Actress and comedienne Sasheer Zamata was a little known name until just a couple of days ago when Zamata was hired as the newest cast member of "Saturday Night Live". The hiring made Zamata the first black female cast member since Maya Rudolph left in 2007. She adds diversity to the cast and not only that, she is a actress the show is lucky to have. New co-star Bobby Moynihan had nothing but praise for the actress in an interview with TVGide.com published on Jan. 7.
Zamata joining the cast comes after some controversy. The "SNL" cast was criticized for its lack of diversity, mainly its lack of black female roles. Moynihan knows Zamata will be under pressure and feels she is someone who can handle whatever comes her way. He told TV Guide:
"I've seen her perform at UCB and I've never seen a more beautiful, confident person onstage than Sasheer. I think we're very, very lucky to get her."
Although the show has made fun of itself with the lack of diversity, Moynihan felt it was important that the show addressed the issue because the rewards are greater for the cast and the show now that Sasheer Zamata is on board.
"We can do characters we haven't [done] or people have wanted to see. There's a lot of famous black women and now we can do that. But all in all, the most important thing is that we just got a really talented, awesome, funny person on the show."
And the talent aspect should be what matters most and although she will have her critics, Moynihan's advice to his new co-star is just to relax because it's really all about making people laugh. That is their job and it's all about enjoying what they do.
Sasheer Zamata will make her "SNL" debut on Jan. 18.