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Aren’t you looking to sympathize with the heartbroken misfortunes of a billionaire? Well, we don’t blame you. But in the next Apple TV+ Booty (premiering of the first three episodes Friday, June 24), Maya Rudolph’s well-meaning divorcee just might win you over.

In the comedy created by Matt Hubbard (30 Rock) and Alan Yang (master of nothing), Rudolph plays Molly Novak, a rich and dirty woman who leads the high life until she discovers her husband, a technical director (Breakup‘s Adam Scott) cheated on her with a much younger woman. From there, Molly has to start over — with an $87 billion settlement, of course. But when she learns she’s the founder of her own charity that she’s never heard of (let’s say this sink for a second), she decides to try to put her newfound fortune to good use. (Read our review here.)

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Despite the show’s lofty absurdities (of which there are plenty!), Rudolph manages to mold the character into someone we can all relate to, despite Molly’s initial ignorance of how the world really works.

“Molly is someone who never expected her life to change, and she’s going through a change publicly and very quickly,” Rudolph told TVLine. “She’s someone who shows herself to be an important person because she has to answer some tough questions that she didn’t expect to have to answer about her own life. I think it’s really interesting to look at a woman my age going through a divorce and seeing what life can be like if it’s not what you expected.

But while her money can help Molly provide the tools and exposure her foundation needs, it can’t buy her happiness, which is evident in her struggle to define her new normal and carve out a path forward.

“Because we’re giving her a vulnerability, we can stand with her and look at that time in this woman’s life where she’s like, ‘Am I done? Am I washed? is that it, or do I have a new chapter ahead of me?” adds Rudolph.

Booty Michaela Jae Rodriguez

Booty Michaela Jae Rodriguez

Naturally, Molly faces some pushback from the foundation’s director, Sofia Salinas, who resents the fact that Molly hasn’t been there and wasn’t even aware of the existence of the organization. (Typical billionaire.)

“Sofia is this character that has no meaning,” says her interpreter Michaela Jaé Rodriguez. “She’s a very stern, very assertive, very direct character. When she first sees Molly go into space, she’s like, ‘Who is that? Where did she go? We wanted her here!’ But slowly and surely she comes out of her shell, breaks down her walls, and realizes they have more in common than they actually realize.

Co-starred in Booty are Ron Funches, as Howard, Molly’s estranged relative who works at the foundation, and Joel Kim Booster, Molly’s over-eager personal assistant. The two kick off an unlikely surface-level friendship that soon blossoms into something more meaningful for both of them. But it won’t be quite smooth for the new buds.

“At the start of the season, Howard sees another alpha male out there on the prairie,” Funches jokes wryly. “Someone who’s as hot as he is, who trains as hard as he is, who’s smart and funny. I think Nicholas doesn’t see that right away. He’s blind to charisma and good looks and all that stuff. that Howard possesses, but like everyone else, he ends up falling for Howard’s spell, and they become best friends forever, but some problems arise like any friendship.

Booty Ron Funches

Booty Ron Funches

“For Nicholas, he’s used to navigating a social world that’s all about competition, about one-upmanship,” Booster adds on a more serious note. “Howard is the first person to care about Nicholas in a real, genuine way, and while he’s initially resistant to the relationship, it’s hard to resist when someone like Howard comes into your life and supports you. sincerely.”

Rounding out the cast is Nat Faxon as the divorced accountant Arthur, who ends up forming a heartwarming connection with the show’s leading lady. But just because the villainous Rudolph is front and center doesn’t mean the entire series fades into the background.

“I loved [shooting] the group scenes because everyone held their own and worked together as a whole,” says Faxon. “The characters are so well defined and individual that all the jokes land because they come from the character. Whenever there was some kind of improvisation, it all worked because it came, again, from the character. It didn’t just seem tangential. There’s something really fun about the liveliness of comedy.

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