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Best Of: Maggie Rogers / Kristen Wiig

Best Of: Maggie Rogers / Kristen Wiig

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This episode of Fresh Air Weekend features two insightful interviews. First, singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers discusses her new album "Don't Forget Me," exploring her use of a persona to tell a more authentic version of the truth through fiction. She also reflects on her journey from viral fame to pursuing a master's degree at Harvard Divinity School, where she studied religion and public life to better understand her role as a public figure and the ethics of her career. The second interview features actress Kristen Wiig, who stars in the new Apple TV+ series "Palm Royale." Wiig discusses her character, Maxine, a former pageant queen striving to break into high society, and her own journey from aspiring art teacher to comedic success. She shares her experiences on "Saturday Night Live" and the creation of the hit film "Bridesmaids," reflecting on the narrative surrounding female-led comedies and the importance of embracing comedic freedom.

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00:00:00
Introduction

This Chapter introduces the episode of Fresh Air Weekend, featuring interviews with singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers and actress Kristen Wiig.

00:00:25
Maggie Rogers: Music, Spirituality, and Sustainability

This Chapter delves into a conversation with Maggie Rogers, discussing her new album "Don't Forget Me" and her creative process. Rogers explains how she uses a persona to tell a more authentic version of the truth through fiction. She also shares her experience pursuing a master's degree at Harvard Divinity School, where she studied religion and public life to better understand her role as a public figure and the ethics of her career.

00:02:26
Kristen Wiig: From Art Teacher to Comedic Icon

This Chapter features an interview with Kristen Wiig, who stars in the new Apple TV+ series "Palm Royale." Wiig discusses her character, Maxine, a former pageant queen striving to break into high society, and her own journey from aspiring art teacher to comedic success. She shares her experiences on "Saturday Night Live" and the creation of the hit film "Bridesmaids," reflecting on the narrative surrounding female-led comedies and the importance of embracing comedic freedom.

Keywords

Maggie Rogers
Maggie Rogers is an American singer-songwriter known for her indie-pop sound and introspective lyrics. She gained widespread recognition after a video of her performing her song "Alaska" for Pharrell Williams went viral. Rogers has released two studio albums, "Heard It in a Past Life" and "Surrender," and is known for her captivating live performances.

Kristen Wiig
Kristen Wiig is an American actress, comedian, and screenwriter. She is best known for her work on "Saturday Night Live," where she was a cast member from 2005 to 2012. Wiig has also starred in numerous films, including "Bridesmaids," "Ghostbusters," and "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar." She is known for her comedic timing, her ability to create memorable characters, and her willingness to embrace physical comedy and absurdity.

Don't Forget Me
Don't Forget Me is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers, released in 2023. The album explores themes of nostalgia, memory, and the passage of time. It features a blend of indie-pop, folk, and electronic influences, and has been praised for its emotional depth and sonic richness.

Palm Royale
Palm Royale is a new Apple TV+ series starring Kristen Wiig. The show is set in Palm Beach, Florida, in the late 1960s, and follows Maxine, a former pageant queen who is determined to break into the upper echelons of high society. The series features a star-studded cast, including Laura Dern, Bruce Dern, Leslie Bibb, and Carol Burnett.

Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live (SNL) is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show. It has been running on NBC since 1975 and is known for its satirical humor, political commentary, and memorable characters. SNL has launched the careers of numerous comedians, actors, and writers, including Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler.

Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids is a 2011 American comedy film starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, and Melissa McCarthy. The film follows Annie, a woman whose life is falling apart as her best friend, Lillian, gets married. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $288 million worldwide. It was praised for its humor, its strong female characters, and its exploration of female friendship.

Harvard Divinity School
Harvard Divinity School is a graduate school of theology and religious studies located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious divinity schools in the United States. The school offers a variety of degree programs, including Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, and Doctor of Philosophy.

Synesthesia
Synesthesia is a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. For example, a person with grapheme-color synesthesia might see the letter "A" as red or the number "5" as blue.

Groundlings
The Groundlings is an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe and school based in Los Angeles, California. It is known for its alumni, who include many famous comedians, actors, and writers, including Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy, and Conan O'Brien. The Groundlings is known for its rigorous training program and its emphasis on ensemble work.

Q&A

  • How does Maggie Rogers use a persona on her new album "Don't Forget Me"?

    Rogers explains that she uses a persona to tell a more authentic version of the truth through fiction. By inhabiting a character, she is able to weave together memories from her 20s and tell a more real version of the truth than she could by writing directly about her own life.

  • What prompted Maggie Rogers to pursue a master's degree at Harvard Divinity School?

    Rogers explains that she felt unqualified to answer the questions people were asking her about politics, suicide, and other personal issues. She felt like she was in an unconventional ministerial position without any training. She wanted to understand how people come together and create meaning in a divisive world, and she believes that music is the most sacred and spiritual thing she's ever been a part of.

  • What is Kristen Wiig's character, Maxine, like in the new Apple TV+ series "Palm Royale"?

    Maxine is a former pageant queen who is determined to break into high society. She is constantly happy and sees the glass half full, but her pursuit of wealth and status is seen as shallow by others.

  • How did Kristen Wiig's experience on "Saturday Night Live" shape her comedic approach?

    Wiig describes the fast-paced, deadline-driven environment of SNL as a puzzle that she loved to solve. She misses the frantic panic between dress rehearsals and live shows, and the constant need to adapt and rewrite sketches.

  • What was the narrative surrounding the success of the film "Bridesmaids"?

    There was a lot of discussion about how shocking it was that a comedy starring women was successful and funny. People seemed surprised that a female-led comedy could be both entertaining and commercially successful.

  • How did Kristen Wiig's journey from aspiring art teacher to comedic success begin?

    Wiig was initially studying art and was hired by a plastic surgery clinic to do Photoshop work. However, she had an epiphany during an acting class and decided to pursue acting. She moved to Los Angeles and eventually found her way to the Groundlings, an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe, where she honed her comedic skills.

  • What is the significance of the Groundlings in Kristen Wiig's career?

    The Groundlings is an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe and school based in Los Angeles, California. It is known for its alumni, who include many famous comedians, actors, and writers, including Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy, and Conan O'Brien. The Groundlings is known for its rigorous training program and its emphasis on ensemble work. Wiig credits the Groundlings with helping her develop her comedic skills and giving her the confidence to pursue a career in comedy.

Show Notes

In 2021, burnt out from the intensity of her early career, Maggie Rogers considered quitting music entirely. Instead, she took a detour — to Harvard Divinity School, where she earned a master's degree in religion and public life. Her new album is Don't Forget Me.

SNL
alum Kristen Wiig co-stars with Carol Burnett in Palm Royale, an Apple TV+ series about a former pageant queen who wants to break into high society. Wiig talks about working with Burnett and the rush of SNL.

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