Pressure’s on! Dakota Johnson hosted Saturday Night Live on Feb. 28, leading with jokes about her movie Fifty Shades of Grey in her monologue, and ending with a tribute to Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, who passed away this past Friday.
In her opening comments, Johnson told the audience it was “such an honor” to be hosting SNL for the first time ever. “For those of you who don’t know me, I’m currently starring in Fifty Shades of Grey,” she noted. “Fifty Shades of Grey is the novel that made you never want to touch your mother’s Kindle again.”
After the film’s release, Johnson joked that her dry cleaner refuses to look her in the eye and that her dog walker winks at her whenever he takes the leash off the wall. She also made fun of the movie’s not-so-warm reception by film critics.
“I have a funny feeling at next year’s Oscars, it’s going to be not… anywhere,” she joked. Suddenly, an audience member stood up and asked the actress to sign his wife’s ball gag.
“Now I understand why my parents won’t be seeing my movie,” Johnson responded, alluding to the many interviews when her famous parents Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson vocalized that they refused to watch the film adaptation of E L James’ smash erotic novel.
“It’s actually incredible,” the Hollywood scion noted, “because in December of 1988, my mother stood in this exact spot and hosted SNL.'”
She then revealed a cute part of her family history. “And this is true,” she noted. “Right after the show, my father got down on one knee and proposed to her for the second time. And exactly 9 months later I was born… So I must’ve been conceived that night after the show or even during the show. Isn’t that right you guys?”
Meanwhile, her parents sat in the audience and jokingly shielded their eyes. “That’s because we were afraid you were going to be naked!” her dad noted, making fun of his daughter’s nude moments in Fifty Shades.
In another part of her SNL sketch, Johnson played an ISIS recruit in a fake (and controversial) ad that was set up in a way that viewers first thought she was going to college. “Are you sure you don’t want to do another year of high school?” Johnson is asked as she hoists her backpack. A truck filled with armed gunmen then pulled up into the parking lot. “Dad, it’s just ISIS,” she says.
The actress also played Emma Stone‘s character in Birdman, opposite “Rudy Giuliani” (Taran Killam) in Michael Keaton’s role.
One of the final sketches showed Johnson as a nurse, working with a doctor dressed as the Star Trek character Worf. At the end of the skit, the writers included a tribute to late Star Trek legend Nimoy, who played famously played Spock in the series.
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