Comedian and actress Maya Rudolph found out on Tuesday in an exclusive zoom call with Entertainment Weekly that Senator Kamala Harris, who she had been playing on Saturday Night Live‘s rendition of the Democrat debates, had been chosen to be Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential candidate.
“Oh shit,” Rudolph said when Angela Bassett broke the news about Kamala Harris on the call. “That’s spicy.”
Rudolph’s portrayal of the now-Vice Presidential candidate has earned her an Emmy nomination.
“Somebody’s gonna be very busy now,” fellow panelist Wanda Sykes said, alluding to Rudolph’s potential frequent return to the SNL. To which the actress responded: “Ruh-roh.”
“I love going to the show. Any excuse I can get, I love. I just didn’t really anticipate traveling during a pandemic,” she said. Rudolph joked that “if there’s anyone that can work it out I’m sure Lorne [Michaels] has some sort of invisible helicopter that can get me there.”
“Ever since I was a kid, truly, I wanted to be on any kind of SCTV, Saturday Night Live, and I can’t believe that I got to work there, and I can’t believe that it’s my family still. I’m so thrilled to even be associated with the show and that I got to go back. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving. Honestly, it’s my favorite place to play.”
“I don’t know that I’m ready to go right this minute, but it’s so nice to have this nomination be associated with the show because it’s my true love,” she explained.
In fact, Rudolph is so associated with the California Senator that when Biden announced Harris was the pick, ‘Maya Rudolph’ was almost instantly trending on Twitter.