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Maya Rudolph on Grown Ups

Published June 24, 2010 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Columbia Pictures
Grown Ups is a reunion for comedians from the same era of Saturday Night Live. Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider made comedy history with sketches like The Gap Girls and “You Put Your Weed In There” (a personal favorite of mine.) Maya Rudolph came a little later, but they gave her some funny stuff to do in their new movie, Grown-Ups.

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“I come from the same family as these guys,” Rudolph said. “Even though we weren’t at SNL at the same time, we had the same training and we literally speak the same language. It’s one of those really nice relationships where even if you haven’t worked together, because you’ve done that show and you’ve sort of been down in the dirt with them, you can all relate to each other. Also, sketch comedy is a very collaborative form in that you can see it in all of Adam’s movies. It’s not just about you scoring in the movie, but everybody’s funny in it. So, that’s why for me it was such a joy because I come from an improv background, and I love to work that way.”

Rudolph’s SNL generation included Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. It was known for its female influence, but Rudolph doesn’t like gender labels. “Everybody says it’s boy humor and maybe that’s more specific to their personal voices, but I relate to it so much. There isn’t really a word to explain what it is but I just feel very at home with them. Maybe it’s growing up with having an older brother. I like when the boys are together because I like to get in there and say, ‘Hey guys, what about this?’ That’s sort of how I figured out how to be a comedian was trying to be as cool as my older brother and all of his friends from his basketball team that were coming over. I was like the whacky little kid and like doing stuff. But it feels great, obviously, to get in there with them and make them laugh too. I think there’s such a mutual respect that already establishes the relationship because of having that bond that I don’t think the flavor of your comedy really matters. I don’t think anybody gets into it saying, ‘All right, this is a good year for the ladies.’ It just turned out that we were badass and we were all there together at the same time. It wasn’t really planned but it worked.”

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The family values of Grown-Ups applies to Rudolph too. She plays Chris Rock’s wife, the working breadwinner of their family. “I think that’s why the movie really works. I think everybody in the audience who’s a parent or a kid knows this world and the emotion of it and the complication of it and the joy of it and the drag of it all. I think that, for me, having a son and for being on this set with all of these incredible families and kids added to the whole intimacy of the film and what you see on the screen.”

It’s also yet another movie where Rudolph’s unborn baby has a cameo. “I seem to be pregnant through all my movies. I’ve done SNL very pregnant. I think I had my first daughter nine days after I was on SNL, which was kind of crazy because I had her in California. So, I had to fly back. Yes, nothing’s really stopped me so far, I’ve got to say. But it is a nice out, if you don’t want to go somewhere.”

Grown Ups opens to theaters on June 25th.

For the trailer, stills and more movie info, go to the Grown Ups Movie Page.
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