Kristen Wiig

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Kristen Wiig
Kristen Wiig Red Carpet 2013.jpeg
Wiig in 2013
BornKristen Carroll Wiig
(1973-08-22) August 22, 1973 (age 40)[1]
Canandaigua, New York, U.S.[2]
OccupationActress, voice actress, comedian, screenwriter, producer
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Hayes Hargrove
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Kristen Wiig
Kristen Wiig Red Carpet 2013.jpeg
Wiig in 2013
BornKristen Carroll Wiig
(1973-08-22) August 22, 1973 (age 40)[1]
Canandaigua, New York, U.S.[2]
OccupationActress, voice actress, comedian, screenwriter, producer
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Hayes Hargrove

Kristen Carroll Wiig (/ˈwɪɡ/; born August 22, 1973) is an American actress, comedian, and writer who is best known for her work as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from 2005 to 2012. She was a member of the improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings,[2][4] and has appeared in several television series and films, including Bridesmaids, MacGruber, Flight of the Conchords, Adventureland, Paul, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Arrested Development. Her voice acting credits include Ruffnut in How to Train Your Dragon, Miss Hattie in Despicable Me, Lucy Wilde in Despicable Me 2 and Lola Bunny in the series The Looney Tunes Show. In 2011, Wiig co-wrote and starred in the 2011 comedy film, Bridesmaids, which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Musical/Comedy, as well as nominations for the Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay.[5] She has also garnered four consecutive nominations (2009–2012) for an Emmy Award as an Outstanding Supporting Actress for her roles on Saturday Night Live.

Early life[edit]

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.[6][7] Her father is of Norwegian and Irish ancestry and her mother is of English and Scottish descent.[8] The name Wiig comes from the area of Sogn og Fjordane in Norway.[9] 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 and graduated from Brighton High School. Wiig attended the University of Arizona, majoring in Art.[10] When she took an acting class in college to fulfill a course requirement, the teacher suggested she continue to act.[10] She dropped out of school and relocated to Los Angeles, where she joined The Groundlings while working odd jobs to support herself.[10] Wiig spent her first two college years at Roanoke College.[citation needed]



Wiig's work has mostly been in comedy, including performing at the Empty Stage Comedy Theatre[11] and with The Groundlings.[12] 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 at TIFF 2013

Wiig debuted on Saturday Night Live shortly into Season 31, on November 12, 2005.[4] She survived an SNL budget cut,[13] 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, 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[14] for her work on Saturday Night Live (2009,[15] 2010, 2011, 2012).[16]

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[17] (December 2008) and in EW's list of the 25 Funniest Women in Hollywood (April 2009).[18] As of 2011, she has a role as the voice of Lola Bunny in the series The Looney Tunes Show.

Wiig's final performance as a cast member on Saturday Night Live was Season 37, Episode 22, which aired on May 19, 2012.[19] The show was hosted by Mick Jagger. The closing celebration 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.[20]


Wiig 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.[21] 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 movie grossed over $280 million worldwide.[22]

2005–2012 Saturday Night Live[edit]

Recurring characters[edit]

Celebrity impressions[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Wiig was married to actor Hayes Hargrove from 2005 to 2009.[23]

Wiig was dating Fabrizio Moretti, drummer of The Strokes, until July 2013.



2006Unaccompanied MinorsCarole Malone
2007Knocked UpJill
2007Meet BillJane Whitman
2007Brothers Solomon, TheThe Brothers SolomonJanine
2007Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryEdith Cox
2008Semi-ProBear Handler
2008Forgetting Sarah MarshallYoga Instructor
2008Pretty BirdMandy
2008Ghost TownSurgeon
2009Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaursPudgy Beaver MomVoice
2009Whip It!Maggie Mayhem
2009ExtractSuzie Reynolds
2010How to Train Your DragonRuffnutVoice
2010Date NightHaley Sullivan
2010MacGruberVicki St. Elmo
2010Despicable MeMiss HattieVoice
2010All Good ThingsLauren Fleck
2011PaulRuth Buggs
2011BridesmaidsAnnie WalkerAlso writer and producer
2011Friends with KidsMissy
2012Revenge for Jolly!Angela
2013Girl Most LikelyImogeneAlso executive producer
2013Despicable Me 2Agent Lucy Wilde [24]Voice
2013Hateship, LoveshipJohanna Parry
2013The Secret Life of Walter MittyCheryl
2013Anchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesChani[25]
2014The Skeleton TwinsMaggie
2014How to Train Your Dragon 2RuffnutVoice
2014Welcome to MeAliceAlso producer
2014The Diary of a Teenage GirlPost-production
2015Sausage PartyVoice


