Kate McKinnon Reveals Why She Doesn't Talk About Her Personal Life

Kate McKinnon Reveals Why She Doesn't Talk About Her Personal Life

Kate McKinnon strikes a pose in a shot from her spread in GQ‘s comedy issue, which also features Sarah Silverman and Issa Rae.

Here’s what the 34-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On being most comfortable playing a character: “I feel like it’s easier for me to talk to people through the medium of sketch comedy. Ironically, if I’m in a wig, that’s my unadulterated self.”

On perfecting impressions and impersonations: “You can’t be judging someone as you’re embodying them. You have to find the point of connection – something you find delightful. Even if you’re intending to skewer someone, you also have to find something that you truly like about them. If you’re mean, it ain’t fun to watch. And if it ain’t fun to watch, they turn off the TV.”

On why she doesn’t share about her personal life: “I decided in my mid-20s that I didn’t feel comfortable sharing personal details like I had in the previous few years. And I just have run with that ever since….The reason I was a horrible stand-up comedian is that you must speak your utter truth with details – the realer and more gruesome, the better. And I just decided that I hated the feeling of doing that. I so much more loved the feeling of disappearing into a character that was saying what I wanted to say and came from my heart. But was not me.”

For more from Kate, visit GQ.com.

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