9 Things You Didn’t Know About Kristen Wiig

  
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Kristen Wiig is a now a bona fide star thanks to her brilliant turn in Bridesmaids, but it wasn’t that long ago that she was slugging away with a series of supporting roles in comedies like Knocked Up, Adventureland, Whip It and Paul. Now that she’s an international star, she still doesn’t identify as being a celebrity. In fact, she does her best to keep her public and private life separate. We’ve done a little digging and we’ve found 9 things that you probably don’t know about the notoriously private actress:

9. Upbringing

Kristen Caroll Wiig was born on August 22, 1973 in Canandaigua, New York, to Jon, who ran a lake marina, and Laurie, an artist. She has one older brother, Erik, who is mentally disabled. When she was three, she moved with her family to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and then after that to Rochester, New York, when she was 13. Her parents divorced when she was nine, so she and her brother lived with her mom.

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8. An Art Student

The Bridesmaids star didn’t do any performing until she was in her late 20s. She attended community college in Rochester and then enrolled at the University of Arizona, where she was majoring in Art. While there, she discovered that she had a talent for acting when she took an acting class to fulfill a program requirement and her teacher encouraged her to pursue acting.

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