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

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Will Return To Host SNL

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?

See Louis-Dreyfus through the years:

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