Emmy Award nominated actress Maya Rudolph is most widely known for her turn on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, where she was one of the show’s regular players for over seven years, as well as her various television projects and film appearances. Since her debut on SNL in 2000, Rudolph’s memorable portrayals included Oprah Winfrey, Whitney Houston, Donatella Versace and Beyoncé as well as such recurring sketches as “Wake Up Wakefield” and “Bronx Beat.”
Maya was most recently seen in the hit comedy movie Sisters opposite her former SNL co-stars, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Released on December 18, 2015 by Universal Pictures and written by Paula Pell, Maya played “Brinda” the frenemy of Tina’s character. Upcoming, Maya will lend her voice to Sony Picture’s animated film, The Angry Birds Movie, to be released on May 20, 2016.
Maya created and stared in her well received comic-variety show special The Maya Rudolph Show which aired on NBC on May 19, 2014. The special was executive produced by Lorne Michaels and debuted with 7.23 million viewers.
Rudolph also appeared in The Spoils Before Dying opposite Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell for IFC in July 2015 and Disney’s animated feature Big Hero 6 alongside Jamie Chung and T.J Miller which was released in November 2014. She stared in Paul Thomas Anderson’s crime-drama Inherent Vice as “Petunia Leeway”, co-starring Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin and Owen Wilson, which was released in December 2014.
Rudolph previously starred in the critically acclaimed The Way, Way Back, the film was the directorial debut of Oscar® winning writers Jim Rash and Nat Faxon. It received rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and was released by Fox Searchlight in July of 2013, the film went on the be nominated for various awards and grossed $22 million at the domestic box office. Rudolph also reunited with SNL cast-mates Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, and David Spade in the family comedy Grown Ups 2. Additionally, Rudolph was previously heard as the voice of “Precious” in the animated comedy The Nut Job and her Black Reel Award® nominated vocal performance as “Burn” in DreamWorks’ film, Turbo. On the small screen, Rudolph recently starred as “Ava” on the NBC comedy-sitcom Up All Night.
As a master in the art of comedy, Rudolph starred in Paul Feig’s comedy Bridesmaids alongside Kristen Wiig, which has grossed nearly $300 million in the box office worldwide and garnered numerous accolades since it opened May 13, 2011. In addition to being nominated for two Academy Awards®, Bridesmaids was nominated for a Golden Globe® for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and won the following awards: the 2011 AFI Film Award for AFI Movie of the Year, the 2012 Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Comedy Movie, the 2012 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Movie, and Comedy Central’s 2012 Comedy Award for Best Film.
Rudolph has recently teamed up with musician Gretchen Liberum to form the female-fronted Prince cover band, “Princess.” In tribute to His Purple Majesty, the duo became an immediate Internet success last year when they performed “Darling Nikki” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Since then, the band has continued performing hit-after-hit as Prince fans everywhere have tuned in praising their pristine mimicry of the artist.
Rudolph has lent her voice to films such as Zookeeper and Shrek the Third, She has also appeared in Friends With Kids, alongside Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig and Adam Scott, as well as Grown Ups, Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion, Mike Judge’s Idiocracy, and Miguel Arteta’s Chuck & Buck.
In 2009, she earned rave reviews for her performance opposite John Krasinski in the comedic and heartfelt film Away We Go, directed by Sam Mendes from a script by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida.
April 23, 2016 at 9:30 pm