Kristen Carroll Wiig
August 22, 1973
Canandaigua, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Roanoke College|
University of Arizona
(m. 2005; div. 2009)
Kristen Carroll Wiig (/wɪɡ/; born August 22, 1973) is an American actress, comedian, and writer. Born in Canandaigua, New York, she was raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Rochester, New York. Wiig later relocated to Los Angeles, where she ventured into comedy as a member of the improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings, and made her television debut in 2003.
Wiig joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2005 and, the following year, she appeared in the Christmas comedy film Unaccompanied Minors. After appearing in a series of supporting roles in comedy films such as Knocked Up (2007), Adventureland (2009), Whip It (2009), and Paul (2011), she starred in and co-wrote the screenplay for the comedy film Bridesmaids (2011), which was both critically and commercially successful. The film earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy, as well as nominations for the BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast.
Wiig provided her voice for the animated franchises Despicable Me (2010–2017) and How to Train Your Dragon (2010–2019), and was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role as Cynthia Morehouse in the comedy miniseries The Spoils of Babylon (2014). Her other notable films include Girl Most Likely (2012), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), The Skeleton Twins (2014), Welcome to Me (2014), The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015), The Martian (2015), Ghostbusters (2016), Downsizing (2017), Mother! (2017), Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019), and Wonder Woman 1984 (2020). Wiig is currently voicing the lead character, Jenny Hart, in the Fox animated series Bless the Harts.
Wiig was born on August 22, 1973, in Canandaigua, New York, the daughter of Jon Wiig, who ran a lake marina in Western New York, and Laurie (née Johnston), an artist. She has an older brother, Erik Wiig. Her father has Norwegian and Irish ancestry and her mother is of English, Irish and Scottish descent. The name Wiig comes from the area of Vik in Sogn og Fjordane in Norway. Kristen's paternal grandfather, Gunnar Wiig, emigrated from Norway to the United States as a child and grew up in Rochester, New York, where he was an accomplished broadcaster for the Rochester Red Wings baseball team, and later became an executive at WHEC radio, WHEC-TV, and WROC-TV.
Wiig moved with her family to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at the age of three, and attended Nitrauer Elementary School and Manheim Township Middle School until eighth grade. She then moved back to Rochester with her family at the age of 13, where she attended Allendale Columbia School for ninth and tenth grades and graduated from Brighton High School.
Wiig attended Roanoke College, but soon returned to Rochester. She attended community college and did a three-month outdoor-living program. She had no performing ambitions at this time. Wiig then attended the University of Arizona, majoring in art. When she took an acting class in college to fulfill a course requirement, the teacher suggested she continue to act. She was hired for a job at a plastic surgery clinic drawing pictures of people's postsurgery bodies, but the day before the job began, she decided to move to Los Angeles and pursue an acting career.
Wiig relocated to Los Angeles to act while working odd jobs to support herself. She performed with Empty Stage Comedy Theatre and with The Groundlings. She felt improvisation was a better fit than acting, and being a part of the comedy group improved her skills. In 2003, she appeared in Spike TV's The Joe Schmo Show, a spoof of reality television, in which she played Dr. Pat, a quack marriage counselor. While at The Groundlings, Wiig's manager encouraged her to submit an audition tape to Saturday Night Live. Wiig played the Target Lady on part of her audition tape. Wiig debuted on SNL shortly into season 31, on November 12, 2005. She survived an SNL budget cut, becoming a full member of the repertory cast at the beginning of season 32 in 2006 and until 2012.
Wiig was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Saturday Night Live (2009 to 2012). 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 (December 2008) and in EW's list of the 25 Funniest Women in Hollywood (April 2009). From 2011 to 2014, she voiced Lola Bunny in the series The Looney Tunes Show.
In 2006, Wiig made her film debut in the Christmas movie Unaccompanied Minors, and in 2007, she appeared in Judd Apatow's comedy Knocked Up, as a passive-aggressive assistant, and performed in Jake Kasdan's Walk Hard, another Apatow-produced film. Between 2008 and 2010, she had supporting roles in numerous studio comedies, which opened to varying degrees of success, but gave her an initial exposure with audiences. In 2008, she made a cameo appearance as Bear Trainer Girl in the comedy Semi-Pro, reuniting with SNL alum Will Ferrell, and played a yoga instructor in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, alongside Jason Segel and Mila Kunis, and also a self-involved surgeon in David Koepp's Ghost Town, with Ricky Gervais.
