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From her iconic performances on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE to the breakout film BRIDESMAIDS, Kristen Wiig has become a formidable voice in the industry not only as an actor but as a writer and producer. Wiig has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards, two SAG Awards, a Golden Globe Award, A BAFTA award and received an Oscar nomination for co-writing BRIDESMAIDS.
Wiig is currently co-writing the untitled Cinderella Evil Stepsisters Film with writing partner, Annie Mumolo for Disney. The film is a fairy tale musical comedy that re-imagines the Cinderella classic from the point of view of her infamous evil stepsisters. Spanning their early childhood through the marriage of their universally beloved stepsister and beyond, we follow Anastasia and Drizella Tremaine as they struggle to uphold their family’s legacy.
Wiig is currently in production on the Peacock limited series, MACGRUBER 2, starring and co-written by Will Forte. MACGRUBER 2 is the sequel to the MACGRUBER Movie, which was released in 2010. Wiig is attached to star and produce in the upcoming MGM film THE HUSBANDS, produced by Plan B Entertainment. Based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Chandler Baker, THE HUSBANDS follows an overworked mother who, while house-hunting in a suburban neighborhood, meets a group of high-powered women with enviably supportive husbands. When she agrees to take on a legal case involving the untimely death of one resident’s husband, she risks exposing not only the secrets at the heart of her own marriage, but the true secret to having it all, one worth killing for.
Wiig co-wrote, produced and starred in the comedy BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR, which she co-wrote alongside Annie Mumolo. The duo star as Barb (Mumolo) and Star (Wiig,) two middle aged best friends who leave their small midwestern town to go on vacation to Vista Del Mar, Florida where they find themselves entangled in adventure, love and a villainous plot. The film was produced by Wiig, Mumolo and Gloria Sanchez Productions (Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay) and directed by Josh Greenbaum. Lionsgate released the film in February 2021.
Last December, Wiig starred as Barbara Ann Minerva, aka Cheetah, one of Wonder Woman’s oldest recurring villains alongside Gal Gadot in the film WONDER WOMAN 1984 directed by Patty Jenkins. WONDER WOMAN 1984 marked Wiig’s debut into the DC comics/action franchise universe to critical acclaim.
Previous film credits include A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS, a Netflix film that will be release this December, Alexander Payne’s DOWNSIZING, alongside Matt Damon; Darren Aronofsky’s MOTHER!; Ridley Scott’s Golden-Globe winning and Oscar-nominated THE MARTIAN, Ben Stiller's THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY and Richard Linklater’s WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE alongside Cate Blanchett.
Wiig's extensive voice work has been a part of some of the most successful animated films, including the DESPICABLE ME franchise (Lucy); which Wiig is currently lending her voice on the next installment of the franchise, the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON franchise (Ruffnut), and Sony Pictures’ SAUSAGE PARTY (Brenda). Other voice credits include; Jenny Hart in FOX’s animated series, BLESS THE HEARTS, which Wiig also executive produced, an episode of the Netflix show, BIG MOUTH, in which she voices Jessi’s Vagina; Cartoon Network's THE LOONEY TOONS SHOW, for which Wiig received an Emmy nomination; THE SIMPSONS; and the Oscar nominated film, HER which she lent her voice as SexyKitten.
Wiig's varied performances in independent films has included some of her most lauded work including; Craig Johnson’s critically-acclaimed THE SKELETON TWINS, in which she starred opposite Bill Hader; Sebastian Silva's NASTY BABY, written and directed by Silva (Crystal Fairy); the critically-acclaimed drama THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, directed by Marielle Heller and WELCOME TO ME, directed by Shira Piven and produced by Wiig and Gary Sanchez productions.
Select television performances include her portrayal of Pamela Brinton in two seasons of Will Forte’s Emmy-nominated comedy series LAST MAN ON EARTH; her portrayal of Courtney in Netflix’s remake WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP and WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: TEN YEARS LATER; and her role in the Will Ferrell produced IFC series, THE SPOILS OF BABYLON, for which she received Emmy and SAG nominations. Wiig has also guest-starred in NBC’s 30 ROCK, HBO’s BORED TO DEATH, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, Comedy Central’s DRUNK HISTORY, and IFC’s FLIGHT OF THE CONCORDS and PORTLANDIA.
Additional film credits include Paul Feig’s GHOSTBUSTERS; Ben Stiller's ZOOLANDER 2, Liza Johnson’s HATESHIP LOVESHIP; Adam McKay’s ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, in which she stars as Chani Lastnamé, opposite Steve Carell; Judd Apatow’s KNOCKED UP; GIRL MOST LIKELY; FRIENDS WITH KIDS; Greg Mottola’s PAUL and ADVENTURELAND; ALL GOOD THINGS alongside Ryan Gosling; MACGRUBER alongside Will Forte; Drew Barrymore’s WHIP IT; GHOST TOWN and WALK HARD.
In 2012, Wiig finished her seventh and final season as a cast member on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE During her time on SNL, Wiig received four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, playing such memorable characters as the Target Lady, Lawrence Welk singer Doonese, the constant one-upper Penelope, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Suze Orman. In 2013, Wiig was also nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her return as a host on the show.
In 2011, Wiig co-wrote, produced and starred in the critically acclaimed breakout film BRIDESMAIDS, co-written with Annie Mumolo, for which they were nominated for an Academy Award, Writers Guild of America Award, and BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay. Wiig was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Lead Actress in a Comedy or Musical. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. BRIDESMAIDS also received a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
A native of Rochester, New York, Wiig began her career as a main company member of the Los Angeles-based improvisational and sketch comedy group, The Groundlings.