Miss Piggy makes
her long-awaited and much-sought-after return to the big screen in 2011 in
Disney’s “The Muppets.” The larger-than-life star of television, film, stage, online
and all media known and unknown throughout the universe has been dominating
show business since her initial public appearance in the chorus on “The Herb
Alpert Special” in 1974.
as 1st Sow in the “Return to the Planet of the Pigs” sketch on “The
Muppet Show: Sex and Violence” in 1975 (which was, in effect, the pilot for
“The Muppet Show”). But her unforgettable break-out performance came during the
musical number “Temptation” on very first episode of “The Muppet Show.” Miss
Piggy started as a chorus pig and came back a star… who wouldn’t let go of
Kermit. The rest is history.
Piggy’s film credits include “The Muppet Movie” (1979), “The Great Muppet
Caper” (1981), “The Muppets Take Manhattan” (1984), “The Muppet Christmas
Carol” (1992), “Muppet Treasure Island” (1996) and “Muppets from Space” (1999).
She’s also had starring roles in the TV films “Muppets’ Wizard of Oz” (2005)
and “A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa.” In addition to her star-making
turn in “The Muppet Show,” which ran from 1976-1981, Miss Piggy’s television
credits include “Muppets Tonight,” as well as the blockbuster TV specials “Miss
Piggy’s Hollywood” and “The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show.” She has appeared on every
talk show worth talking about, including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Live
with Regis and Kelly,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “The View” and “Today,”
among others. Piggy has also been featured on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,”
“Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Got Talent,” among other notable
programs lucky enough to land her talents. She stars in a veritable cornucopia of
videos and captivated audiences worldwide with her appearance in the recent Webby-winning
Muppet viral video performance of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2009). She has graced
the covers of magazines around the world and appeared on the 68th
Annual Academy Awards® as a presenter. She is still (impatiently) awaiting her
“Miss Piggy’s Guide to Life” was a national bestseller. And she recently
followed up this success with her wildly popular book “The
Diva Code: Miss Piggy on Life, Love, and the 10,000 Idiotic Things Men Frogs Do.”
A CONVERSATION WITH MISS PIGGY…
What is Disney’s “The
It’s moi’s story, of course.
It’s about how I am working in Paris and Kermit and the other Muppets come over
and beg me to come home. I run the complete gamut of acting—from smiling to
frowning. It’s got Oscar® written all over it—and I’m not just talking de La
Renta. I have heard rumors that there’s another storyline in the movie that
doesn’t involve moi, but who really cares about that?
What is your role in
Disney’s “The Muppets?”
Moi plays moi. It’s a casting no-brainer. Naturally,
all of Hollywood’s top actresses tested for the part—Roberts, Streep, Winslet,
Jolie, Bullock—but in the end they decided that there is only one moi and I’m
In the movie, I portray the
plus-size fashion editor of Vogue Paris—I’m in charge of a whole office full of
editors who all want to look just like moi. But of course, Kermit wants me back
with the Muppets to save the day and put on some big show. Can I resist? Well, see the movie and
How does your life differ
from the characters you portray on the big screen?
In real life, my wardrobe is
much, much bigger and more expensive, but I’m a lot like what you see on the
big screen. The camera does add a few pounds—when people meet me in person
they’re always amazed at how svelte I am. Take my word for it.
What made you agree to
star in Disney’s “The Muppets”?
It was written especially
for moi. And they said I could keep all the shoes.
What is the funniest
scene in the film?
The scene where Kermie begs
me to come back to Hollywood with him is the funniest scene. I’m hilarious; and
the frog isn’t half bad either. There are so many very funny scenes in the
film… and guess what, moi is in all of them! Coincidence? I don’t think so.
What was it like working
opposite Jason Segel?
Jason is a sweet, sweet man…
and a very funny comedic actor. Of course, when I heard he wrote the movie and
could write my part even bigger, we became best friends forever.
Amy and moi are so much
alike, except for the fact that she’s been nominated for an Academy Award®
THREE TIMES and I’ve gotten bupkis!
(Entres nous, I think they just don’t want to nominate anyone outside
There was a little tension
at first, but once Amy learned about not touching the frog, we became fast
friends. We hang together whenever
we’re in the same city, which up to now has been… let’s see… never.
What can I say about Kermie
and moi? Separately we’re fabulous and together we are absolute legends—like Astaire
& Rogers, Tracy & Hepburn, Oprah & Stedman.
Walter is delightful! He
worships the Muppets and especially moi. And as everyone knows, I absolutely adore
You are a fashion icon.
What is your secret?
I have a few fashion
Never wear anything
that requires a hoist to get into.
There is no such thing
as too much accessorizing.
If it’s expensive, it
in all shapes and sizes. Therefore, the bigger you are, the more style you
What do you do in your
Shop. Eat Chocolate. Pose
for photographers. Rinse. Repeat. I’m a diva. I have people to schedule my free
time. You have no idea how time consuming that is.
Are you and Kermit
Of course we’re
together. In the movie, we seem to be apart, but that’s just for dramatic tension.
In real life, we’re fabulously happy and the longest-running interspecies
couple in all of Hollywood.
Why should audiences see
Disney’s “The Muppets”?
Because moi is in it! What a silly question!
It is the best movie I have
ever made…and therefore the best movie ever made. Other than that, it’s got a
lot of laughs and you’ll have a good time. Are those enough reasons for you?