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Interview with Fiona Gubelmann and
Chris Klein of "Wilfred" on FX 8/23/13
I wasn't able to make this call as I'd hoped (something
came up), but they were kind enough to send me the
transcript anyway. I love "Wilfred", so it's fun to read
what two of the show's stars say about it. Always a
great show and I can't wait for it to return!
FX NETWORK: Wilfred
August 23, 2013/10:00 a.m. PDT
Kristy Silvernail, FX Networks / Media Relations Manager
Fiona Gubelmann, Wilfred / “Jenna”
Chris Klein, Wilfred / “Drew”
Moderator: Welcome to the Wilfred Conference Call. At this
time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, we
will conduct a question and answer session; instructions
will be given at that time. As a reminder, this conference
is being recorded.
I would now like to turn the conference over to your host,
K. Silvernail: Good morning everyone, and welcome to the
Wilfred Conference Call, with series stars Fiona Gubelmann
and Chris Klein. I’d like to thank everyone for joining us
today and remind you that this call is for print purposes
only; no audio may be used.
By now, most of you should have seen “Heroism,” the twelfth
episode airing next week. As a reminder, we ask that you not
reveal ‘Wilfred’s’ past valor and the results prior to the
episode airing next Thursday, August 29th. This means that
you’ll need to manually remove all plot details discussed
today from the upcoming transcript prior to posting
Don’t forget to tune in to the Season 3 finale, which airs
Thursday, September 5th at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. With
that said, let’s go ahead and take our first question.
Moderator: Your first question comes from the line of Jamie
Steinberg from Starry Constellation.
J. Steinberg: I was wondering, what can you guys tell us that
you continue to find challenging about these roles?
F. Gubelmann: I think what I continue to find challenging is
just the fact that it’s constantly changing. We shoot our
show out of order, so sometimes we’ll be getting scripts for
the end of the season without having read scripts from
earlier in the season. I think that can be a challenge just
trying to figure out and track your storyline. Luckily, we
have such great writers, and our director, Randall Einhorn,
and they’re really great and able to really guide us and
help us answer any questions that we might have.
C. Klein: I really agree with Fiona. Besides the fact that
it’s a whole heck of a lot of fun every spring when I have
an opportunity to be a part of this show, the writers and
the creators and the director, Randall Einhorn, are really
very hands-on, incredibly creative people that have a very,
very clear, concise vision of what they want this show to
be. They really, really do a wonderful job of communicating
that to the cast.
J. Steinberg: Was it instant chemistry when you guys began
working together or did it take a bit of time for you all to
C. Klein: I fell in love with Fiona immediately.
F. Gubelmann: Working with Chris has been an absolute
pleasure. He is just such a sweetheart. We’re always
cracking each other up and sometimes it’ll be hard because
he’s just so much fun to talk to and then all of sudden we
have to do a serious scene. But it’s a blast; I treasure all
our scenes together.
Moderator: Your next question comes from the line of Kyle
Wilson from nerdrep.com.
K. Wilson: ... episode “Heroism” is fun. I think it’s kind of
turning point for some of the characters. Without going too
much into spoiler territory, do you guys think viewers will
look back on this episode as a pivotal one for the season?
F. Gubelmann: Yes. I think not only a pivotal one for the
season, but a pivotal one for the series. I think that the
last two episodes of the season change everything for
everybody. I think the world, as we know it, is just never
going to be the same in terms of the relationships for the
characters, between ‘Jenna’ and ‘Ryan,’ ‘Jenna’ and ‘Drew,’
even ‘Wilfred’ and ‘Ryan.’ Everything is about to change. I
think it’s really exciting.
C. Klein: Fiona said it best. I’ll leave it there.
K. Wilson: Chris, do you think ‘Drew’ purposely puts ‘Ryan’
in these uncomfortable situations to mess with him, or is it
just as a means to an end to get what he wants?
