KRISTEN WIIG, ELLE MAGAZINE, AUGUST

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Kristen Wiig is a pro at making people laugh—but can she make them cry?

While her sense of humor served her well on NBC's Saturday Night Live and as the co-writer and star of Bridesmaids, the 40-year-old actress has a serious side, too. Does Wiig ever worry she's been typecast?

"It's not necessarily a bad thing," Wiig tells Elle of her success in the comedy world. "You have to have some sort of context for a person to register in your brain, and I was introduced to the world as a cast member of SNL. But I've always wanted to do dramatic stuff, to write and direct, do a lot of different things. Comedy is where my heart lies, but there's also something really satisfying about being able to step away with a small crew, become a character and get to know her for a few months at a time."

KRISTEN WIIG, ELLE MAGAZINE, AUGUST

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Wiig got the chance to do that in the upcoming movie The Skeleton Twins, co-starring SNL's Bill Hader.

Whether she's starring in a comedy or a drama, Wiig wants to take more risks. She does just that in the movie Welcome to Me, co-starring James Marsden and Will Ferrell. Wiig plays a woman with borderline personality disorder who wins the lottery, stops taking her medication and starts a talk show. "I'd never read a character like that," she says. "I got to a scene where it read, 'She's fully naked,' and I remember thinking, 'If I do this movie, I have to do this scene, because it's really important to this script.'"

Wiig's full interview appears in the August 2014 issue of Elle, on newsstands July 22.

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

KRISTEN WIIG, ELLE MAGAZINE, AUGUST

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