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Maya Rudolph Swears She Isn't Doing an Oprah Impression on 'Up All Night' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 12th 2011 3:30PM
On 'Up All Night,' Maya Rudolph plays a flighty talk show host named Ava who's drawn a bevy of comparisons to Oprah Winfrey. Rudolph, who was known for her Oprah impersonation in her 'SNL' days, told 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) that despite the similarities, Ava isn't Oprah.

Rudolph explained that while some may see Ava as an O-clone, it's not what she's trying to do with the character. "People always think I'm doing Oprah I guess, because I did Oprah on the show. You definitely have to have cajones to be a talk show host. I don't think I could personally pull it off being myself, I like being characters more. I'm infusing her with this regal-ness that I like to play."

Billy Bush pointed out that on a show about raising a young girl, Ava isn't particularly into kids. "She isn't good at it yet," Rudolph responded, perhaps referencing a future storyline with Jason Lee, who will join the show as a single dad, and love interest for Ava. "What I like about her is that because she loves Christina's character so much, she's totally willing to try it, just in her own way."

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