Kristen Wiig Leaves ‘SNL’

But the actress and writer is poised to become a mega movie star

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

If you loved Kristen Wiig’s Gilly, Target Lady and Penelope characters (not to mention her incredible Kathy Lee Gifford impersonation) on Saturday Night Live, you may be sad to know she has signed off the show after seven hilarious years—with the help of Mick Jagger, no less.

But, USA Today reports, the actress, 38, is poised to join the leagues of successful SNL vets who have made the jump from late-night TV to movie fame. Honestly, one word: Bridesmaids.

According to the newspaper, Wiig already has at least six films scheduled to hit theaters through the next couple of years, including Imogene with Glee star Darren Criss, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Ben Stiller, Freezing People Is Easy with Paul Rudd and The Comedian with Robert De Niro. She’s doing voice work in Despicable Me 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

“She reminds me of Will Ferrell with her fearlessness and almost complete lack of vanity when it comes to making comedy,” Paul Dergarabedian of tells USA Today. “. . . She has this unique Lucille Ball–type accessibility and humor that makes her particularly appealing to women . . . She could be the new voice of comedy in film, both as a writer and performer, given her seemingly universal appeal.”

Hey, by the sound of her six—six!—films coming up, we’d say it seems like universal domination.

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First Published Mon, 2012-05-21 08:57

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