C. Klein: Oh, man, I really think to give ‘Drew’ that much
credit would be a gross overestimation of his manipulation
skills. ‘Drew’ is in love with ‘Jenna,’ and he’s doing his
thing. He’s the next door neighbor. Though we find him as an
antagonist in this show every once and a while, I really
believe, too, in terms of being self calculating, I think
you’ll find that much more next door with ‘Wilfred’ and
F. Gubelmann: I agree with that.
Moderator: Your next question comes from the line of Preston
Barta from North Texas Daily.
P. Barta: One of the most compelling aspects that has always
made Wilfred a great show for me are the life lessons
within. ‘Wilfred’ challenges ‘Ryan’ and teaches him things
in his own obscure and diabolical way, perhaps causing
viewers to stop and reflect on their own life. I’m curious,
since you both are a part of the show, did ‘Wilfred’ teach
you any lessons about life?
F. Gubelmann: Don’t get stoned with a dog?
C. Klein: To take life lessons from ‘Wilfred’ or the actor
that plays him, Jason Gann, would be a cautionary tale, to
say the least.
F. Gubelmann: I’m trying to think… I think the one thing that
the show has really impressed upon be is just standing up
and – I’m trying to think of a way to word this. To me, it’s
about taking responsibility for yourself and your actions
and what you really want.
With ‘Jenna,’ I think she doesn’t always do that. I think
that that’s a flaw that I can relate to and many people can
relate to. I like that the show is this exploration of
‘Ryan’ and what he needs. For me, it’s just been standing up
for myself and really vocalizing what I need and what I want
and communicating that to people.
C. Klein: I think that’s really well said. I really
appreciate the close of every episode where we get to take a
step back and just watch a man hang out with his dog. For
me, as somebody who understands that relationship, having a
dog myself, being a pet owner, Jason and Elijah [Wood] do a
really groovy job of really explaining that relationship.
For me, in the show when they’re going through what they’re
going through, it makes it easier for me to understand
because of those moments on the couch.
P. Barta: Definitely. I would certainly say it kind of
changed how I look at my friendships and my relationships,
Moderator: Next, we’ll go to the line of Albert Chang from
Spin Off Online.
A. Chang: Since you’ve both been involved with the show since
Season 1, now Season 3 is almost drawn to a close, what
stands out to you about this current crop of episodes, in
particular, that was somehow different or meaningful to you?
F. Gubelmann: The moment in episode twelve, actually, in
“Heroism,” that really, really touched me was right after
‘Ryan’ rescues ‘Wilfred.’ When he’s talking about wanting to
protect ‘Jenna’ and wanting to take care of her, and he’s
really reflecting upon the issues that she’s actually having
and going through, and you realize how much ‘Wilfred’ really
cares and loves her. Then you see ‘Ryan’ have that moment.
I was so touched when I saw that, and I just felt the love
from ‘Wilfred’ and I felt the love from ‘Ryan,’ just
watching that as a viewer. Then a few minutes later, when
you see ‘Jenna’ and ‘Ryan’ on the couch, and ‘Jenna’ sees
‘Ryan,’ I think for the first time, and sees how much he
really cares for her.
The last five minutes are so beautiful when you see the love
between those three characters and how much they care for
each other. That was just one of the most touching moments
for me, so far.
C. Klein: I really agree with Fiona. In all three seasons,
this particular crop of episodes really, really dives into
that ‘Wilfred’-‘Ryan’-‘Jenna’ triangle in such a beautiful
way and explains to us as audience members, we get to really
see how touched all three of them are. That’s a really,
really cool thing, and something that, as a fan of this
show, I’ve been waiting to see more of, as well, ever since
the first season when we got our first glimpse of it.
Moderator: You have a followup from Preston Barta from North
P. Barta: This question is for Chris, because I’ve asked this
to Fiona before. I’m calling on the behalf of my university,
so if you could teach a college course, what would you
teach? It could be something that already exists or one of
C. Klein: Wow, what college course would I teach? That’s
pretty awesome. What college course would I teach? Fiona,
what did you teach?
