Maya Rudolph is opening up about her hilarious “Saturday Night Live” portrayals of Senator Kamala Harris, which she’ll be resuming on this week’s episode.
“I definitely felt a lot of pressure but it kind of wrote itself,” the 48-year-old “Bridesmaids” star said during the virtual New Yorker Festival on Friday night. "I don’t ever have any sort of answers about impressions because I’ve never felt like an impressionist. ... I know how to make sounds and I infuse that with what I think is more of a character.
“Once I make that person — a real person into a character — then I can create a language for them. Once I have a language for them, then it all just tumbles out,” said Rudolph.
“I hate debates in life — the polite arguing fills me with such agita that I have difficulty enjoying it. Any debate in any form,” the “Wine Country” star said of the vice presidential debate Wednesday, adding though that she did take into account Harris’ “physicalities and also just trying to see how she was doing.”
The funny lady added that once the fly landed in Pence’s hair — in a “f--king strange and hilarious” incident that triggered about as many social media responses as the candidates themselves — she “kind of took a breath and sort of ha a smile on my face — and I might as well have been drinking a glass of wine.
“I was in the house alone and was talking to myself like someone was there," she recalled. "It was that moment where you want to say to the person next to you like, ‘Are you f--king seeing this?’ As if things hadn’t been weird enough getting us to this point.”
Rudolph won an Emmy for her portrayal of Harris on the Dec. 21, 2019 episode, hosted by Eddie Murphy.
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