Many actors make the choice to strip down for a scene, but some of them are (understandably) a little more picky about it. Why go naked if it’s not essential to making the scene the best it can be? Kristen Wiig is the latest celebrity who’s decided that going nude for her craft was worthwhile to tell the best possible story, and she’s so glad she did.
We know Kristen best for her comedies — Bridesmaids came out in 2011, and three years later, we’re still quoting the movie. But when she plays a lottery winner with bipolar personality disorder who starts her own talk show in Welcome To Me, she’s showing us a side of her we don’t normally get to see.
“I’d never read a character like that,” Kristen tells Elle. “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.’”
But Kristen’s not worried about trying something new, and believes her fans will follow her from comedy as she tries out different things in movies like Welcome To Me and her upcoming film, The Skeleton Key.
“You have to have some sort of context for a person to register in your brain, and I was introduced to the world as a cast member of SNL,” Kristen says. “But I’ve always wanted to do dramatic stuff, to write and direct, do a lot of different things. Comedy is where my heart lies, but there’s also something really satisfying about being able to step away with a small crew, become a character, and get to know her for a few months at a time.”
We can’t wait to see Kristen take on new roles. We’re sure she’s up to the challenge!