Julia Louis-Dreyfus Says Saturday Night Live 'Was a Very Sexist Environment' When She Was a Cast Member

04/14/2016 AT 03:20 PM EDT

Julia Louis-Dreyfus may have one of the most storied comedy acting careers of her generation, but the star says her start on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s left something to be desired.

In an interview with The New York Times, the Veep star, 55, recalled her time on the show from 1982–85, saying women were not "at all" given equal treatment on the show.

"I did not come out of SNL as any kind of name. I didn't do anything particularly great when I was there. I didn't. It's fine," she said. "But I learned a tremendous amount. It was a very sexist environment."

Louis-Dreyfus, who is preparing to host this week, says things have improved on the show greatly for women.



"Since I've gone back, I can tell you it's much more of an equal-opportunity environment," she said.

Louis-Dreyfus returns to Saturday Night Live Saturday at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
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