MAYA RU­DOLPH

Los Angeles Times - - PARADE -

The for­mer Satur­day Night Live and Brides­maids star, 45, reprises her voice role as Pre­cious the pug in the an­i­mated Nut Job 2: Nutty by Na­ture, in theaters Aug. 11. The Florida-born ac­tress has four chil­dren with her part­ner, film di­rec­tor Paul Thomas An­der­son (There Will Be Blood).

Was hav­ing kids an in­cen­tive for do­ing Nut Job 2?

When we did the first Nut Job, I only had three, so I guess there’s more in­cen­tive now. The kids like get­ting a chance to see the stuff I do. They get ex­cited about it, which is nice.

What’s new with Pre­cious?

In the first movie, when you meet her, she comes across as tough un­til she im­me­di­ately rolls over on her back. In the se­quel, she takes a more ro­man­tic turn.

You work a lot with oth­ers from the cast of Brides­maids, like Kris­ten Wiig and Melissa McCarthy.

A bunch of us were in the Groundlings [im­prov group] to­gether; that’s where most of us cross-pol­li­nated. It’s eas­ier to write for and work with peo­ple whose voice you al­ready know and who speak the same lan­guage.

Why did you leave Satur­day Night Live in 2007?

I don’t think any­one is meant to work there for the rest of their lives. By the time I had a daugh­ter, it was just the right time for me to leave. It’s hard to work on a late-night com­edy show and have a baby. I did it and I wouldn’t trade it for any­thing, but I wouldn’t re­ally rec­om­mend it.

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