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September 26th, 2013
06:53 PM ET

Actor Bill Hader ran from the 'SNL' altar, into the arms of Hollywood

Fans may recognize "Saturday Night Live" alum Bill Hader best when he's playing playing someone else, like James Carville, Vincent Price, Clint Eastwood, or the actor's most beloved "Weekend Update" character, Stefon.

CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" met the actor where Stefon, and Hader, said goodbye to "Saturday Night Live" last season.

"This is where Stefon and Anderson Cooper were going to get married, and then Seth Myers ruined it up there. And the melee happened right here," Hader said, standing before the altar inside Park Avenue Christian Church.

All the guests at that wedding skit, sitting on Stefon's side, were creatures that Hader's character had referenced throughout the years.

"That was a hard thing. Some intern had to go through every single Stefon (skit) and name every single character," Hader said with a laugh. The result was pews populated with, among other guests, Jewish Dracula, Sidney Applebaum, and German Smurfs.

Hader ran from the "SNL" altar and into the arms of Hollywood, movies, TV roles, and even commercials for T-Mobile.

His latest role is voicing the lead character "Flint Lockwood" in "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2," where he said despite his best efforts, the directors essentially told him to stick to his natural voice.

"I was trying to do all these different kind of charactery voices, and the directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, they said, 'Wait. What you're doing right now.' (It was) me talking to them in between the tapes, like, 'Do you like that? What do you want me to do this time?' They're like, 'That's the voice, we like that voice!'" said Hader.

Hader has two young children, but said they are not exactly his motivation for pursuing animation and kid-friendly roles.

"Any time I try to do something for my kids, it backfires," said Hader.

"I did "Yo Gabba Gabba," Year-wait for the show to come out. Year later, it comes out, I've been waiting a year for this moment, where I"m like, 'Watch who does the dancey dance with the Gabba gang,'" said Hader.

"And she's watching it, and I come up, and she's like, 'No, nooo!'" said Hader, mimicking the voice of a mortified young girl.

But the comedian said he can relate to his daughter's displeasure.

"If I was watching "Star Wars" and, you know, and my dad showed up in the Millennium Falcon with Han Solo and he'd be like, 'Hey, guys, you guys going to hyperspace? What's going on?' I'd be like, 'Argh! Get out of there Dad!'" said Hader.

This weekend, "Saturday Night Live" returns for its 39th season, and the first in eight years without Hader's cast of characters. Six new players joined the show to replace the void left by Hader, Fred Armisen, and Jason Sudeikis.

His advice to the new cast members?

"Don't be afraid to fail," said Hader. "My first couple of pieces at "SNL," you're the second cop through the door as Bill Murray would say. Or you're the, you know, the Java Juice employee, like, 'Here you go, sir,' you know. And you're just playing the supporting roles. You can find laughs in those," said Hader.

In addition to his voice over work in "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2" and two other Pixar films, Hader has a new movie coming out later this year – a drama called "The Skeleton Twins" co-starring fellow "SNL" alum Kristen Wiig.

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