Sunday, August 2, 2015

Kristin Wiig, Wendi McLendon-Covey talk "Bridesmaids"

"SNL" star Kristin Wiig says that when she and Annie Mumolo wrote "Bridesmaids," they wanted to make a film about women, and cast funny women, but she swears it's not a chick flick.

Kristin Wiig, Wendi McLendon-Covey talk "Bridesmaids"

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Kristin Wiig and Wendi McLendon-Covey at the Four Seasons.
Kristin Wiig and Wendi McLendon-Covey at the Four Seasons.

"SNL" star Kristin Wiig says that when she and Annie Mumolo wrote "Bridesmaids," they wanted to make a film about women, and cast funny women, but she swears it's not a chick flick.

She's right. The film, which centers on Wiig's character trying to get her act together in the context of her best friend's (Maya Rudolph) wedding, is a funny and raunchy comedy.

Wiig, who lived in Lancaster for a time as a kid and remembers visiting the King of Prussia Mall often, and co-star Wendi McLendon-Covey were in town yesterday promoting the film and spoke with us at the Four Seasons.

The pair became friendly working in the Groundlings comedy troupe in Los Angeles along with Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy, who also co-stars.

We asked Wiig, who has appeared in films such as "Knocked Up" and "All Good Things," if she felt more pressure now that she was starring in a movie, and she said, "You're going to obviously be more nervous the bigger the part. But it's exciting. It's a lot of emotions, but mostly exciting."

McLendon-Covey, best known from "Reno 911," was quick to predict that the film, which opens May 13, will be a success because "people love this woman," she said as she pointed at Wiig. "People react to her like she's Paul McCartney. She's too modest, but they go nuts."

Wiig also hopes for a successful opening and says, "I would be happy if I had the opportunity to write other things and direct and do something more dramatic."

Read more from our column in Tuesday's Daily News.

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