Alec Baldwin Talks Donald Trump Impression, Calls 2016 Election 'A Very, Very Difficult Time'
In a recent interview with HOLA! magazine, Alec Baldwin opened up about impersonating Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, and how he hopes it can help heal the country.
"I'm glad people find it funny," Baldwin, 58, said of his portrayal of the president-elect. "But at the same time, I think people were very worried about the election. Both sides are very passionate, so it's been a very, very difficult time in this country. I haven't felt like this in a long, long time. There are bad feelings on both sides, so to have the opportunity to give people a chance to talk and laugh about it is a good thing."
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While his impression has been praised by many, there are those who don't find it funny. Baldwin's youngest brother, Stephen, supported Trump through his run for office and told CBS News in October that that the election was no laughing matter.
"I think it's getting a little too nasty right now," he said. "I don't think there's anything funny about this election."
Trump himself, who has hosted SNL on numerous occasions, also doesn't seem to have a sense of humor about Baldwin's portrayal of him. The former reality show host aired his grievances on Twitter over the weekend after the NBC sketch show mocked him for his controversial tweets.
"Just tried watching Saturday Night Live -- unwatchable!" he wrote. "Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad."
Baldwin responded to Trump's critique with a tweet of his own.
"Release your tax returns and I'll stop," he wrote. "Ha."
Despite the war of words he's engaged in on Twitter, at home, Baldwin lives a peaceful lifestyle with his yoga studio owner wife, Hilaria, and their three children: 3-year-old daughter Carmen, 1-year-old son Rafael and 2-month-old son, Leonardo.
As a Spanish native, Hilaria told HOLA! that it is imperative for her that her children speak Spanish.
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"Carmen's first language is Spanish," Hilaria, 32, told the magazine. "I only speak Spanish with her ... and with Alec she is smart enough to know that she needs to switch to English. Alec's Spanish is getting better and better. His accent is very good."
"Maybe by the time I'm 90, I will nail it," Baldwin joked.
But the 30 Rock star doesn't need to know a romance language to be romantic.
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"As far as love at first sight, it was for me, but I think a lot of people have fallen in love at first sight with Hilaria," Baldwin said about meeting his future wife in a New York restaurant. "I'm in a long line of people in love with Hilaria, and for some strange reason, I won."
Hilaria has a new lifestyle book, Living Clearly, which will be published later this month.