KRISTEN WIIG (Erin Gilbert) has become one of the industry's
most versatile actresses of her generation. From her breakout performance on
"Saturday Night Live" to the Oscar-nominated film Bridesmaids, Wiig has
transitioned from television to film as a writer and producer. In 2012, Time
magazine honored Wiig in their esteemed Time 100 issue, and in 2009,
Entertainment Weekly acknowledged her as one of the top 15 great performers for
her work on "Saturday Night Live." Wiig has been nominated for seven Emmy
Awards, a SAG Award, and received her first Oscar nomination for co-writing
Bridesmaids. Currently, Wiig and her Bridesmaids writing partner, Annie Mumolo,
are writing a comedy feature film together, which they will both star in.
Most recently, Wiig was confirmed to star in Alexander Payne's social satire
Downsizing, alongside Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz. Paramount Pictures will
release the film on December 25, 2017.
This past winter, Wiig starred in Zoolander 2, alongside Ben Stiller (who also
directed), Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson. Written by Justin Theroux and produced
by Scott Rudin, Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld, the film was released by
Paramount Pictures on February 12, 2016.
In 2015, Wiig starred in Twentieth Century Fox's and Ridley Scott's Golden Globe
winning and Oscar-nominated film The Martian, alongside Jessica Chastain and
Matt Damon. Wiig also starred in Sebastian Silva's Nasty Baby. Written and
directed by Silva (Crystal Fairy), Nasty Baby screened at the 2015 Sundance Film
Festival, and was released by The Orchard.
Also in 2015, Wiig starred in the critically-acclaimed Sony Pictures Classics
drama The Diary of a Teenage Girl, directed by Marielle Heller. Wiig appeared
opposite Bel Powley and Alexander Skarsgard in the coming of age story, based on
the graphic novel written and illustrated by Phoebe Gloeckner. The story follows
a teenage artist living in 1970s San Francisco who enters into an affair with
her mother's (Wiig) boyfriend. The Diary of a Teenage Girl screened at the 2015
Sundance Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics in August
2015. Wiig also starred in Alchemy's drama Welcome to Me, directed by Shira
Piven (Fully Loaded) and produced by Wiig and Gary Sanchez productions. The film
screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. In July, Wiig appeared
as Courtney in the Netflix prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.
In June, Wiig starred alongside Will Ferrell in the Lifetime dramatic thriller
"A Deadly Adoption."
In 2014, Wiig starred in the IFC film Hateship Loveship, which was directed by
Liza Johnson and also starred Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte, and Hailee Steinfeld. The
film is based on the short story by the Nobel Prize winning Canadian author
Alice Munro. Also in 2014, Wiig starred in the critically-acclaimed The Skeleton
Twins, directed by Craig Johnson, opposite Bill Hader and Luke Wilson. The film
screened at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. Roadside Attractions and
Lionsgate released the film in September 2014.
Wiig received an Emmy nomination for her performance opposite Tobey Maguire and
Tim Robbins in the epic IFC television miniseries spoof "The Spoils of Babylon,"
written and directed by Matt Piedmont and Andrew Steele and executive produced
by Will Ferrell. "The Spoils of Babylon" was one of the highest-rated debuts
ever on IFC television. Wiig received a SAG nomination for her performance in
the second season, titled "Spoils Before Dying," which IFC premiered in July
At Christmas 2013, Wiig starred in the Twentieth Century Fox drama The Secret
Life of Walter Mitty, opposite Ben Stiller, who also produced and directed the
film, based on the 1939 short story by James Thurber. Wiig also starred in the
box office smash Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, portraying Chani Lastname
opposite Steve Carell. Wiig also voiced the character of SexyKitten in the
Oscar-nominated film Her.
In 2012, Wiig finished her seventh and final season as a cast member on NBC's
revered show "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 excitable Target Lady, Lawrence Welk singer
Doonese, the irritating one-upper Penelope, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Suze
Orman. In 2013, Wiig was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy
Series for her return as a host on the show earlier that year. Also in 2012,
Wiig voiced the character of Lucy in the Oscar-nominated Despicable Me 2
opposite Steve Carell.
In 2011, Wiig starred in the critically acclaimed breakout film Bridesmaids,
which she co-wrote with Annie Mumolo, and for which they were nominated for an
Academy Award, a Writers Guild of America Award, and a BAFTA Award for Best
Original Screenplay. Directed by Paul Feig and produced by Wiig and Judd Apatow,
Bridesmaids is Apatow's highest-grossing production and is the top R-rated
female comedy of all time. Wiig was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Lead
Actress in a Comedy or Musical, along with the film being 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.
Other film credits include Apatow's Knocked Up; Girl Most Likely; Friends With
Kids, written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt; Greg Mottola's Paul and
Adventureland; All Good Things, with Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst; Macgruber
alongside Will Forte; Mike Judge's Extract with Jason Bateman and Ben Affleck;
Drew Barrymore's Whip It; Ghost Town; and Walk Hard (another Apatow-produced
film in which she starred opposite John C. Reilly). Voice acting credits include
the Cartoon Network's "The Looney Toons Show," for which Wiig received an Emmy
nomination, Fox's "The Simpsons" and the animated feature films Despicable Me (1
and 2) and How To Train Your Dragon (1 and 2) - She will also lend her voice for
the third installment (releasing in June 2018). Wiig has also guest-starred in
the NBC television series "30 Rock," HBO's "Bored To Death," Netflix's "Arrested
Development," Comedy Central's "Drunk History" and IFC's "Flight of The
Conchords" and "Portlandia."
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. Wiig currently resides in Los Angeles.
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