Lisa Wilkinson abruptly shut down mid-interview on The Project

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
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Lisa Wilkinson was abruptly shut down during an interview with Wonder Woman 1984 star Kristen Wiig on Monday night.

The 61-year-old host was chatting with Kristen about her role in the movie when she was shut down by a publicist.

Lisa Wilkinson does an interview on the computer for The Project
Lisa Wilkinson was abruptly shut down by a publicist on Monday night's episode of The Project. Photo: Ten

Kristen had given one word in answer to the question before the publicist jumped in and said, "That's all the time we have, Lisa. Thank you."

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Lisa laughed the interruption off, but Kristen appeared to be a little shocked and apologetic about being cut off.

The question Lisa had asked was about whether Kristen could relate to her character Barbara in the early stages of the film, where she is awkward and dorky.

Wonder Woman 1984 star Kristen Wiig on The Project
Wonder Woman 1984 star Kristen Wiig appeared to be a little shocked and apologetic after the interruption. Photo: Ten

Kristen was only able to say, "Yes," in response before being cut off by the publicist. She jokingly added, "Well, you got the 'yes' in there."

In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Kristen spoke about the complexity of her character.

"She goes through a lot of different stages," she explained.

"I feel like I essentially play four different people and we wanted to make each one different."

Kirsten Wiig as Barbara in Wonder Woman 1984
Kirsten as Barbara early in the film. Photo: Warner Bros

In the film, Barbara transforms into the villain Cheetah, who is a world away from the woman we meet at the beginning of the film.

"When [Cheetah] is first revealed to the audience, the first part of her transformation, you do feel like everyone in the room, even though they’re actors, they’re looking at you like, ‘Oh my god, what happened to you?"

Kristen Wiig as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984
She then transforms into the villain Cheetah. Photo: Warner Bros.

The role was very different for the star, who has stuck to comedy throughout her career.

"My hair’s different, I’ve got the runny make-up and the ripped skirt – and there’s something about being in that costume and incorporating the beginning of Cheetah’s new walk and stance,” she said.

“It was a very cool moment for me."

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