KRISTEN WIIG (Brenda) 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 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 starred in Paul Feig's Ghostbusters, alongside Melissa
McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. The film was produced by Ivan Reitman
and Amy Pascal.
Wiig was also recently 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 The Martian, alongside Jessica Chastain and Matt
Damon. The film chronicles the story of an astronaut struggling to live on Mars.
Wiig also starred in Sebastian Silva's Nasty Baby. Written and directed by Silva
(Crystal Fairy), the film follows the lives of a gay couple (Silva and Tunde
Adebimpe) who embark on a failed mission to have a baby with the help of their
best friend, Polly (Wiig.) 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 1970's 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. That same year, Wiig 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. It tells the
story of Alice Klieg (Wiig), a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who
wins the lottery, quits her medication and buys her own talk show. In July, Wiig
appeared as Courtney in the Netflix remake of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day
Of Camp. In June, Wiig starred alongside Will Ferrell in the Lifetime dramatic
thriller "A Deadly Adoption." The film tells the story of an author (Ferrell)
and his wife (Wiig) who welcome a pregnant woman into their home with plans to
adopt her unborn child, until things go terribly awry.
In 2014, Wiig starred in the IFC film Hateship Loveship, directed by Liza
Johnson and alongside Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte, and Hailee Steinfeld. The film is
based on the short story by the Nobel Prize winning Canadian author Alice Munro.
Wiig portrays Johanna: a shy, introverted housekeeper hired to care for Mr.
McCauley (Nolte) and his granddaughter Sabitha (Steinfeld.) Through the act of a
mean spirited joke, Johanna is forced to deal with the repercussions of falling
in love with an illusion. Also in 2014, Wiig starred in the critically-acclaimed
The Skeleton Twins, directed by Craig Johnson, opposite Bill Hader and Luke
Wilson. The Skeleton Twins chronicled the story of twins Maggie (Wiig) and Milo
(Hader) who cheat death, prompting them to reunite after ten years. 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 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. Wiig, starring
opposite Tobey Maguire and Tim Robbins portrayed Cynthia Morehouse, the daughter
of the rich and successful patriarch, Jonas Morehouse (Robbins). "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, which IFC
premiered in July 2015, titled "Spoils Before Dying."
On 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, the film is a breathtaking
look into the world of fantasy seen through the eyes of Walter (Stiller) and his
daydream sequences. Wiig portrays Cheryl Melhoff, Walter's co-worker at Time
Magazine who inspires him to take action into his own hands when their jobs are
threatened. Also in December 2013, Wiig starred in the box office smash,
Anchorman Two, The Legend Continues portraying Chani Lastname opposite Steve
Carell. Wiig also voiced the character of SexyKitten in the Oscar nominated
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, Writers Guild of America Award, and 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 Concords and
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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