Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Zach Galifianakis Takes On Brad Pitt In Latest 'Between Two Ferns' Plus Louis C.K. Stops By Watch: Zach Galifianakis Takes On Brad Pitt In Latest 'Between Two Ferns' Plus Louis C.K. Stops By Watch: First Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Brings Mass Destruction Along With Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Watch: First Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Brings Mass Destruction Along With Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Watch: 'Star Wars' Prequels Recut Into 2 Hour 40 Minute 'Turn to the Darkside: Episode 3.1' Watch: 'Star Wars' Prequels Recut Into 2 Hour 40 Minute 'Turn to the Darkside: Episode 3.1' Edward Norton Says He Didn't Return To Play Hulk Because He Wanted More "Diversity" In His Film Roles Edward Norton Says He Didn't Return To Play Hulk Because He Wanted More "Diversity" In His Film Roles Oscar Buzz: Who Could Be Set For Nods In The Supporting Actress Race? Oscar Buzz: Who Could Be Set For Nods In The Supporting Actress Race? Juliette Binoche Says Her Performance In 'Godzilla' Made Quentin Tarantino Cry Juliette Binoche Says Her Performance In 'Godzilla' Made Quentin Tarantino Cry Listen To Chvrches "Get Away" From The Rescored Version Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Plus Check Out The Trailer Listen To Chvrches "Get Away" From The Rescored Version Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Plus Check Out The Trailer The Essentials: The 10 Best Michael Keaton Performances The Essentials: The 10 Best Michael Keaton Performances George Lucas Says Studios "Don't Have Any Imagination And Don't Have Any Talent" George Lucas Says Studios "Don't Have Any Imagination And Don't Have Any Talent" Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 7 ‘Friendless Child’ Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 7 ‘Friendless Child’ Watch: Spoiler-ific Local News Report On 'Batman v. Superman' That Caused WB To Lauch A Lawsuit Watch: Spoiler-ific Local News Report On 'Batman v. Superman' That Caused WB To Lauch A Lawsuit Watch: Baz Luhrmann's Chanel No. 5 Short Film "The One That I Want" Starring Gisele Bündchen Watch: Baz Luhrmann's Chanel No. 5 Short Film "The One That I Want" Starring Gisele Bündchen WTF: Horror Hit 'Annabelle' Yanked From French Theaters Due To Rioting WTF: Horror Hit 'Annabelle' Yanked From French Theaters Due To Rioting Gone Girls And Gone Boys: 11 Films That Dissect Marriage Gone Girls And Gone Boys: 11 Films That Dissect Marriage Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Watch: Extensive 2 1/2 Hour Talk With Bill Hader About His Career, Films And More

The Playlist By Tess Hofmann | The Playlist August 13, 2014 at 4:37PM

It’s fair to say that Bill Hader’s offscreen persona is more of a mystery than most actors’, given that it’s been cloaked by a "Saturday Night Live" character like Stefon or a celebrity impression like James Carville or Al Pacino. Even at James Franco’s Comedy Central Roast, when most comedians insulted Franco to his face, Hader opted to dress up as the Mayor of Hollywood, forgoing the opportunity to get personal.
0
Bill Hader

It’s fair to say that Bill Hader’s offscreen persona is more of a mystery than most actors’, given that it’s been cloaked by a "Saturday Night Live" character like Stefon or a celebrity impression like James Carville or Al Pacino. Even at James Franco’s Comedy Central Roast, when most comedians insulted Franco to his face, Hader opted to dress up as the Mayor of Hollywood, forgoing the opportunity to get personal.

Much of that mystique is stripped away to delightful effect in a new two and a half hour episode of "Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show," in which Hader candidly discusses everything from being a lowly production grunt on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Collateral Damage” to NBC's standards and practices department's consternation regarding Stefon’s love of the word “midget,” to “The Skeleton Twins,” his upcoming drama co-starring Kristen Wiig in which he plays a depressive failed actor (read our review here).

Hader seems like an easygoing guy, with more wide-ranging experience in the entertainment industry than you might think. His path to stardom began when he was rejected from Oklahoma University and decided to enroll in an entertainment program at a community college. He met “Paper Heart” director Nicholas Jasenovec at a film program in Arizona, and the two decided to move to Los Angeles together.


There’s also an anecdote about meeting Michael Bay at the Playboy Mansion, in which Hader narrowly avoids calling him a prick.

“The Skeleton Twins” comes out September 12th.


This article is related to: Bill Hader, Kevin Pollak


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates