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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...

Year Movie Role
2006 Unaccompanied Minors Carole Malone
2007 Knocked Up Jill
2007 Meet Bill Jane Whitman
2007 The Brothers Solomon Janine
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Edith Cox
2008 Semi-Pro Bear Handler
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Yoga Instructor
2008 Pretty Bird Mandy
2008 Ghost Town Surgeon
2009 Adventureland Paulette
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Pudgy Beaver Mom (voice)
2009 Whip It Maggie Mayhem
2009 Extract Suzie Reynolds
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
2011 Paul Ruth Buggs
2011 Bridesmaids Annie Walker
2012 Friends with Kids Missy
2012 Revenge for Jolly! Angela
2013 Girl Most Likely Imogene
2013 Despicable Me 2 Agent Lucy Wilde (voice)
2013 Her SexyKitten (voice)
2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Cheryl Melhoff
2013 Anchorman 2:
The Legend Continues
Chani
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 Nasty Baby Polly
2015 The Martian Annie Montrose
2016 Zoolander No. 2 Alexanya Atoz
2016 Sausage Party Hot dog bun (voice)
2016 Ghostbusters Erin Gilbert

Kristen Wiig's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2003 The Joe Schmo Show Dr. Pat
2004 I'm with Her Kristy
2004 The Drew Carey Show Sandy
2005–
2012
Saturday Night Live Various
2007 30 Rock Candace Van der Shark
2009 Flight of the Conchords Brahbrah
2009–
2010
Bored to Death Jennifer Gladwell
2010 Ugly Americans Tristan (voice)
2010 The Cleveland Show Mrs. Stapleton (voice)
2011–
2014
The Looney Tunes Show Lola Bunny (voice)
2011 The Simpsons Calliope Juniper (voice)
2011 SpongeBob SquarePants Madame Hag Fish (voice)
2012 Portlandia Gathy
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.

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in Adventureland (2009).
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Kristen Wiig in All Good Things (2010).
Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell in
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013).
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Wiig in Bridesmaids (2011)...
Bottom picture with Rose Byrne.
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With Bel Powley and Aleksander Skarsgard in
The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)...
Bottom picture with Bel Powley.
Wiig in Extract (2009)...
Top picture with Dustin Milligan.
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Wiig with Jon Hamm in Friends With Kids (2012).
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Wiig in Girl Most Likely (2013)... With Annette Bening top.
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In Hateship, Loveship (2014)...
Middle picture with Guy Pearce.
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Wiig in MacGruber (2010)... Top picture with
Ryan Phillippe. Bottom picture with Ryan Phillippe and Will Forte.
In Nasty Baby (2015)... With
Tunde Adebimpe in bottom picture.
Kristen Wiig in Paul (2011)...
Bottom picture with Simon Pegg.
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With Kevin Corrigan in Revenge For Jolly! (2012).
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Wiig in The Martian (2015)...
Bottom picture with Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Wiig with Ben Stiller in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013).
In The Skeleton Twins (2014)...
With Bill Hader, top and bottom pictures.
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In Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007).
Wiig in Welcome to Me (2014).
Kristen Wiig in Whip It (2009).