|Famous For: Saturday Night Live, Zoolander, Bridesmaids and Sausage Party||Currently Known For: Actress, Comedian, Writer and Producer|
Currently Known For Actress, Comedian, Writer and Producer
“Help me, I’m poor…” Hailing from New York and later graduating from the University of Arizona before making the move to Los Angeles, Kristen Wiig got her start in comedy as a member of the improv comedy troupe The Groundlings in 2003. Just two years later, she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live and left audiences doubled over in laughter with her dry wit and satire. Over the next seven years, she sealed her fate as a Hollywood superstar by proving her talent and range time and time again.
With over 80 credits to her name including everything from video games to feature films, Wiig has a long list of blockbusters under her belt including the Ghostbusters reboot, The Martian, How To Train Your Dragon, Bridesmaids and Sausage Party. Aside from being a box office draw, the 43-year-old is also an extremely talented writer who built on her first taste of success as an SNL writer by co-writing the screenplay for Bridesmaids in 2011.
Now a world-renowned actress, comedian and writer, Wiig’s work has been recognized with countless awards and accolades including a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination for Bridesmaids. She has also earned seven consecutive Emmy Award nominations and was named to Time magazine’s list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2012. And, while the critical praise is definitely appreciated, Wiig can’t complain about the millions she’s bringing in thanks to her rapidly increasing popularity in Hollywood.
Today, Wiig has an estimated net worth of $17.5 million after bringing in an impressive $2 million in 2015 thanks to the success of films like The Martian. Although some argue that her massive workload in Hollywood isn’t reflected in her payday, it’s hard to deny that Wiig is hurting for money as she lives lavishly in her SoHo loft. Purchased in 2009 from Mad Men and Sopranos director Alan Taylor for $1.5 million, the Whip It star spent tens of thousands of dollars renovating the 1,400 square foot loft to make it feel more like home.
Proving that money talks after throwing buckets of cash to improve the corner unit, Wiig has definitely earned every penny back and then some after relisting her Big Apple abode in 2014 for a cool $2.6 million. Marked by incredible character and elegance, the two-bedroom loft on Broadway boasts dark hardwood floors and 11.5-foot-high ceilings with beautiful furniture and unique décor with an open floorplan that adds breathability and spaciousness despite its small square footage.
With each room offering gorgeous views of the city, guests entering the loft immediately take note of the stunning kitchen with its state-of-the-art appliances and ultra-modern island. The kitchen opens directly into the living room where plush sofas, a massive television and modern fireplace make the open space even cozier. Past the living room and through a tiny, narrow hallway is the master bedroom that’s complete with a massive walk-in closet that could be a bedroom all on its own, as well as a beautiful en-suite bathroom featuring a gorgeous Jacuzzi.
Like we mentioned, the views from Wiig’s 10th-floor pad are also noteworthy with half of her windows pointing toward One World Trade Center, City Hall and the Woolworth Building, while the other half overlook the Police Building and the rest of the breathtaking city. As a matter of fact, Wiig positioned her beautiful bed in the master suite so she could always wake up and fall asleep with the gorgeous New York City skyline on the horizon.
Aside from her not-so-humble New York City apartment, the actress likes to splurge on maintaining her reputation as a Hollywood fashionista by wearing the latest designer clothes and accessories. While she does a great job of keeping a low profile in the media, when she is spotted out and about, she’s usually rocking the trendiest fashions from luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta and many others.
Although the actress has it made from her lavish loft to her designer wardrobe, Wiig remains incredibly down to earth and is often surprised by her success after saying, “It’s a mystery to me what makes people laugh. I just try to be as real as possible.” Doing exactly that and earning millions along the way, Wiig hasn’t forgotten her own humble beginnings and, since the start of her career, has publicly supported nonprofit organizations such as Amnesty International, the Melanoma Research Alliance and PETA.
On top of donating thousands of her hard-earned dollars to charity, the actress regularly puts her humor and stardom to use by partnering with small organizations. From taking the stage at West Hollywood’s Largo Theater to raise some serious cash for the One Kid One World Initiative to visiting hospitals in her Ghostbusters gear, there’s little Wiig won’t do to make the world a better and happier place.