“I don’t think I’d ever do it, because of the Internet,” the actor tells Playboy in an interview for the magazine’s September issue, on newsstands Friday.
“Once you show your d—, that’s the first image that comes up on Google for the rest of your life,” says Samberg, 37. “I don’t want my d— on the Internet.”
That being said, he did drop trou for his original Saturday Night Live audition in 2005.
“I went to the flea market and bought this ridiculous pair of super-short Adidas 1980s jogging shorts,” he recalls. “I was hanging out with Liz [Cackowski], who already worked at SNL, so I showed her the shorts and we came up with this bit about an out-of-breath jogger making random references to events from 1982.”
“It made us laugh, so for the audition I put the shorts on underneath my pants, and in the last part of my audition, I took off my pants to reveal these crazy-tight shorts,” he says. “[SNL creator] Lorne Michaels says that was the moment he decided to hire me.”
Samberg went on to star as a cast member at the long-running NBC sketch comedy show until 2012, and perhaps one more reason he might be hesitant to get naked on camera is the amount of criticism he weathered as his fame grew.
“In my third or fourth year at SNL, I made the mistake of looking [at Internet comments],” he says. “There was some awful s—, things that made me think, ‘You’re the only one everyone hates.’ I read one that basically said, ‘He should f—ing kill himself so he can’t procreate.’ That was so harsh that I actually found it funny.”
“As an experiment, I looked up people who were at the height of their game, people whose achievements I aspired to, like Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Jim Carrey,” he went on. “They all had the most horrendous s— written about them. And I remember reading people say how much they hated Will Ferrell and how he wasn’t funny, knowing in my heart that he is likely the funniest human being on planet Earth and can do no wrong. That’s when I had this moment of clarity about online comments: None of it matters. All of it is easily ignored. That’s helped tremendously.”