Fans of “Stefon,” “Vinny Vedecci” and a host of characters brought to life by Tulsa native Bill Hader were saddened by the star’s exit from Saturday Night Live at the end of last season. Of course, many have wondered what is next for Hader.
Typically, when a big star leaves SNL, it’s for some major opportunity. That may not be the case with Hader, though. He says the decision to quit the show and move to California owes more to SNL’s demanding schedule and the increasing need for he and writer-director wife Maggie Carey to be on the West Coast. That and his family really wanted a yard.
However, that doesn’t mean Hader is lacking for work or even slowing down. He appears in the raunchy summer comedy The To Do List, written and directed by his wife, and he reprises the voice role of “Flint Lockwood” in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. He’ll take more dramatic turns opposite Kristin Wiig in the upcoming The Skeleton Twins and in the two-part film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby with James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain. Hader is also the latest pitchman for T-Mobile and the new voice of Planters’ iconic Mr. Peanut. He’ll also join the South Park team as a full-time writer for the upcoming season.
We also shouldn’t be surprised to find Hader behind the camera very soon. He recently told CNN that he’d love to direct a movie and that that’s really what he wanted to do all along. “Acting was never something on my radar,” he tells the network.