F. Gubelmann: Mine was really cheesy. But I said I would like
to teach a course on teaching people just to love
themselves, like a self-esteem type course. An appreciation
C. Klein: Oh, that’s cool. That’s pretty cool. I think if I
was to teach a course, I suppose it would have to be a
subject that I knew something about. You know what,
actually, after – and this is going to sound nerdy, so
you’re going to have to forgive me – but after reading the,
I believe it was, the July issue of National Geographic
Explorer, I am now a super duper expert on the solar system.
So I would go ahead and teach new age astronomy, and the
title of the class would be “New Age Astronomy: This is Not
Your Newton’s Solar System.”
P. Barta: I’d take that class, for sure.
C. Klein: If you signed up for that, you would be out a lot
of money because I’ve got nothing to share.
Moderator: Your next question comes from the line of Earl
Dittman from Digital Journal.
E. Dittman: This show means a lot of different things to a
lot of different people. It has a lot of great messages, and
stuff, but it means a lot of different things to different
people. When people come up to you, fans, what do they
usually say it means to them? Do they tell you something
about the show or your characters that really touches you
and you know you’ve done your job great and the show was
F. Gubelmann: Honestly, this is all still, after three years,
so new to me that anytime someone actually comes up to me
and says that they’re a fan of the show and that they love
the show, for whatever reason, it just means the world to
me. I just get so excited.
I love when I see people Tweeting pictures of their Wilfred
birthday cake, or dressed up as ‘Wilfred.’ I still can’t
believe it; it’s just so surreal. I think all the fans there
and all the love and support that we get is so touching and
overwhelming. That, as a whole, is what I am so touched by
C. Klein: This group of fans, this group of Wilfred fans are
really, really, really cool. They’re way cooler than I am,
and in a lot of ways a heck of a lot smarter than me, too.
I’m always so grateful to be a part of this show and play
the part that I do, because fans of the show respond to it
and they think it’s funny.
But what I get the most from people who appreciate the show
is they always ask me what is going on over there? What in
the world is going on, I can’t take my eyes away from this?
That’s really a testament to the writers and the creators
and a lot of what Elijah Wood and Jason Gann and the
director, Randall Einhorn, bring to the show. I get a lot of
cool ... from these cool fans, which stokes me out pretty
Moderator: Your next question comes from the line of Bruce
Eisen from TV.
B. Eisen: I’m wondering, though, when you’re not busy
shooting the show and watching it, what other shows do you
like to watch?
F. Gubelmann: For me it’s what shows do I not watch? Chris
knows that my favorite show is Game of Thrones. Absolutely a
huge fan of that. Breaking Bad is another one of my all time
favorites. I’m enjoying these last few episodes right now.
Recently I watched House of Cards, the new Netflix series,
and that was phenomenal, and Orange is the New Black, as
well. I was very impressed with both those series.
B. Eisen: Cool, thank you. And Chris?
C. Klein: For me – what am I watching these days? I ran
through House of Cards in a hurry. That, to me, is the best
television show I’ve seen in a long time. I’m a big fan of
Homeland and I really, really, really appreciate The
Newsroom a heck of a lot.
My very guilty pleasure and one that I really can’t wait for
it to come back on ABC is Nashville. I’m a huge fan of
country music and Nashville, to me, is just a fantastic
F. Gubelmann: I forgot about Homeland, there. I love
Homeland. That’s another one of my favorites.
Moderator: Your next question comes from the line of Sheldon
Wiebe from eclipsemagazine.com.
S. Wiebe: On a lot of other shows, a couple like ‘Jenna’ and
‘Drew’ would be – let’s just say it plain out – they’d be
broken up long ago because they’re just so completely
mismatched. My question is could you speak to the
development of this odd couple who do love each other, but
in the context of the show just seem so wrong? Maybe get
some thoughts on how you approached the role, the couple,
when you were starting to get into it.
