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Interview: Liz Cackowski Is Fun, Talented, and One Hell of a Screenwriter With Wine Country

Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Emily Spivey, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell in Wine Country.

There was once a time on Saturday Night Live when you could see the entire cast of Wine Country, as well as the Lonely Island boys and more. It was a brilliant time and one that included Liz Cackowski among the long-running series’ writers. But from there, we have gotten to see her work shine in movies like Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and now, her brilliance is made ever clearer in her new film, Wine Country.

Talking with Cackowski, it’s clear that she appreciates everything she gets to do, as well, so I asked her what one of her career highlights has been. Her response? Well, Wine Country of course:

“This has been a huge highlight of my career and things I’ve written on, so this particular project, from start to finish, has been a true joy. And so we were so grateful to Netflix for letting us make this movie about women of this age and what we’re experiencing and what female friendships mean to us.”

Cackowski also opened up about the joy that was her time at Saturday Night Live, telling us how the show taught her so much about the business and gave her the comedy boot camp she needed.

“It’s a terrifying and exhilarating place to start, but it’s really comedy boot camp, and you just learn so much there by getting thrown right into the fire. The fact that it’s a live show is incredible. You’re writing something on a Tuesday and it’s on television on a Saturday. Like, there’s no other turnaround like that, and you also learn how to deal with rejection and failure on a weekly basis there, because about 30 to 40 sketches are written for Saturday Night Live and about 8 are on TV on Saturday night.”

She went on to praise her time at the show and what it taught her even further, bringing these friendships into her life and leading her towards eventually writing Wine Country.

Wine Country is on Netflix now, and please watch this incredible film! It shows the importance of our friendships, our own self-worth, and what it means to be there for one another. Also, who doesn’t want to watch these ladies hang out for a few hours?

(image: Netflix)

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