Kristen Wiig on 'Hateship Loveship'

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kristen Wiig and director Liza Johnson talk about their new film, “Hateship Loveship.” Kristen Wiig plays Johanna, a profoundly shy woman who is hired by Mr. McCauley as a housekeeper and a primary caregiver to teenager Sabitha. Sabitha tricks her father and Johanna to develop a pseudo-relationship, never dreaming of the potential harm to either party. “Hateship Loveship” opens on April 11 at IFC Center.

Director Liza Johnson said it made perfect sense to cast an actor known for comedy in the lead role: “I think comedy – we love it because it’s funny, but also it is meaningful.” And funny is something that writer Alice Munro does well: “She has a wicked, dry sense of humor…And I think everyday life has humor in it. Drama can have moments of lightness and warmth.”

“I really enjoyed playing this character who was so quiet,” said Wiig. “It’s a different muscle, because being at Saturday Night Live for so long you get used to, you know, your goal is to get a different reaction from people.”

Wiig talked about her days on SNL, including her audition. “I just tried to squeeze in as many characters and voices as I could.” She did Target Lady, Aunt Linda from Weekend Update, a Megan Mullally impression, and “I did this weird Russian baker that never made the show. I can’t even remember the rest.”


Liza Johnson and Kristen Wiig

Comments [2]

tom from nyc


Mr Lopate STOP having Andy Borowitz cover when your out. He is a horrible host and is far from funny, In fact he could not make me laugh if you force fed me mesculine and tickled me. He is boring and not professional. Awkward is the word. Now you and he may think he has got something going on but as we all know there are many people who get where they get with not talent at all.

Apr. 11 2014 03:44 PM
Joseph from Crooklyn, NY

Andy, you're a great interviewer! WNYC needs to clear some space on the schedule for you.

Wiig sounds thoughtful and poised, as usual, as does Liza Johnson. Looking forward to the film.

Apr. 10 2014 12:15 PM

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