In 2009, Wiig co-starred in Greg Mottola's coming-of-age dramedy Adventureland, voiced a beaver mom in the animated adventure film Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and played a roller derby competitor in Whip It, Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, and the wife of a flavoring-extracts company owner in Mike Judge's Extract, alongside Mila Kunis, Jason Bateman and Ben Affleck. In 2010, Wiig had a brief role in Andrew Jarecki's drama All Good Things, starred opposite Will Forte and Ryan Phillippe in MacGruber, and provided her voice for two big budgeted animated comedies —Despicable Me and How to Train Your Dragon— that would mark the beginning of two highly profitable film franchises.
Following an appearance as a one-eyed Christian fundamentalist in Greg Mottola's 2011 moderately successful film Paul, the year proved to be a turning point in Wiig's career, as the comedy Bridesmaids, which she wrote with fellow Groundlings performer Annie Mumolo, was released in the spring by Universal Pictures to critical acclaim and box office success; it made US$167 million in North America and US$280 million worldwide. She also starred in the top-billed role of a single woman who suffers a series of misfortunes after being asked to serve as maid of honor for her best friend. The New York Times remarked: "A lanky-limbed blonde who evokes Meg Ryan stretched along Olive Oyl lines, Ms. Wiig keeps her features jumping and sometimes bunching. She's a funny, pretty woman, but she's also a comedian, and she's wonderfully confident about playing not nice [...] Ms. Wiig, a longtime cast member of Saturday Night Live, and Ms. Mumolo, a veteran of the Los Angeles comedy troupe the Groundlings, know what female moviegoers want: honest laughs with, and not solely about, women". For her work in the film, Wiig was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Her last 2011 film was the romantic comedy Friends with Kids, in which Wiig played one half of a sex-obsessed couple, opposite Bridemaids collaborator Maya Rudolph. It received positive reviews from critics, who deemed it "sharp, shrewd, and funny", and was a success in limited release.
Following the success of Bridesmaids, the 2010s saw Wiig's career take off, as she became a prominent screen figure in Hollywood, whether as leading or supporting roles. The little-seen dramedy Revenge for Jolly!, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, was her first 2012 film release, and the comedy Girl Most Likely followed, in which she headlined, opposite Annette Bening, as a playwright who stages a suicide in an attempt to win back her ex, only to wind up in the custody of her gambling-addict mother. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 20 rating based on 85 reviews, with the site's consensus: "Largely witless and disappointingly dull, Girl Most Likely strands the gifted Kristen Wiig in a blandly hollow foray into scattershot sitcom territory." Her final performance as a cast member on Saturday Night Live was season 37, episode 22, which aired on May 19, 2012. The show was hosted by Mick Jagger. The closing celebration of her time on the show included SNL alumni Amy Poehler, Chris Kattan, Chris Parnell, Will Forte, and Rachel Dratch, as well as Steve Martin and Jon Hamm. She has since returned to host the program several times.
Wiig provided once again her voice for Despicable Me 2, released in June 2013, and for the character of Sexy Kitten in the critically acclaimed sci-fi romantic drama Her (2013). She would have a prominent role as the love interest and co-worker of the titular character in the adventure dramedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (also 2013), alongside Ben Stiller and Sean Penn, which polarized critics and was a moderate box office success. The New York Daily News praised Stiller and Wiig's "sweet, mellow chemistry", and Peter Travers of Rolling Stone found her to be "lovely, low-key" in the film, which he considered as "uniquely funny and unexpectedly tender". Her other 2013 film was the comedy sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, in which she teamed with frequent collaborators Will Ferrell and Steve Carell. With Ferrell, she subsequently starred in the six-episode miniseries The Spoils of Babylon (2014), and its fellow-up The Spoils Before Dying (2015) as well as the made-for-television film A Deadly Adoption (2015). While Joshua Alston of The A.V. Club gave A Deadly Adoption a B− and commented that everything in the film is "right visually, and Ferrell and Wiig are close enough to where they should be tonally", Wiig was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in The Spoils of Babylon.
Hateship, Loveship (2014), her next theatrically released production, was based on the 2001 short story "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage" by Alice Munro. In it, she played a woman who must move to a new town to begin work as a housekeeper for an elderly man who needs help keeping house. Critics asserted that Wiig's "vibrant performance is almost worth the price of admission—and it has to be, because Hateship Loveship doesn't have much else going for it", as part of a mixed overall response. In 2014, she also reprised her role in How to Train Your Dragon 2, and starred with Bill Hader in Craig Johnson's dramedy The Skeleton Twins, as estranged twins reuniting with the possibility of mending their relationship. The Skeleton Twins was an arthouse success, with the Globe and Mail remarking: "Johnson's unfussy direction serves as a fine showcase for the two SNL veterans to demonstrate how their comic shorthand plays equally well in a slightly darker register".
