Maya Rudolph recalls moment she embraced George Clooney 'like an old friend' first time they met

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Maya Rudolph recalls the awkward moment she embraced George Clooney ‘like an old friend’ despite having never met him: ‘I genuinely lost my mind’

Maya Rudolph accidentally approached George Clooney like ‘an old friend’ the first time they met at the Oscars.

The Grown Ups actress – who had never crossed paths with the Hollywood star before that night early in her career – recalled the awkward moment and how he played it off like a gentleman.

She told Empire: ‘The first time I Went to the Oscars, when we walked into the theatre, I saw George Clooney in front of me – and I put my arms open wide like I was seeing an old friend, thinking in my mind that I knew him.

Familiar feeling: Maya Rudolph recently recalled the time that she accidentally approached George Clooney like 'an old friend' the first time they met at the Oscars

Familiar feeling: Maya Rudolph recently recalled the time that she accidentally approached George Clooney like ‘an old friend’ the first time they met at the Oscars

‘Him being the gentleman that he is, he got right up, put a big smile on his face and opened his arms.

‘As I’m walking over to hug him, I’m thinking, “Wow, I used to work with this guy. It’s so nice to see him!” – and as my arms were coming around his back, I realized I’d never met this person in my life.’

Rather than knock her back, the SNL funny woman explained how Clooney ‘just welcomed [her]’ and let it happen.

'As I'm walking over to hug him, I'm thinking, "Wow, I used to work with this guy. It's so nice to see him!" - and as my arms were coming around his back, I realized I'd never met this person in my life.' Rudolph pictured in 2019, told Empire

‘As I’m walking over to hug him, I’m thinking, “Wow, I used to work with this guy. It’s so nice to see him!” – and as my arms were coming around his back, I realized I’d never met this person in my life.’ Rudolph pictured in 2019, told Empire

'Him being the gentleman that he is, he got right up, put a big smile on his face and opened his arms.' Rudolph recalled

‘Him being the gentleman that he is, he got right up, put a big smile on his face and opened his arms.’ Rudolph recalled 

She added: ‘I’d never experienced that before. I genuinely lost my mind for a moment. Poor guy.

‘God bless him, he just welcomed me with open arms and enveloped me. I will forever love him for that. That’s real star quality. I was in a trance.’

The 48-year-old star also reflected on her very first role in a school play, and admitted her acting career had humble beginnings.

She said: ‘I was a maid. It was a Japanese folktale called The Nightingale. I think I did a lot of giggling. I probably had a couple of lines.

‘I’ll be honest with you, when you’re told you’re the maid, you’re not seeing your name in neon lights just yet.’

What a gent: The actress said 'God bless him, he just welcomed me with open arms and enveloped me. I will forever love him for that. That's real star quality. I was in a trance.'

What a gent: The actress said ‘God bless him, he just welcomed me with open arms and enveloped me. I will forever love him for that. That’s real star quality. I was in a trance.’

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