|Born||Kristen Carroll Wiig
August 22, 1973
Canandaigua, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Hayes Hargrove (m. 2005; div. 2009)|
|Genres||Satire/political satire/news satire, improvisational comedy, sketch comedy|
|Subject(s)||American politics, American culture, current events, pop culture, mass media/news media|
|Notable works and roles||Saturday Night Live
Bridesmaids (2011 film)
Girl Most Likely
Kristen Carroll Wiig (//; born August 22, 1973) is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer, well known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live (2005–12), and such films as Knocked Up (2007), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007), Paul and Bridesmaids (both 2011), Girl Most Likely (2013), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), the animated Despicable Me film series, and The Skeleton Twins (2014).
Born in Canandaigua, New York, and brought up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Rochester, New York, Wiig attended the University of Arizona, majoring in Art. She later relocated to Los Angeles, where she broke into comedy as a member of the improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings and made her television debut in 2003. Wiig joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2005 and the following year she co-starred in the Christmas comedy film Unaccompanied Minors. After appearing in a series of supporting roles in comedy films such as Knocked Up, Adventureland, Whip It, and Paul, she also starred in and wrote the screenplay for Bridesmaids, which was both critically and commercially successful.
Wiig has received seven consecutive Emmy Awards nominations and has been nominated for an Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production for her work on Despicable Me 2. In 2012, Bridesmaids earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy, as well as nominations for the Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay and a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast.
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. 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.  Although she expected to start out a job at a plastic surgery clinic drawing pictures of people's post-surgery bodies, she decided that if she could do anything with her life she would move to LA and act. She dropped out of school and relocated to Los Angeles, where she joined The Groundlings while working odd jobs to support herself. Many famous people have come from the Groundlings, like Will Ferrell, Pee Wee Herman and Maya Rudolph. Being a part of the famous improv comedy group and other comedy shows helped her grow and develop her fun and quirky nature as a comedian.
Wiig's work has mostly been in comedy, including performing at the Empty Stage Comedy Theatre and with The Groundlings. In 2003, she appeared in the Spike TV show The Joe Schmo Show, a spoof of reality television, in which she played "Dr. Pat", the quack marriage counselor.
Wiig debuted on Saturday Night Live 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. Her characters include Penelope, a neurotic attention-seeker; Kat, half of the musical duo Garth and Kat (frequently appearing on Weekend Update alongside Fred Armisen); Dooneese Maharelle on the Lawrence Welk show; Mindy Grayson in the Secret Word sketches, Gilly, a mischievous schoolgirl; Sue, who can't control her excitement over surprises; The Target Lady, a clerk at the chain store and kitsch collector; Shanna, a sexy woman whose actions and stories gross people out; Cheryl Bryant, a TV game show host who gives away big prizes and is always more excited about the prize than the winners are; Judy Grimes, a nervous travel agent; Jacqueline Seka, predatory host of the Cougar Den; and Aunt Linda, a hard-to-please movie critic, both frequently appearing on Weekend Update. She has also played real-life people such as Björk, Suze Orman, Lana Del Rey, Kathie Lee Gifford, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Drew Barrymore, Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, Liza Minnelli, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine O'Donnell, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and socialite Kris Jenner.
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 made her film debut in the 2006 Christmas movie Unaccompanied Minors, she also appeared in Judd Apatow's 2007 comedy Knocked Up as a passive-aggressive assistant. She also performed in Jake Kasdan's Walk Hard, another Apatow-produced film, and in David Koepp's Ghost Town. Wiig has also appeared in Greg Mottola's Adventureland, Mike Judge's Extract, and in Whip It, Drew Barrymore's directorial debut. Wiig also had a lead role as Ruth Buggs in Greg Mottola's comedy Paul. Wiig also appeared as the yoga teacher in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. In 2010, she appeared in the films MacGruber, the animated comedies Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, and Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things.
In 2011, she starred in the film Bridesmaids, which she co-wrote with fellow Groundlings performer Annie Mumolo for Universal Pictures, released on May 13, 2011. The film became both a critical and box office success, receiving two nominations for Best Picture-Musical or Comedy and Wiig herself 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 also 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 and Mumolo are currently 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, Kate McKinnon.