For singer-songwriter Sia's performance of her 2014 single "Chandelier" at the 2015 Grammy Awards, Wiig danced alongside child dancer Maddie Ziegler. The dramedy Welcome to Me was released in selected theaters in May 2015, to a positive critical response; in it, Wiig played a multi-millionaire with borderline personality disorder who uses her newfound wealth to write and star in an autobiographical talk show. Rotten Tomatoes' consensus was: "A transfixing central performance by Kristen Wiig holds Welcome to Me together and compensates for its uneven stretches." In her next film, another dramedy titled The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Wiig starred as a woman whose boyfriend starts a sexual relationship with her daughter. Like Welcome to Me, the film received a limited theatrical release and was favorably received by critics. In 2015, she also played the director of media relations for NASA in the successful sci-fi drama The Martian, opposite Matt Damon, and starred as a family practitioner who is more interested in having a baby than having a boyfriend in the black comedy Nasty Baby, directed by Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva.
In the comedy Zoolander 2 (2016), Wiig took on the role of a villain and the "Queen of Haute Couture", alongside Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell. For the outrageous look of her character, she revealed that she spent around eight hours applying and removing her look each day. Zoolander 2 was a critical and commercial flop. The much criticized all-female reboot Ghostbusters (also 2016) featured Wiig as an author who bands with other paranormal enthusiasts to stop an otherworldly threat. Upon its release, response from critics was more positive than that of the original films' fanbase, and budgeted at over US$140 million, it made US$229.1 million. In 2016, she also voiced a hot dog bun in the animated comedy Sausage Party, and played a woman planning a robbery in Masterminds.
In 2017, Wiig provided her voice for Despicable Me 3, and she appeared in the films Mother! (her first horror film), directed by Darren Aronofsky, and Downsizing, reuniting with Damon. Wiig was scheduled to star and executive produce, alongside Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter, in a new untitled 30-minute comedy series from Apple and Witherspoon's company Hello Sunshine, though she later withdrew from the series. She next played the villain Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984, released in 2020, and starred in the well-reviewed 2021 comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, appearing and co-writing with Annie Mumolo, for Lionsgate.
Wiig was married to actor Hayes Hargrove from 2005 to 2009. In early 2019, after three years of dating, Wiig became engaged to actor Avi Rothman. In January 2020, they had twins, a boy, Shiloh, and a girl, Luna, via surrogacy. Wiig's twins were revealed to be named Luna and Shiloh in the credits of Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar. In February 2021, Wiig confirmed she had married Avi Rothman.
|2003||Melvin Goes to Dinner||Extra|
|2006||Unaccompanied Minors||Carole Malone|
|The Enigma with a Stigma||Tux Shop Employee|
|Meet Bill||Jane Whitman|
|The Brothers Solomon||Janine|
|Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Edith Cox|
|Forgetting Sarah Marshall||Yoga Instructor|
|Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||Pudgy Beaver Mom||Voice|
|Whip It||Maggie Mayhem|
|2010||How to Train Your Dragon||Ruffnut Thorston||Voice|
|Date Night||Haley Sullivan|
|MacGruber||Vicki St. Elmo|
|Despicable Me||Miss Hattie||Voice|
|All Good Things||Lauren Fleck|
|Bridesmaids||Annie Walker||Also writer|
|Friends with Kids||Missy|
|2012||Revenge for Jolly!||Angela|
|Girl Most Likely||Imogene Duncan||Also executive producer|
|2013||Despicable Me 2||Agent Lucy Wilde||Voice|
|The Secret Life of Walter Mitty||Cheryl Melhoff|
|Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Chani|
|Hateship, Loveship||Johanna Parry|
|2014||The Skeleton Twins||Maggie|
|How to Train Your Dragon 2||Ruffnut Thorston||Voice|
|Welcome to Me||Alice Klieg||Also producer|
|2015||The Diary of a Teenage Girl||Charlotte|
