Byline: Interview by Marlow Stern
The newly minted movie stars on their comedy roots, crazy tabloid rumors & the future
After six years together on Saturday Night Live, comedic standouts Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis are making a break for the big screen. Wiig is charming audiences as the lead in Bridesmaids, the summer's most unexpected hit, and Sudeikis is doubling down, hosting this weekend's MTV Movie Awards and starring in July's revenge comedy Horrible Bosses. "They're both at full power now," says SNL creator Lorne Michaels, who's shepherded dozens of comedians to stardom. The longtime friends riffed across the country on Wiig as feminist icon, the Gaga-fied SNL finale, and how long they'll stick it out on television.
On the runaway success of Bridesmaids -- Wiig: When we were writing it, [Annie Mumolo and I] weren't like, "Oh, yeah! Now it's the ladies' turn!" It's 2011; I don't even know why it's an issue. There are so many funny women in the world, and there has been for so many years, so I'll be happy when people can just move on from that, and things can just be "comedies" and not "female" or "male," and everyone gets an equal opportunity.
Sudeikis: I'm 35 years old and, as far as I can tell, women have been funny for that entire portion of my life. I don't get it.
Wiig: For movies to get greenlit solely based on the success of other movies that have a lot of women in them? It's so ridiculous to me.
On being starstruck -- Sudeikis: We were filming an opening parody [for the MTV Movie Awards] and asked Robert Redford to be in it. He said he couldn't but was flattered to be asked. I was like, "Wow! Robert Redford was flattered. I'm flattered he's flattered." Kris, who's gotten ahold of you because of Bridesmaids?
Wiig: Jerry Seinfeld wrote me a note. A little handwritten note.
Sudeikis: How did it get to you? Michael Richards came bursting through your apartment door and delivered it?
Wiig: He was very flustered!
On getting tips from former MTV Movie Awards hosts -- Sudeikis: I asked Andy [Samberg] and Sarah Silverman, who said to book talent early, which I did not do. Hence me trying to get Robert Redford on 18 hours' notice.
On awards-show stage crashers -- Sudeikis: I'll just embrace it. Get behind Kanye [West], and be his hype man and say, "That's right, what he's saying is true. …