Kristen Wiig was born on August 22, 1973, in Canandaigua, New York. When she was three, her family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and then Rochester, New York. Perhaps it was her parent’s divorce that helped her find her comedic voice early in life. According to Biography, even at a young age, she was constantly pulling shenanigans. One time she carried her dad’s empty guitar around the neighborhood along with Flinstones vitamins in case she got tired. Yet, she also had one setback that kept her from pursuing her career, stage fright. While in high school, if she needed to give a speech, she faked being sick to try and stay home. So, she went to the University of Arizona and studied art. While, there despite her fear, she enrolled in her first acting class. After shaking off her initial reservations, she found she loved what she was doing and luckily found a teacher who encouraged her. However, before she made the life-changing move to Los Angeles, she was offered a job at a plastic surgery clinic drawing after pictures. That night, she looked herself in the mirror and asked if this was what she wanted to do. She couldn’t deny it; the acting was now her passion. So, she left Arizona and headed to the City of Angels. Throughout her career, she’s risen to the top and found her voice in the comedic world. Let’s take a look at how Kristen Wiig achieved a net worth of $25 million dollars.
Saturday Night Live
Wiig played the comedy circuit and an actress on the show The Perks at Empty State COmedy Theatre. Three years after it ended in 2003, she starred in a Spike TV parody, The Joe Schmo Show. While on the show, she played Dr. Pat, a fake marriage counselor. Overall, the show was a spoof of reality tv shows. She hit a significant career break two years later, starting Saturday Night Live in its thirty-first season. Her first sketch was alongside Jason Sudeikis. In it, they picked up an escaped murder played by Jason Lee. By the end of the sketch, they somehow give him the idea to break into their house. Talent like this was one of the reasons Wiig made it past the cast cuts and became a full-time member in the next season. She portrayed memorable characters like Penelope, a bragger who always has to be better than everyone else. Her most well-known character is Gilly, a girl much like she was growing up, and The Target Lady, which everyone who spent too much time and money in the store understands. It’s rumored she had more sketches than anyone else on the thirty-fourth season of Saturday Night Live. All of this exposure led to the next phase of her career.
After leaving Saturday Night Live, Wiig’s career didn’t slow down. She starred in four movies back to back. First, she did the Judd Apatow comedy, Knocked up, and followed it up with Adventureland. After these two, she starred in Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, Whip It. Then, she brought back a sketch she did with WIill Forte in MacGruber. Even though she received acclaim for her roles, ore success was just around the corner. Wiig did the animated film Despicable Me in 2011. The same year she starred in the runaway hit Bridemaids. Wiig was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. Additionally, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screen Play. The same year, she exited Saturday Night Live to concentrate on working in movies.
Even though she could have kept doing high-profile comedy movies, she decided to make a shift in her career and do parts much different than anything she’d done before. She started in several comedy-dramas, The Skeleton Twins and Welcome to Me, in 2014. The following year she starred in The Diary of a Teenage Girl. In 2015, she received an Emmy nomination for the series The Spoils of Babylon. The same year she went back to higher-profile roles. The same year she received her Emmy nomination, she started in the movie the Martian. She did voice work for the Despicable Me sequel and How to Train Your Dragon after the movie. In 2016, she starred in two very different movies. First, she was in the all-female cast reboot of Ghostbusters. Then, she starred with former SNL castmates Kate McKinnon and Jason Sudekis in Masterminds. Never staying in the same category for long, her next movie was the horror flick Mother. After that, she starred in Where’d You Go, Bernadette, alongside Cate Blanchette in 2019. She followed this movie up with a role as the villain Cheetah in the 2020 version of Wonderwoman before going back to her comedy roots in Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, in 2018, Wiig sold her home in Los Angeles for $5.225 million. Built in 1952, it’s located on a hillside near Silver late. She purchased the home in 2014 for $1.4 million dollars. Shortly before selling her house, she bought the Pasadena Case Study home for $2.96 million. The house’s designers were Kemper Nomland and Kemper Nomland Jr. It’ listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Kristen Wiig once said, “I think no matter what kind of life you have, whether it looks one way to people or another way, you always have moments when you imagine a different life. With the actress’ success, it’s hard to imagine her wanting a different life. Throughout her life and career, she’s had the rare privilege to use her talents and amass a fortune of $25 million. Nonetheless, with each role she makes, you can tell not only how gifted she is and how much she enjoys her craft. It’s hard to imagine her doing anything else.