Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig

Life Story

Kristen Carroll Wiig was born on August 22, 1973 in Canandaigua, New York, to Laurie J. (Johnston), an artist, and Jon J. Wiig, a lake marina manager. She is of Norwegian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, before settling in Rochester, New York. When Wiig was 9 years old, her parents divorced and she lived with her mother and older brother Erik.

After graduating from Brighton High School in Rochester, Wiig attended the University of Arizona as an art student. She took her first acting class, as an elective, and was soon encouraged by her teacher to pursue acting. Years later, she moved to Los Angeles and Wiig worked as a main company member of the Los Angeles-based improv and sketch-comedy troupe The Groundlings. As a Groundlings alumna, she joins the ranks of such SNL cast mates as Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, Phil Hartman, and Jon Lovitz.


Hayes Hargrove (2005 - 2009)


In April 2009, Wiig was featured in Entertainment Weekly's list of the 25 Funniest Women in Hollywood.
In December 2008, Wiig was featured in Entertainment Weekly's list of 15 Great Performances for her various impersonations on Saturday Night Live (1975).
One of Wiig's most famous Saturday Night Live (1975) characters is "Penelope", a serial one-upper and exaggerator.
In the 2008-2009 Saturday Night Live (1975) series, Wiig appeared in more sketches than any other member of the cast.
Is close friends with Paul (2011) co-stars, British comedy actors and directors Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost.
Was sent to the hospital after being injured during the filming of The Joe Schmo Show (2003).
Was studying for a degree in art at the University of Arizona before turning to acting.
Once waited tables in the executive dining room of Universal Studios.
Her father ran a lake marina in western New York.

Personal Quotes 

It's a mystery to me what makes people laugh.
I love the rain. It's my favorite weather.
At parties, I'll start talking and notice everyone is looking at me and feel dumb and say, 'Forget it,' and then start eating things.
If you're creating anything at all, it's really dangerous to care about what people think.
I can relate to having those people in your life that you feel are moving on to this great, big, normal life and you're like, 'What's wrong with me?'
I enjoy being characters rather than myself.
I don't rehearse a lot. I try to keep it organic. Even in movies, the less I rehearse, the better I am.


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