Chances are, you remember the little curly blonde star from a few of your favorite ‘00s comedies. Maude Apatow starred alongside her mother, actress Leslie Mann, in a couple of films directed by her father and Mann’s husband, Judd Apatow.
But as you can see, she doesn’t look like that anymore. The eldest Apatow child is all grown up, and starring in a new HBO series that has generated a lot of buzz. Here’s a look back at the actress’ career and her latest role.
Audiences first met Maude in ‘Knocked Up’
Remember the Judd Apatow filmed that solidified him as a hitmaker in our minds? That would be Knocked Up, the comedy starring Katherine Heigl as an on-camera personality who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with Seth Rogen’s slacker character.
In the film, Heigl lives with her sister, played by Mann, and her husband (Paul Rudd). They have two daughters, portrayed by Mann’s real-life kids, Maude and her younger sister, Iris. The children added many moments of hilarity as they helped paint a realistic picture of what life as a parent is really like.
She went on to appear in these other Apatow projects
Apatow’s part in her father’s film went over so well that he kept casting her and Iris. She reprised her Knocked Up role as Sadie in This Is 40, having gone from an adorable little girl explaining how she thinks babies are made to a surly teenager. Apatow also appeared in Funny People as Mable.
As she got older, Maude was able to step into more adult roles. She had a recurring role in Girls (executive produced by her father), as Cleo, a high school student who befriends Hannah when the latter begins substitute teaching.
Now, she stars in ‘Euphoria’ with Zendaya
Over the past couple of years, Apatow has stepped out of the shadows of her famous parents. She starred in the dramedy Other People opposite Jesse Plemons and had supporting roles in two other films: The House of Tomorrow and Assassination Nation.
Now, Apatow has headed back to TV with a main cast role in Euphoria. She portrays Lexi Howard, a childhood friend of Zendaya’s Rue who tries to help her get back on track after her recent overdose. The HBO drama, which airs its Season 1 finale on Aug. 4, 2019, has received critical praise and has already been picked up for Season 2.
The hilarious story of how she met Drake
Among the many big names behind Euphoria is rapper Drake. Apatow, a self-professed fan of his, got to meet him on set one day — but in not exactly ideal circumstances.
“We were shooting the Halloween episode where I was dressed as Bob Ross,” said Apatow to Stephen Colbert, referring to the beloved The Joy of Painting artist. “He basically didn’t tell anyone he was coming…he just sort of snuck up on us. I was really caught off guard!”
“He saw everyone and hugged everyone. And then he saw me, and he shook my hand,” she laughed. “I didn’t know what to do!” She continued, “But then, I saw him a few weeks later at an event, and he went, ‘Bob Ross!’” If anything, she certainly made an impression.