Maya Rudolph got to hang out with some of her old castmates on the set of Saturday Night Live, however, her time on the sketch-comedy series didn’t go quite as well as some would think.
During a conversation with the New York Times, Maya revealed that she often had to change her wigs and it took “several hours a week,” something which her castmates made fun of.
The actress explained that the blow-dry station was very close to the men’s dressing room, where men were always walking by. According to the Bridesmaids star, there was always some “white guy” asking what was on fire.
She said, “I’m like – I’m getting my hair done!” Moreover, she also complained that some of her white cast-mates had a much better time getting more significant and visible characters.
Maya stated that there were times when she wanted to play the white character, but obviously, according to her, the white actor would get the white character.
While some supported Maya on social media, including with statements like, “Those people are just insensitive to how you’re feeling and don’t understand how hard it is to get your hair done,” others were less forgiving.
One person wrote on Twitter, “It sounds like Maya Rudolph is really reading into things. If someone is walking down the hallway and they can smell hair burning, they’re probably going to ask what that smell is. And also, if a character is a white character, then obviously a white person is going to get it.”
As you may know, the Hollywood industry has been pushing hard lately for proportional representation, including at the Emmys, the Grammies, and the Academy Awards. Reportedly, this year, the Emmys are looking at 36 non-white actors and actresses who are up for an accolade.