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'SNL' Cast Reveal Secrets Behind Their Trump Characters!

THR‘s latest cover features SNL‘s biggest Donald Trump character spoofs including Alec Baldwin as the president, Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer, Beck Bennett as Vladimir Putin, Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway and Jeff Sessions, and Cecily Strong as Melania Trump.

Here’s what the comedians had to share with the mag:

Alec, on playing Trump: “I’m not going to name names, but a cabinet member walked up to me at a restaurant in Manhattan — Manhattan, that’s a hint — and he goes, ‘I gotta tell you something. This thing you’re doing is good, it’s really good,’ ” says the 59-year-old actor. “He goes, ‘I’ll get fired if anybody quoted me saying this, but that’s exactly what he’s like when you do it.’”

Melissa, on transforming into Sean Spicer: “I don’t do impressions. I don’t have the ear for it. But when I read the script, I was like, ‘Oh, God, that is juicy, but I don’t understand how we’re going to physically make it work.’ To which the amazing special effects person at SNL was like, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s not that big of a deal. That’s gonna take me, like, 15 minutes.’ I was like, ‘Hey!’”

Beck, on why his Putin is shirtless: “When I did the cold open with John Goodman [as Rex Tillerson] and Alec [in December], Lorne wanted to make sure that my Putin impression was entertaining throughout the scene as opposed to just one silly beat, which is what it had been before. He said, ‘Let him be that sort of Bond villain — he enjoys his power, he’s having fun with everybody. People want to laugh with him, so let’s see the silly side of Putin.’ Then when we were rehearsing it, he came by and said (in Michaels’ voice), ‘And with the shirt off.’”

For more from the cast, visit HollywoodReporter.com.

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Harry Styles Channels Mick Jagger in SNL's 'Celebrity Family Feud' - Watch Now! (Video)

Harry Styles did the most hilarious Mick Jagger impression on tonight’s episode of Saturday Night Live!

The 23-year-old singer channeled the Rolling Stones frontman in the “Celebrity Family Feud” sketch.

The skit portrayed stars from the 1970s who time traveled to compete against current celebs.

Mick (Harry), Liza Minnelli (Cecily Strong), Diana Ross (Sasheer Zamata), and a younger John Travolta (host Jimmy Fallon) took on Kristen Stewart (Kate McKinnon), Gwen Stefani (Melissa Villasenor), David Blaine (Pete Davidson), and a present-day John (Jimmy).

At one point, Harry poked fun at himself, stating that he didn’t understand why anyone would go solo when they were in a successful band.

Watch Harry perform “Sign of the Times” and his new single “Ever Since New York” during the show, and check out the “Family Feud” sketch below!


Celebrity Family Feud: Time Travel Edition – SNL

VIDEO: Cecily Strong & Sasheer Zamata Sing a Goodbye to Obama on 'SNL'

The first episode of Saturday Night Live to take place during Donald Trump‘s presidency featured a farewell to President Obama at the end of the night.

Cecily Strong and Sasheer Zamata sang an emotional version of the classic song “To Sir With Love” while a black and white photo of Obama was projected on a screen behind them.

Cecily hosted the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2015 and she took to her Instagram account the other day to remember the moment.

“One of the best moments of my life. Getting to sort of start to begin to try and thank this hero. As messy and awful and stupid and ugly and violent and deadly and embarrassing and idiotic as things can sometimes feel- I’m still so proud to be part of a country that produces families and people like the Obamas. Thank you for making this a better country and making me a better person,” Cecily said.

VIDEO: Donald Trump Gets Surprise Christmas Visit From Vladimir Putin in 'Saturday Night Live' Cold Open

Saturday Night Live kicked off its final episode of 2016 with another topical Donald Trump cold open.

Played by Alec Baldwin with Kate McKinnon as his senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, the sketch begins by making fun of the President-elect’s recent spelling mistakes.

After revealing he chose former governor of Texas, Ricky Perry, to be Secretary of Energy, he said, “This guy has so much energy. It’s just ‘unpresidented.’”

Then Vladimir Putin (played by Beck Bennett) came down the chimney shirtless with a gift – an “Elf on the Shelf.”

Vladimir, I’m sorry, but I didn’t know you were coming, so I do not have a gift for you,” Baldwin as Trump said.

The Russian leader said back, “Please, Mr. Trump, you are the gift.”

Watch the Trump Christmas cold open below!


Donald Trump SNL Christmas Cold Open

VIDEO: 'SNL' Offers Thanksgiving Advice - Hide in Target!

Host Kristen Wiig didn’t bring back her famous “Target Lady” in tonight’s episode of Saturday Night Live, but the show did return to Target!

In a hilarious sketch, SNL cast member Cecily Strong demonstrated a few different ways you can keep yourself entertained at the store to avoid any Turkey Day craziness!

The ad suggests using the giant empty parking lot as a place to meditate, or sitting down in the bra section and adding random numbers on your phone’s calculator.

“You can go to our toy department and just lay down back there,” the ad also offers.

Watch a clip below!

Tom Brady & Gisele Bundchen Have Date Night At 'Years Of Living Dangerously' Premiere!

Tom Brady plants a sweet kiss on his wife Gisele Bundchen while attending National Geographic’s new season world premiere of Years Of Living Dangerously held at the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday evening (September 21) in New York City.

The 39-year-old football player and Gisele, 36, were joined at the event by America Ferrera and her husband Ryan Piers Williams, Joshua Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, SNL‘s Cecily Strong, Bethenny Frankel, Aasif Mandvi and Shannon Elizabeth.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Gisele Bundchen

“@YearsofLiving premiere here we come!! Mark your calendars!,” Gisele captioned with her Instagram post. “Season 2 of Years of Living Dangerously will premiere on @natgeochannel on Sunday Oct 30.#YEARSproject #documentary #climatechange #datenight”


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Molly Shannon Premieres 'Other People' in West Hollywood

Molly Shannon is lovely in lace while arriving at the premiere of her new movie Other People held at The London West Hollywood on Wednesday evening (August 31) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The 51-year-old actress was joined by her co-stars Bradley Whitford, Kerri Kenney, Zach Woods, June Squibb, and D’Arcy Carden, as well as writer/director Chris Kelly.

Also in attendance were Adam Scott, Cecily Strong, and Billy Eichner.

In case you didn’t know, Chris is a head writer on Saturday Night Live too.

15+ pictures inside of Molly Shannon, Zach Woods, and more at the Other People premiere…More Here! »

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