Julia Louis-Dreyfus: ‘SNL’ Was Once a ‘Very Sexist Environment’

It’s better now, though, thank goodness.

Though it’s not all that surprising, when Julia Louis-Dreyfus was a Saturday Night Live cast member in the early ’80s, she didn’t receive the same kind of support her fellow male co-stars did.

In an interview with The New York Times, the Veep star recalled her time on the show from 1982-85. “I did not come out of SNL as any kind of name. I didn’t do anything particularly great when I was there. I didn’t. It’s fine. But I learned a tremendous amount. It was a very sexist environment.” Clearly, that did nothing to stop her from having one of the most successful TV careers of all time.

Now, Louis-Dreyfus, who is hosting the show this Saturday, said things have greatly improved for the women cast members. “Since I’ve gone back, I can tell you it’s much more of an equal-opportunity environment.”

Be sure to tune in Saturday to see Louis-Dreyfus kill it on SNL and catch Season 5 of her hit HBO show Veep when it returns April 24.