Maya, best known for her long running roles in “Saturday Night Live” has reportedly been signed up for one of the leading voice-over parts in Marvel Comics and Disney Studio’s latest joint production.
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Maya Rudolph, who was one of the leading lights on “Saturday Night Live” for six seasons during the early Noughties, is also no mean voice over artist, having featured on the long running TV animation classic “The Simpsons”, as well as in “Shrek the Third, ” and ” Turbo”, with her most recent voice over role being Precious in “The Nut Job”.
Now, if the reports are correct, Ms. Rudolph will be teaming up with comedian TJ Miller, and actress Jamie Chung in the studio as part of the cast of Big Hero 6.
Maya has also appeared in “real movies” on a few occasions, with her best known parts being in Judd Apatow’s romantic comedy “Bridesmaids” in 2011 following that up last year with a part in the drama/comedy “The Way Way Back”.
In her post SNL life, Maya has also been seen on television, most recently on NBC’s sitcom “Up All Night”, playing the part of Ava Alexander., and will be back again soon in her own show, “The Maya Rudolph Show”, currently scheduled to be a one-off special, which will air Monday, May 19th on NBC.
“Big Hero 6”, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, tells the story of robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada and his robot friend Baymax who join forces with a team of freshman crime fighters to save a city of the future from criminals. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, Big Hero 6 is scheduled to hit the big screen in early November of this year.
Maya Rudolph was born into a showbiz family, with her father, Richard, being a successful composer, songwriter, and music producer, while her mother was Minnie Riperton, a chart topping pop singer who tragically passed away when Maya was just seven years old.
Of the stuff that pop legends are made up, Minnie can be heard singing the words “Maya, Maya, Maya” towards the end of her classic hit record, “Lovin’ You”, released in 1975, which became an international hit.
As a teenager, Maya attended the Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California, where one of her closest friends and classmates was Gwyneth Paltrow. Maya went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in photography from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1995.