Maude Apatow’s name started out as a joke based on Leslie Mann’s favorite movie

Growing up with her parents Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow couldn’t avoid acting and show business if she tried. With a major role in the hit HBO Max show Euphoria, the 24-year-old has a bright future if she stays true to the family business. As the young director strikes out on her own, an inside look at the family shows how comedy continues to open doors in the Apatow household.

Maude Apatow got her name from a joke

Leslie Mann and Maude Apatow attend IFP’s 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on November 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Countess Jemal/Getty Images for IFP)

Considering Leslie Mann met Judd Apatow while auditioning for the goofy comedy cable guy, it’s no surprise that pranks have been a staple of the family. Born in 1997, Maude Apatow’s name comes from a joke between her parents and was not meant to be permanent.

In an interview for Wired, Mann said she got the name of her favorite movie, Harold and Maud. The 1971 black comedy about a young boy dating a 79-year-old woman has become a cult classic over the years.

But even though the name Maude was initially meant to be temporary, it stuck for the long haul. Maude Apatow found herself connected to comedy even before she was born.

Leslie Mann appeared in films with her daughters

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When Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann made a major breakthrough in Hollywood in the mid-2000s with hits like knocked up, the couple also knew where to turn to cast young talents. Maude and her younger sister, Iris, eventually portrayed the daughters of Mann’s character in knocked up, funny peopleand It’s 40. “We hired them because we don’t like other people’s kids,” Apatow joked in the Wired interview.

When they stepped in front of the camera at an early age, Maude and Iris received plenty of great parenting advice on Hollywood dreams, especially from Mann. Mann insisted that they learn how to generate their own content if they want to have a promising career in movies.

Speaking to Popsugar, Mann explains that she told her daughters “Write your own stuff, do your own stuff, direct your own stuff, which you can totally do these days even if you don’t have silver.”

Maude Apatow’s parents are proud of her work in ‘Euphoria’

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The big test for Maude came when she was cast as Lexi in Euphoria. While her early roles were in very familiar territory, Maude branched out with small roles in the Netflix miniseries Hollywood in 2017 and some independent films. She also appeared in the comedy series Girls, executive produced by his father. But with two seasons of EuphoriaMaude now has a big role entirely outside of her parents’ space.

Senior Apatow also expressed how amazing it is to watch Maude on Euphoria. “I’m just a puddle,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I just bawl and cry.” But Judd retains his patented sense of humor, even though he admits watching Maude makes him emotional. When Maude was promoting an episode of Euphoria on his Instagram, Judd commented, “I’ll be watching right after I finish ‘Yellowstone’.”

As Variety reports, Euphoria has already been renewed for at least a third season, Apatow is expected to return alongside the rest of the cast. In addition to having a moment of escape in EuphoriaMaude is also expected to be one of the main stars of Pantheonan upcoming animated series from AMC starring Paul Dano (The Batman) and Taylor Schilling.

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