Kali Hawk Takes the "Opposite" Path to Hollywood Success
10.12.09 by BJSprecher
Actress/comedienne Kali Hawk may not be an A-list celebrity yet, but give her time. Hawk is currently appearing in this weekend's smash hit comedy Couples Retreat and soon she'll be appearing in Judd Apatow's newest feature, Get Him to the Greek. According to what Hawk told Movieline, both parts were minimal when she was cast, but were later expanded to better utilize her talents.
Get Him to the Greek, that was a one-line part where, even though I'd just done Couples Retreat, I wanted to do this movie because it's Judd Apatow and I want to work with those guys. I'd be a craft services person to get close to them, like, Judd knows talent and if he likes me, then maybe there's something that he could do. And then I got that part and my one-line character got expanded to where they would just put me into stuff.
Hawk was a member of the Groundlings improv group for about a year, and her intention was to become a cast member of Saturday Night Live, which she would use as a springboard into movies. However, things "worked out the opposite" for her, and when the opportunity finally arose, Hawk didn't want to become famous for lampooning the First Lady.
. . . do I want my introduction to the world to be me taking a shot at the better half of this great couple that everyone across the world has put their hope and faith into? I'm already kind of off the chain in Couples Retreat, so what am I going to do: Go sign up to be the token black girl on this show and make fun of one of the most prestigious women that we have? No!
What will Hawk do next? Not even Kali could tell you.
Life is not a straight line for me. There's no rhyme or reason. I'm that person who's walking down the street and meets Ron Howard in the supermarket and he puts me in a movie.