Type “Bill Hader hot” into the search engine of your preference, and you’ll get more than a dozen different articles and blog posts confirming that, yes, Bill Hader is hot now. Gone are the days of goofy SNL cast member or Amy Schumer’s sweet-but-definitely-less-charming-than-LeBron counterpart in Trainwreck. Now that he’s starring in Barry as the murderer-turned-actor protagonist (we love a complex baddie), Bill is officially hot, and everyone knows it… except, apparently, for him.
When etalk‘s Lainey Lui broke the news to him, he seemed completely shocked and delightfully humble.
“That’s hilarious. I’m finding out about it right now,” he said. “That’s cool, well thank you.”
Bill was up in the Great White North for the Banff World Media Festival where he spoke to etalk exclusively and was on-hand to accept the Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award—an honour that’s been bestowed on such comedy greats as Ricky Gervais, Craig Ferguson, John Cleese and Canada’s own Russell Peters.
“Huge,” Hader said of how it felt to be among such talent. “I saw some of the past winners—John Cleese, a massive hero of mine and everything like that. So it’s pretty amazing.”
While he’s in Canada, been caught up in the Raptors Fever sweeping the country. He’s even root, root, rooting for the home team (although he, like all of us, was devastated by that Kevin Durant injury).
“I’m excited either way; I’m a glass half full person,” he said. “I would like to see the Raptors win but I was also very sad to see Kevin Durant get hurt because he’s my favourite player… It will be great if the Raptors won and I thought the Raptors handled that very well when he got hurt.”
“I live in a very small apartment— I’m very self-conscious—you walk in and the Emmy is right there with other things,” he said. “I’m very like—not showing it off but… So I need to get a house.”
Going deep on Barry
Hader also shared some behind-the-scenes details about Barry, specifically the process in approaching one of the more serious and sensitive storylines involving Sally’s (Sarah Goldberg) experience with domestic violence in season two. He explained how he and co-creator Alec Berg consulted a number of women when writing it to make sure it felt authentic, true and respectful.
“I’ve never experienced that and Alec’s never experienced that, no one in the room has ever experienced that, so you kind of have to go outside and start talking to people,” he said. “I actually have someone very close in my family who had experienced that so I talked to her and then she works with a group and I went emailed with some of them, talked to some of them on the phone… what was important to us and important to Sarah Goldberg, who plays Sally—fellow Canadian—was to make it very specific to that woman, to make it very specific to Sally.”
Season two ended with some, well… questions, so what can fans expect in season three for the characters we’ve come to know and love? Bill’s got no clue.
“I don’t know, I have no idea,” he said about where the story is headed. “Alec and I had dinner the other night and went, ‘So, Barry’s in a bit of a pickle, huh?'”
Yup, we’d say so.