Maya Rudolph recalled feeling “embarrassed and humiliated” during her first appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
“He said my name wrong, and I just sat there…I’ve been in love with you all my life, and now my heart is broken…I sit here ashamed and humiliated,” the Bridesmaid star said. to WSJ magazine in an interview published Friday.
The 50-year-old comedian continued to say in 2009 that she did not know how to “handle” the situation.
“I didn’t know how to think of 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 shared her challenges while in the spotlight, confessing to struggles with interviews and red carpet appearances.
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“It would always feel like someone stole my soul,” Rudolph said. “That’s where I’ve created a persona over the years to protect myself.”
“I’ve definitely gotten a lot better,” she noted. “If I’m not comfortable, I try to be funny.”
Last year, Rudolph won her second Emmy for portraying Vice President Kamala Harris during her guest appearances on “Saturday Night Live.”
Her recent work includes voicing the hormone monster, Connie, on Nick Kroll’s adolescent Netflix show “Big Mouth.”
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She will also star in the sequel to “Enchanted,” “Disenchanted,” along with actress Amy Adams in November.
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Despite playing several popular comedic roles during 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 different to me today,” she noted.
“There are a lot of different kinds of celebrities these days and a lot of self-made celebrities where people are famous because they’re famous, and that’s not what I do.”