Olivia Wilde once wanted to be on ‘SNL’

AUSTIN, Texas — Olivia Wilde once had dreams of being on “Saturday Night Live.”

While appearing on a SXSW panel in support of “Booksmart,” her forthcoming directorial debut, Wilde, 35, revealed that as a child she had dreams of taking the stage at Studio 8H.

“I wanted to be on ‘SNL’ when I was, like, 10. I said it to my mom, I wanna be on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ She didn’t laugh the way that I think a lot of parents [would] … She said, ‘OK, you have to study at Second City. You need to study Nichols and May, you need to study all the great improvisers, you need to learn the craft and then you will audition after years of studying for Lorne Michaels and then you’ll have your chance. And if that’s what you want to do, these are the steps,’” Wilde told an audience inside the Austin Convention Center on Monday.

“I was like, ‘Oh, my. A lot of work.’ But it’s interesting because it all came full circle, being with [her partner] Jason [Sudeikis] as he was on ‘SNL’ and really learning about how incredible that craft is,” she continued. “I think comedians are so brilliant and often so undervalued for the complexity of the work that they do.”

While Wilde has never hosted the sketch comedy show, when asked by panel moderator Jenelle Riley if she’d be up for the gig, she replied, “That would be extraordinary.”

“Booksmart” hits theaters May 24.

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