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Maya Rudolph reveals she actually turned down Sandra Oh’s leading role in Killing Eve 

Maya Rudolph has revealed she was approached for the title role of Eve Polastri in Killing Eve, but turned it down.

Maya is one of the most recognisable faces around and has played iconic roles from Donatella Versace to Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday Night Live.

But it turns out we could have seen her in another very notable part.

Before Sandra Oh was cast as Eve, the leading role in the BBC hit drama, Maya herself was approached for a slice of the action.

The star was already a massive fan of original showrunner Phoebe Waller-Bridge, having quickly binged all of her series Fleabag.

However, she had to make the hard decision to turn it down, due to her family all being in the US.

Sandra won various awards for her portrayal (Picture: Laura Radford/BBC)

Despite the instant attraction of the role, she told The Hollywood Reporter: ’There was no way I was about to move to Europe for months. Like, how?’

Luckily, she still got to meet Phoebe, with the pair having spent some time together in London. She simply said: ‘Phoebe’s the f***ing best.’

Maya has four children with long-term partner Paul Thomas Anderson, who she has been in a relationship with since 2001.

Maya also appeared in iconic comedy film Bridesmaids (Picture: Supplied by LMK)

Fans saw Sandra go on to win multiple awards for her portrayal of the MI6 spy, including the Golden Globe for Best Actress for the role in 2019.

Meanwhile, Maya has continued to win success with roles as Judge Gen in The Good Place and voicing various characters in the Netflix animated sitcom Big Mouth, as well as in SNL.

Maya will play a billionaire who divorces her husband, and is left with a cool $87billion (Picture: Apple TV+)

She’s next set to appear in the comedy series Loot, alongside Michaela Jae Rodriguez, Joel Kim Booster, Nat Faxon and Ron Funches.

It will see her portray a woman who’s forced to start over after her billionaire husband leaves her, inspired by the implosion of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ marriage.

Maya plays Molly Novak, whose life is full of private jets, a sprawling mansion and a Giga yacht. However, it’s all upended by her cheating husband, played by Adam Scott, dating a woman young enough to be their daughter.

The new 10-parter comes to Apple TV+ on Friday, June 24, and we already can’t wait.

Killing Eve can be streamed in full on BBC iPlayer now.


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