A Little Late with Lilly Singh is set to launch this September and the Canadian star is taking this time to thank the friends that guided her along the way.
Speaking with ET Canada’s Sangita Patel at the Corus Upfronts in Toronto, Singh acknowledges that hosting her own late-night series will be a learning process and that she's only 50 percent sure of what lies ahead. That said, she is excited about the opportunity, one that she never expected to receive.
“I always wanted my own show, I always wanted to be in movies,” she shares. “That’s what’s cool about life. When life has ways to be like, ‘you didn’t even think of that one.’ So, that’s where my life is and it’s great.”
In an Instagram post, Singh reveals that she wouldn’t be taking over Carson Daly's time slot if it wasn’t for some of her closest friends and mentors, Hasan Minhaj and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Gotta get used to this seat! • When I was presented with this NBC opportunity, I really needed guidance on how to evaluate my options and make the best decision. I sought out advice from two individuals, both whom I admire and respect deeply. Thank you @therock and @hasanminhaj for answering that call. I feel privileged that I can hit you up and ask you tough questions. Thank you for so selflessly dropping your wisdom and in turn, helping me make this beautiful decision. I’m forever grateful. • Thank you to my fellow YouTube creators who continuously inspire me and blaze a path that so many people can benefit from. I am so proud to be from this community and I believe in our community. Your messages of support have filled my whole heart. • Thank you @nbc for believing in me and betting on me. I can’t wait to take this crazy ride with you and make magic. You won’t regret it. • Thank you to my team at #WME @teamid HJTH and everyone at @unicornislandprod for working so hard to continuously make my dreams come true. I don’t know what I’d do without you. • And thank you to everyone sending me such supportive tweets, messages and emails. My phone and I are both overwhelmed with love. You having my back as I start this new chapter means so much to me. • With so much love
“Dwayne’s advice was great, he said: ‘Listen, if you want to become a late night host and then also act and also do all these other things then you will do that. Don’t feel like there’s one specific path you have to follow,’ and he gave me the example of himself,” Singh shares.
“He’s really created this path that is kind of unparalleled and so he’s like, ‘Do the same thing. Don’t let people tell you-you can’t do one thing and not the other.’ So, right after I hung up with him, I was like, ‘I’m going to be a late night host now!'”
For more Lilly Singh, you can follow her across social media and YouTube at iisuperwomanii.