'You Wish You Lived Here' host Dylan Silver talks about her love for DIY and making her sister "laugh till she pees"
Dylan Silver's comedic talent has been featured on platforms like SoulPancake, CollegeHumor, and Yahoo Sketchy, among others
'You Wish You Lived Here' host Dylan Silver is an actor, writer, and comedian. The DIY Snap Original helps millennials refurbish their homes for under $1,000, inspired by a particular celebrity's style.
Silver recently wrapped directing her first documentary in Colorado, titled 'Considering The Horse'. She is known for her highly praised original series 'A Minute With Ivanka', in which she portrays Ivanka Trump. The series was featured multiple times as a 'Latest and Greatest' on 'Funny Or Die'. Her original series 'The Dount Man' was a 2018 Sundance Lab finalist. Her feature film script, 'The Blessed Sisters of St. Magdalene', recently wrapped production.
Silver made her directorial film debut with 'Water Colors', a short film which she also wrote and produced. She is in the midst of writing her next feature, which she will direct and star in next year. Her comedic talent has been featured on SoulPancake, CollegeHumor, and Yahoo Sketchy, among others.
Silver trained at UCB, Academia Dell'arte, The National Theatre Institute, and holds a BA in Acting & Writing from George Washington University, where she received the Presidential Arts Scholarship. She was raised in the United States and the Middle East and is fluent in Hebrew. As a content creator, she gravitates more towards the vulnerable, playful, and heartfelt.
Can you give us a little sneak peek into what we can expect from the Snap Original?
All the things you love about home renovation shows and more. We help millennials remodel their places with loads of nifty DIYs and celebrity-inspired flavor, for all under $1000. I get to refurbish all different kinds of Angelino's homes; from a musician’s studio apartment to a world-traveling DJ’s backyard, to two actors and best friends sharing a bedroom the size of a freshman dorm. On 'You Wish You Lived Here' we elevate each person to feel that they can have the home of their dreams, on a budget. Oh, and we also just have the best time too!
What was your response to Snapchat venturing into original programming? How do you think being on a platform like Snapchat would change the way people view shows?
I think the access that digital media is providing to people globally is superb and I’m just thrilled to be a part of it.
Are you a fan of DIY-ing? What is your proudest DIY achievement?
I’m a huge fan of DIY-ing. Not only in the literal sense, but even on the more metaphoric level. Whether it’s building something from scratch or just doing something new for the first time, I think in life we forget how much power we possess, how much we can depend on ourselves, and literally cultivate, or DIY, our lives.
How did you land the host position? Could you tell us a little bit about the audition process?
HGTV was introduced to my work by fellow colleagues in the industry. From then, it was an audition process. I think HGTV saw the joy I get from making people feel good and laugh, even in the most vulnerable situations. I like to think that's what sealed the deal. The network could have easily picked someone already famous in the DIY world. I’m grateful they saw my multi-faceted career and hobbies as assets. I really love being a part of the HGTV family. They are as wonderful as they seem.
You have been a part of CollegeHumor, what I would call the SNL for the digital age. What was that experience like? Can we see you in more sketches in the future?
Brilliant. The director of those actually directs on SNL now. I’d love to be in more sketches!! Bring it on!
You've been famous for your portrayal of Ivanka Trump. What is being in the skin of the First Daughter like? Do you empathize with her, when you embody her in any way?
Personally, my comedic writing has always sought to inspect and reflect the truth, without demonizing or dehumanizing. I start from a place of empathy. When I wrote those Ivanka sketches, that’s where I began, cause while I saw other comics make superficial impressions of her, I hadn’t seen anyone step into what’s truly anomalistic about her. I read her books, studied her mannerisms, her speech patterns. Sometimes it’s the toughest to make fun of celebrities like her. You don’t want to discredit them as beings, but you want to acknowledge the truth of what they're doing. Much like Tina Fey did of Sarah Palin.
You've donned multiple hats as a writer, director, actor, etc. What has been your favorite one?
I started out as an actress and without a doubt, it’s my favorite as it comes the most naturally. Having said that, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a bigger dream of creating shows, films, telling stories I wasn't seeing, and believed deserved a voice. I love playing a major role in the development process and will continue to do so as a writer, director, host, and actress as well.
If you were not in showbiz, what would be the plan of action for you?
Dessert Tester? I feel like I’d be really good at that. Or a fortune teller that just lovingly listens to you vent and then encourages you to try therapy.
You have acted in both films and for TV. if you had to choose between the two, what would it be?
I haven’t actually had the opportunity to act on television yet. It’s been digital media and films. Cinema was always my passion, so I’d say films, but ask me in a year and hopefully, I’ll have a way richer resume in both film and TV to give you a fuller answer!
What is your career bucket list like?
Make a film that moves mountains. Make another that makes my sister laugh so hard she pees. Work abroad. Affect millions of people's lives for the better through art and entertainment. Did I mention my sister? Yeah, I did. Great!