Maya Rudolph, ‘Loot’ Team on Building a Strong Ensemble Cast – The Hollywood Reporter

Money can’t buy happiness – but stacks of cash with Maya Rudolph’s face printed on them can get you closer. Happiness was certainly in the air Wednesday night at the West Hollywood premiere of Apple TV+’s upcoming comedy Booty, especially for star and executive producer Rudolph.

“It was a joy,” said Rudolph The Hollywood Reporter about working on the project. “Doing any production in COVID is stressful and can be scary, and knowing that we were going to have those days when I had to be with the band was really the joy. I feel really lucky that we have the group that we have, and I think they do too.

She talks about the show’s crew and cast, which includes Adam Scott, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Joel Kim Booster, Nat Faxon, and Ron Funches. Led by co-creators Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard, Booty follows Molly Novak (Rudolph) who must figure out what to do with her $87 billion divorce settlement after discovering that her wealthy husband (Scott) is cheating on her. She decides to reconnect with her charitable foundation and reconnect with the real world, while finding herself along the way.

“It’s a miracle to get a cast together these days, especially one this good, because there are 500 shows and everyone has a show,” said creator, screenwriter and executive producer Yang. “We really feel like everyone on the show could be the lead in their own show. Obviously, we start with Maya. And once we’ve had it, we build from that. One of the centerpieces was Michaela Jaé.

“Writing the character of Sophia was tricky because we wanted a counterbalance to the character of Molly. But once the idea of ​​Michaela Jaé came up, it really helped us decide who that character was,” he continued. “She had this kind of moral gravity, this kind of authority that even though she doesn’t have the wealth and status of Molly’s character, she’s someone we could see in scenes with Maya to play as an equal in this way.”

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After being nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk LaidRodriguez plays opposite Rudolph in Booty.

“I never thought that in a million years I would be working with Maya Rudolph,” Rodriguez said. “I thought Laid would happen, and I was probably going to disappear – I had these insecurities about myself, but it comes from being a woman of some experience. These insecurities just come into your head, the trauma of it all. And then you have a silver lining, and you realize, “Oh, I deserve to be next to this incredible, exceptional Emmy-winning actress.”

In creating the show, Yang and Hubbard had Rudolph in mind for the lead role from the start: “She can do comedy, she can do drama, she can do anything,” Hubbard said. Inspired by society’s obsession and interest in billionaires and their inner lives – like real-life tycoons Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, both of whom have recently come under public scrutiny for their relationships – the co-creators designed the Booty story.

“It’s so nice to feel so safe to perform,” Booster, who recently wrote and starred in Hulu’s gay romantic comedy fire islandsaid about the filming environment of Booty. “Everyone is comically supporting you…and it was so nice to come to work every day and stand across from Maya Rudolph, inches away from her every day and have her warmth and humor just wrap you around. It was really an escape for me everyday to go to work.

Rudolph added, “I’ve already been given the gift of this story, which is that even though you think she has everything, she’s obviously going through a complete turning point in her life. She is going through a divorce. She has to ask herself some really tough questions that she never really thought about before, which is, ‘What did I want to do with my life? I spent my life supporting someone else’s dream. Now I’m facing my own life, and what do I want? And I think those are great questions to ask and great dialogues to have, especially for women.

Booty premieres on Apple TV+ on June 24.

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