It seems to be a relatively universal agreement that Kristen Wiig is great. As popular with your rebellious brother as she is with your churchgoing mother, the SNL alumnus is now viewed as one of the most popular actors in Hollywood.
After making her breakthrough on the small screen, Wiig first caught our attention on the bigger screen for her role as ‘Jill’, a passive-aggressive assistant in the 2007 movie Knocked Up. Since then, the New Yorker has gone on to star in a number of box office smashes and proved she is among comedy’s leading women.
So, let’s take a look at Wiig’s top five performances.
1. Bridesmaids (2011)
If you haven’t seen Bridesmaids, you really should stop reading this article at once and get yourself over to Netflix. Wiig stars as an unfortunate but likeable 30-something maid of honour, suffering a variety of comedic mishaps in a delightful story that not only launched the career of Wiig, who co-wrote the movie as well as starred in it, but also the now hugely successful Melissa McCarthy.
2. Welcome to Me (2014)
Not a film everyone reading this will be aware of, but a film you should definitely become aware with if you fit into that category. There’s a huge list of movies and TV shows where someone won the lottery, but Welcome to Me isn’t one you would automatically think of. Wiig plays the role of Alice Klieg, someone with a borderline personality disorder, who after winning the lottery decides to stop taking her medication, live in a casino hotel, and then launch her own TV show. Brilliant.
3. Ghostbusters (2016)
If you’re able to ignore all the ridiculous criticism this film came in for – especially from people who hadn’t seen it – when you watch the 2016 version of Ghostbusters what you’ll find is actually a very decent movie. Sure, the storyline and structure could be a little off, but Wiig et al do a great job of providing a huge amount of laughs through the film. It’ll be interesting to see how this movie is viewed in 20 years’ time, because it’s unlikely to the same as when it first came out.
4. Paul (2011)
It might not have been a massive role but Wiig’s contribution to the 2011 film Paul was fantastic. Playing Ruth Buggs, the naive daughter of a gun-toting bible basher who runs away and joins two English nerds on an out-of-this-world road trip, Wiig’s performance is subtle yet awesome, providing a lovely side story to the film’s main objective.
5. The Skeleton Twins (2014)
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Wiig and Bill Hader star as siblings reunited 10 years after both suffer emotional breakdowns, resulting in a string of hilarious and often sweet consequences. Alongside her fellow SNL alum, Wiig’s relationship with Hader on screen is absolutely delightful, and when the two are getting along in the movie the way in which the duo bounce of each other is fantastic. Another film you may not have heard of but should definitely be watching shortly after reading this article.