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Interview with Elijah Wood of "Wilfred" on
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FX NETWORK: Wilfred
June 21, 2013/10:00 a.m. PDT
Moderator: Welcome to the Wilfred Conference Call. At this
time, all lines are in a listen-only mode. Due to the large
volume of callers, we ask that you please limit yourself to
one question. You may then re-queue and additional questions
will be taken as time permits. I’d also like to remind you
that today’s conference is being recorded. I’ll now turn the
conference over to Kristy Silvernail for opening remarks.
Kristy Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the Wilfred
conference call with series star Elijah Wood. 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.
Again, since we’ve got so many journalists on the line with
us we respectfully request that you ask only one question at
a time, and get back in the queue for any follow up
questions that you might have.
As you know, the third season of Wilfred premiered last
night, and will continue to air Thursday nights at 10:00
p.m. Eastern and Pacific; although, next week, June 27th,
we’ll be airing two new episodes back-to-back at 10:00 and
With that said, let’s go ahead and take our first question.
Moderator: That will come from Jamie Ruby with
Jamie: Hi, Elijah; thanks so much for talking to us today.
Elijah Of course, hi.
Jamie: So far it’s really great this season. I do want to say
I really enjoyed it. Do you sometimes have a hard time just
holding it together and keeping a straight face when you
film this because it’s so crazy sometimes?
Elijah Oh yeah. Yeah and I would say even more this season
oddly enough than other seasons. For some reason I sort of
busted up more this season because of what Jason [Gann] was
doing than ever before. I’m so used to seeing him in the dog
suit and to a certain degree the context of a lot of the
situations I’m very used to but it’s still definitely serves
to make me laugh. It’s a wonderful environment to work in.
It’s something that all of us as a crew are kind of
constantly laughing so pretty wonderful thing to go in to
work to that every day.
Jamie: Great. Thank you so much.
Elijah Yeah of course.
Moderator: Our next question is from Curt Wagner with Redeye.
Curt: Hey, Elijah; how is it going?
Elijah Hey, Curt; how are you?
Curt: I was wondering…in last night’s episode there was a lot
of ‘Ryan’ thinking and deciding that maybe he is mentally
ill and sort of seeing how he’s going to cope with it and
come to terms with it. I was wondering if throughout the
season now that’s going to add a whole lot more sort of
double meaning to the scenes and the things going on.
Elijah Well, I mean I think we don’t really address head-on
any further in this season so much the idea of mental
illness, but I think it’s always been there even if we
haven’t talked about it. I think it was interesting to see
that in the first episode, ‘Ryan’ kind of addressing it for
the first time and sort of being self-aware that could
potentially be the reason for ‘Wilfred’s’ existence.
I think from here on out having established that as a
possibility it will always be there as a way to sort of
potentially look at each of the scenarios that he gets
himself in to with ‘Wilfred.’ But I also think because we
don’t outright answer it there’s still a sense of ambiguity
as to what ‘Wilfred’ is, and I think that’s kind of
important for the show that we don’t necessarily answer that
Curt: Right. Okay. All right. Well, thanks. I’ll queue up
Moderator: We’ll go next to Kyle Wilson with Nerdrep.com.
Kyle: Hey, Elijah; how’s it going?
Elijah Good man; how are you?
Kyle: Pretty good. Hey, I got a chance to talk to Jason and
Fiona [Gubelmann] earlier in the week and I posed this
question, and I wanted to get your take on it. Do you think
Wilfred should have a fixed ending point or can it just
continue on indefinitely?
Elijah That’s a very good question. I’m curious as to what
they said. I think that the structure of the show that’s
been created is such that it’s about a guy who is
essentially in recovery, and trying to figure out what his
path in life is. This manifestation of ‘Wilfred’ has
provided essentially a push for him to kind of figure that
out. I think that can only really last for so long to
believe that we are dealing with a man who is kind of
struggling for answers to these questions and in this sort
of existential question period of his life and in recovery.
I don’t know that we can believe that for ten seasons.
I think to a certain degree there has to be a resolve or a
move in a certain direction, so I don’t know. I think…to the
fairness of the construct of the show I think it can only
survive for so long. I would hate to make the show kind of
carry on for too long and it not necessarily support what
we’ve created, if that makes sense.
Kyle: Yeah. Definitely. Thanks man.
Moderator: We now have a question from Preston Barta with
North Texas Daily.
Preston: Hi, Elijah. In your opinion about the future of
comedy, are gimmicks and situational comedy going to win
over highbrow intellectual comedy?
Elijah Man the future of comedy, I don’t know if I have much
of an opinion on it. I think what’s interesting about—I mean
on a sort of broad level for films I think that there are
exciting things happening. I think where some of the best
comedy is coming out is probably online. You know there are
so many distribution models now and people are doing some of
the more interesting things potentially in smaller avenues.
