THE EMOJI MOVIE
MAYA RUDOLPH (Smiler) is an Emmy-Nominated actress, who has
established herself as a captivating, versatile performer across comedy, drama
Rudolph is most widely known for her turn on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," where
she was one of the show's regular players for over seven years, as well as her
various television projects and film appearances. Since her debut on SNL in
2000, Rudolph's memorable portrayals included Oprah Winfrey, Whitney Houston,
Donatella Versace and BeyoncĂ© as well as such recurring sketches as "Wake Up
Wakefield" and "Bronx Beat."
Up next, Rudolph lends her voice to The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature. Rudolph
returns to voice Precious in the film, which is set to be released by Open Road
August 11, 2017.
Rudolph recently wrapped production on Ben Falcone's Life of the Party alongside
Melissa McCarthy. Warner Bros. is set to release the film May 11, 2018.
Additionally, she lent her voice to Netflix's upcoming animated comedy series
Big Mouth alongside Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen and
Jenny Slate. Netflix is set to release the series in 2017. Finally, Rudolph
recently joined Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski and Sean Cullen in the
voice cast of The Willoughbys, based on Lois Lowry's popular book of the same
In Summer 2016, Rudolph starred in her variety show "Maya and Marty" alongside
Martin Short. Executive producer Lorne Michaels and NBC produced alongside
Rudolph and Short. She also lent her voice to Sony Pictures' The Angry Birds
Movie, released last summer. Additionally, she appeared as Deborah in Akiva
Schaffer and Jorma Taccone's Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Universal
released the film June 3, 2016.
Also in 2016, Rudolph starred alongside Danny Glover in Diego Luna's Mr. Pig.
The film tells the story of an elderly pig farmer and his estranged daughter who
go on a road trip from Southern California to the Jalisco region of West-Central
Mexico. The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. For her role in
the film, Rudolph was nominated for a 2017 Ariel Award for Best Actress.
In 2015, Rudolph appeared in the hit comedy movie Sisters opposite Tina Fey and
Amy Poehler. Released on December 18, 2015 by Universal Pictures and written by
Paula Pell, Rudolph played Brinda, the frenemy of Tina's character.
Rudolph created and starred in her well-received comic-variety show special "The
Maya Rudolph Show," which aired on NBC on May 19, 2014. The special was
executive produced by Lorne Michaels and debuted with 7.23 million viewers.
Additional film credits include: The Spoils Before Dying opposite Kristen Wiig
and Will Ferrell; Disney's animated feature Big Hero 6 alongside Jamie Chung and
T.J. Miller; Paul Thomas Anderson's crime-drama Inherent Vice alongside Joaquin
Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin and Owen Wilson; Jim Rash and Nat
Faxon's directorial debut The Way, Way Back; the family comedy Grown Ups 2
alongside Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, and David Spade; and the
animated comedies The Nut Job and Turbo, for which she was nominated for a Black
Reel Award for her vocal performance as Burn.
As a master in the art of comedy, Rudolph starred in Paul Feig's comedy
Bridesmaids alongside Kristen Wiig, which grossed nearly $300 million worldwide
and garnered numerous accolades. In addition to being nominated for two Academy
Awards, Bridesmaids was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture
Musical or Comedy and won the the 2011 AFI Film Award for AFI Movie of the Year,
the 2012 Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Comedy Movie, the 2012 People's
Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Movie, and Comedy Central's 2012 Comedy Award
for Best Film.
Rudolph has recently teamed up with musician Gretchen Liberum to form the
female-fronted Prince cover band, Princess. In tribute to His Purple Majesty,
the duo became an immediate Internet success last year when they performed
"Darling Nikki" on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Since then, the band has
continued performing hit-after-hit as Prince fans everywhere have tuned in
praising their pristine mimicry of the artist.
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