Maya Rudolph talks ‘SNL’ and ‘Big Mouth’ with GoldDerby
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Maya Rudolph talks ‘SNL’ and ‘Big Mouth’ with GoldDerby

Maya Rudolph won her first two Emmys last year for “Saturday Night Live” and “Big Mouth,” and she may just win two more this year. The versatile actress is currently nominated for both shows again, landing bids in Best Comedy Guest Actress and Best Character Voiceover Performance. Rudolph looks back on her double wins last year in shock, especially having it finally happen this far into her career. “I never really won anything before in that way,” says Rudolph in an exclusive new webchat for Gold Derby. “I was really blown away.”

One of Rudolph’s signature roles on “SNL” is now Vice President Kamala Harris, an impression she debuted (and won her Emmy for) the previous season. She appeared in the first six episodes of this season, often to play Harris, a period of time Rudolph describes as both strange and exciting. “The entire setup was completely different, so we were all kind of going in blind,” she recalls, “knowing that the bones and the structure of what ‘Saturday Night Live’ is were there, but everything else was like, ‘Well, we’ll have faith. We’ll see how we can pull this off.’” She mentions feeling like she and Jim Carrey, who played Joe Biden, were like “Avengers,” coming in through a secret entrance to help make people laugh during a fraught time in the country.

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