I suppose that’s where some of the most exciting things are
I mean cable provides that conduit as well. A show like
Louie for instance couldn’t exist if it weren’t for a
network that were sort of brave enough to just let it be
what it’s supposed to be, and that, I think, hopefully that
inspires similar avenues of expression for comedy. I think
Louie is probably one of the more inspiring things on
television because it’s allowed to sort of exist and be
whatever it is without it having to be strictly funny all
the time, and I think that’s really exciting.
Moderator: Next we have Aaron Couch with the Hollywood
Aaron: Hi, Elijah; how are you doing?
Elijah I’m good man; how are you?
Aaron: I’m good. You don’t really have to reveal what you
think necessarily but I was wondering when you play ‘Ryan’
in your mind do you have an answer to why he sees ‘Wilfred’
to like help you play him?
Elijah I do yeah. I have an idea. I’ve kind of made up my
mind as to what I think ‘Wilfred’ is. I don’t know that
that’s reflective of what the character has decided though,
and to a certain degree I think ‘Ryan’—when ‘Ryan’ meets
‘Wilfred’ in the first season it’s really within an episode
in a way that he sort of accepts ‘Wilfred’s’ existence. I
think from there on out even though there are these
questions and he does question what ‘Wilfred’ is—I think
there’s a deeper level of acceptance and recognizing that
‘Wilfred’s’ purpose albeit uncertain as to where he’s
manifesting from and what it means—his purpose is ultimately
positive and that is helping him. I don’t know what ‘Ryan’
has decided because I think ‘Ryan’ is clearly questioning,
but I have an idea. I think that perspective probably does
help me in playing the character, but I think overall
there’s just a sense of general acceptance for ‘Ryan.’
Aaron: Great. Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question is from Noel Manning with WGWG.
Noel: Hi, Elijah; this is Noel. I hope you’re doing well
today. I hear from everybody else that you are doing well
today. Thanks for taking the time to be with us today.
Question relating to this particular character, what is it
that drew you to this character and what is it that keeps
your approach to continuing to make this character fresh and
grow at the same time?
Elijah Well, upon reading the pilot script I kind of fell in
love with the whole idea of the show, both the character and
the structure of what this show was being so unique and so
unlike anything I’ve seen or read before. I also found it
As far as the character is concerned I think the idea of
playing someone who has effectively hit a wall in his life
and is trying to rebuild himself and help himself it
definitely provides a lot to work with. There is a sense of
growth over the course of now the three seasons and I think
that keeps … excited, but it’s also fun to work in the
context of what we’ve created and always exciting to work
with Jason. Aside from the characters in development, I find
it inspiring and always exciting as an actor to be working
opposite him for everything that he comes up with it sort of
Noel: Thanks a lot for your time, appreciate that man.
Moderator: Next we have Jamie Steinberg with Starry
Jamie: Hi, such a pleasure to speak with you. Thank you for
your time. Was there anything about ‘Ryan’ that wasn’t
originally scripted for you that you added to the character?
Elijah That’s a good question. I don’t think so. No I don’t
think so. Beyond what I interpret in terms of what’s written
to how it’s played I don’t know if there was anything
specifically that I’ve added or suggested to be added to the
character. But I think I bring myself in to the character as
much as possible and kind of bring him to life in as a
unique a way as I can that’s it.
Jamie: And are you in any way like him at all?
Elijah No not really. I think I can related to elements of
the character but no I’m relatively well-adjusted and
mentally sound so I’m not entirely like ‘Ryan.’
Moderator: Next we have Steve Eramo with Scifi and Talk TV.
Steve: Good afternoon, Elijah; a pleasure to speak with you
today. I’m going back a little bit but I wanted to find out
what perhaps sticks out most in your mind about filming your
first Wilfred episode, and what maybe were some of the
initial acting challenges you found stepping in to the role?
Elijah Well, it was completely new territory for me. I’ve
never really worked on a television show before. I mean I’d
kind of done guest appearance and things but I’d never made
a show from scratch so it was a brand new experience.
Working on a comedy I found it deeply exciting because it
was something that I really believed in and it was exciting
to work on something that felt really unique and really
different. What was the other part of your question?
Steve: Perhaps any initial acting challenges you found
stepping in to the role.
Elijah Sure. Well, I’d never really worked in comedy before
so the idea of playing a character that does—you know there
are sort of comedic elements to the performance and not
having worked in that space before was definitely
challenging. I suppose I—I’m not really fearful but any time
you sort of jump in to something that is a little less
familiar it comes with it, you know that sort of exciting
anxiety about pulling it off in the right way. But I think I
was also always comforted working with Jason because it
always felt so comfortable even initially a working
Steve: Thanks again for your time and really enjoying your
work on the show.
