As SNL’s resident bombshell, Abby Elliott has slain audiences with pitch-perfect impressions of Anna Faris and Angelina Jolie. Don’t act so surprised: Elliott’s father, Chris—who was a regular on the old Letterman show and played the lovesick Woogie in There’s Something About Mary—was an SNL cast member himself, and his dad, Bob Elliott, was a legendary radio comic. Guess you could say Abby’s got laughs in her DNA.
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Your dad got his start on Late Night With David Letterman back in the ’80s. Is it weird to be working in the same building?
Totally. He actually met my mom there. She was working as a talent booker for the show. So I have lots of memories of going to the studio and watching my dad, but it wasn’t until high school that I really got the humor. My grandparents met at 30 Rock, too.
Your grandfather Bob appeared on SNL in the ’70s, your dad was a cast member in the ’90s, and you’ve been on since 2008. It seems inevitable.
When I was seven or eight, I came the week Sarah Jessica Parker hosted, and in high school I went a lot. I always felt a connection.
How old were you when you started?
I was 21. Thank God, because if I had been underage, it would’ve been so depressing. But it’s a lot tamer than in the old days. It’s the same cocaine schedule, but without the cocaine.
What’s it like when someone you do an impression of hosts, like Anna Faris?
I auditioned by reading The World Almanac in her voice! She’s friends with my dad and totally supportive.
You also do a pretty killer Angelina Jolie.
I’ve never done it in front of her, but I don’t think I’d be able to speak. She’s so beautiful.
Any other crushes?
Sienna Miller, Anna Faris, and Emma Stone. I love that I have a million girl crushes and can’t think of a single guy.
What about Jon Hamm?
Hamm’s a good one. Everyone has a crush on him. I have a big crush on Leo DiCaprio. I was a huge Titanic fan. Saw it eight times. If he ever hosted, I’d turn into my 13-year-old self and freak out.
Hometown: New York, NY
Birthday: June 16
Uncle Dave: "When I first went on Letterman, he was so nice to me. I was extremely nervous!"
Just Her Type: "A sense of humor is really important in a guy. I don’t necessarily need to date a comedian—though I have, and I probably will in the future."
All in the Family: "My sister, Bridey, is hands down the funniest person I know."
Embarrassing iPod Song: "I rocked out to Ke$ha today, but I also have Mozart. Is that lame?"
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