West Side Story star Ariana DeBose anime Saturday Night Live

North Carolina native Ariana DeBose to host first new ‘Saturday Night Live’ show of 2022, NBC reported on Thursday. via twitter.

DeBose, who grew up in Raleigh and Wake Forest, is one of the stars of Steve Spielberg’s critically acclaimed new film “West Side Story”. DeBose plays Anita, the role that won Rita Moreno an Oscar in 1962 for the original 1961 film “West Side Story”.

DeBose was recently nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the film.

His SNL hosting concert is scheduled to take place on January 15, with musical guest Roddy Ricch.

At Twitter Thursday, DeBose wrote: “I host @nbcsnl. Please hold on while I go to gather my extremities as I exploded with excitement and noticeable fear.

Prior to “West Side Story”, DeBose was known for her role in “Hamilton” on Broadway and as one of the stars of the Netflix movie “The Prom” and the Apple TV + series “Schmigadoon”. She was nominated for a Tony for her performance as Disco Donna in “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”.

She was featured as Tar Heel of the Month by The News & Observer in March 2021.

As a dancer, singer and actress, DeBose is well equipped to host “Saturday Night Live”.

In an interview with The News & Observer last month, DeBose said of her role in ‘West Side Story’: “Anita is one of the greatest roles ever written in musical theater canon. triple threat role and that’s exactly what I’m built for. That’s exactly what my education and skills gave me, so it’s a role that I had always hoped I would get the chance to play. … I certainly never thought I would end up in a Spielberg movie, but it was definitely a bucket list role. “

Ariana DeBose said playing Anita on “West Side Story” helped me embrace a different side of who I am and embrace my Hispanic heritage. Charles sykes Invision / AP

This story was originally published January 6, 2022 4:37 pm.

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Brooke Cain is originally from North Carolina and has worked for The News & Observer for over 25 years. She is the editor of service journalism and writes on television and local media for the blog The N&O’s Happiness is a Warm TV.

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