As seen in the Despicable Me 2 trailer, Kristen Wiig portrays a secret agent named Lucy who must recruit Gru (Steve Carell) to help save the world. We spoke to Wiig recently and she admitted that due to a personality trait most would consider upstanding, she could never have made it in a career as a secret agent.
“I can't tell a lie,” Wiig admitted. “I would just be like, ‘Hi. I'm spying on you. I'm on a mission. I'm sorry. That's going to be me over there in the car with the binoculars.’ I would be really bad. And I don't like guns or anything, so I would just like throw things!”
Wiig was actually in the first Despicable Me (she played Miss Hattie, a minor character), and when she heard there would be a sequel, she figured there was no way her character would be brought back. But, to have her asked to play a new character for the franchise… she was blown away.
“I knew they were making a second one. I figured, 'Oh, well, my character probably won't be in it because she was with the adoption agency, and he has the kids now.’ When they asked me to be a part of the second one, I don't think I even knew that much about the character. I just said yes,” Wiig said and laughed.
She thought her character would make a terrific partner for Gru, who would ruffle his feathers -- almost unknowingly -- at every turn. “I knew that they wanted to make her very enthusiastic, I think, is an understatement. She has a lot of energy because she has to be able to bring Gru back, but at the same time, have that personality that he would be attracted to. I have never really played anyone like that before.”
Lucy also provides a romantic interest for Gru, something Wiig felt would add so much to the franchise. “She's super into her job, and that maybe was her priority until she met Gru. And I think her opening up something in him. He did the same thing for her,” Wiig said.
Another joy for Wiig is her character this time out gets to interact with those wildly popular minions. Although this time -- and we won’t spoil how -- the yellow creatures turned purple and evil. “It was really funny, and I liked how all of them when they were evil, they had hair -- like very crazy bushy hair. I just thought it was an interesting take on how to have everything go wrong, all the minions go bad!”
Wiig is known, whether it in Bridesmaids or her time on Saturday Night Live, for her crazy, out there characters. Although she is enjoying her movie career, she misses the opportunity to be nuts onscreen. She does admit that the great thing about animation is that it allows you to do just that.
“It's like, now that I'm not on SNL, I guess the chance to find those crazy characters won't come around as much. That was like a weekly thing of being able to really be fearless and find all those different voices and people,” Wiig admitted.
"Actually, doing an animated movie's kind of the next best thing because you could be big and broad and use different voices where you can't really do that so much in like a live action movie. But I hope I can continue to find more. I hope so because I really enjoy it.”
For the record, Wiig does have a slew of films featuring a wide variety of characters coming up. “I have Anchorman 2 coming up and Secret Life of Walter Mitty coming out in December. And then I have Girl Most Likely coming out in July. That's a smaller film, and then I did two other really small films: Hateship, Loveship and Skeleton Twins which hopefully will be going to festivals and stuff. So I'm really excited about those. They're more on the dramatic side, so I'm kind of trying to do a little bit of both.”