We were like, Uh-oh.” If the film is as big of a smash as some of Apatow’s previous productions (), Wiig could conceivably become a movie star. Acting and being in the public, to me, are two different things,” she says.
“At the same time, when I think about films that I want to do, they’re not all comedies.
“I love performing and improvising and doing comedy every week,” she says.
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for the past five seasons, embodying dozens of indelible, hilarious characters every week, including Penelope, the petty underminer, the Target Lady, Suze Orman and Nancy Pelosi. She’s the woman who will next star in a film she co-wrote, which is being produced by Hollywood’s reigning comedy king Judd Apatow. I think people would be surprised at how quiet and sometimes socially awkward I can be. Here are the things the 36-year- old actress reveals during our hour-long conversation: she draws portraits and buildings in pen and ink; she tries to give handmade birthday cards; she only drinks one coffee a day; she’s a vegetarian; her boyfriend thinks she’s messy, but she keeps her dressing room pristine; she’s polite and thoughtful. The non-comedic roles that I’ve done have been so fulfilling.” Up next, however, are more comedies.
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Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Robin Williams and Sarah Silverman, for example, are their own best material. As an improv specialist—before starting at , she was part of L. And maybe that’s why Kristen Wiig likes to play characters like Judy Grimes so much. I’m getting a massage in two days and you’re going to say that you’re getting one tomorrow?
Comedians like this are perpetually engaged in a complex performance about themselves. I’ve never shown up to the Weekend Update desk going, Hi, this is Kristen. So, yes, while Judy Grimes spits out 1,000 words a minute, Kristen Wiig does not.
I think, I’m doing this character.”) This kind of comedy isn’t a way of exorcising one’s demons; it’s a way of getting out of one’s own skin. Then, one of us says something stupid and we’re like, ‘Should we write that?