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There's nothing erotic about the raunchy and awkward sex scenes Kristen Wiig has with costar Jon Hamm in the comedy Bridesmaids (out on DVD on Sept. 20). And the actress, 38, admits that it was hard not to dissolve into fits of laughter while shooting them. “We just kind of made up all these different horrible things that he could do to me and ways he could throw me around the room,” Wiig, who starred and cowrote the hit film with writing partner Annie Mumolo, tells iVillage exclusively.
And with pal and former Saturday Night Live castmate Maya Rudolph, longtime friends (and recent Emmy winner) Melissa McCarthy and Wendy McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper and Rose Byrne as her partners-in-crime on the movie, "just being together on set with a bunch of girls was just a dream," says Wiig.
Read on to find out what Wiig and Rudolph couldn't resist doing on the Bridesmaids set, whether she'll impersonate controversial congresswoman Michele Bachmann this season on SNL and which of her characters she'd never want to get trapped with on a desert island.
How did you manage to make Jon Hamm as unlikable as humanly possible in Bridesmaids?
(Laughs) It’s hard because in real life, that man is funny and amazing. That character had to be so specific when we wrote it. He’s this good-looking guy that you kind of get why she’s going back. But also, we tried to write some comedy in there of him just being a huge douchebag. He played it perfectly. I was so lucky that he did it.
How did both of you not crack up during every take of your sex scenes?
There was definitely a lot of laughing. I think they probably just cut right before. You’re half-naked being thrown around and we laughed more than we probably should have. We just kind of made up all these different horrible things that he could do to me and ways he could throw me around the room.
You and Maya Rudolph seem to have a shorthand with each other because you’ve worked together for so long.
I absolutely love working with Maya. The crew probably wishes we didn’t sing so much. We like to make up songs. Besides the fact that she’s my good friend and we do have a shorthand and very similar sense of humor and she makes me laugh so hard, she’s also just a good energy to have around. She’s a very nurturing spirit.
What about your other costars?
I had known Wendy and Melissa for years from (improvisation group) The Groundlings. There’s nothing like working with your friends. Ellie and Rose were the only two that I didn’t know and they just instantly stepped right in. We were all just like a family.
You have a lot of projects on your plate, like the upcoming Friends with Kids, which costars Megan Fox. What's she like?
Oh, she’s great. I’ve worked with her on SNL, so we’ve known each other before. On the film I think we only worked together a couple days, but she’s cool. I really like Megan. She’s very laid back and super cool and has a good sense of humor.
Do you think she’s a bit misunderstood?
I think people get an opinion of you from the first thing they see you in. Because of SNL, people only associate me with comedy. And people know her from Transformers. Then she came to host SNL and she was really, really funny. People are always so surprised because they think they know who a person is just from the parts they play. They just kind of assume, I guess. Jon Hamm is a good example. People know him from Mad Men and when he first hosted SNL, people were like, “Oh my gosh, and he’s funny?” He’s an actor, you know?
Will we see any of your Michele Bachmann impressions on SNL this season?
Well, the way things are going, possibly. It is always fun to play her.
Is there any celebrity you’re dying to impersonate that you haven’t gotten a chance to yet?
That’s a good question. I don’t know. I can’t answer that one. You stumped me.
Of all your characters, who would you least want to get trapped on a desert island with and why?
Gilly -- because she would try to kill me.
Serena Kappes is iVillage's Entertainment Editorial Director. Follow her on Twitter: @serenakappes