|The Martian||Annie Montrose|
|2016||Zoolander 2||Alexanya Atoz / Katinka|
|Ghostbusters||Dr. Erin Gilbert|
|Lightningface||Katherine||Voice; short film|
|2017||Despicable Me 3||Agent Lucy Wilde||Voice|
|2019||How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World||Ruffnut Thorston||Voice|
|Where'd You Go, Bernadette||Audrey Griffin|
|2020||Wonder Woman 1984||Barbara Ann Minerva / Cheetah|
|2021||Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar||Star / Sharon Gordon Fisherman||Also writer and producer|
|A Boy Called Christmas||Aunt Carlotta||Post-production|
|2003||The Joe Schmo Show||Dr. Pat||9 episodes|
|2004||I'm with Her||Kristy||Episode: "The Heartbreak Kid"|
|2004||The Drew Carey Show||Sandy||Episode: "House of the Rising Son-in-Law"|
|2005–12||Saturday Night Live||Various||135 episodes|
|2007||30 Rock||Candace Van der Shark||Episode: "Somebody to Love"|
|2009||Flight of the Conchords||Brahbrah||Episode: "Love Is a Weapon of Choice"|
|2009–10||Bored to Death||Jennifer Gladwell||3 episodes|
|2010||Ugly Americans||Tristan||Voice; episode: "So, You Want to Be a Vampire?"|
|2010||The Cleveland Show||Mrs. Stapleton||Voice; episode: "The Curious Case of Jr. Working at The Stool"|
|2011–14||The Looney Tunes Show||Lola Bunny||Voice; 25 episodes|
|2011||The Simpsons||Calliope Juniper||Voice; episode: "Flaming Moe"|
|2011||SpongeBob SquarePants||Madame Hag Fish||Voice; episode: "The Curse of the Hex"|
|2012||Portlandia||Gathy||Episode: "Cat Nap"|
|2013||The Simpsons||Annie Crawford||Voice; episode: "Homerland"|
|2013–20||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||4 episodes|
|2013||Arrested Development||Young Lucille Bluth||7 episodes|
|2013||Drunk History||Patty Hearst||Episode: "San Francisco"|
|2014||The Spoils of Babylon||Cynthia Morehouse||6 episodes|
|2015||A Deadly Adoption||Sarah Benson||Television film|
|2015||The Spoils Before Dying||Delores O'Dell||6 episodes|
|2015||Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp||Courtney||3 episodes|
|2017||The Last Man on Earth||Pamela Brinton||5 episodes|
|2017||Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later||Courtney||Episode: "Tigerclaw"|
|2017–20||Big Mouth||Jessi's Genitals||Voice; 3 episodes|
|2018||The Royal Wedding Live with Cord & Tish!||Sir Albert Langham-Kingsley||HBO event coverage|
|2019–present||Bless the Harts||Jenny Hart, Maykay Bueller||Voice, series regular|
|2009||The Lonely Island||"Like a Boss"|
|2020||Artists for We Are One||"Imagine (Quarantine Edition)"|
|"President's Day"||2012||Kristen Wiig (as Lola Bunny)||Songs from The Looney Tunes Show|
|"I'm Ready"||Jeff Bergman (as Bugs Bunny), Kristen Wiig (as Lola Bunny)|
|"You've Got the Look"||2013||The Lonely Island, Hugh Jackman, Kristen Wiig||The Wack Album|
|"I'm Ready"||Rodrigo Amarante, Kristen Wiig (backing vocals)||Cavalo|
|"Space Oddity (Mitty Mix)"||David Bowie, Kristen Wiig||The Secret Life of Walter Mitty|
(Music From and Inspired By the Motion Picture)
|"Can We Stay With You?"||2014||Fred Armisen, Jim Carrey, Kristen Wiig (as Taste Of New York)||Non-album single|
|"The Great Beyond"||2016||Kristen Wiig and the Sausage Party cast||Sausage Party (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|"The Great Beyond Around the World"|
|"Palm Vista Hotel"||2021||Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo and the Barb and Star cast||Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar|
(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
|2021||Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo and
the Barb and Star cast
|Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
|"Palm Vista Hotel"||Andrew Feltenstein, Annie Mumolo, Dana Nielson,|
Danny Dunlap, Jeremy Balliger, John Nau
|Jamie Dornan, Amy Keys||"Edgar's Prayer"|
|Richard Cheese||"I Love Boobies"||Andrew Feltenstein, Annie Mumolo, John Nau,|
Mark Jonathan Davis, Noel Melanio
|"My Friends From High School Recently Passed"||Andrew Feltenstein, Annie Mumolo, John Nau|
|"I Love Boobies (Reprise) / Short Break"||Andrew Feltenstein, Annie Mumolo, John Nau,|
Mark Jonathan Davis, Noel Melanio
|"I Love Boobies (Extended Version)"|
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