Maya Rudolph recalls feeling “embarrassed and humiliated” when she first appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
“He mispronounced my name, and I just sat there…I’ve grown my whole life in love with you, and now my heart is broken…I’m sitting here, embarrassed and humiliated,” the ‘Bridesmaid’ star said. to WSJ magazine in an interview published Friday.
The 50-year-old comedian continued to say she didn’t know how to “handle” the situation at the time in 2009.
“I didn’t know how to come up with something funny to say. My public persona muscle wasn’t strong yet,” she added.
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In 1999 Rudolph rose to fame as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live”.
She opened up about her challenges while in the spotlight and confessed that she struggled with interviews and red carpet appearances.
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“I would always feel like someone was stealing my soul,” Rudolph said. “That’s where over the years I created a character to protect myself.”
“I’ve definitely improved a lot,” she remarked. “When I’m uncomfortable, I try to be funny.”
Last year, Rudolph won his second Emmy for portraying Vice President Kamala Harris in her “Saturday Night Live” appearances.
Her recent work includes the voice of the Hormone Monstress, Connie, on Nick Kroll’s Netflix teen show “Big Mouth.”
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She will also star in the “Enchanted” sequel, “Disenchanted,” alongside actress Amy Adams in November.
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Although she’s played several popular comedic roles over the course of her career, Rudolph said she doesn’t consider herself a celebrity.
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“I know I’m a working actor and people know who I am, but I don’t feel like a celebrity because that word means something else to me today,” she noted.
“There are a lot of different types of celebrities these days and a lot of self-made celebrities where people are famous for being famous, and that’s not what I do.”