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Ariana DeBose shares how Broadway prepared her for ‘SNL’

Ariana DeBose shares how Broadway prepared her for 'SNL'

Ariana DeBose says “there’s no better training” for SNL than performing on Broadway.

The West Side Story star — who hosted the NBC sketch comedy show in January that features regulars Kenan Thompson, Pete Davidson, Bowen Yang and others — found the costume changes much less tricky than when she worked in the musicals Bring it On and Hamilton.

Speaking after being named as a nominee for the EE BAFTA Rising Star Award, the 30-year-old actress exclusively told BANG Showbiz: “There’s no better training for something like a live show, like ‘Saturday Night Live’ than theatre.”

She continued: “If you can do theatre and Broadway quick changes, like Broadway quick changes are six to four seconds long. And these lovely, lovely gals, were like, ‘Cool thing, you’ve got a two-minute quick-change,’ and I said, ‘That is not quick.’”

In addition, the Golden Globe winner found her live theatre background helpful with handling and correcting mistakes.

She said: “Also being on stage, and you know, potentially making a mistake and having to correct it in real-time on a Broadway stage, you’re doing that on a live show. It is the greatest training I’ve ever had because otherwise there’s no way to prepare for a show like that.”

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