Making millions of people laugh their asses off is no easy feat. And for Bill Hader, a former cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” it comes with sacrifices. Hader admitted that his work schedule has prevented him from seeing his kids, but he has a plan to remedy that.
Missing His Kids
A teary-eyed Hader said in an interview with Variety that last summer, he didn’t spend enough time with the three daughters he shares with ex-wife Maggie Carey — Hayley, Harper, and Hannah — because he was so busy working on HBO’s “Barry” and filming a role for “It: Chapter Two.”
“I think I saw my kids a total of five days all summer,” the 40-year-old revealed. “It was terrible. So I’m going, ‘Next summer I’m taking off, and I’m going to spend every day with them.’ 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. I’m getting emotional right now talking about it.”
He added: “Congrats, it’s the first interview I’ve ever cried in.”
History of Anxiety
Hader admitted he doesn’t always handle stress well. While playing beloved “SNL” characters such as Stefon, the oddball nightlife correspondent, or Devon in “The Californians,” he suffered from panic attacks and migraines on and offstage.
“When I was on ‘SNL,’ I was a bit of a basket case,” he told Variety. “It could not have been easy on my wife at the time. I was so consumed with work and anxiety.”
He added: “Sometimes I felt like people thought, ‘Oh, he’s just wanting attention or something.’ It was like, ‘No, man, I’m legit. I’m freaking out right now.’”
Learning From His Mistakes
Hader’s hard work has unquestionably paid off. His HBO show, “Barry,” about a hit man who falls in love with acting, is in its second season and took home three awards at the Emmys in 2018. The show is also nominated for three trophies at the upcoming Golden Globes, including Hader for best actor in a comedy series.
But the hard-working comedian plans to mitigate his stress going forward. After season 2 finishes, Hader plans to spend the summer at home to finish a screenplay for a film he wants to direct. While there, he’ll have plenty of time to play with his kids, who are ages 4, 6 and 9.
“They can see me all day if they want,” he told Variety. “They can really get sick of me.”