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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Admits Working on 'SNL' Made Her 'Miserable,' Says 'It Was Very Sexist'

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Admits Working on 'SNL' Made Her 'Miserable,' Says 'It Was Very Sexist'

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is looking back on her time on Saturday Night Live.

The 58-year-old Veep star joined Stephen Colbert for a discussion hosted by Montclair Film on Saturday Night (December 7) at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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During the discussion, Julia talked about how “miserable” she was while working on SNL back in the mid 1980s when she joined the cast at only 21-years-old.

“I was unbelievably naive and I didn’t really understand how the dynamics of the place worked,” Julia revealed. “It was very sexist — very sexist. People were doing crazy drugs at the time. I was oblivious. I just thought, ‘Oh, wow! He’s got a lot of energy!’”

Julia then went on to say that her time on the show – before Lorne Michaels took control – was extremely “informative” and helped her develop a system to help her choose future projects.

“It was a pretty brutal time, but it was a very informative time for me,” Julia added. She said she realized then she wouldn’t do “anymore of this crap” unless “it was fun.”

“It is important and so basic, but I just felt like, ‘I don’t have to; I don’t have to do this, I don’t have to walk and crawl through this kind of nasty glass if it’s not ultimately going to be fulfilling,” Julia continued. “And so that’s how I sort of moved forward from that moment and I sort of applied that kind of ‘fun meter’ to every job I’ve had since and it definitely has been very helpful.”

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