Mike Ryan - screencrush.com
It’s obvious, even from her facial expressions, that Abby Elliott still has mixed feelings about her time on ‘SNL.’ Which seems like a completely normal reaction, considering how all-encompassing the demands of that show can be for be anyone, especially someone like Elliott, who had almost four full seasons (she joined the cast for the eighth show of the 2008-2009 season) on the show, and was then not brought back for a fifth.
Elliott, of course, comes from long linage of comedy royalty. Her grandfather, Bob Elliott (now 91) is one half of the famed Bob and Ray comedy duo, while her father, Chris Elliott, is the comedy hero of every Gen X-er who was fortunate enough to stay up late enough as a kid to watch ‘Late Night with David Letterman.’ Now, Abby Elliott — obviously putting ‘SNL’ behind her — co-stars in ‘Life Partners,’ premiering this week at the Tribeca Film Festival.
In a bit of a turn for Elliott, she plays Vanessa, the villain in a story about the friendship between a straight woman, Paige (Gillian Jacobs), and her lesbian best friend, Sasha (Leighton Meester) and the tribulations that follow as they start dating Tim (Adam Brody) and Vanessa (Elliott), respectively. And knowing Elliott best for her work on ‘SNL,’ she’s kind of surprisingly great at playing a character that is quietly full of herself.
I met Elliott at a hotel in Midtown Manhattan. She seems shy in person — at least compared to some of the boisterous characters we’ve seen her play — but extremely cordial. And she was surprisingly candid about her time on ‘SNL,’ and we learn who exactly she’s playing in the new ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ — and it’s not quite who you think.