Picks and Pans Review: From SNL Star to Leading Lady Maya Rudolph

updated 06/15/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/15/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>• The funny actress, 36, shines as a mom-to-be in Away We Go.

HOW WAS THE TRANSITION FROM SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE? It was painless! I'm a real human being and not just some crazy old lady who drinks booze all day and wears huge wigs. It's nice to emote in a way that uses another part of yourself.

YOU'RE EXPECTING YOUR SECOND CHILD [WITH DIRECTOR PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON]. HOW WAS PLAYING A FIRST-TIME MOM? It was neat for me to go backwards a bit and remember what my life was like before I had a baby. As a mom you forget that easygoing lackadaisical time. It's a lovely window of selfishness.

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