On Saturday evening, actress-singer and dancer Ariana Debose made her "Saturday Night Live!" debut, mesmerizing the audiences with her hilarious and well-thought-out sketches.
Debose started the night with a monologue, celebrating her Latina roots and the Broadway community, referring to it as a community that preserves.
"I believe Broadway changes lives, and hey, it changed mine. Broadway has this magical ability to bring people together." Debose added as People reports.
Actress Ariana Debose and her partner, costume designer Sue Makkoo | Photo: Getty Images
The Prom actress then got into her "West Side Story"'s character Anita and sang "I Feel Pretty" and "Tonight," alongside Kate McKinnon.
Later in the evening, Debose performed alongside other SNL cast members. SNL announced in January that DeBose would be hosting the show in its second half of the 47th season.
Landing the role was, however, not easy. When Debose dropped out of Western Carolina University and moved to New York City, at only 19, she had no place to live.
She initially crashed on friends' couches, but eventually, she had to find her way. She struggled to find food, and without steady work, she survived on peanut butter and jelly and 50 cents coffee every morning.
She rode the subway not knowing where she'd go, but ten years later, after a string of successes on Broadway, the actress spends her time between her two homes, a cottage in upstate New York and an apartment in Manhattan.
She shares her cottage with her partner Sue Makkoo, a costume designer. Debose recently gave a tour of the cozy home that she and her partner have decorated over the years.
The living room is open and airy and features pops of color, while the couches and accessories make it brighter. The windows are pieces of art.
Beautiful paintings, the bar cart, and the crowded but simple dining table accentuate the simple living room. The kitchen features a small island with high seats and a beautiful view of the creek just outside.
The bedroom features beautiful furniture and a glittery wall that glows when the hosts light up candles. The room is sensual and warm and is the perfect fit for the couple.
"The interior was still in flux, though, so it has grown with us, which is great. Everything in the cottage is a reflection of our life together or of the home's surroundings."
Theirs is a cottage home designed with intention, every color, design, and furniture carefully thought-out to suit Debose and her partner.