Cecily Strong talks "SNL" in Michigan Avenue Spring 2014

Posted Thursday February 20, 2014 9:08 PM GMT

She's had quite a year after joining the "Saturday Night Live" team, and now Cecily Strong reflects back on her experiences in the Spring 2014 issue of Michgan Avenue magazine.

The 30-year-old comedian looked picture perfect in designer duds from H. Stern and Tadashia Shoji for the Andrew Eccles-shot spread while opening up about her new life on the NBC sketch series.

Check out GossipCenter's recap of Miss Strong's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Michgan Avenue!

On being a Weekend Update anchor:
"People know your name. Belushi, Chevy Chase… It was unexpected and I was sort of like, 'I’ll wait to see it happen before I believe it’s real.' I think he told me in June that he wanted me to do it, and then when it was in The New York Times in August I was like, 'Wow, I guess I’m gonna do it for real.' The first episode I was just holding back sobs. I was so happy. I was like, 'What can I do next year now?' Every year has been something amazing."

On her life since "SNL":
"At that point two years ago, I was like, 'You know what? If this is what it is, I’m going to be fine with this, because I’m getting to do what I love—getting to perform at iO and Second City.' I was hardly making any money, but I was surviving. So this is just such a bonus on top of that. And the friends I have in New York and a new relationship and the career, I could cry I’m so happy. It’s such a dream. And getting to meet people who are your heroes—it’s unreal."

On her "SNL" call:
"It was crazy. Well, every call was like, 'I passed.' And every taxi ride to the airport I was crying to even be that close. But the day I met with Lorne--and you always leave a little confused--and then [producer] Lindsay [Shookus] called me up and was like, 'You’re hired. Get out here Monday.' I left the building and just walked around New York; I mean it was so dramatic in my head: 'This is my city!' And you get to work in NYC and enjoy this club that I’ve always wanted to be a part of. I think it was just a lot of crying."

On her career goals growing up:
"I was a real drama geek, but I also was like, 'I definitely want to be on SNL.' My friend Susanna and I would copy all of the sketches at this lodge in Michigan we went to every summer, and we were basically, like, the Super Fans."

Photo Credit: Andrew Eccles for Michigan Avenue