Megan Mullally Talks "Setting the Right Tone" With SAG Awards Hosting Gig

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Mullally, who is hosting an awards show for the first time, won the best female actor in a comedy prize for 'Will & Grace' at the 2003 SAG Awards.

Ahead of emceeing Sunday's ceremony, the 'Will & Grace' star reveals that she isn't looking to be snarky or political: "I really do love actors and talent. I am geeky that way."

Is there more pressure hosting a show strictly for professional performers?

I would rather that than perform for a bunch of producers and directors. The actors are a little more forgiving. But it is more about setting the right tone and having some fun material, nothing political.

Have you picked up any hosting tips from attending awards shows?

I don't think any of the humor will be snarky, like how the Golden Globes used to get super snarky. I really do love actors and talent. I could have been a casting director or an agent, I am geeky that way. Whenever I see somebody really good in a movie or TV show, I write their name down. I have a list of actors I have always kept.

How can awards shows attract younger viewers?

I may be the oldest woman to ever host an awards show. Whoopi Goldberg and a bunch of women have hosted, but they were younger. So that is not a great selling point. (Laughs.) But I think because I am married to Nick [Offerman] and my Instagram account, I have a little bit younger audience than some other 60-year-old actresses might. But maybe that's wrong.

What are your hopes for the show?

I think acceptance speeches are a big determining factor for how well the show resonates over time. With the SAG Awards, people tend to have speeches that are heartfelt and draw you in. I don't think that my coming out and telling five jokes at the beginning will be what [makes] people go: "She killed it! This is the greatest awards show in the history of the universe!"

This story first appeared in the Jan. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.