Maya Rudolph reacts to Kamala Harris VP pick: 'Oh s---'
Watch Rudolph learn the news and discuss her return as Harris on Saturday Night Live.
It's official: Joe Biden has selected Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the 2020 election. And Maya Rudolph, who played Harris during the Democratic presidential debates on Saturday Night Live, has some thoughts.
"That's spicy," she told EW.
The news that Harris has been selected as Biden's choice for vice president broke while Rudolph happened to be recording a panel discussion with EW and other Emmy nominees. Coincidentally, Rudolph is Emmy nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Harris on the sketch show. Watch the video above to see Rudolph learn the news when another panelist — Angela Bassett — got word of the pick and shared with the group on the Zoom call.
"Oh s---," Rudolph immediately responded upon hearing the news.
"Somebody's gonna be very busy now," Wanda Sykes teased, alluding to Rudolph's return to SNL. "Ruh-roh," Rudolph responded, before going on to address the likelihood that she'll reprise her turn as Harris.
"I love going to the show. Any excuse I can get, I love. I just didn't really anticipate traveling during a pandemic, but 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," she joked.
"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," she continued. "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."
Rudolph continued to express her shock and delight, especially the joy of being Emmy nominated for her work as Harris, saying, "I'm as surprised as you are, guys. That's spicy."
"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."
So it seems Rudolph is likely to return as soon as some safety precautions are determined. Just your average complications of mounting television production during a pandemic in an election year.
EW's complete discussion with double Emmy nominees Rudolph, Bassett, Sykes, Dan Levy, Ramy Youssef, and Giancarlo Esposito will be on EW.com on Aug. 24.
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