How Maude Apatow Became a Twitter Celebrity by 14

Judd's kid has some high-profile fans

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 27, 2012 10:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – Maude Apatow is just 14 years old, and though she's appeared in some of her dad Judd's movies, she's not exactly a child star. She's more focused on starting high school than starting a career—"It'll be OK," she predicts in a New York Times profile. "Hopefully." But Maude's observations on life as an adolescent speak to many, from normal kids her age to celebrities much older—she counts Girls' Lena Dunham and iconic author Judy Blume among her fans—and her astute, often hilarious tweets have scored her 67,000 Twitter followers. (And no, her dad doesn't write her tweets, although he sometimes edits her grammar and the two often spar over Twitter. "It could not be more unhealthy," says Apatow.)

Maude and younger sister Iris have appeared as the children of Leslie Mann—their real-life mom and Apatow's wife—in Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40. But, to her fans, she's better known for tweets like, "It was really uncomfortable when I watched Beaches with my best friend and she didn’t cry" and "I think I might get into a fistfight at this bar mitzvah." Live royal wedding tweets and a shout-out from Brit boy band One Direction ratcheted up her popularity, which then led to writing assignments from HelloGiggles and Teen Vogue. Her dad hopes she'll continue writing—and that "ultimately what she writes is longer than 140 characters," he says. Click for the full profile.

From left, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, Judd Apatow, and Iris Apatow arrive at the premiere of Wanderlust in Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.
From left, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, Judd Apatow, and Iris Apatow arrive at the premiere of "Wanderlust" in Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Judd Apatow, right, writer/director/producer of Funny People, poses with his wife, cast member Leslie Mann, and their daughters Maude, left, and Iris, at the premiere in Los Angeles, July 20, 2009.
Judd Apatow, right, writer/director/producer of "Funny People," poses with his wife, cast member Leslie Mann, and their daughters Maude, left, and Iris, at the premiere in Los Angeles, July 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Maude Apatow laughs as her father Judd Apatow talks with a reporter before entering an event at the 13th annual Nantucket Film Festival, Saturday, June 21, 2008, in Nantucket, Mass.
Maude Apatow laughs as her father Judd Apatow talks with a reporter before entering an event at the 13th annual Nantucket Film Festival, Saturday, June 21, 2008, in Nantucket, Mass.   (AP Photo/CN8, Michael Dwyer)
Judd Apatow, director/writer/producer of Knocked Up  poses with his family and cast members wife Leslie Mann and daughters Maude, left, and Iris, at the LA premiere May 21, 2007.
Judd Apatow, director/writer/producer of "Knocked Up" poses with his family and cast members wife Leslie Mann and daughters Maude, left, and Iris, at the LA premiere May 21, 2007.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Judd Apatow poses with actress and wife Leslie Mann and their daughters, Maude and Iris, right, at the 33rd American Film Festival in Deauville, Normandy, France, Sunday Sept. 2, 2007.
Judd Apatow poses with actress and wife Leslie Mann and their daughters, Maude and Iris, right, at the 33rd American Film Festival in Deauville, Normandy, France, Sunday Sept. 2, 2007.   (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
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