Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't too fond of her 'very sexist' Saturday Night Live years

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While you certainly know Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a comedic tour de force from Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and, most recently, Veep, you may not be aware that she also spent a few short years as a cast member on Saturday Night Live between 1982–1985. (In fact, it was during her tenure on SNL that she met Larry David. Pretty, pretty, pretty good outcome.) However, in an interview today with the New York Times, Louis-Dreyfus expounded on how she only looks back on her time at Studio 8H as "fondly-ish," due to the show's lack of equal treatment toward women at the time.

"I did not come out of 'S.N.L.' as any kind of name," she says. "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. Since I've gone back, I can tell you it's much more of an equal-opportunity environment." She did gain much from her late-night experience, though don't take a job unless it's genuinely enjoyable, for starters. "I was on it for three years, and when I left, I made this conscious decision that I would not take any jobs that didn't seem as if they would be really fun," she continues. "That's very simplistic and Pollyannaish sounding, but really, I noted that. I'm not doing this unless I can have a deep sense of happiness while doing it. I've applied that, moving forward, and it's worked. So in that sense, I have 'S.N.L.' to thank."

Louis-Dreyfus will be hostingSNL this Saturday. Maybe she'll revive the Big Zit sketch?

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't too fond of her 'very sexist' Saturday Night Live years
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE TELEVISION ACADEMY - Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses with the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for "Veep" at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 6 -- Pictured: (l-r) Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Daria, Robert Blake, Eddie Murphy as Buckwheat during the monologue on November 13, 1982 -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Julia Louis-Dreyfus as April May June, Brad Hall as Pastor Doug during the 'PTC Club' skit on September 25, 1982 -- Photo by: Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1 -- Pictured: Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Martha during the 'Calvin Klein Cream Pies' skit on October 8, 1983 -- (Photo by: Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 11 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gary Kroeger as Rory, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Becky during the 'El Dorko' skit on January 28, 1984 -- Photo by: Reggie Lewis/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
SEINFELD -- 'The Hot Tub' Episode 5 -- Pictured: (l-r)Jerry Seinfeld as himself, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, Jeremiah Birkett as Jean-Paul (Photo by Barry Slobin/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SEINFELD -- Season 3 -- Pictured: Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
This is a January 1994 photo of Jerry Seinfeld with co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angles.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
**FILE**Jason Alexander attempts to telephone Jerry Seinfeld as he and co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus of television's "Seinfeld" accept a Screen Actors Guild Award on March 8, 1998, in Los Angeles. The pair will reunite in an upcoming episode of Louis-Dreyfus' sitcom "The New Adventures of Old Christine," CBS announced Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Michael J. Caulfield)
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus reassures a party on the telephone that it really is her, while making calls supporting Al Gore from a phone bank in Pittsburgh Sunday, Nov. 5, 2000. Celebrities stormed parts of Pennsylvania Sunday, hoping their appearance in this key state will push Democratic presidential candidate Vice President Al Gore toward victory on Election Day. (AP Photo/Gary Tramontina)
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus takes a break from the filming of her comedy series "Watching Ellie" on a set in Culver City, Calif., March 7, 2003. Unlike last spring's 10 episodes that were filmed drama-style with a single camera, a half-dozen new episodes of "Ellie" were shot in front of a live audience in the multi-camera style of a typical sitcom. The show returns to NBC on April 15. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus addresses questions from television critics about her new show "The Adventures Of Old Christine" Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006, at the CBS session at the Television Critics Association Winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus holds the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for her work on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus watches the Detroit Pistons take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Tuesday, May 29, 2007, in Cleveland. Her son Charles is at right. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Julia Louis - Dreyfus accepts the legacy of laughter award at the TV Land Awards on Sunday April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, right, and her son, Charles, watch the Los Angeles Lakers play the New Orleans Hornets in an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Lori Shepler)
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses for photographers during the dedication ceremony for her new Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus attends the Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Event at Scarpetta on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, winner outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for "Veep," poses backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
This publicity image released by HBO shows Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the comedy series "Veep." Louis-Dreyfus was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy series for her role in "Veep" on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. The 71st annual Golden Globes will air on Sunday, Jan. 12. (AP Photo/HBO, Lacey Terrell)
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus attends the press conference for "Enough Said" on day 4 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses in the press room with the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series for "Veep" at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
EXCLUSIVE - Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts the Creative Commitment in Television Award on stage at unite:4good and Variety's unite4:humanity at Sony Pictures Studios on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for Bright Future International/AP Images)
Jimmy Fallon, left, and Julia-Louis Dreyfus backstage at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus arrives at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
EXCLUSIVE - Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Schumer take a selfie at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus arrives at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
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