Maude Apatow On Embarrassing Parents, 'Euphoria' And Her 'Normal People' Obsession

Olivia Blair
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From ELLE

Though 2020 isn't shaping up to be the best year for many people... for Maude Apatow, there have been some incredible highlights.

Fresh off the back of the 2019 success of cult TV show Euphoria - in which she played the level-headed, rational Lexi - a calm in a sea of teen angst - Maude starred in Ryan Murphy's Hollywood as Henrietta Castello, the wife of lead character Jack.

Now, the 22-year-old is back working with the director she's worked with since childhood, her father Judd Apatow.

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Perhaps Maude was destined for Hollywood greatness as the offspring of Judd (who is behind some of the biggest comedies of the 21st century: Trainwreck, Knocked Up, The 40-Year Old Virgin and he executive produced Anchorman, Bridesmaids, Girls and Superbad) and actor Leslie Mann, star of Big Daddy, Blockers, George of the Jungle and 17 Again.

At just seven-years-old, Maude sampled her first taste of movie stardom when she and her sister Iris were cast in their parents' films Knocked Up and This Is 40, playing the daughters of their real life mother's character and substituting their IRL Dad for Paul Rudd.

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In the director's latest movie, The King Of Staten Island, Maude again plays a level-headed, calm and rational character in the form of Claire. A nice relief against her older brother Scott, played brilliantly by Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson, whose character is basically the opposite.

The moving comedy chronicles a story very similar to Davidson's personal life. Like Davidson, Scott is a native of the the island adjacent to Manhattan, battles mental health issues and tragically lost his firefighter father at a young age (Davidson's father died responding to the 09/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001).

To mark the release of the film - which in these Coronavirus times has gone straight to PVOD services, missing out on a cinematic release - Maude played a good old game of 'Ask Me Anything' with ELLE UK.

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Questions ranged from which of her characters she most identifies with to the book, TV series and album she recommends everyone engages with right now as well as the most embarrassing thing her parents have ever done to her.

The King of Staten Island is now available to Rent at Home from digital partners such as SKY STORE, AMAZON PRIME VIDEO, APPLE TV, GOOGLE PLAY and other digital retailers.

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