By Andrea Mandell and Cara Kelly | USA TODAY
At the start of 2016, we didn’t know how much we’d need Kate McKinnon.
This summer, as the Ghostbusters reboot became the latest big-budget female-led comedy to be sucked into a misogynistic Twitter vortex, it was McKinnon’s comic stylings that answered our call. What the movie lacked in critical love was made up for in her memorable take on Holtzmann, a profoundly and charmingly weird engineering whiz (whose science vibes gave zero cares about that nearby hottie Chris Hemsworth).
Her film career has since taken off. Just in time for the holidays, she’s in theaters stealing scenes in the ensemble comedy Office Christmas Party, playing it straight as the company’s uniquely helpful HR director. And it was just announced McKinnon is set to star in her own film as a scarily magical school cafeteria worker in The Lunch Witch.