And the start to their careers.
How she came into fame: In Gregg Araki’s independent stoner comedy, Smiley Face (2007), Faris starred as Jane F, a young woman who has a series of misadventures after eating a large number of cupcakes laced with cannabis.[ The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received a limited theatrical release in Los Angeles.[ Reviews were largely positive for Smiley Face and Anna’s leading role; according to the film-critics aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, writers agreed that the actress’ “bright performance and Gregg Araki’s sharp direction” made the film “more than [the] average stoner comedy.” Her role earned her the “Stonette of the Year” prize at High Times magazine’s Stony Awards.
Wilson studied at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP).] In 2003 she moved to New York after winning the ATYP International scholarship, which was funded by Nicole Kidman. While she was in New York, Wilson trained with The Second City. She appeared with the Sydney Theatre Company and performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She first came to the public’s attention in 2002 with her stage musical The Westie Monologues, which she wrote, starred in and produced in Sydney
Fisher’s breakthrough came with the comedy Wedding Crashers (2005), opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, taking on the role of the seemingly sexually aggressive and precocious younger daughter of a politician falling in love with an irresponsible wedding crasher. The film was favourably received by critics and made US$285.1 million worldwide. Empire magazine found Fisher to be an “unexpected, scene-stealing joy”, and her performance earned her the Breakthrough Performance Award at the MTV Movie Awards and two Teen Choice Awards nominations.
While performing shows with The Second City in 1997, Fey submitted several scripts to NBC’s variety show Saturday Night Live (SNL), at the request of its head writer Adam McKay, a former performer at Second City. She was hired as a writer for SNL following a meeting with SNL creator Lorne Michaels, and moved to New York from Chicago.
Fey said she did not ask to audition, but that Michaels approached her. Michaels explained that there was chemistry between Fey and Fallon, though the decision was “kind of risky” at the time. Her role in Weekend Update was well received by critics. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly wrote: “…Fey delivers such blow darts – poison filled jokes written in long, precisely parsed sentences unprecedented in Update history – with such a bright, sunny countenance makes her all the more devilishly delightful.”
Poehler joined the cast of Saturday Night Live (SNL) at the start of the 2001–2002 season. Tina Fey had tried to recruit Poehler for SNL for years. This was the start of her being introduced to the industry. In 1999, Poehler had a small role in the movie Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. The following year, Poehler was cast in the film Wet Hot American Summer. The film, which cost only $1.8 million to make, was not a success initially when it was released in 2001. It gained a following though after its release on DVD.
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