2003Joe Schmo Show, TheThe Joe Schmo ShowDr. Pat9 episodes
2004I'm with HerKristyEpisode: "The Heartbreak Kid"
2004Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey ShowSandyEpisode: "House of the Rising Son-in-Law"
2005–2012Saturday Night LiveVarious135 episodes
200730 RockCandace Van der SharkEpisode: "Somebody to Love"
2008Saturday Night Live Weekend Update ThursdayVarious6 episodes
2009Flight of the ConchordsBrahbrahEpisode: "Love is a Weapon of Choice"
2009–2010Bored to DeathJennifer Gladwell3 episodes[26]
2010Ugly AmericansTristanVoice
Episode: "So, You Want to Be a Vampire?"
2010Cleveland Show, TheThe Cleveland ShowMrs. StapletonVoice
Episode: "The Curious Case of Jr. Working at The Stool"
2011–presentLooney Tunes Show, TheThe Looney Tunes ShowLola BunnyVoice
25 episodes
2011Simpsons, TheThe SimpsonsCalliope JuniperVoice
Episode: "Flaming Moe"
2011SpongeBob SquarePantsMadame Hag FishVoice
Episode: "The Curse of the Hex"
2012PortlandiaGathyEpisode: "Cat Nap"
2013Saturday Night LiveHerself (host)Episode: "Kristen Wiig/Vampire Weekend"
2013Arrested DevelopmentYoung Lucille Bluth7 episodes[27]
2013Drunk HistoryPatty HearstEpisode: "San Francisco"
2013Simpsons, TheThe SimpsonsAgent Annie CrawfordVoice
Episode: "Homerland"
2014The Spoils of BabylonCynthia MorehouseMiniseries

Awards and nominations[edit]

2009NominatedPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesSaturday Night Live
NominatedGotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast Performance (shared with the cast)Adventureland
2010NominatedPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesSaturday Night Live[28]
2011Won1st Annual Comedy Award for Best Female Comedy ActressSaturday Night Live
WonBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Comedy FilmBridesmaids
NominatedTeen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Comedy
NominatedTeen Choice Award for Choice Movie Hissy Fit
NominatedPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesSaturday Night Live
2012NominatedAcademy Award for Best Original Screenplay (shared with Annie Mumolo)Bridesmaids
NominatedBAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay (shared with Annie Mumolo)
NominatedBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble (shared with the cast)
NominatedSAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (shared with the cast)
NominatedGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
NominatedPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over PerformanceThe Looney Tunes Show
NominatedPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesSaturday Night Live
2013NominatedPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
2014NominatedAnnie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature ProductionDespicable Me 2


  1. ^ "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (issue 1220/1221). August 17, 2012. p. 28. 
  2. ^ a b Official website
  3. ^ Ryzik, Melena (January 4, 2009). "She's Really Shy, but That's a Secret". The New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b They're live on SNL, a December 2005 USA Today article[clarification needed]]]
  5. ^ Awards for Kristen Wiig at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ "Kristen Wiig: 'My next movie – it's going to be a Porky's prequel' " November 18, 2011, The Guardian
  7. ^ Margaret (Johnston) Harris Obituary at, August 6, 2010
  8. ^ Always the bridesmaid – Film & Cinema, Entertainment. The Independent. (Ireland) Retrieved on August 7, 2011.
  9. ^ "Komi-Kristen" (in Norwegian), Film Magasinet
  10. ^ a b c 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. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ Itzkoff, Dave. "Extended Interview with Kristen Wiig". NYTimes. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  13. ^ Village Voice article
  14. ^ Kristen Wiig Emmy Award Winner
  15. ^ Bierly, Mandi. (July 15, 2009) Emmy Awards: the 2009 nominees | Retrieved on August 7, 2011.
  16. ^ Ryan, Joal (July 8, 2010). "Emmys 2010 Comedy Acting: Matthew Morrison Leads Glee Choir". Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  17. ^ "15 Great Performances In 2008" Entertainment Weekly, Photo 19 of 20,
  18. ^ "The 25 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood". Entertainment Weekly Photo 6 of 26
  19. ^ Kristen Wiig gets an emotional sendoff – USA Today 5/20/12 accessed 5/20/12
  20. ^ Luippold, Ross. "Kristen Wiig To Host 'SNL' May 11 With Vampire Weekend". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  21. ^ Jeremy Kay (July 21, 2009). "Mandate Pictures heads for the highway with female road movie". Screen Daily. Retrieved July 25, 2009. 
  22. ^ Bridesmaids at Box Office Mojo
  23. ^ "Kristen Wiig Rules Out Second Marriage". The San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco Chronicle). June 13, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Kristen Wiig will be busy after 'SNL'". USA Today. May 20, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
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  28. ^ Winners For The First Annual “The Comedy Awards” Include David Letterman, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell & More – Ratings. TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved on August 7, 2011.
  29. ^ Russell Brand and Kristen Wiig Named Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2011 | Retrieved on August 7, 2011.
  30. ^ Time Magazine Retrieved on May 7, 2012

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