Saturday Night Live head writer Seth Meyers is hosting this year's CFDA Fashion Awards, and if he wants to liven things up, he need look no further than to one of his Weekend Updaters. When The Cut caught up with Bill Hader at opening night of the Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman on Thursday, the SNL vet told us he'd love to appear at the CFDAs in the guise of City Correspondent Stefon Zolesky.
"I would like that," he said. "That would be fun. We did something for an autism benefit at the Plaza Hotel, so we've done it outside the show before, and it was a lot of fun. So yeah, I would totally do that [if asked]."
Hader said he was surprised by the current Stefon-mania — and how many people come up to him to claim Stefon-ness. Literally seconds before our chat, he had one such encounter, when a reporter from Us Weekly felt compelled to tell him, "I am myself a Stefon," and proceeded to quiz him about his character's wardrobe. ("The whole reason I liked [wearing an Ed Hardy shirt] was because of the sleeves," Hader told him. "Long sleeves.")
Referring to that exchange, Hader told The Cut, "I get that a lot. It's like that guy who says he is that person. So many people come up to me and say, 'I am Stefon.' One guy who I used to work with at SNL said, 'Did you base that on me?'"
In fact, the guy Hader did base Stefon on may be the only one who hasn't claimed Stefonhood. The inspiration for the character came from a discussion with a barista in Chelsea ("I'm not going to say [where], because I don't want people going in and bugging the guy") who told Hader a story about his mother staying with him. When Hader repeated the story in the barista's voice to SNL writer John Mulaney, a character was born. "John was smart enough to go, 'Hey! We should do that on the show,'" Hader recalled. "John said it was the same kind of person as someone he knew who was starting a club night, and we combined them. And from there, we had enough for a good Update feature."
"The guy at the coffee shop has no idea, to this day," Hader added. "I've gone in there since, and he has no clue. He goes, 'Stefon is so funny!' And I go, 'Thanks!' And I've never told him."
Hader doesn't want to wear out Stefon's welcome, however — which is why he's trying to not to overdo the character on Weekend Update. "Every time I roll out there, I'm basically shocked that people go crazy," he said, laughing. "I'm so like, 'Wow.' I'm in character, but in my head, I'm going, 'Wow, they still like this?' And the minute I go out there, it's like, 'That's it! No more. We better not do this anymore!'"
Now, what would Stefon himself have to say about that?
Most Viewed Stories
Josh Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s Brother-in-Law, Was Reportedly Spotted at the Women’s March
A Scene from the D.C. Women’s March
Calvin Klein Quietly Unveils First Raf Simons Collection
Like Trump, Taylor Swift Cares About Numbers
Why the Election of 9 Black Female Judges in Alabama Matters
Bernie Sanders Wore the Only Appropriate Outfit to Trump’s Inauguration
Museums Across the World Are Collecting Women’s March Signs
Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Marchers Came Face-to-Face at the Women’s March
46 Signs From the Women’s March on Washington
The Lawyer Who Argued Roe v. Wade Sees Frightening Parallels Between Now and When Abortion Was Illegal
From Our Partners
Who What Wear
powered by PubExchange
Latest News from The CutGuess What Mariah Carey Did to Cheer Up Her Backup Dancer?
It took place onstage.Senator Taking Inauguration Selfie Identified Only as ‘Woman’
SFGate neglected to identify the senator, who was taking a photo with her male colleagues.The Musician on a Date at the NYC Women’s March
This week’s sex diary.Trump’s Latest Executive Order Will Affect Women’s Health Worldwide
The president reinstated the Global Gag Rule on abortion on Monday morning.7 Ways to Wear Cropped Pants in the Winter
Denim, satin, any kind of fabric, we’ve got the answer.Maria Grazia Chiuri Made Her Dior Couture Debut Amid an Enchanted Forest Set
Fairy-tale fashion.An Estimated 3.2 Million People Participated in Women’s Marches Across the Country
A by-the-numbers breakdown of women’s marches in every city.Trump Accuser Jessica Drake Was a One-Woman Protest at the Porn Oscars
She flew to the awards after marching in Washington, and walked the red carpet wearing a dress made to look like a burned American flag.More Than 37 Million Women Could Lose Access to Abortion if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned
More than 37 million women will be affected.Why Women Need Folic Acid (Even If They’re Not Pregnant)
Two experts break it down for you.
Taylor Swift responds to record-setting attendance at Women’s Marches across the country.The Worst Thing About Episode 3 of The Young Pope: Oh My God, the Juggling
Is Jude Law more handsome than Jesus?Cervical-Cancer Death Rates Are Higher Than Previously Thought, According to a New Study
New rates show major disparities among black and white women.Report: Men Forced to Do Stuff While Women Attended March
Breaking news from the paper of record.Kristen Stewart Looks Back on Trump’s Tweets About Her Robert Pattinson Split: He Was ‘Really Obsessed With Me’
“I literally cannot even understand it.”Chelsea Clinton Wants Barron Trump to Have the Chance to ‘Be a Kid’
Chelsea tweeted to defend Barron on Sunday … and to trash his father’s policies.A Fashionable Family Vacation in the Lone-Star State
Photographer-model Louise Parker took the latest resortwear to Marfa, Texas.Watch the Christian Dior Livestream
Enjoy!Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of January 23
A new moon rises in Aquarius.The Former Hillary Clinton Campaign Fellow Who Organized in Wyoming
“I feel like I did my small part in Wyoming, and next month I’m going to Taiwan.”