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This Is Kate McKinnon's Trick To Keeping A Straight Face On "SNL"

"It’s really fun just running around backstage when everyone is getting changed, and it feels like a middle school play all over again."

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Kate McKinnon has made us all fall hard in love with her thanks to her insanely hysterical impressions on SNL, and now she's once again taking her talents to the big screen in the new animated movie Leap!.

To celebrate the upcoming film, Kate stopped by BuzzFeed to answer all of your burning questions while hanging out with some seriously cute rescue puppies, and in typical Kate fashion, it was hilarious/adorable/everything we ever dreamed of. Check out the video below to watch it all go down.

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What’s your favorite behind-the-scenes moment at SNL?

Kate McKinnon: You know, it’s really fun just running around backstage when everyone is getting changed, and it feels like a middle school play all over again — sometimes you see someone naked.

Has anyone ever confronted you about your impersonation of them?

KM: I have only had positive interactions in relation to my impressions of people, which I’m happy because I do them with love and I hope that the people who I do them of really like them.


How is your 'son' Nino [McKinnon's cat] doing?

KM: My son Nino, who I hope is not watching this because he would not like to see me fawning over some [whispers] dogs, he’s doing very well. Even though it is very hot in the summer, and he doesn’t love that.

What advice do you have for someone to go after their dreams like you have?


KM: You’ve gotta believe in yourself, and you just have to work harder at it than you’ve ever worked at anything before in your life. And if you keep doing that and keep believing in yourself, great things do happen. You just have to work super hard, and if you have a passion, that’s the most beautiful thing in life, and you just have to bust out and do it, baby! My passion used to be comedy, but now it is these four puppies exclusively.

Did you ever find your Emmy award?

KM: I think my Emmy award has run away to another continent, because I have not heard from him or her in months.


If you wrote a personal memoir, what would the title be?

KM: Before 10 minutes ago it might’ve been something different, but now it is Swimmin’ In Fur.

How do you keep a straight face on SNL?

KM: The trick is, I guess, fear. You don’t want to ruin it by laughing — but I often do.

What was it like working with Maddie Ziegler in Leap?

KM: Oh my goodness. Maddie Ziegler is the most amazing dancer I’ve ever seen, and I’m so obsessed with her. I was obsessed with her even before she did her first Sia video. And so I was so excited that she was doing this, because I’m so obsessed with her as an artist, and she’s so young and it’s crazy that she’s such an amazing innovator.


What's the backstory behind the salute that you always do?

KM: That’s an interesting question! There is no backstory. I just like to salute, and I guess it became a thing.

What’s the most difficult part about doing an animated film?

KM: I think, you know, sometimes you don’t get to — you’re not in the room with the people you’re acting against. And sometimes you’ve done your parts on different days, so sometimes you don’t get to see who you’re acting against.