Since ending her seven-year stint on Saturday Night Live in 2007, alumna Maya Rudolph has managed to keep us laughing as Lillian in Bridesmaids and in cameos on Emmy-nominated TV shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place, and Angie Tribeca. Now, Rudolph is starring in a show of her own on Amazon, titled Forever, alongside her former SNL castmate Fred Armisen. Without giving anything major away, the comedic pair play June and Oscar, a married couple, who deal with the trials and tribulations of lifelong commitment. Ahead of the show’s release on September 14, Rudolph answered “The Big Questions” for Glamour‘s October issue, below.
What is your full name, and where does it come from?
Maya Khabira Rudolph. My parents were hippie musicians. All my life my dad told me my middle name means She Who Received the Message.
What’s your idea of true happiness?
A warm, sleeping kid wrapped around me.
If you could be anyone, real or fictional, who would you be?
You’re talking to a professional drag queen, but I’d have to say Beyoncé.
What’s a headline you’d love to read about yourself?
“Oldest Living Person.”
“Never have I ever…”
Gone skydiving. I’ll never jump out of a plane voluntarily.
What’s something you wish you’d written?
“Once in a Lifetime” by Talking Heads.
If you were on a dating app, what would your opening line be?
“I love chopped salad and going to bed by 9:00 P.M. Wanna party?”
What chapter of your life would be most fascinating to read?
My SNL years. It seems like another lifetime to have been that driven, had that much adrenaline, slept that little, and been so productive.
You’re stuck on a desert island and can bring only three things. What are they?
There would have to be music. So Prince, Jon & Vinny’s pizza, and tequila.
You have to give up sex, booze, or laughter. Pick one.
Booze. So I guess I’m stuck with Prince and pizza.
This story appeared in Glamour’s October issue.