Last week during Saturday Night Live we were reminded of how much we adore Kristen Wiig (as if we could ever forget) and wished she would come back to the show and never leave. In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Kristen reiterates how “sad” it’s been for her to be off the show, but she also explains her reasoning behind not wanting to make a Bridesmaids sequel. It’s simply wonderful.
When asked about her decision not to participate in a Bridesmaids sequel, despite the pretty much immediate public demand for it, Kristen has some great things to say:
“It wasn’t a hard decision,” she says. “We knew during the first one, this was it. We would have made a lot of money if there was a second one, but that’s not my goal in my creative life.”
I just think that is so swell. I like that she doesn’t bat her eyelashes and say, “Oh, would it have been really successful and made a lot of money? I don’t know, what’s money?” while rolling around in a pile of hundred-dollar bills. There’s no fake modesty involved. She acknowledges that yes, it probably would be really lucrative, because duh. It had a great box office performance and everyone was (and is) obsessed with it. It’s not that Kristen can’t see money, it’s just that it’s not her objective in making career choices, and she wants to move on to different projects.
And to be honest, do we really need a Bridesmaids 2? It was an original screenplay with a clear end. We can get Kristen’s brand of humor and revisit the movie’s cast in future projects with different, fresher storylines. There are plenty of movies that I obsess over, but unless there’s some other source material to adapt or a cliffhanger to address, I’m usually satisfied rewatching the original and following the future careers of those involved.
Kristen has a lot of projects lined up, and I’ll enjoy watching them even more knowing she’s doing them for the right reasons.
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