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Kristen Wiig opens up about nude scene and future ambitions

Jul. 16, 2014by: Sean Wist

Interestingly enough, there's probably a social stigma with comedians that they're open for doing anything. After all, comedians tend to push their bodies and their personalities further than the norm, so when a topic like "nudity" comes up, it doesn't really occur to us that, "Hey, this is a person too". At least, that's how I felt reading some of Kristen Wiig's interview that will be in the August issue of Elle magazine.

Kirsten Wiig has a film coming up, WELCOME TO ME, in which she plays a woman with borderline personality disorder who wins millions, quits her meds and buys her own talk show. The film was directed by Shira Piven, who's married to comedic director Adam McKay. Not only does Wiig hope to write more and direct in the future, but she enjoys the dramatic process, and is willing to step outside of her comfort zone, especially in the case of WELCOME TO ME.

In Kristen Wiig's words:

I’d never read a character like that. I got to a scene where it read, ‘She’s fully naked,’ and I remember thinking: If I do this movie, I have to do this scene because it’s really important to this script.

I've enjoyed Ms. Wiig as a comedian and I think she has a natural charisma about her. I'm very much looking forward to seeing what she can bring to the dramatic table in the future. Her next film, THE SKELETON TWINS, is a dramedy with Bill Hader that might just give us a sneak peak at her acting chops. The trailer looked to be really solid but I may be biased given they dug up some obscure childhood nostalgia in the form of MANNEQUIN and had the two leads sing the romantic number.

THE SKELETON TWINS hits theaters on September 19, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: Do you think Kristen Wiig can make the transition into dramatic roles?
Source: Elle

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11:39PM on 07/17/2014
Haha you're not the only one that some childhood nostalgia while hearing Jefferson Starship in The Skeleton Twins trailer.
Haha you're not the only one that some childhood nostalgia while hearing Jefferson Starship in The Skeleton Twins trailer.
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10:52AM on 07/17/2014
I've seen The Skeleton Twins, and I thought it was pretty good! She's got the chops.
I've seen The Skeleton Twins, and I thought it was pretty good! She's got the chops.
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10:13AM on 07/17/2014
She can definitely make the transition. Anyone who thinks she still needs to show off her "acting chops", watch either Girl Most Likely or Whip It. She brought the funny as well as the drama in those movies and nailed it. Definitely think she can hold her own with a dramatic role. And her naked in Welcome to Me? yes please!
She can definitely make the transition. Anyone who thinks she still needs to show off her "acting chops", watch either Girl Most Likely or Whip It. She brought the funny as well as the drama in those movies and nailed it. Definitely think she can hold her own with a dramatic role. And her naked in Welcome to Me? yes please!
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8:47AM on 07/17/2014
Oh god she is so hot.
Oh god she is so hot.
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5:02AM on 07/17/2014
She's similar to Tina Fey in that it seems she's not fully aware of the true extent of her hotness, and that is attractive in and of itself.
She's similar to Tina Fey in that it seems she's not fully aware of the true extent of her hotness, and that is attractive in and of itself.
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10:45PM on 07/16/2014
I'm down for seeing Kristen in her birthday suit.
I'm down for seeing Kristen in her birthday suit.
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9:14PM on 07/16/2014

Yup

I'd def like to see her naked. Especially because I never thought she'd be up for that
I'd def like to see her naked. Especially because I never thought she'd be up for that
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6:30PM on 07/16/2014
I definitely think so, she kind did in "Girl Most Likely"(dramedy, if you will.), though I would like to see her in a full-on drama. I think she would do very well. Plus I just want to see more of her, because I think she is absolutely adorable.
I definitely think so, she kind did in "Girl Most Likely"(dramedy, if you will.), though I would like to see her in a full-on drama. I think she would do very well. Plus I just want to see more of her, because I think she is absolutely adorable.
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6:00PM on 07/16/2014
As the saying goes: dying is easy, comedy is hard. On the commentary track for "Serenity", Joss Whedon talks about how he likes to cast comedic actors in dramatic roles whenever possible. To paraphrase him, if they can do comedy, then they can do the other thing. I agree. Some of my favorite dramatic performances were done by comedic actors.
As the saying goes: dying is easy, comedy is hard. On the commentary track for "Serenity", Joss Whedon talks about how he likes to cast comedic actors in dramatic roles whenever possible. To paraphrase him, if they can do comedy, then they can do the other thing. I agree. Some of my favorite dramatic performances were done by comedic actors.
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5:43PM on 07/16/2014
If Will Ferrell, Jim Carey, and even Adam Sandler can do good dramatic films, any comedian can make the transition
If Will Ferrell, Jim Carey, and even Adam Sandler can do good dramatic films, any comedian can make the transition
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7:46PM on 07/16/2014
Sorry, you lost me at Adam Sandler and "good dramatic films".
Sorry, you lost me at Adam Sandler and "good dramatic films".
7:46PM on 07/16/2014
actually, you lost me at AS and "good films".
actually, you lost me at AS and "good films".
3:15AM on 07/17/2014
Adam Sandler - "Punch Drunk Love".
Adam Sandler - "Punch Drunk Love".
12:20PM on 07/18/2014
Yeah.."Punch Drunk Love" is a pretty good flick. It's a shame he doesn't do more like those. "Spainglish" was another case for his acting abilities.
Comedians are underrated as actors. Robin Williams, Carrey, Sandler, Ferrell, Steve Martin...have all put in fantastic turns in dramas. And let's not forget Tom Hanks was a comedian, and look where he is now.
Yeah.."Punch Drunk Love" is a pretty good flick. It's a shame he doesn't do more like those. "Spainglish" was another case for his acting abilities.
Comedians are underrated as actors. Robin Williams, Carrey, Sandler, Ferrell, Steve Martin...have all put in fantastic turns in dramas. And let's not forget Tom Hanks was a comedian, and look where he is now.
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