Aidy Bryant on Season 2 of Shrill, Reclaiming the Word ‘Fat’ and Her Future at SNL

Hollywood tried to pigeonhole her, so she's forging her own path

On Hulu’s Shrill, Bryant plays Annie, a plus-sized Portland blogger who is finding her voice and becoming comfortable in her own skin. Photo by Nina Westervelt for Adweek; Styled by Rebecca Grice; Dress by Tanya Taylor

After seven seasons at Saturday Night Live, where she’s best known for impersonations like Sarah Huckabee Sanders and making all-female music videos like “(Do It on My) Twin Bed,” Aidy Bryant still has plenty of surprises up her sleeve. Last month, she became one of the only SNL cast members ever to simultaneously star in her own TV series (which she also co-created, co-wrote and co-executive produced): Shrill, a Hulu comedy based on Lindy West’s memoir and starring the two-time Emmy nominee as Annie, a plus-sized Portland blogger who is finding her voice and becoming comfortable in her own skin.

This story first appeared in the April 15, 2019, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.
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