Kristen Wiig

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Kristen Wiig
Kristen Wiig TIFF 2014.jpg
BornKristen Carroll Wiig
(1973-08-22) August 22, 1973 (age 45)
Canandaigua, New York, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Arizona
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • writer
  • producer
Years active2003–present
Hayes Hargrove
(m. 2005; div. 2009)
Comedy career
MediumTelevision, film
GenresSatire/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 rolesSaturday Night Live
The Martian
Despicable Me (franchise)
How to Train Your Dragon (franchise)

Kristen Carroll Wiig (/wɪɡ/; born August 22, 1973)[1] is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live (2005–12), and films such as Bridesmaids, The Martian, and Ghostbusters.

Wiig was born in Canandaigua, New York, and raised in both Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Rochester, New York. Wiig attended the University of Arizona, where she majored in fine 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.[2] After appearing in a series of supporting roles in comedy films such as Adventureland, Whip It, and Paul, she starred in, and co-wrote, the screenplay for Bridesmaids, which was both critically and commercially successful.

Wiig has received eight Emmy Award 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.[3] She was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role as Cynthia Morehouse in the miniseries The Spoils of Babylon. In 2020, she will play the villain Cheetah in the sequel to Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe.

Early life[edit]

Wiig was born on August 22, 1973, in Canandaigua, New York,[4] the daughter of Jon Wiig, who ran a lake marina in Western New York, and Laurie (Johnston), an artist.[5][6] Her father has Norwegian and Irish ancestry and her mother is of English and Scottish descent.[7] The name Wiig comes from the area Vik in Sogn og Fjordane in Norway.[8]

Wiig moved with her family to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at the age of three, and attended Nitrauer Elementary School and Manheim Township Middle School until eighth grade.[9] She then moved to Rochester, New York, with her family at the age of 13,[9] where she attended the prestigious Allendale Columbia School for ninth and tenth grades[10] and graduated from Brighton High School.[11]

She started her higher education by attending Roanoke College but soon returned to Rochester. She attended community college and did a three-month outdoor-living program. She had no performing ambitions at this time.[12] Wiig then 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.[13] She was expected to start out a job at a plastic surgery clinic drawing pictures of people's postsurgery bodies, but the day before the job began, she decided to move to Los Angeles and act.[14]


Early career[edit]

Wiig relocated to Los Angeles to act while working odd jobs to support herself.[12][13] She performed with Empty Stage Comedy Theatre[15] and with The Groundlings.[16] She felt improvisation was a better fit than acting, and being a part of the comedy group improved her skills.[17] In 2003, she appeared in Spike TV's 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. Wiig played the Target Lady on part of her audition tape.[18]


Wiig debuted on SNL shortly into season 31, on November 12, 2005.[2] She survived an SNL budget cut,[19] becoming a full member of the repertory cast at the beginning of season 32 in 2006 and until 2012.

Wiig was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series[20] for her work on Saturday Night Live (2009,[21] 2010, 2011, 2012).[22] 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[23] (December 2008) and in EW's list of the 25 Funniest Women in Hollywood (April 2009).[24] 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.[25] 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.[26] On February 19, 2014, 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. In what appeared to be an unscripted spoof, she played the role of ideal boy band One Direction member Harry Styles.[27] She returned to host SNL again on November 19, 2016.

For singer-songwriter Sia's performance of her 2014 single "Chandelier" at the 2015 Grammy Awards, Wiig danced alongside child dancer Maddie Ziegler.[28]

In January 2018, it was announced that Wiig would be starring and executive producing, alongside Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter, in a new untitled 30 minute comedy series from Apple and production company, Hello Sunshine.[29]


Gimlet Media's[30] scripted fiction podcast series Sandra stars Kristen Wiig and Alia Shawkat.[31][32][33][34][35] All episodes[36] premiered 18 April 2018.[37][38][39] Wiig was also a guest on The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast in 2017.[40]


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. From 2010-2011, she appeared in the films MacGruber, the animated comedies Despicable Me and How to Train Your Dragon, Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things and Greg Mottola's comedy Paul.

