JULIE KLAUSNER: Your impression style has more to do with just creating a character than mimicking the person precisely.
MAYA RUDOLPH: I think that’s exactly what it’s like. Like Whitney Houston. It’s a character. The way I do her, it’s not a real person anymore. Sometimes when you’re doing an impression of a person based on something they just did, it feels kind of mean-spirited, like you’re attacking somebody. As opposed to when we did Donatella Versace: we created a world where she was capable of anything. We made her this weird vampire. We had a talk show where she was in the bathtub, and then she got electrocuted—and she loved it.
No better time than during Maya’s first time hosting to reblog this excerpt from my interview with her! Pick up the new BUST magazine with her gorgeousness on the cover to read the whole thing.
Feb 18, 12