Maya Rudolph is reflecting on a period in her career when she didn’t feel confident speaking up for herself.
In an interview with WSJ. Magazine published online on Friday, the star of Apple TV + Loot recalls her first visit to CBS’ The Late Show in 2009. Rudolph explained that she felt uncomfortable during the interview after host David Letterman mispronounced her name.
“I didn’t have a good time,” she told the publication. “He said my name wrong, and I just sat there, like, I have grown up all my life in love with you. And now my heart is breaking. And I’m sitting here ashamed and humiliated. I don’t know how to handle it.”
She continued, “I don’t know how to come up with something funny to say. My personal muscles in public are still not strong. “
Rudolph who created her Saturday night live debuted in 2000, says she’s gotten better at finding humor in challenging moments. “I have sure has gotten much better,” she said. “When I’m uncomfortable, I try to be funny.”
Letterman apologized to Rudolph later in the episode for his unintentional actions. “I’m sorry I mispronounced your name,” he said. “I’m just a fool with no excuses, and from the bottom of my heart, I sincerely apologize.”
The Hollywood Reporter contacted a Letterman representative for further comment.
Emmy Award-winning Rudolph, who can be seen next month in Disenchant opposite Amy Adams, tell CHEAP in a cover story in June where she values keeping a wall between her public and private personality. “I think the armor has done me some good because I don’t want to be someone who has nothing left for himself,” she said at the time. “I like the armor.”