring in hilarious bits, like the Susan B. Anthony sketch on this season of SNL, or her rendition of “This Is Not A Feminist Song,” McKinnon is always driving the point home that feminism can be complicated. Which is why sometimes it just feels good to smash some walls. With permission, of course.