Fresh off a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination for her role in West Side Story, there is one gig that Ariana DeBose can't stop gushing about: hosting Saturday Night Live back in January.
"Nothing but my Broadway experiences could have prepared me for Saturday Night Live. It's the only thing that prepares you because you are moving in real time. You're making decisions and changes in real time," she toldEntertainment Weekly's The Awardist podcast.
"We started with 40 scripts on a Wednesday, narrowed it down, went into pre-records, rehearsed every sketch. Cut some sketches as we're going. You're working with the writers. People are coming at you all the time. You're just constantly pivoting. And then even during the live show, you're pivoting more. It never stops. And I was like, I must be an adrenaline junkie because I love live performance," the out actor explained.
As always, some of the sketches didn't quite make it to air, and DeBose shared there were a couple that she would have loved to have seen included in her episode, including a movie sketch with Bowen Yang and a Judge Steve Harvey skit with Kenan Thompson.
"But that one, that will end up on television, I know. Just with a different host -- and no hard feelings, you guys," DeBose shared.
The standout moment for the Broadway star of the whole SNL experience was her opening monologue alongside Kate McKinnon.
"She is a legend in her own time, in my opinion, and I've loved her work for such a long time," gushes DeBose. "I was kind of surprised that they were like, 'Oh, let's have Kate do something with Ari.' I was like, 'What?' I don't even know how to finish that sentence.' She's so just very creative. It was really cool to watch her in the process. And we actually laughed. I think I might have made her giggle every once in a while. And I was like, if you can make a comedian of that epic proportion giggle, then you're OK. You're doing all right in the world. Clearly, I enjoyed it, because I won't shut up about it."
Watch their opening monologue below.