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About Kristen Wiig (1973 – )
Kristen Carroll Wiig was born in Canandaigua, New York, the daughter of Laurie J. (née Johnston), an artist, and Jon J. Wiig, who ran a lake marina in Western New York. Her father is of Norwegian and Irish ancestry and her mother is of English and Scottish descent. The name Wiig comes from the area of Sogn og Fjordane in Norway. Wiig moved with her family to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at the age of three, and attended Nitrauer Elementary School. She later moved to Rochester, New York, where she attended the prestigious Allendale Columbia School for ninth and tenth grade and graduated from Brighton High School.
She left for her first try at college, seeking fun and, eventually, soul-searching. Not finding what she wanted, she returned to Rochester, attended community college, and did a three-month outdoor living program. She had no performing ambitions at this time. Wiig attended the University of Arizona, majoring in Art. When she took an acting class in college to fulfill a course requirement, the teacher suggested she continue to act. She expected to start out a job at a plastic surgery clinic drawing pictures of people's post-surgery bodies, but decided to move to LA and act.
Kristen dropped out of school at 19 and relocated to Los Angeles to act while working odd jobs to support herself. She performed with Empty Stage Comedy Theatre and with The Groundlings. She felt improv was a better fit than acting, and being a part of the comedy group improved her skills. In 2003, she appeared in the Spike TV show The Joe Schmo Show, a spoof of reality television, in which she played "Dr. Pat", a quack marriage counselor.
While at The Groundlings, Wiig's manager encouraged her to submit an audition tape to Saturday Night Live (SNL).
Wiig debuted on SNL shortly into Season 31, on November 12, 2005. She survived an SNL budget cut, becoming a full member of the repertory cast at the beginning of Season 32 in 2006 and up until 2012.
Wiig was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Saturday Night Live (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). In December 2009, she headlined in the Christmas special SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas, which featured new sketches with her character Gilly and highlights of older SNL clips. Wiig was featured in Entertainment Weekly's list of 15 Great Performances for her various impersonations on Saturday Night Live (December 2008) and in EW's list of the 25 Funniest Women in Hollywood (April 2009). As of 2011, she voiced Lola Bunny in the series The Looney Tunes Show.
Her final performance as a cast member on Saturday Night Live was Season 37, Episode 22, which aired on May 19, 2012. The show was hosted by Mick Jagger. The closing celebration of her time on the show included SNL alumni Amy Poehler, Chris Kattan, Chris Parnell, Will Forte and Rachel Dratch, as well as Steve Martin and Jon Hamm. She returned to host the program on May 11, 2013. Wiig appeared on the second episode of fellow SNL alumnus Jimmy Fallon's run on The Tonight Show from 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City (February 19, 2014). In what appeared to be an unscripted spoof, she played the role of ideal boy band One Direction member Harry Styles. She returned as a special guest to appear in the monologue and several sketches of SNL again alongside host Bill Hader on October 14, 2014. Wiig's SNL comedic style has been widely praised but also criticized for leaving "little room for her female contemporaries to shine."
At the 2015 Grammy Awards, Wiig joined with child-dancer Maddie Ziegler to give a concert dance performance alongside songwriter / recording artist, Sia, who sang her 2014 single 'Chandelier'.
Wiig made her film debut in the 2006 Christmas movie Unaccompanied Minors. The following year, she appeared in Judd Apatow's comedy Knocked Up as a passive-aggressive assistant and performed in Jake Kasdan's Walk Hard, another Apatow-produced film. In 2008, she had small roles in several films, including Forgetting Sarah Marshall and David Koepp's Ghost Town. In 2009, Wiig had supporting roles in Greg Mottola's Adventureland, Mike Judge's Extract, and Whip It, Drew Barrymore's directorial debut. In 2010, she appeared in the films MacGruber, the animated comedies Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, and Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things. Wiig had her first lead role as Ruth Buggs in Greg Mottola's comedy Paul in 2011.
Later in 2011, she starred in the film Bridesmaids, which she co-wrote with fellow Groundlings performer Annie Mumolo. Universal Pictures released the film in May of 2011. The film became both a critical and box office success, receiving two nominations for Best Picture-Musical or Comedy and Wiig was nominated for Best Actress-Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy at the 69th Golden Globe Awards. The film also received two Academy Award nominations, including Best Original Screenplay, for which Wiig and Mumolo were nominated. The second nomination was for Best Supporting Actress for co-star Melissa McCarthy. The film grossed over $280 million worldwide.
