Since her exit from Saturday Night Live in May of 2012, Kristen Wiig has masterfully piloted her post sketch comedy career. Flying light years beyond the laughs she generated with the Target Lady, Dooneese and Gilly (among other now-classic SNL characters), Wiig has proven herself a deeply versatile actress. Still comfortable playing comedy for straight laughs like she did in Anchorman 2 and like she will in this summer’s bank heist comedy Masterminds with Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis (not to mention that whole Ghostbusters thing set for 2016) Wiig obviously revels in more nuanced roles.
Wiig played a failed playwright forced to move in with her parents in 2012’s Girl Mosy Likely; she was a quiet caregiver to an elderly man in 2013’s Hateship Loveship and last year she co-starred alongside fellow SNL alum Bill Hader in the hilariously moody Skeleton Twins.
She’ll be seen next as Alice Klieg, an Oprah Winfrey-obsessed woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who wins an $86 million Lottery jackpot in the film Welcome to Me. Tim Robbins, who plays her doctor, perfectly sums up the rest of the plotline in the just-released trailer. “You’re off your meds, you’re living in a reservation casino and you’re hosting your own talk show,” Robbins says, looking for an explanation as to why Alice decided to buy her way into television stardom.
Stacked with a cast that includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Linda Cardellini, Joan Cusack and James Marsden, Welcome to Me hits theaters May 1. And so continues Kristen Wiig’s exploration comedy’s deeper moments.