Maya Rudolph
Maya Rudolph.jpg
Rudolph in 2012 at the Paley Center for Media
Born (1972-07-27) July 27, 1972 (age 50)
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • writer
  • producer
  • singer
Years active1996–present
PartnerPaul Thomas Anderson (2001–present)[a]

Maya Rudolph (born July 27, 1972) is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and singer. In 2000, Rudolph became a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL), and during her tenure on the show, she played supporting roles in the films 50 First Dates (2004), A Prairie Home Companion (2006), and Idiocracy (2006).[2]

Since leaving SNL in 2007, she has appeared in several more films, including Grown Ups (2010), Bridesmaids (2011), Inherent Vice (2014), Sisters (2015), CHiPs (2017), Life of the Party (2018), Wine Country (2019), and Disenchanted (2022). She has also provided voice acting roles for the animated films Shrek the Third (2007), Big Hero 6 (2014), The Angry Birds Movie (2016), The Emoji Movie (2017), The Willoughbys (2020), The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021), and Luca (2021).

From 2011 to 2012, Rudolph starred as Ava Alexander in the NBC sitcom Up All Night. In 2016, she co-hosted the variety series Maya & Marty with Martin Short. Since 2017, she has voiced various characters in the Netflix animated sitcom Big Mouth, including Connie the Hormone Monstress, which won her Primetime Emmy Awards in 2020 and 2021. For her portrayal of United States senator and vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Saturday Night Live, Rudolph won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

Rudolph appeared in the NBC fantasy comedy series The Good Place (2018–2020), for which she received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. From 2019 to 2021, she starred in the Fox animated sitcom Bless the Harts. In 2022, she began starring in the comedy series Loot, also serving as an executive producer.

Early life

Rudolph was born on July 27, 1972, in Gainesville, Florida,[3] to singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton and composer Richard Rudolph.[4][5] Her mother was African-American and her father is Ashkenazi Jewish. Her paternal grandfather was Sidney Rudolph, a philanthropist who once owned all of the Wendy's and Rudy's restaurants in Miami-Dade County, Florida.[6] Her great-grandfather was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, changed his surname from "Rudashevsky" to "Rudolph", and was one of the founding members of Congregation Beth Shalom, a Conservative Jewish synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[7] Rudolph's godmother was R&B singer Teena Marie.[8] On an episode of PBS's Finding Your Roots, Rudolph discovered that her maternal great-great-great grandfather was James Grigby, who was born enslaved in Lincoln County, Kentucky. Grigsby was denied financial compensation and freedom granted by the last will and testament of his enslaver, John Warren Grigby, and challenged the enslaver's grandson in court in the 1830s.[9][10]

Rudolph's parents moved to Los Angeles, California, when her brother Marc and she were very young, and they grew up primarily in the Westwood neighborhood.[11] Near the end of the song "Lovin' You", Riperton repeats "Maya". She incorporated this into her performance on The Midnight Special.[12] Her mother died of breast cancer on July 12, 1979, at age 31, two weeks before Maya's seventh birthday.[11] In 1990, Rudolph graduated from Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California, where she befriended schoolmates Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black.[13] She attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, living in Porter College. She graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in photography.[14]


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Television and film

Rudolph was in the improv troupe the Groundlings, where she met future Saturday Night Live cast member Will Forte. She joined the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player for the final three episodes of the 1999–2000 season through 2007.[11][15][16] She has made several cameo appearances over the years. Since the 45th-season premiere, she has occasionally portrayed Vice President Kamala Harris, a performance acknowledged by Harris.[17]

She has appeared in many other television shows, including the CBS medical drama series City of Angels and Chicago Hope. She had small parts in Chuck & Buck, Gattaca, As Good as It Gets, Duplex, and Duets; she was also a music supervisor for Duets. Her first prominent film role came in 2006 with A Prairie Home Companion. Earlier, she had costarred with Luke Wilson in the 2005 Mike Judge sci-fi comedy Idiocracy, although that film was shelved until September 2006 and then only given a limited release. She also guest-starred as Rapunzel in the DreamWorks animated film Shrek the Third. She guest-starred as Julia in The Simpsons episode "The Homer of Seville". Rudolph guest-starred as character Athena Scooberman in NBC's Kath & Kim, and starred in the film Away We Go with The Office star John Krasinski. In 2010, she appeared in Grown Ups starring Adam Sandler, where she played the wife of Chris Rock's character. In 2011, she appeared in Bridesmaids with Saturday Night Live colleague Kristen Wiig, and in 2013 she played a supporting role in The Way, Way Back as the girlfriend of Sam Rockwell's character. She co-starred in the NBC sitcom Up All Night, with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett. Rudolph's self-titled variety show television pilot aired on May 19, 2014,[18] but the show did not go beyond that. It was later announced that she would star in an NBC variety series Maya & Marty with Martin Short,[19] which debuted on May 31, 2016. Her next series, Forever, premiered on September 14, 2018, on Amazon Video.[20] As a voice actress, she had various roles in the Netflix animated series Big Mouth, premiering in 2017.

