The Holdovers’ Da’Vine Joy Randolph Has Worked A Lot With Eddie Murphy. What The Comedic Great Taught Her On Dolemite Is My Name

Da’Vine Joy Randolph may have become a household name for her devastating turn as a grieving school cook in the acclaimed Alexander Payne dramedy The Holdovers, for which she already won a Golden Globe and is arguably the frontrunner to scoop up the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress this year. But the performer has been turning out stellar performances for years, including opposite frequent co-star and veritable comedy icon Eddie Murphy in films like Dolemite Is My Name and On the Come Up.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, the 2024 Oscar nominee discussed what she has learned from working with comedy legends like Murphy, as well as Steve Martin and Martin Short, both of whom she co-stars alongside in the Hulu whodunnit series Only Murders in the Building:

Number one is coming prepared. Oh, and knowing that you are enough. I think because they’re legends, a lot of times people are intimidated or scared. It’s like if it was a checkers match, let’s say they are the uncontested winner. They’re bored to a certain degree because they’ve beat all these people. And so when someone new comes along and is like, I’m gonna give you a run for your money, they get so excited. Because it’s new energy, and there’s a lot that I’ve found they want to share with and impart to you.

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