Rolling Stone posted today what it calls a “ruthlessly exhaustive ranking of every ‘SNL’ player ever” over the forty year history of the show. It lists Sarah as number 101 out of 147, and says this about her:
Yeah, no surprise SNL had no clue what to do with her — she barely appeared in her entire season. For years afterward, she went abysmally wasted in Hollywood until finally she got famous by writing her own show, Jesus Is Magic, flaunting her distinctive “I was raped by a doctor, which is a bittersweet experience for a Jewish girl” humor. Best SNL rebound of all time!
The Hollywood Reporter posted clips from its interviews with the many alumni of the Saturday Night Live writers’ room who gathered recently as SNL prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary. These are just the Sarah clips. To view the full video (all the writers’ clips) go here. (Sarah is with Carol Leifer.)
This is five minutes about I Smile Back with Sarah, screenwriters Paige Dylan and Amy Koppelman (author), and director Adam Salky. The interview is in the Variety Studio at Sundance Film Festival 2015.
♦Sarah on what she thought when she read the book ♦Amy Koppelman telling how it occurred to her to seek Sarah for the role ♦Co-screenwriter Paige Dylan on trying to be true to the book ♦Adam Salky on challenges of the shoot ♦Sarah speculating about if people will like the movie (transcripted below) ♦How playing the dark role of Laney affected Sarah (She talks about how the role led her to “lose her shit” and become “cunty” once a day during the twenty day shoot.)
One excerpt: I’m curious to see what people think and what they take away from it because she may be a sympathetic character to some people. She kind of lives in anxiety and fear and ‘what if,’ and quells that by self medicating. I think a lot of times when people live in fear, they don’t have room for anyone else, even– especially the people closest to them: their children, their husband. And so people may find her very sympathetic, and other people may find her not at all sympathetic. You know, everyone’s got their own shit that they have to work through, so I can see it being not a sympathetic character, but that’s what’s interesting to me. There’s a self centeredness to self loathing and needing to self punish and all that stuff. It’s self.
This is what Rolling Stone photographer Keith Carlsen had to say about snappingSarah at Sundance at the end of January:
“At her first #Sundance Film Festival, comedian-actress #SarahSilverman plays the role of smart suburban housewife who is also a manic-depressive drug addict in ‘I Smile Back.’ ‘There is no evidence of me the comedian in this movie,’ she said in her @RollingStone interview just before this photo was shot. And there was also no joking when she said she didn’t want to go outside onto the freezing Park City deck to have her portrait shot. But as I started pushing my lighting setup into the interview room, she conceded. A total pro, she hit me with five different looks in row and was out. I think this half-smile sums up her persona in her recent serious role just right.”