Maya Rudolph: All funny business, all the time


Maya Rudolph isn’t one for taking it easy. The comic actress sat down with us to discuss her new film, “Bridesmaids,” after shooting a new TV pilot and attending the film’s premiere the day before — all while very pregnant with her third child. “I feel crazy today not getting enough sleep, because I’m gestating a human,” she says. “Doesn’t that sound weird? Gestating sounds like you’re chewing and swallowing something. It sounds like digestion.” Despite her lack of sleep, Rudolph cracks us up.

How was it teaming up with Kristen Wiig again?

It’s very easy to work with her, and I happen to like her a lot. You know, we’ve experienced a lot together just from working at “SNL.” It’s like being in the trenches together — like being in the comedy army.

What sort of comedy do you gravitate towards?

I like comedy that is based in reality, or the gentle awkwardness of situations that can lend itself to being funny. “Away We Go” had that. I had just gone through [pregnancy] myself for the first time, and it was  like, “Yeah! People say stupid stuff to you all the time!”

Are you getting stupid questions about pregnancy?

I always get women that are really sure of themselves, like, “You’re carrying low. You’re having a boy. And it’s going to go real early.” Everyone’s an expert. The unsolicited advice never ends when you’re pregnant.

Have you ever had a wedding experience as crazy as this?

Oh, God, no. And I haven’t been a bridesmaid that much. I feel like a lot of my friends got married when I was working on “SNL,” and a lot of people get married on Saturdays.

Which “SNL” characters do you get recognized for?

These days it’s usually Whitney [Houston], maybe a little Oprah peppered in. And then every once in a while I get a nice “Bronx Beat” reference, which I love. I love being able to be known for an original character. But I’ll take whatever I can get. 


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