The 42-year-old Academy Award nominee is set to play with Erin Gilbert in the 2016 redux -list the 1984 Ghostbusters alum Sigourney Weaver along with female comics like SNL’s Kate McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy. The casting choices are becoming the public focal point of the movie venture, inciting outrage amongst many critics engulfing the Twittersphere.
Director Paul Feig has reacted numerous times to the backlash and now Wiig is taking a minute to address the sound from her point of view, as told to the La Times.
“The fact there was so much controversy because we were women was surprising to me,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “Some people said some really not nice things about the fact that there were women. It didn’t make me mad, it just really bummed me out. We’re really honoring those movies.”
As well as ill-put words regarding her new project, the Awful Baby actress is also taking issue with the tired questions surrounding women in comedy overall. Using a high rollout of female-driven comedic movies since Wiig’s Bridesmaids in 2011, it’s become nearly rite they think they’ve seen such success to ask girls in the genre.
Wiig is not too fond of replying the question anymore.
“I believe the fact that people keep asking it means that it is something we have to clarify or defend,” she pointed out.
Wiig will acknowledge that while there tend to be more girls doing humor in Hollywood movies, the numbers are not high enough.
“The other side of it’s we’re still not there as far as opportunities,” she said. “But, individuals are doing the job.”