|2006||Unaccompanied Minors||Carole Malone|
|2007||Meet Bill||Jane Whitman|
|2007||Brothers Solomon, TheThe 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|
|2009||Whip It||Maggie Mayhem|
|2010||How to Train Your Dragon||Ruffnut†|
|2010||Date Night||Haley Sullivan|
|2010||MacGruber||Vicki St. Elmo|
|2010||Despicable Me||Miss Hattie†|
|2010||All Good Things||Lauren Fleck|
|2011||Bridesmaids||Annie Walker||Also writer and producer|
|2012||Friends with Kids||Missy|
|2012||Revenge for Jolly!||Angela|
|2013||Girl Most Likely||Imogene||Also executive producer|
|2013||Despicable Me 2||Agent Lucy Wilde†|
|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†|
|2014||Welcome to Me||Alice Klieg||Also producer|
|2014||The Diary of a Teenage Girl||Charlotte||Post-production|
|2015||The Martian||Annie Montrose||Filming|
|2016||Sausage Party||Hot dog bun†||Filming|
|† denotes a voice role.|
|2003||Joe Schmo Show, TheThe Joe Schmo Show||Dr. Pat||9 episodes|
|2004||I'm with Her||Kristy||Episode: "The Heartbreak Kid"|
|2004||Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show||Sandy||Episode: "House of the Rising Son-in-Law"|
|2005–12||Saturday Night Live||Various||135 episodes|
|2007||30 Rock||Candace Van der Shark||Episode: "Somebody to Love"|
|2009||Flight of the Conchords||Brahbrah||Episode: "Love Is a Weapon of Choice"|
|2009–10||Bored to Death||Jennifer Gladwell||3 episodes|
|2010||Ugly Americans||Tristan†||Episode: "So, You Want to Be a Vampire?"|
|2010||Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland Show||Mrs. Stapleton†||Episode: "The Curious Case of Jr. Working at The Stool"|
|2011–14||Looney Tunes Show, TheThe Looney Tunes Show||Lola Bunny†||25 episodes|
|2011||Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons||Calliope Juniper†||Episode: "Flaming Moe"|
|2011||SpongeBob SquarePants||Madame Hag Fish†||Episode: "The Curse of the Hex"|
|2012||Portlandia||Gathy||Episode: "Cat Nap"|
|2013||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||Episode: "Kristen Wiig/Vampire Weekend"|
|2013||Arrested Development||Young Lucille Bluth||7 episodes|
|2013||Drunk History||Patty Hearst||Episode: "San Francisco"|
|2013||The Simpsons||Agent Annie Crawford†||Episode: "HOMƎRLAND"|
|2014||The Spoils of Babylon||Cynthia Morehouse||6 episodes|
|2014||The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon||Harry Styles||Episode: "Jerry Seinfeld/Kristen Wiig/Lady Gaga"|
|2015||Behind The Wheel||Herself||Episode 2|
|† denotes a voice role.|
Awards and nominations
- She was named one of PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2011.
- She is part of Time 's 2012 list of The 100 Most Influential People in the World.
- "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (issue 1220/1221). August 17, 2012. p. 28.
- They're live on SNL, a December 2005 USA Today article[clarification needed]]]
- Awards for Kristen Wiig at the Internet Movie Database
- Official website
- "Kristen Wiig: 'My next movie – it's going to be a Porky's prequel' " November 18, 2011, The Guardian
- Margaret (Johnston) Harris Obituary at MPNow.com, August 6, 2010
- Always the bridesmaid – Film & Cinema, Entertainment. The Independent. (Ireland) Retrieved on August 7, 2011.
- "Komi-Kristen" (in Norwegian), Film Magasinet
- 'Radar interviews SNL's Kristen Wiig'. Retrieved on February 10, 2015.
- Dominus, Susan (April 28, 2011). "Can Kristen Wiig Turn on the Charm?". The New York Times (New York City). ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- "How Real Is Reality Programming? SPIKE TV'S 'The Joe Schmo Show' Puts New Twist on Reality Show Genre, Where Only One Contestant Is Real" (Press release). SpikeTV. August 12, 2003. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- Itzkoff, Dave (August 22, 2013). "Extended Interview with Kristen Wiig". NYTimes. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
- Village Voice article
- Kristen Wiig Emmy Award Winner
- Bierly, Mandi. (July 15, 2009) Emmy Awards: the 2009 nominees | EW.com. Popwatch.ew.com. Retrieved on August 7, 2011.
- Ryan, Joal (July 8, 2010). "Emmys 2010 Comedy Acting: Matthew Morrison Leads Glee Choir". ca.eonline.com. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- "15 Great Performances In 2008" Entertainment Weekly, Photo 19 of 20,
- "The 25 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood". Entertainment Weekly Photo 6 of 26
- Kristen Wiig gets an emotional sendoff – USA Today 5/20/12 accessed 5/20/12
- Luippold, Ross (April 26, 2013). "Kristen Wiig To Host 'SNL' May 11 With Vampire Weekend". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
- "It's Tuesday night live! Kristen Wiig does hilarious Harry Styles impression on fellow SNL alumnus' Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show". Daily Mail (London).
- Swift, Andy (2015-02-08). "Sia Enlists Kristen Wiig for 'Chandelier' Performance at 2015 Grammy Awards". tvline.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08.
- Jeremy Kay (July 21, 2009). "Mandate Pictures heads for the highway with female road movie". Screen Daily. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
- Bridesmaids at Box Office Mojo
- "Kristen Wiig to direct first film, written with 'Bridesmaids' partner". LA Times. June 11, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
- Andreeva, Nellie (October 20, 2014). "Female Ghostbusters Revealed". Dread Central. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
- Ryzik, Melena (January 4, 2009). "She's Really Shy, but That's a Secret". The New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2010.
- "Kristen Wiig Rules Out Second Marriage". The San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco Chronicle). June 13, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2012.
- Tanenbaum, Sharon (July 13, 2011). "12 Influential Celebrity Vegans and Vegetarians". Everyday Health. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
- Zakarin, Jordan. "Kristen Wiig Joins 'Anchorman' Sequel". The Hollywood Reporter.
- The Alanon Case – Yahoo! TV
- Chen, Joyce (February 19, 2013). "Arrested Development Season 4 Will Feature Guest Stars Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig - Us Weekly". Usmagazine.com. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
- Russell Brand and Kristen Wiig Named Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2011 | PETA.org. Features.peta.org. Retrieved on August 7, 2011.
- Time Magazine Retrieved on May 7, 2012
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- Works by or about Kristen Wiig in libraries (WorldCat catalog)