F. Gubelmann: Do you want me to start, or do you want to
C. Klein: Go ahead, please.
F. Gubelmann: Okay. I don’t think it’s necessarily that
‘Jenna’ and ‘Drew’ are so mismatched and so wrong for each
other. I think they’ve been together a long time, since
their early 20’s, and I think that they love each other very
much and they’ve just grown apart. I think they’ve
definitely grown apart and are wanting different things in
life. But I don’t necessarily think they’re, I hate to say
that they’re so mismatched and so wrong for each other.
I think in life, you meet someone, you fall in love, and
then as you grow older you want different things. That
happens a lot and to many people. It’s hard to be with
someone that you have a history with, that you care so much
for, and then to have the strength to walk away from that is
I think that’s where we find them. Do you have more to that
question that I’m not answering? I feel like you did.
S. Wiebe: So you’re saying inertia has set in?
C. Klein: I think Fiona’s exactly right. Let’s remember, when
we first met ‘Jenna,’ we learned that she’s from Wisconsin
and she’s moved to the big city, and she does the news and
she’s into her life. ‘Drew’s’ still back home and we don’t
meet him till later.
There’s no question in my mind that the character of ‘Drew’
is blindly in love, in a very young, country boy way. And
Fiona’s right, with that, people grow and people move on.
When they grow at different rates, it becomes very, very
difficult for the person who’s kind of taking some steps
outside of the box.
Moderator: You have a followup from Preston Barta from North
P. Barta: To circle back to my first question about
‘Wilfred’s’ life lessons, some people could argue that his
approach was right and some could argue that it was wrong.
For the both of you, which is worse: doing the right thing
for the wrong reasons, or doing the wrong thing for the
right reasons, like ‘Wilfred’?
F. Gubelmann: Doing the right thing –
C. Klein: I’ve never known an example where the right thing
could be for the wrong reasons.
F. Gubelmann: ... example for that.
C. Klein: I know what it’s about to do the wrong thing for
the right reasons, but I’m not sure the right thing for the
wrong reasons. ... if it’s the right thing, it’s the right
F. Gubelmann: The right things for the wrong – I’m trying to
think of an example in my life when I’ve done either of
those. When have I done the right thing for the wrong
I guess maybe doing the wrong thing for the right reason is
better because you may have to hurt someone to ultimately
help them, and that comes from a place of love. Versus doing
something to help someone and you’re not doing it for the
I think truth, I guess, is one of the most important things.
So if you’re doing things for false reasons, then what
you’re doing may have no actual meaning or validity to it.
C. Klein: I think you just unraveled that incredibly well.
F. Gubelmann: I love you.
C. Klein: I think what we’re talking about, here, is tough
love, the kind of tough love that we see ‘Wilfred’ give
‘Ryan’ in almost every episode. Tough love is one of the
most beautiful things that you can give your partner or your
friends or your family. It’s one of the hardest things that
you can do for somebody, but ultimately, usually, one of the
best things you can do for somebody and everybody comes out
the other end happy that you made that decision.
F. Gubelmann: I think that’s a beautiful answer.
C. Klein: You started it.
F. Gubelmann: Oh, Chris.
Moderator: At this time, there are no further questions.
K. Silvernail: Bravo, you guys. Thanks, again, to everyone
for joining us today, and also for honoring the embargo on
the plot details from “Heroism.”
F. Gubelmann: Thank you.
K. Silvernail: Thanks, Fiona. Thanks, Chris.
C. Klein: Thank you guys very much.
F. Gubelmann: Thank you. Bye, Chris.
C. Klein: Thank you. Bye, guys.
F. Gubelmann: Bye, sweetie.
Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude your
conference for today. Thank you for your participation and
for using AT&T Executive Teleconference. You may now
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