Have you had such an experience before?
It’s pretty weird…. Mike says, “I feel like I threw a party that I couldn’t go to,” because I had to work all the time. So he was on his balcony like, “It looks like they’re having fun.” We would all go out. Jennifer Coolidge would say, “Toast, toast!” We would give the toasts. And I mean Connie Britton! Eat, drink margaritas. It was really the best.
Did you have a favorite order?
The cheeseburger. I would ask for it every night. It was very good. And then they make the best margaritas at the Four Seasons. He makes them only with agave, and that’s the secret. Just agave. Isn’t that a good trick? And lime and everything, but it’s just agave, none of the other sweeteners. Isn’t that interesting?
You’re making me wish I was in Maui right now.
[Laughs] It is simply the best. This is hilarious: Jessi Klein, she’s the showrunner on this show that just got cast for Showtime. [that] I’m doing it with Vanessa Bayer, and she told me a really funny story…. She befriended this guy who worked at one of these luxury hotels on a tropical island and asked, “What’s the most extravagant thing a guest has ever asked for?” And he said there was a guest, I think it was a couple, who was complaining that the moon was too bright and Could the staff do something about it?.
This is real. “The moon is too bright.” It’s not funny?
You have the opportunity to appear in The white lotus halfway through, and his reveal is so big and amazing. Did you want to have fun with him?
Yes. I was definitely like, “Mike, can I wear the sunglasses?” And he’s like “Yes, wear the sunglasses. “I always want to wear the best outfits in the big scenes … so I loved the pink. And I was drowning in real diamonds that were loaned to me at the Four Seasons jewelry store. I mean, I’m talking about $ 100,000 rings and $ 200,000 earrings. It really puts you in character: the purse, the way she walks. And I really like to turn the corner and wow, even if the camera doesn’t need me to do that.
The nightmare mother-in-law has been done many, many times, but Kitty feels particularly alive. How did you approach her?
I never want to make fun of them. I always try to think about their point of view. She just wants her son to be happy, so she needs to go find her daughter-in-law so she can smell the coffee. Mike White gave me a big grade, because when I was doing it for the first time, he was like, “Mol …” —I was playing a slightly affected character and he said, “You don’t have to act rich. You’re just rich. You have never known a different life ”…. And my character has a lot to say, so I wanted to feel very comfortable with the long speeches and really know it inside and out. So you can really have fun with the character. But they were long monologues.
Mike has been fundamental in your publicationSNL career. Am I right that he actually went batting for you when you two did? Year of the dogWhat was a great movie for you?
Well Mike and I had done [the 2004 Fox sitcom] Laughing out loud together. It wasn’t the best experience for him, and Mike and I bonded during that. I don’t know how many episodes aired, maybe just two or more. Mike said, “I’m going to write you a movie,” because we really got really close after that. I was like, “Are you?” And I never wanted to push him, but one day he said, “I have a script for you. Here you have. ” Year of the dog.