Later in 2011, she starred in the film Bridesmaids, which she co-wrote with fellow Groundlings performer Annie Mumolo. Universal Pictures released the film on May 13, 2011[41] and it became both a critical and box-office success. It was nominated 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: Wiig and Mumolo for Best Original Screenplay and co-star, Melissa McCarthy, for Best Supporting Actress. The film grossed over $280 million worldwide.[42]

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 boyfriend. The film was directed by Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva.[43] 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, making the film Wiig's debut as a director.[44] The name of the film and release date are yet to be confirmed.[45] In 2016, Wiig played one of the leading roles in the reboot Ghostbusters alongside Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon.[46]

In the autumn of 2016, she appeared in video as an onstage "stand-in" during the Nostalgia For the Present concert tour of Australian singer Sia Furler for her song, "One Million Bullets".[47]

In 2017, Wiig appeared in the films Mother!, directed by Darren Aronofsky,[48] and Downsizing starring Matt Damon, directed by Alexander Payne.[49] In February 2017, Variety reported that Wiig will star in an English-language remake of Toni Erdmann, opposite Jack Nicholson.[50]

In March 2018, it was announced that Wiig would be starring in the next Wonder Woman film, as the villain the Cheetah [51]

Personal life[edit]

Wiig was married to actor Hayes Hargrove from 2005 to 2009.[52][53] Wiig endorsed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in 2016.[54][55][56]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Melvin Goes to Dinner Extra
2006 Unaccompanied Minors Carole Malone
2006 The Enigma with a Stigma Tux Shop Employee
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 Thorston (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 Also writer
2011 Friends with Kids Missy
2012 Revenge for Jolly! Angela
2012 Girl Most Likely Imogene Also executive producer
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
2013 Hateship, Loveship Johanna Parry
2014 The Skeleton Twins Maggie
2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 Ruffnut Thorston (voice)
2014 Welcome to Me Alice Klieg Also producer
2015 The Diary of a Teenage Girl Charlotte
2015 Nasty Baby Polly
2015 The Martian Annie Montrose
2016 Zoolander 2 Alexanya Atoz / Katinka
2016 Ghostbusters Dr. Erin Gilbert
2016 Sausage Party Brenda (voice)
2016 Masterminds Kelly
2016 Lightningface Katherine (voice) Short film
2017 Despicable Me 3 Agent Lucy Wilde (voice)
2017 Downsizing Audrey Safranek
2017 Mother! Herald
2019 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Ruffnut Thorston (voice) In production
2019 Where'd You Go, Bernadette Audrey Post-production
2020 Wonder Woman 1984 Barbara Minerva / Cheetah Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Joe Schmo Show Dr. Pat 9 episodes
2004 I'm with Her Kristy Episode: "The Heartbreak Kid"
2004 The Drew Carey Show Sandy Episode: "House of the Rising Son-in-Law"
2005–2012 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"
2009–2010 Bored to Death Jennifer Gladwell 3 episodes[57]
2010 Ugly Americans Tristan (voice) Episode: "So, You Want to Be a Vampire?"
2010 The Cleveland Show Mrs. Stapleton (voice) Episode: "The Curious Case of Jr. Working at The Stool"
2011–2014 The Looney Tunes Show Lola Bunny (voice) 25 episodes
2011 The Simpsons Calliope Juniper (voice) Episode: "Flaming Moe"
2011 SpongeBob SquarePants Madame Hag Fish (voice) Episode: "The Curse of the Hex"
2012 Portlandia Gathy Episode: "Cat Nap"
2013 The Simpsons Annie Crawford (voice) Episode: "Homerland"
2013 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: "Kristen Wiig/Vampire Weekend"
2013 Arrested Development Young Lucille Bluth 7 episodes[58]
2013 Drunk History Patty Hearst Episode: "San Francisco"
2014 The Spoils of Babylon Cynthia Morehouse 6 episodes
2015 A Deadly Adoption Sarah Benson Television film
2015 The Spoils Before Dying Delores O'Dell 6 episodes
2015 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Courtney 3 episodes
2016 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: "Kristen Wiig/The xx"
2017 The Last Man on Earth Pamela Brinton 5 episodes
2017 Nobodies Herself Episode: "Not the Emmys"
2017 Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Courtney Episode: "Tigerclaw"
2017 Big Mouth Jessi's Genitals (voice) Episode: "Girls Are Horny Too"
2018 The Royal Wedding Live with Cord & Tish! Sir Albert Langham-Kingsley HBO event coverage

Music collaborations[edit]

Year Artist Song Contribution Album
2013 The Lonely Island (feat. Hugh Jackman) You've Got the Look / 100th Digital Short (DVD) duet The Wack Album
2013 David Bowie Space Oddity (Mitty Mix) vocals The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)
2014 Fred Armisen (Taste Of New York) Can We Stay With You? duet Drag City split single
2014 Rodrigo Amarante I'm Ready / Tardei choir backing vocals Cavalo
2016 Sausage Party Cast The Great Beyond / The Great Beyond Around the World vocals Sausage Party (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2014 Scooby Doo and Looney Tunes: Cartoon Universe Lola Bunny (voice)

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • She was named one of PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2011.[59]
  • She is part of Time's 2012 list of The 100 Most Influential People in the World.[60]


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