LOOT Star Maya Rudolph Covers TOWN & COUNTRY’s May 2024 Issue

Posted on May 01, 2024

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LOOT star Maya Rudolph covers the latest issue of TOWN & COUNTRY photographed by and styled by. 

From SNL to the silver screen to awards show stages, Maya Rudolph always brings the magic. Her latest trick? Turning an out-of-touch billionaire into TV’s most endearing character on Apple TV+’s LOOT.

 

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On why she loves playing Loot’s Molly Wells: “Something I realized about myself fairly recently is I love magic. And that kind of infinite wealth, it’s like magic. You can do anything, go anywhere. You can buy an island. Anything can happen, which I find so fun.”

On why she doesn’t do “mean” comedy: “I have a really hard time with mean comedy. Those things that are like, ‘Oh, I’m being funny, but I’m making fun of you’? I can’t watch it. I can’t stomach it. And it doesn’t feel good coming out of me.”

On how the impressions she did on SNL felt more like tributes than mockery: “I say it all the time, but I think I’m a drag queen, really. I always wanted to be, like, this fabulous woman.”

On playing Beyonce on SNL: “I think a lot of my impressions come from watching people because I love them and I’m obsessed with them, and I want to be them somehow. So when I started getting to play Beyoncé, I felt like, I know how to do this. Because it’s the same thing I did when I was little. You’re dressing up like a princess. You put on the leotard and some weird scarf, and you’re like, ‘This is my beautiful ball gown.’”

On how she met her longtime partner, director Paul Thomas Anderson, who came to an SNL afterparty specifically to meet her: “He said he saw me in a sketch and said, ‘That’s the girl I’m going to marry.’ But I don’t know. I wasn’t there. Maybe he just told me that to be sweet.”

On moving to Los Angeles full time for her family: “I thought, This is all going great! I’d always wanted to have kids. I’d always wanted to live in New York. I’d always wanted to be on Saturday Night Live.” But Anderson, who is to the San Fernando Valley what Fellini was to Rome, was set on moving back to Los Angeles. For a while Rudolph tried commuting, flying back and forth to SNL, sometimes with her daughter in tow. “This little bald baby, listening to the musical guests warm up. I look back and I can’t believe I did that. It was crazy. I don’t think I slept for two years.”

On how she chooses her projects: “I think half the stuff I did is because a friend said, ‘Will you come and do this?’ and I’m like, ‘Oh, that sounds fun.’ I never really knew what direction I was going to go in. I still don’t want to know. I want it to be informed by what I’d like to do, as opposed to what I’m supposed to do. I think that’s when it’s the most fun and the most alive.”

On her work ethic and taking a step back from the production company Animal that she founded with her longtime friends Natasha Lyonne and Danielle Renfrew Behrens: “[M]ore and more I was starting to feel like there weren’t enough hours in the day. It takes a lot to create a show, and it’s great to be able to create it, but then to actually show up and be on the set every day, it’s, ‘All right, then I don’t have time for this, this, and this…’ I like working, but I don’t like killing myself. I used to not have a choice, and so I did it, because that’s what you did. You exhausted yourself. You ended up in bed, comatose, because you left it all on the dance floor or whatever. But when you’re taking care of children, that’s not really an option.”

On observing the lives of the ultra-rich and her thoughts on the Tesla Cybertruck: “I’ve been noticing the Tesla Cybertrucks a lot lately. It looks like a little boy designed it.”

Photography by Ruven Afanador
Styled by Rebecca Grice
Text + interview by Jessica Pressler

[Photo Credit: Ruven Afanador for Two & Country Magazine]

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