Name: Kali Hawk
Hometown: New York City, NY
Where you’ve seen her: Couples Retreat
Where you will see her: Bridesmaids, a film that Ms. Hawk describes as “fucked up. Some pretty fucked up shit happens. I don’t even know how to explain it.” So, this has us sold already.
For the sake of avoiding plot giveaways, Hawk is illusive when describing her minor (but very mentionable) role in Bridesmaids as “a frienemy to Kristin Wiig’s character.” Hmm. Having said this, she is very vocal when it comes to how much she enjoyed and valued the filming process both professionally and personally. “You would think that having so many women working together would make for a catty environment, but to see the cast and crew at the premiere again was wonderful. There was a lot of improvising, a lot of support and encouragement on the set. I’m now friends with everyone from [Bridesmaids] and that doesn’t happen all the time. There was so much warmth and so much comradery making that movie and its evident in the finished product.”
Hawk on the evolution of women in comedy: “I definitely love comedy. I’ve been inspired for years by those women and the crazy characters they have portrayed over the years, especially on Saturday Night Live. I would love to follow in the footsteps of any of those women. Rose Byrne does really great things both in comedy and drama and looks really great doing it.” True say. “Kristin [Wiig] does movies as well as SNL. Tina Fey is another SNL alum whose doing her thing right now and Maya [Rudolph] has been in some tremendous movies. I think comedy gives you that lightness and allows you the freedom to venture into more serious projects.”
And, in fair warning to those boars who say women can’t do comedy, Kali is in training: “I would love to do an action movie! I am dying to get into some sort of leather zip-up costume and get all tattooed and do some kung fu kicks.” That’s so funny because we’re dying to see that happen too! “Of course there’s that iconic image of Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2 or Sigourney Weaver [in the Alien franchise]. I like that because it wasn’t as if they were trying to be manly, they were still very feminine women but strong and intelligent. Linda Hamilton’s character had the drive and the will. She’s on a mission too, but there was also a very human and maternal aspect to her as well.”
After you see Bridesmaids and fall in love with her, Kali Hawk can next be seen in the Crash-esque Answers To Nothing which is slated for a 2011 release.