In 2018, she performed in advertisements for Ruby Tuesday and Seventh Generation. In 2019 she appeared as the mother in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. In 2021 she voiced Linda Mitchell, mother of two, in Sony Pictures' The Mitchells vs. the Machines, and Daniela Paguro in the Pixar film Luca.[21] In July 2022 she appeared as the star of Loot, an Apple TV+ series. In 2022, Rudolph portrayed Malvina Monroe, the main antagonist of Disenchanted, the sequel to the 2007 Disney film Enchanted.[22]

Rudolph has a production company called Animal Pictures with Natasha Lyonne which has produced Russian Doll, Poker Face, Loot and the upcoming animated series The Hospital.[23]

Since January 2023, it was announced that Rudolph would be the spokesperson for M&M's after owner Mars Incorporated supposedly pulled its "Spokescandies" in light of criticism for its depictions of gender,[24] though a few days later Mars confirmed that their Spokescandies would return in their Super Bowl commercial.


Prior to joining Saturday Night Live, Rudolph was a backing singer (1995–1999)[2] and briefly a keyboardist in the band the Rentals, with whom she toured.[11] She appears in music videos for the songs "Waiting" and "Please Let That Be You". She sang backing vocals for "Barcelona" and "My Head Is in the Sun", both from the album Seven More Minutes. In 2004, she recorded a track with the Rentals frontman Matt Sharp, including a cover of Tegan and Sara's "Not Tonight". She performed "Together in Pooping" and "Little Roundworm" with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (Robert Smigel) on his album Come Poop With Me. She is in a Prince cover band called Princess with her friend Gretchen Lieberum.[25]

