Kristen Wiig dishes on her new movie role as Ben Stiller's muse, according to a Dec. 24 WGAL 8 News report. The former “Saturday Night Live” actress and “Bridesmaids” star opens up about how her role will change the way her comedic fan base sees her.
Starring in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” opposite Ben Stiller, Wiig notes that she is excited that the movie does not rely on her comedic skills. Wiig, who is known for her comedic chops appreciates that she has a depth that goes beyond making her audience laugh.
“I was extremely flattered when Ben thought of me for the role because I knew he wasn't going for a broad comedy. I love to have the opportunities to do other things and in this past year, I worked on three smaller films that are much more dramatic in tone. You have to be given the chance to do that and prove that you can do it or at least try."
On type casting, Wiig observes, “I think it's natural for people to associate you with the work that you're known for, and that makes complete sense to me.” The actress added, “I had been on 'SNL' for seven years and did a handful of movies, all of which were comedies, so I totally understand why people think that's all I do. So for Ben to think of me in this role, which I really wouldn't say is comedic even though it has funny moments, is great. For the most part, it's pretty subdued and subtle, and I was really excited for the opportunity.”
Vulture reports that the busy actress can be seen in not one, but three different movies this holiday season. Further to her “Walter Mitty” movie, Wiig also appears with Steve Carrell in “Anchorman 2,” and “Her.”
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” opens in theaters on Christmas Day. The movie follows the title character, who spends his time daydreaming of an extraordinary life, quite different from his real life as a magazine photo editor. Part of his dream includes a romance with his co-worker Cheryl Melhoff, played by Wiig.