Lily Gladstone Says Her “Dream” Is to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ One Day

Lily Gladstone is ready to take her acting skills to Studio 8H to host Saturday Night Live.

The Killers of the Flower Moon star recently revealed to People magazine that one of her “dreams” is to host the popular NBC sketch comedy series, which is currently in its 49th season.

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“That’s been probably a dream that I’ve held on my own,” Gladstone (who uses both she/they pronouns) said. “It’s like my parents — and I think it’s just what people say when you have an aspiration to act, and they want to encourage you as a kid — it’s like, ‘Oh, you’ll get an Oscar one day.’ So it almost just becomes a platitude. But the thing that I’ve always wanted to do if I’ve had this moment is to host SNL.”

The late-night comedy sketch series, created by Lorne Michaels, has had celebrities host the show alongside its award-winning ensemble cast for more than four decades, and Gladstone is ready for her opportunity.

The actress has been making history this awards season for her role as Mollie Burkhart, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon. Gladstone (Blackfeet/Nimiipuu) became the first Native American actor to be nominated for an Oscar with her best actress nod.

Most recently, she also became the first Indigenous actor to win best female actor in a leading role at the 2024 SAG Awards, as well as with her win for best actress in a motion picture, drama, at the Golden Globes in January.

Gladstone has also used every opportunity she could, between acceptance speeches and interviews, to educate and advocate for Native representation on the big and small screens.

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