Amongst talking about her role in Sam Mendes’s new dramedy Away We Go, which is now playing in select theaters, Maya reminisces with the magazine about her involvement with FunnyorDie.com’s Prop. 8: The Musical:
Filming that was an amazing experience because we got to put our anger into something fun and have this really beautiful day. I grew up in California, and I’m a proud Californian, but I was really offended and surprised at how many people feel differently [about marriage equality] than I do just in California alone. I was ashamed of my state.
The infamous Star Spangled Banner botcher tells the magazine that she’s not surprised she has such a large gay fan base, because she feels like she’s part of it, feeling like an outsider growing up without a mom and being mixed race:
I went to a super-duper hippie college, University of California, Santa Cruz, and most of my friends there were either gay or mixed. We were all “others” together. I feel most at home with people who need each other as a family and understand what it’s like to be different.
A large part of the interview focuses on Maya’s role on NBC’s Kath and Kim, where she played the spiritual life coach Athena, who she said “doesn’t see any boundaries when it comes to sexuality.” The role had her reunited with fellow SNL alum Molly Shannon, and the two shared a fascination with Hollywood moms. (“You know those actresses who look like a million bucks carrying around their babies, and you’re like, ‘Really?’”)
Rudolph as part of a ‘Vanity Fair’ photoshoot with female comedians Kristen Wiig and Tina Fey
Asked if she had any girl crushes on any of the perfect-looking Hollywood moms, Maya fesses up:
Michelle Williams immediately comes to mind. She’s so beautiful, and there’s something very special about her. I’ve never met her, but I’m always like, “She’s a really f—–g good actress.”
Finally — a girl crush on a celeb mom other than Angelina Jolie. Thanks for being original, Maya Rudolph!