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 Instead of preparing for the season premiere of Saturday Night Live this weekend, Bill Hader will be awaiting box-office results for his latest film, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2, which hits theaters today. He voices the film’s hero, Flint.

After eight seasons on the sketch comedy show, the Emmy-nominated actor, 35, retired from SNL and moved to L.A. with filmmaker wife Maggie Carey and their daughters Hannah, 3, and Harper, 1.

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How is life after the show treating him?

“It’s been good,” he tells me this week during a movie event at the Empire State Building in NYC. “I’ve just been in L.A. with my family. It’s been nice, having a backyard. It’s been very nice.

Still, feelings of nostalgia will surely creep in when he watches the first episode since he left the cast.

Bill took pics with his Cloudy co-stars, Pickle and Barry

Bill took pics with his Cloudy co-stars, Pickle and Barry

“I’ll miss all the people there,” he says. “That’s the hardest thing. We just had Seth Meyers’ wedding, and saw a lot of the SNL folks there. That was tough. Not being able to see those people and hang out with them. I’ll miss all of them.”

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Next up, we’ll see Bill in The Skeleton Twins opposite fellow SNL alum Kristen Wiig.

“Our bond is pretty tight, but it’s very much a sibling thing,” he says. “You don’t hang out every day, you don’t see each other, but when you do see each other, it’s like seeing a family member. Anytime I see Andy [Samberg] or Kristen, it’s much more of a sibling feeling.”

Will he watch the show even though he’s not part of it?

“Yeah, yeah, yeah,” he says. “Now I’m just going back to being a fan again. I’ll be that jerk watching on my DVR on Sunday [laughs] in the morning, like ‘let’s see what they did on SNL last night.’ I’ll be that guy.”

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Here’s my pic with Bill on top of the Empire State Building:

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Catch the season premiere of Saturday Night Live Saturday at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Tina Fey hosts, and Arcade Fire is the musical guest. Will you watch SNL? Will you see Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2? Tweet us @okmagazine.

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