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Kristen Wiig Quotes

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Kristen Wiig quotes: the SNL standout says what’s on her mind.

“If you’re creating anything at all, it’s really dangerous to care about what people think.”

“Don’t become something just because someone else wants you to or because it’s easy; you won’t be happy. You have to do what you really, really, really, really want to do, even if it scares the sh*t out of you.”

“I dreamed big and made it come true.”

“Do the unexpected. People sometimes get a little extra criticism when they try something that they don’t normally do, but I think that’s just a natural thing.”

“The moment I feel like I’ve really got something figured out, it’s time for me to do something else. Living in that uncomfortable, unsteady, nervous place helps me creatively. I felt like my instinct was right. But with any project, you’re taking a chance. I just go with my gut.”

“I’m a superhero nerd, so this is my dream. I’ve always wanted to have superpowers.”

“Why can’t there be a lot of great women who are doing great things?”

“There are so many funny women in the world, and there has been for so many years, so I’ll be happy when people can just move on from that, and things can just be comedies and not ‘female’ or ‘male,’ and everyone gets an equal opportunity.”

“I definitely feel so lucky for the timing of when I got on SNL. It was just luck, there was no other word.”

“I started SNL 10 years ago, and people have been asking me about women and comedy since I started on that show. To some point, it’s good because the answer now is a little more positive, there are more projects involving women and directed by women, but at the same time, the more we talk about it, the more we’re saying it’s still an issue.”

“When I was on SNL, Saturday night was my favorite night.”

“I miss the creative aspect of SNL: you are constantly writing, constantly on your toes. It’s like your brain is in the best shape ever, and then when you leave, you feel a little like your mind is slowly dulling, because you’re not having to fix things and solve puzzles and create on a minute-to-minute basis. But it’s long hours and it’s all-encompassing. Having been gone now for a while, I do have more time, I’m getting a little more sleep and I see daylight more for sure!”

“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.”

“If I can be doing something in the arts till the day I die, I would be very, very happy.”

“I know from my own experience and from other people in the business that when you come from a place where nobody knew who you were and then there is this sudden shift to where everybody now knows who you are, there’s an adjustment that you have to make.”

“I am shyer than most people think. I hated speaking in public. I would miss school just so I wouldn’t have to do it.”

“I enjoy being characters rather than myself. If I had to get up and talk in front of a group of people just as myself, I would be terrified.”

“I probably lived more of a rock star life when I was 15. I got in trouble a fair amount. I cared more about hanging out and skipping school than studying. (Which I am not recommending teenagers do if they read this.)”

“I wasn’t rich.”

“I was destined for Hollywood despite my 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.’”

“I didn’t have any real experience in acting at all, and improv became really important. It helped give me the confidence you have to have, just that you’re going to show up and go out there without being scared out of your mind, and do it. It helps with every aspect of what you do as a performer—it informs your writing, it teaches you how to work in a group, be generous on stage, everything.”

“I never considered myself to be funny—maybe because socially I can be a little shy sometimes. I just didn’t think that you could be both.”

“I enjoy being characters rather than myself. I wish I had less fear about creating my own parts.”

“I just always gravitate toward the kind of characters or people that maybe you don’t want to talk to for a long time at a party, but you do like to watch what they’re doing.”

“At parties, I’ll start talking and notice everyone is looking at me and feel dumb and say, ‘Forget it,’ and then start eating things.”

“When you go out of your comfort zone and it works there’s nothing more satisfying.”

“It’s was one of those things where you’re like, ‘What am I doing with my life?’ It sounds so cheesy, but there’s something very powerful about looking in the mirror and asking yourself a question. Because I think it’s really hard to lie.”

“Fame from the outside looks like the perfect life, the answer to all your problems, and it does have this glitter around it.”

“The public doesn’t want to hear people complaining about having their picture taken.”

“Sometimes you sort of walk around feeling like you know how to navigate this crazy business, and sometimes it’s really difficult. I like being sort of private.”

“I’m definitely grateful for everything and I’m surprised that I’m even like doing this. I don’t know. It’s all very surreal to me. It hasn’t quite hit me yet I don’t think.”

“My gut tells me to keep working, to keep challenging myself.”

“I just want to exist in real life with my family, my friends and my dogs. Work is work. The longer I’m in this business, the less I care what people think.”

“Now that I have these two little ones, my mind is just not on work. Even if this global pandemic weren’t going on, I would want to be with my kids. Obviously, some days I get more sleep than others, but it is what it is. And it’s frickin’ awesome.”

“I’m very fortunate. I’m grateful.”

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