Cecily Strong Talks "Practicing" Her Melania Trump Impression During SNL's Summer Hiatus

"I'm practicing," the Saturday Night Live star tells E! News

By Beth Sobol Jun 30, 2016 6:29 PMTags
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Saturday Night Live may be on summer hiatus, but as the temperature of the political climate continues to rise, the show's key players are paying attention. Case in point: Cecily Strong, whose impression of Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump left viewers in stitches last season.

When E! News caught up with Strong at Wednesday's Hilarity for Charity event hosted by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen at Highline Ballroom in New York City, we asked if part of her summer would be spent working on her Mrs. Trump send-up.

"Am I honing it? Sure, I'm practicing," Strong admitted. "I'll take notes and things like that. I actually do—I'm a nerd like that over the summer. But I try not to think about the show when I'm away from it so I can love it as much as I do when I go back."

That said, "I think she's fabulous. When she does things, I'm there with her. I support her."

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She's Team Hillary as well. "Having the first female nominee was a very exciting moment for me," she said of Hillary Clinton cinching the nomination. "I definitely cried at that speech."

As for the sure-to-be-ripe material the election will offer the upcoming SNL season this fall, Strong said, "Its been pretty wild and crazy and I'm not sure what's going to happen. It's kind of like a Wild West feel time right now."

Other celebs at the Hilary for Charity event included Strong's Ghostbusters co-stars Bill Murray and Leslie Jones, as well as Orange Is the New Black's Laverne Cox and SNL's Michael Che.

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