As I mentioned in the Huddle a few weeks ago, NBC’s Up All Night surprised me by becoming my new favorite comedy this year. A sitcom about new parents (Christina Applegate and Will Arnet) didn’t sound like my kind of funny, despite my love of both actors, until I watched it and fell instantly in love with the character of Ava, played by Maya Rudolph. Ava is a former pop star-turned-talk show host, with legions of fans who love to hear her say “Keep growing and learning.” If Ava weren’t so self-obsessed, she’d be Oprah, but the narcissism is part of what makes her so hilarious; the other part is she’s played so brilliantly by Maya, a multi-faceted performer who can play a person like that and make you love her instead of hate her.
I chatted with Maya at NBC’s TCA party on Friday night, where she told me about having so much fun on set and the possibility of a Bridesmaids sequel.
AfterEllen.com: Did you know you have a large lesbian fanbase?
AE: Part of what I love about Ava is the music videos of her past. Please tell me you’ll be doing more of those.
AE: You have great chemistry with both Christina and Will. I love how Ava always thinks Chris (Will) is flirting with her.
AE: What can you tell us about the possibility of a Bridesmaids sequel? I’m sure you’ve heard the rumors.
Do you watch Up All Night? And would you want to see a Bridesmaids 2?
Up All Night airs Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on NBC