Villaseñor is perhaps best known for her role as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (SNL). Villaseñor started on SNL in 2016 as the show’s first Latina cast member and is still with the show today. One of her greatest strengths is her celebrity impressions, which she performs on many platforms, including SNL and her YouTube channel. Highlights include her impressions of Sarah Silverman, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, and Gwen Stefani.
Prior to joining the cast of SNL, Villaseñor worked as a voice-over actress on Adventure Time, Family Guy, and TripTank. She was also a semifinalist on season 6 of America’s Got Talent and competed on First Impressions, a game show for comedians, in 2016.
Villaseñor is Mexican-American. Her parents own a fencing company in Whittier, Calif., outside Los Angeles. It was her dad who turned her on to comedy: Rodney Dangerfield, Steve Martin, Jim Carrey.
When she was 12, Villaseñor remembers making her friends laugh by imitating singers such as Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Mandy Moore. (“All the pop divas,” she says.) She performed in her high school talent show and attended The Laugh Factory’s summer comedy camp in Los Angeles.
There’s now a seemingly endless catalog of Villaseñor’s impressions online: homemade videos, stand-up clips, her breakthrough performance on America’s Got Talent, and a series from the Latino comedy studio Más Mejor called Daily Itineraries, where she imagines the personal schedules of various celebrities including Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Silverman.
“She’s just got really amazing range,” says Ian Jones-Quartey, creator of the Cartoon Network series OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes. Villaseñor voices a number of characters for the show, including a bunny rabbit, a teenage strawberry and a football. “We can kind of just throw her at a situation and she can create something really hilarious.”
Jones-Quartey first saw Villaseñor at a comedy club in LA a few years ago. Then he started watching her videos online. He calls her impression of Owen Wilson “legendary.” Villaseñor says she has affection for all of the celebrities she chooses to mimic.
“They really inspire me and I would say help me feel less alone and make me feel like they’re my friend,” she says in an interview. “Like, Owen Wilson — he’s so soothing and silly and peaceful, and that makes me feel comfort.”
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