When listing some of Hollywood’s funniest women, would Maya Rudolph’s name be found missing on that list? Judge Gen, Lillian, Ava, name them.
These are characters the actress has portrayed, and with each one, she has managed to make us laugh our lungs out.
Her surprise casting as The Good Place judge was particularly a welcome one, and her charm has reinvigorated the show. That’s actually saying something considering that the series was already a fan-favorite.
Two Decades in the Game
But would expect anything less from an actress who has honed her skills for more than twenty years? They say practice makes perfect, and you better believe that Rudolph has perfected her craft.
With the odd exceptions, spending as many years as the actress has done translates to significant net worth, and let’s just say that the two-plus decades that she has been in the game, Maya definitely has something to show for it.
Nonetheless, the big question remains; when and how did the actress make it to stardom? Born to Minnie Riperton and Richard Rudolph in 1972, Maya was always at the heart of show business.
Papa Rudolph was a producer while mom had made a career off of her melodious voice, her best song being Lovin You.
Maya and her family were always on the road thanks to her mother’s career, but unfortunately, Minnie Riperton died early.
At just 31, breast cancer robbed the seven-year-old Maya of her mom, forcing the young girl to turn to comedy for solace.
As she revealed in 2018, moving on was too difficult, and, combined with the sadness she felt, it was all too much. Comedy turned to be her light at the end of the tunnel.
Thankfully, she stuck to making people laugh, and eventually, her persistence paid off. In 1999, Maya summed up the courage to send some of her material to Saturday Night Live producers.
Soon enough, she was called in for a meeting with Lorne Michaels. As the left the sit-down, she was sure that she hadn’t put her best foot forward, but how wrong she was!
The Seven-Year “Trial Run”
The next time she heard from SNL was when guys from the show were offering her a trial-run that would go for three weeks.
She more than made an impression, and the three weeks turned to seven years. Seven years! While at Saturday Night Live, Rudolph met and interacted with other upcoming comedians, and they all helped each other climb up the ladder.
Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Rudolph must have great admiration for each other when they think about how far they’ve come.
In 2007, it was finally time for Maya to move on from SNL. She landed a few minor roles, but it wasn’t until Bridesmaids that the doors opened for the actress.
Starring alongside Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, the actresses made an instant hit, with their movie-making over $288 million. They were now superstars worth their salt!
From then on, Maya Rudolph was never really out of a job. She was and still is, selling like hot cake, and her Hollywood exploits have handed her a $10 million net worth. That’s some good money, don’t you think?