Bill Hader has a new, dark HBO comedy, "Barry" (premiering March 25), in which the former SNL star plays a hit man bitten by the acting bug.
“Saturday Night Live” alum-turned-“Barry” star Bill Hader just misses his family.
Hader, 40, has three daughters – Hannah, 9, Harper, 6, and Hayley, 4 – from his 11-year marriage with his ex-wife, director Maggie Carey.
“I think I saw my kids a total of five days all summer,” the Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee told Variety, recounting how his work on HBO’s “Barry” and the sequel to horror hit “It” dominated his life in 2018. “It was terrible.”
Bill Hader accepts the award for lead actor in a comedy series for his role in "Barry" on HBO. (Photo: ROBERT HANASHIRO, USA TODAY)
So this summer will be different: The only work he has planned is to write a screenplay for a project he would direct, allowing him to work from home and “spend every day” with his kids.
“They can see me all day if they want,” Hader stated. “They can really get sick of me.”
“It’s this weird thing where when you’re in this industry, you don’t have time to be with them, and it’s really, really difficult,” he explained, adding that fatherhood was one of the reasons he decided to leave “SNL” in 2013.
“I’m getting emotional right now talking about it,” Hader admitted.
He wasn’t kidding.
“Congrats,” he added. “It’s the first interview I’ve ever cried in.”
Bill Hader: How HBO’s unhappy hit man ‘Barry’ echoes his anxiety on ‘SNL’
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