With a Little Help From Anna Delvey, Meryl Streep, and Nicole Kidman, Chloe Fineman Looks Back on 2022
Chloe Fineman knows how to work a room. In 2019, Lorne Michaels cast the California-born comedian, a former member of The Groundlings, on Saturday Night Live. In the years that followed, Fineman’s hilarious impressions—of fraudster Anna Delvey, Nicole Kidman, and even her fellow castmates—solidified her status as a star.
In a half-hour conversation with Radhika Jones, editor in chief of Vanity Fair, at Condé Nast’s offices in New York, Fineman (and her various alter egos) chatted about her career, current events, and the future. Her timing and wit, offset by bubbly charm, won over the onlookers and left Jones giggling.
When reflecting on the past year, Fineman did not hesitate to name the Delvey sketch, which exploded on social media, as a highlight. Fineman’s hysterical rendition of Julia Garner’s title role in Inventing Anna captured the subject’s affected accent and autocratic manner. She revealed that since Delvey’s release from prison, the two New Yorkers have come into unnervingly close contact. “I haven’t gone to [Delvey’s] dinner parties,” Fineman said. “But I have been invited.”
While remaining within the confines of the law, Delvey has apparently not given up her penchant for theft. “She stole my stylist,” Fineman added. “My stylist made her clip the diamond to her jail bracelet, and my stylist said, ‘I think I’m going to jail.’ And [Delvey] said, ‘Well, we can do it together.’”
Shimmering in a silver Paco Rabanne cocktail dress, Fineman did not just look the part of a silver-screen starlet—she is one. Her recent credits include parts in Noah Baumbach’s White Noise and Damien Chazelle’s Babylon; still to come is a turn in Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis, a project that has been in the works for four decades.
“That’s why we’re brunette,” the formerly blonde Fineman joked of her glossy new hair color. “Very serious.” (“I’m gray for Condé Nast,” Jones wryly responded. )
Then, Jones proposed a delicious and devious game. Two bowls filled with small pieces of paper rested on the table between them. The bowl closest to Jones had newsworthy situations from 2022, while the one closest to Fineman held the names of characters she’s played on SNL; Fineman went on to describe the situation Jones selected as one of those characters.