Actors on Actors: Bill Hader and Jason Bateman Talk Auditions and More

One of the best interview series around this last year has to be Variety's Actors on Actors series presented by Shutterstock. I mean, seriously — Kate Winslet interviewing Gary OldmanMichael B. Jordan and Issa Ray  chatting, and Allison Brie talking with Jessica Biel, just to name a few.

Bill Hader attends Premiere Of HBO "Barry" at the Neuehouse, Hollywood, CA on March 21, 2018
Bill Hader attends Premiere Of HBO "Barry" at the Neuehouse, Hollywood, CA on March 21, 2018
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The most recent installment has Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader chewing the fat with Arrested Development's Jason Bateman about everything and anything, including Hader's big SNL audition.

When it was Hader's turn to audition for the gathered judges, he introduced himself and the character he created: Vinny Vedecci. "I just immediately started doing the: 'Well, sit down. Don't get offended.' And Tina Fey, who I could see, went: 'Ha!' And I went: 'Oh, God. Okay, good.' And I relaxed," Hader says.

He also admits that he too couldn't help but laugh uncontrollably during Kate McKinnon's audition.

"But Kate McKinnon, she did Temple Grandin at the Emmy's trying to get a word in as they were doing the acceptance speech. She was like: 'The story was based on my — I'm sorry. Okay. It was based on my life, if I — oops, sorry.' And it was one of the funniest things I had ever seen."

You can see the full interview here.

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Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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