September 21st, 2011
06:28 PM ET
"Bridesmaids" star Maya Rudolph may play a famous daytime talk show host, who knows next to nothing about kids on NBC's new comedy "Up All Night," but in reality, she's an old pro at raising children.
"I definitely recognize what Christina [Applegate] and other characters are going through, so much so that it’s kind of embarrassing," she told reporters at a conference call on Tuesday.
"Although I will say as the third time parent – it’s like getting to a higher level of 'Angry Birds.' The first time, bringing the baby home from the hospital, I think I was in the backseat, like, putting my finger under her nose, making sure she was breathing and asking my husband to drive, like three miles per hour. By the third child, we didn’t even have a car seat anymore. When we got one, we didn’t even install it properly because we were just running out of the hospital because we just wanted to get home. I ended up just switching seats with [my husband] and I ended up driving myself home from the hospital."
Series creator Emily Spivey based many of the situations in the show on her life. "At least initially, it was definitely straight out of my baby journal," she said. "After my son was born, and facing having to go back to work at 'SNL' with a newborn, and just the challenges and the funny situations that came from that."
Spivey and Rudolph have been working together for close to 15 years, most famously at "Saturday Night Live." Rudolph – who has played Oprah Winfrey on "SNL" in the past – said that her character, Ava, is not based on a particular person she's met.
"Ava is a Spivey-Rudolph creation, for sure," she said. "I tried to give her a lot of the presence that a daytime talk show would have. You know, somebody who’s commanding. And give her some of the flavor of what people are doing right now on all the daytime talk shows."
Rudolph also can't say enough great things about her co-stars, Will Arnett and Applegate. "They're seasoned vets. They’re amazing. And I’m actually really in awe of not only what they individually do, but what they’re doing together on the shows. I think they’ve created a great couple that you instantly love and you want to see them continue to be in love. And you want to go through the journey with."
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