Personal life

Rudolph has been in a relationship with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson since 2001.[1][26] They live in the San Fernando Valley with their four children.[27][28][29][30]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 As Good as It Gets Policewoman
Gattaca Delivery Nurse
2000 Chuck & Buck Jamilla
Duets Karaoke Hostess
2003 Duplex Tara
2004 Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Kanshasha X
50 First Dates Stacy
2006 A Prairie Home Companion Molly
Idiocracy Rita
2007 Shrek the Third Rapunzel (voice)
2009 Away We Go Verona De Tessant
2010 MacGruber Casey Fitzpatrick
Grown Ups Deanne McKenzie
2011 Beastie Boys: Fight for Your Right (Revisited) Skirt Suit Short film
Bridesmaids Lillian Donovan
Zookeeper Mollie (voice)
Friends with Kids Leslie
2013 The Way, Way Back Caitlyn
Grown Ups 2 Deanne McKenzie
Turbo Burn (voice)
2014 The Nut Job Precious (voice)
Inherent Vice Petunia Leeway
Big Hero 6 Aunt Cass (voice) [31][32]
2015 Strange Magic Griselda (voice)
Maggie's Plan Felicia
A Very Murray Christmas Lounge Singer
Sisters Brinda
2016 Mr. Pig Eunice
The Angry Birds Movie Matilda (voice)
Poppy (voice) Uncredited
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Deborah
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea Verti (voice)
2017 CHiPs Sergeant Gail Hernandez
We Don't Belong Here Joanne
The Emoji Movie Smiler (voice)
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Precious (voice)
2018 Life of the Party Christine Davenport
Love, Gilda Herself Documentary
The Happytime Murders Bubbles
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Mom
Booksmart Motivational Voice
Wine Country Naomi
The Angry Birds Movie 2 Matilda (voice)
2020 The Willoughbys Nanny (voice)
Thirsty The mosquito (voice) Short film
Hubie Halloween Mrs. Mary Hennessey
2021 The Mitchells vs. the Machines Linda Mitchell (voice)
Luca Daniela Paguro (voice)[21]
Licorice Pizza Gale
2022 Disenchanted Malvina Monroe[33]
2023 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Cynthia Utrom (voice)[34] In production
2024 IF (voice) Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1996–1997 Chicago Hope Nurse Leah Martine 5 episodes
1997 The Devil's Child Holly Television film
2000 Action Phina Episode: "Dead Man Floating"
City of Angels Nurse Grace Patterson 15 episodes
2012, 2021
Saturday Night Live Various Roles 153 episodes
2006 Campus Ladies Professor Theresa Winslow Fabre Episode: "All Nighter"
2007 The Simpsons Julia (voice) Episode: "Homer of Seville"
2008–2009 Kath & Kim Athena Scooberman 5 episodes
2009 The Mighty B! Cherry (voice) Episode: "The Dragonflies"
2011–2012 Up All Night Ava Alexander 35 episodes
2012 Sesame Street Herself 1 episode
2013 Hollywood Help Maya 2 episodes
2014 Portlandia Anita Episode: "Bahama Knights"
The Maya Rudolph Show Herself Variety special; also producer
Family Guy JoAnne Shalit (voice) Episode: "The Book of Joe"
2014–2015 The Awesomes Lady Malocchio (voice) 9 episodes
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Maya Rudolph Wears a Black Skirt and Strappy Sandals"
The Spoils Before Dying Fresno Foxglove 4 episodes
Drunk History Griselda Blanco Episode: "Miami"
2016 Angie Tribeca Jackie Wilder Episode: "Organ Trail"
Maya & Marty Herself / co-host 6 episodes; also writer and producer
Brothers in Atlanta Shirley Television film
Brooklyn Nine-Nine U.S. Marshal Karen Haas Episodes: "Coral Palms, Part 1" & "Coral Palms, Part 2"
Documentary Now! Anita Episode: "Final Transmission"
The Grinder Jillian 4 episodes
2016, 2018 Mike Tyson Mysteries Various Voices 2 episodes
2017 Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special Herself Variety special
Nobodies Episode: "Mr. First Lady"
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Dionne Warwick Episode: "Kimmy Does a Puzzle!"
Tour de Pharmacy Lucy Flerng Television film
The Gong Show Herself / Judge Episode: "Megan Fox/Andy Samberg/Maya Rudolph"
2017–present Big Mouth Diane Birch / Connie / various voices 61 episodes
2017–2021 Big Hero 6: The Series Aunt Cass (voice) 31 episodes
2017 A Christmas Story Live! Mother Parker Television film
2018–2020 The Good Place Judge Gen 12 episodes
2018 Forever June Hoffman 8 episodes
I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman Lady Liberty Episode: "Cory Booker"
2019 The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience Val Gal Variety special
Nailed It! Herself / Judge Episode: "A Classic Christmess"
2019–2021 Bless the Harts Betty Hart, Norma (voice) Series regular
2020 Mapleworth Murders[35] Broda Bcbillan 3 episodes
Eater's Guide to the World[36] Herself / narrator 7 episodes
Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine Andrea Steele Television special
2021 A Clüsterfünke Christmas Shania Gary Comedy Central film
MacGruber Casey 2 episodes
2021–present Baking It Herself / host 6 episodes
2022 Baymax! Aunt Cass (voice) 2 episodes; Disney+ miniseries
Murderville Herself Episode: "Who Killed Santa? A Murderville Murder Mystery"
2022–2023 Human Resources Connie (voice) 20 episodes
2022–present Loot Molly Novak / Wells Main role; also executive producer
2023 Digman! G.A.W.D. (voice) Episode: "Fear of GAWD"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series ZO-E3

Music videos

Year Title Artist(s) Role Ref.
2006 "Dick in a Box" The Lonely Island featuring Justin Timberlake Girlfriend
2011 "Make Some Noise" Beastie Boys Metal Chick
2013 "Hugs" The Lonely Island featuring Pharrell Williams Drug dealing '80s Oprah
2020 "Imagine" Gal Gadot & Friends Herself [37]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref
2004 Satellite Awards Best Actress in a TV Series – Comedy or Musical Saturday Night Live Nominated
2007 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2011 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini Series or TV Movie Up All Night Nominated
2012 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Maya Rudolph/Sleigh Bells") Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Up All Night Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini Series or TV Movie Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Jaw Dropping Moment (shared with rest of cast) Bridesmaids Won
2014 Independent Spirit Awards Robert Altman Award (shared with rest of cast) Inherent Vice Won
2016 Writers Guild of America Award Comedy/Variety - Sketch Series Maya & Marty Nominated
2018 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series The Good Place Nominated [38]
2019 Nominated [39]
2020 Nominated [40]
Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Eddie Murphy/Lizzo") Won
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance Big Mouth (Episode: "How To Have An Orgasm") Won
2021 Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Voice Actress in an Animated Movie The Willoughbys Nominated [41]
Best Voice Actress in an Animated Series Big Mouth Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Maya Rudolph/Jack Harlow") Won [42]
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance Big Mouth (Episode: "A Very Special 9/11 Episode") Won
2022 Big Mouth (Episode: "A Very Big Mouth Christmas") Nominated


  1. ^ Rudolph refers to Anderson as her husband, although they are not married.[1]


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