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On a roll: Michelle Buteau’s latest projects include Netflix film ‘Always Be My Maybe’

Michelle Buteau’s life is going pretty well these days.

Michelle Buteau, left, and Ali Wong in a scene from the Netflix film “Always Be My Maybe,” which begins streaming today. (Ed Araquel/Netflix)

The comedian has a few projects, ranging from podcasts to TV and film, that are about to be released.

The Netflix movie “Always Be My Maybe” is being released today on the streaming service.

It tells the story of childhood friends Sasha and Marcus, played by Ali Wong and Randall Park, who have a falling-out and don’t speak for 15 years.

But when Sasha, now a celebrity chef in Los Angeles, returns to her hometown of San Francisco to open a new restaurant, she runs into her old pal – a happily complacent musician still living at home and working for his dad.

Although the two are reluctant to reconnect, they soon find that the old sparks – and maybe some new ones – are there.

Buteau plays Veronica, who also grew up with Sasha and Marcus.

When she found out about the project, she jumped at the chance to work with Park and Wong, who also wrote the film.

“Look, I’ve known Ali for a long time in comedy, and she’s so talented, and she’s a hard worker,” she says. “I know Randall, and when I heard that they wrote something, I wanted to audition. I’m so glad it worked out.”

Buteau says Veronica “plays cupid from a distance and has a kind hand.”

But what ultimately sealed the deal for Buteau is the story.

“There are so many things,” she says about the script. “I love showcasing female friendship where there is no competition. Veronica grew up with Marcus and Sasha, and when you have a childhood bond, I think that’s a special place. I also love that Veronica is a married lesbian who is having a baby and successful in her own right.”

Buteau says the script was carefully curated and tells an American story.

“This is what life is like today,” she says. “It’s a snapshot of how wonderful and diverse the world is today.”

Filming took place in Vancouver and San Francisco, more than a year ago.

With the film ready to stream today, Buteau says, it’s like an “adult Christmas.”

“Filming went well, and to be honest, there weren’t any obstacles,” she says.

In addition to “Always Be My Maybe,” Buteau hosts “Late Night Whenever With Michelle Buteau,” and will be seen in Netflix’s coming series “Tales From the City” and BET’s “First Wives Club.”

“I can’t wait for people to see these,” she says.

Buteau also has regular stand-up comedy performances – a few have been in New Mexico.

“I’ve been there for Pride, and it was great,” she says. “I love salsa, and I love turquoise, and I love a dry heat.”

 

SEND ME YOUR TIPS: If you know of a movie filming in the state, or are curious about one, email film@ABQjournal.com. Follow me on Twitter @agomezART.

 

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