Kate McKinnon Recalls The One Line That Piqued Her Interest In 'Weird Barbie' Role

The line didn't make it into the final cut of Barbie, but it sealed the deal for the former Saturday Night Live star.
Kate McKinnon attends the world premiere of Barbie on 9 July in Los Angeles.
Kate McKinnon attends the world premiere of Barbie on 9 July in Los Angeles.
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It didn’t take much to convince Kate McKinnon to take on the role of “Weird Barbie” in the new Greta Gerwig-helmed film.

The former Saturday Night Live star appeared on SiriusXM’s Jess Cagle Show with the cast and director of the upcoming Barbie movie, and revealed the one line in the script that stood out to her.

“I read it, and the way the lines were written, there was one line that was like, ‘I can’t help you on account of the giddyup in my hip,’” Kate said, although Greta added that the line ultimately didn’t make the final cut of the film.

“I was like, ‘Oh, she just wants me to do a cameo as myself... I don’t have to stretch very far for this at all’,” Kate said as the cast laughed.

Kate said the line “comes in the script in the moment when the protagonist meets the grizzled crone before entering the New World, and I thought, ‘You’ve not seen a grizzled crone that’s also a demented, avant-garde baby doll’, and OK, great.”

“I have that in my back pocket,” the comedian continued. “I’ve been waiting, I’ve just been waiting for the camera to roll on that.”

Greta recalled one of her initial conversations about the role with the comic ― her longtime friend ― and it unfolded in a very Kate McKinnon way.

Greta Gerwig at the premiere of Barbie
Greta Gerwig at the premiere of Barbie
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“I do remember when I texted you about it and I was like, ‘Are you around to talk?’” Gre said, barely able to contain her laughter. “And you sent me a picture of your cat in the bathtub and you said, ‘I’m very busy.’”

“Then you were like, ‘Just kidding. I have nothing but time,’” the director added.

“And your cat sort of had this expression, and I was like, ‘It’s already happening’.”

Kate previously revealed in an interview with Time magazine that she “didn’t see myself in Barbie when I was younger,” and that she saw herself more “in an inflatable lobster”.

But she was intrigued by the way Greta and her partner Noah Baumbach’s Barbie script tackled the many ways that people can feel about the doll.

“It comments honestly about the positive and negative feelings,” Kate said. “It’s an incisive cultural critique.”

Greta and Kate go way back, as the two were friends and lived in the same dorm together while attending Columbia University.


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