Kristen Wiig says comedy wasn’t her first choice. Well she is known as a comedian and a best known for her work on the comedy series Saturday night Live, and she may be one of the most talented comedic actress to come around in the past decade. However the Arrested Development star’s heart was set on something else. In an interview with V Magazine, Wiig admits when she first started out thinking about her career, comedy wasn’t an immediate consideration.
“When I first wanted to start acting, I was probably drawn to [drama] first and then I got into comedy, but I hope I can do a bunch of different things. I want to direct, I want to write more, and, I don’t know, do music and paint.”
Forty year old Wiig, is starting to change and she is playing more dramatic characters, one of them is as like her recent role as Cheryl in the Ben Stiller film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
She is hoping that her fans at SNL do understand her, and the decision she made to move outside her typecast comedic performances comes from purely artistic motivation.
“I don’t try to switch it up just to switch it up,” explains Wiig. “I think some people are like, ‘Oh wow, well why were you doing drama now?’ “
She also knows that it will be not an easy thing to accept that she is making a career shift.
”People know you how they know you… People are always very surprised.”
She always knew she was destined for Hollywood despite her small-town roots.
“I think subconsciously I always knew I wanted to be a performer… I also came from a town where no one really left and said, ‘I’m going to Hollywood, I’m going to try to be an actor.’”