Maya Rudolph feared she was "terribly unfunny" when she was trying to kick-start her career.
The actress has seen her popularity rise over the past few years, thanks to her starring role in hit comedy Bridesmaids and a regular slot on TV sketch show Saturday Night Live.
Maya insists her success hasn't come easy though.
"Oh yeah, I was frustrated," she said, when asked if she felt like bashing her head against a brick wall. "I felt like it took forever. I was thinking, 'What's wrong with me? Am I just terribly unfunny?'
"Also, I don't know a lot of people that look like me in this industry. You have to convince people of who you are. It took a while for people to really get me."
Maya thinks her success is far more "precious" now because she feels she's earned it. The 39-year-old star says a comedy career is no easy feat - contrary to popular opinion.
"I'm not a dumb kid. I'm approaching it with responsibility and I really appreciate it," she told the latest edition of UK Elle magazine.
"I've also been able to have the time to think about what it is that I want to get out of it. I'm in the mood to really laugh and have fun."
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