Kristen Wiig was born August 22, 1973, in Canandaigua, Ny. Although she left SNL in the year 2012, she went to star in popular movies, including the Academy Award-nominated Bridesmaids.
Comic and actress Kristen Carroll Wiig was born on August 22, 1973, in Canandaigua, Ny. Her parents divorced when she was 9 years old, and Wiig dwelt together with her mom and older brother Erik, who’s emotionally handicapped. Even as a kid, Wiig had a unique sense of humor. She later remembered of her youth, “I used to take my father’s empty guitar case throughout the area since I wanted folks to believe I played the guitar. I’d set Flintstones vitamins inside in case I got tired, and so I really could pop some and keep walking.”
Still Wiig failed to find performing until she was considerably older. Wiig afterwards attended the University of Arizona as an art student. It was there that Wiig, an all-natural introvert, registered in her first acting class. “I was terrified,” she said. “I do not actually enjoy speaking in front of groups of individuals. Through high school if ever I needed to give a address, I’d make an effort to escape it or not visit school that day… But I took the course, and I enjoyed it, as well as the teacher was actually encouraging for me personally to keep carrying it out.”
During her time in Arizona, Wiig got work in a plastic surgery practice, where she was likely to make drawings of customers’ post-operation bodies. The day before she was to begin, she found herself alone in the house she shared with roommates in Tucson. “I looked in the mirror and was like, ‘OK, in the event you could do anything, what would it be?’ And I thought, ‘I ‘d go to L.A. Only attempt to act,'” she remembered. “The next day, the Jetta was packaged and I was gone, freaking out the whole way.”
After arriving in La, Wiig got a job folding clothing in the shop Anthropologie. The sequence of odd jobs she held over the the next couple of years contained selling peaches in a farmer’s market, catering Hollywood occasions, babysitting, working in a floral design store and selling hot dogs in the mall. She was unsatisfied with conventional performing courses. Wiig was solicited. “That position changed my life,” she said.
Wiig auditioned and got a place on the Groundlings. Even on a stage filled with amusing folks, Kristen Wiig soon established herself as a standout. She got audiences laugh with characters she had afterwards bring to SNL, like the overenthusiastic Target clerk and the crotchety movie reviewer Aunt Linda. SNL producer Lorne Michaels caught wind of her gift, and requested her to audition for the program. She was hired halfway through the show’s 31st season, moving from La to Nyc on a week’s notice.
Within two years Wiig built a reputation as the hardest-working comic on the show, appearing in more sketches per episode than any cast member.
On the heels of her success at SNL, Wiig made her movie debut as a scene-stealing passive aggressive television executive in 2007’s Knocked Up.
She continued her work in high profile comedy films, like Despicable Me (2011) and Bridesmaids (2011). Bridesmaids was a success, both in the box office and critically. For her work in the movie, Wiig was nominated for a Golden Globe for The Best Actress-Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. She was likewise nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the movie.
Despite her over the top characters, Wiig stays pretty shy in actual life. She was married to celebrity Hayes Hargrove from 2005 to 2009, a subject she declines to discuss openly. “Itis a mystery to me what gets folks laugh,” Wiig says. “I only make an effort to be as real as you possibly can.”