In 2014, Wiig starred with Saturday Night Live alumnus Bill Hader in The Skeleton Twins. In 2015, she starred in Nasty Baby, as Polly, a family practitioner who is more interested in having a baby than having a man. The film was directed by Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva. Wiig also starred in Welcome to Me, a comedy-drama directed by Shira Piven which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2014, news outlets reported that Wiig and Mumolo were writing a new comedy, which will see Wiig making her debut as a director. The name of the film and release date are yet to be confirmed. In January 2015, Wiig became one of the leading roles in the planned reboot of Ghostbusters with co-stars Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
Kristen Wiig's movie credits include...
|2006||Unaccompanied Minors||Carole Malone|
|2007||Meet Bill||Jane Whitman|
|2007||The Brothers Solomon||Janine|
|2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Edith Cox|
|2008||Forgetting Sarah Marshall||Yoga Instructor|
|2009||Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||Pudgy Beaver Mom (voice)|
|2009||Whip It||Maggie Mayhem|
|2010||How to Train Your Dragon||Ruffnut (voice)|
|2010||Date Night||Haley Sullivan|
|2010||MacGruber||Vicki St. Elmo|
|2010||Despicable Me||Miss Hattie (voice)|
|2010||All Good Things||Lauren Fleck|
|2012||Friends with Kids||Missy|
|2012||Revenge for Jolly!||Angela|
|2013||Girl Most Likely||Imogene|
|2013||Despicable Me 2||Agent Lucy Wilde (voice)|
|2013||The Secret Life of Walter Mitty||Cheryl Melhoff|
|2013||Anchorman 2: |
The Legend Continues
|2014||Hateship, Loveship||Johanna Parry|
|2014||The Skeleton Twins||Maggie|
|2014||How to Train Your Dragon 2||Ruffnut (voice)|
|2014||Welcome to Me||Alice Klieg|
|2015||The Diary of a Teenage Girl||Charlotte|
|2015||The Martian||Annie Montrose|
|2016||Zoolander No. 2||Alexanya Atoz|
|2016||Sausage Party||Hot dog bun (voice)|
Kristen Wiig's television credits include...
|2003||The Joe Schmo Show||Dr. Pat|
|2004||I'm with Her||Kristy|
|2004||The Drew Carey Show||Sandy|
|Saturday Night Live||Various|
|2007||30 Rock||Candace Van der Shark|
|2009||Flight of the Conchords||Brahbrah|
|Bored to Death||Jennifer Gladwell|
|2010||Ugly Americans||Tristan (voice)|
|2010||The Cleveland Show||Mrs. Stapleton (voice)|
|The Looney Tunes Show||Lola Bunny (voice)|
|2011||The Simpsons||Calliope Juniper (voice)|
|2011||SpongeBob SquarePants||Madame Hag Fish (voice)|
|2013||The Simpsons||Annie Crawford (voice)|
|2013||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)|
|2013||Arrested Development||Young Lucille Bluth|
|2013||Drunk History||Patty Hearst|
|2014||The Spoils of Babylon||Cynthia Morehouse|
|2015||A Deadly Adoption||Sarah Benson|
|2015||The Spoils Before Dying||Delores O’Dell|
|2015||Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp||Courtney|
Memorable Quotes by Kristen Wiig
“If you're creating anything at all, it's really dangerous to care about what people think.”
“I can relate to having those people in your life that you feel are moving on to this great, big, normal life and you're like, 'What's wrong with me?'”
“I enjoy being characters rather than myself.”
“I don't rehearse a lot. I try to keep it organic. Even in movies, the less I rehearse, the better I am.”
“I think it's an interesting thing to watch when a person is trying to keep it together and then ultimately when they do lose it a little bit.”
“I know from my own experience and from other people in the business that when you come from a place where nobody knew who you were and then there is this sudden shift to where everybody now knows who you are, there's an adjustment that you have to make.”
Things You May Not Know About Kristen Wiig
In April 2009, Wiig was featured in Entertainment Weekly's list of the 25 Funniest Women in Hollywood.
She is of Norwegian and Irish ancestry on her father's side, and of English and Scottish ancestry on her mother's side. Her surname, "Wiig", is Norwegian.
Nicknamed "The Brown Cow" by friends for her love of chocolate.
In the 2008-2009 Saturday Night Live series, Wiig appeared in more sketches than any other member of the cast.
One of Wiig's most famous Saturday Night Live characters is "Penelope", a serial one-upper and exaggerator.
Once waited tables in the executive dining room of Universal Studios.