Kate McKinnon net worth: Kate McKinnon was born in Sea Cliff, New York, and was initially interested in a career in music. She grew up playing the piano, cello, and guitar. She went on to graduate from Columbia University. She started her professional acting career in 2007, when she was cast on the show “Big Gay Sketch Show”. She stayed with the show for all three seasons that it aired. She then went on to appear on such shows as “Concierge: The Series”, “We Need To Stop Now”, “Vag Magazine”, “I Wanna Have Your Infant”, “My Greatest Day”, “Hannah Has a Ho Phase”, and “Hudson Valley Ballers”. She’s already supplied character voices for such animated series as “Robotomy” and “The Venture Bros.”. She’s most widely recognized for her work as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live”. On SNL, Kate is well-known for her spot on impressions of celebrities like Justin Bieber and Ellen Degeneres.
Attended the same high school as SNL alum Michael McKean: North Shore High School in Glen Head, NY.
Like Ellie Kemper and fellow Saturday Night Live (1975) cast members like Amy Poehler and Bobby Moynihan, she came up by working the Upright Citizens Brigade, Manhattan's improvisational comedy troupe, usually unpaid.
I worked as a telemarketer for an SAT-prep company. That was the worst of it, because I had to call people in post-Katrina New Orleans and offer them this very, very expensive SAT class. And I'm not even a good salesman.
Getting recognized on the street is fine, but I never really wanted to be famous.
I only come up with things when I am talking to myself, which I do constantly. The sidewalk and the subway are the best places for this. I speak at full volume and then laugh at myself if I like what I just said.
If you asked me to seriously kiss someone on a screen, I would be very uncomfortable. But I will lick any part of your face.
I was very serene, and I still am, until I start talking in another voice, then suddenly I have a lot of volume and I'm frantic. But I didn't want to be one of those people who's always talking in accents in real life, so I started doing sketch comedy.
I started watching 'SNL' when I was thirteen or so; those were the Molly Shannon/Ana Gasteyer/Cheri Oteri years.
For an impression, I just find that I can do a lot of the people I love without much research, because I've already watched hours and hours of them on video and it seeped into my brain while I wasn't thinking about it.
[on playing "Vicky" in Balls Out (2014)] She's extraordinarily high- maintenance and spirited in all the wrong ways, but still genuinely confident in what she believes she deserves. I wanted to inject as much sweetness or likability as possible into this insane person. You see some characters like that on reality TV and just hate them. I wanted to see if I could play someone like that and make her not hate-able - to try to understand the humanity inside that behavior.