Moderator: Our next question is from Michael Gallagher with
Michael: So as you get older how do you think you’ve grown as
an actor and are you trying to move towards any specific
career aspirations and are there any goals in your career
Elijah Yeah. Well, I feel like I continue to try and
challenge myself to do things I’ve not done before. It’s
difficult for me to speak to how I’ve changed as an actor. I
think I’ve changed as a human being and I’ve grown as a
human being, and I think that’s probably reflective of what
I do as an actor. Hopefully, I’ve learned and grown along
As far as aspirations I think they sort of remain the same
as they have for a long time, which is simply to continue to
push forward my abilities and to grow and to do things that
I’ve not done before, you know as it pertains to working as
an actor. To take roles that provide new experiences and new
Michael: Yeah. Cool. Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question is from Jamie Ruby with
Jamie: Hi, again, so do you have maybe a favorite moment from
this season that you can talk about either part of the show
or behind the scenes?
Elijah I think you’ve all seen episodes one through three.
In episode three the kind of caper aspect of that episode
between ‘Wilfred’ and ‘Ryan’ kind of working together that
was something that we sort of experienced for the first time
this season and it was something that we all really loved. I
love the idea of ‘Ryan’ and ‘Wilfred’ not always being in
sort of a combative relationship but rather actually working
toward something together. It was a blast. It was really
fun, particularly that scene where we bust in to the guys
car, and we’re sort of in this thing together in like a sort
of caper scenario so that was really fun. I think it’s
something that we’d like to continue doing.
Moderator: We’ll go next to Curt Wagner with Redeye.
Curt: Some people say that I have an unhealthy preoccupation
with ‘Bear,’ but I have a ‘Bear’ question for you. I was
just wondering if you could address the importance of ‘Bear’
to the story.
Elijah I think ‘Bear’ is an important character for
‘Wilfred.’ The fact that ‘Wilfred’ has an independent
relationship that is not reflective of his relationship with
‘Ryan’ adds something to the show and it adds something to
‘Wilfred’s’ own existence. I mean it’s obvious that it also
provides a great amount of comedy because it’s a hilarious
relationship that is extremely curious and strange, and it’s
also, I think, reflective of that sort of notion of dogs
having an obsession with a certain stuffed animal because
that happens with dogs.
It sort of works on all those levels, but at the end of the
day it’s also just really funny that he’s carrying on these
conversations that in some ways also mirror ‘Ryan’ and
‘Wilfred’s’ relationship. It’s like we never get to see the
outside perspective of ‘Ryan’ talking to a dog and in some
ways we get to see what that perspective is like…that
‘Wilfred’ is talking to a stuffed animal that can’t talk.
It’s kind of a mirror a little bit to the ‘Wilfred’/’Ryan’
relationship from that outside perspective.
Curt: All right. That’s interesting; that’s what I was
wondering because it’s obviously funny but I just was
wondering if you guys had ever discussed there’s a sort of
deeper meaning to all this.
Elijah No. I mean I think it actually sort of shows the very
thing we can never see, which is the absurdity of ‘Ryan’
talking to something that can’t talk back. We actually do
get to see that and recognize how absurd that is as it’s
sort of reflected through the relationship between ‘Wilfred’
and a stuffed bear that can’t talk.
Moderator: Our next question is from Earl Dittman with
Earl: Elijah, how are you today?
Elijah I’m good man; how are you?
Earl: Doing fantastic. I have to say when I watched—to kind
of answer your own question that they asked you—I watched
the first three episodes of this and I thought Elijah is
better as he’s been. He’s even gotten greater. He’s even
gotten better at what he does. I saw Maniac a couple weeks
ago, and I thought, “Oh, my god” (excuse the pun) you were
killer in that show. …at all because you start off with this
psychotic world of ‘Frodo’ and, then you move and you’re
continually surprising people with the stuff you do. Then I
just read you’re forming a production company to do horror
films. Is this evolution just natural for you? I mean you’ve
gone from Lord of the Rings to horror films and it’s
fantastic every step of the way.
Elijah Thanks man. I don’t know…I think everything that I do
is reflective of my different interests and the variety of
things that I’m passionate about and enjoy. As it pertains
to the production company I, for a long time, wanted to
develop films and product films from their inception point
and be involved in film making from a different perspective.
As the idea sort of percolated and I ended up meeting my two
producing partners. We were working on an entirely different
film that we were developing, and in that process we sort of
realized we have a shared mutual love of the horror genre.
It really was just born out of that and wanting to, I don’t
know, make horror films; the kind of horror films that we
love that aren’t necessarily being as widely made. But life
is a varied experience and I have a lot of interests and I
feel very fortunate actually to be allowed to explore those
interests, and to be in a place in my life where I can do
Moderator: We’ll now go to Lindsey Romain with Star Pulse.
Lindsey: I know that you’re a big music fan and one of the
things that I was wondering is do you sort of … a play list
and stuff or what sort of stuff do you listen to maybe to
get in to character or is that something that you do for
Elijah Not really. I mean I’m constantly listening to music
and constantly inspired by music, but I don’t think I’ve
ever really made a play list specific to a character in
terms of getting in character. I think that’s something that
could actually be extremely effective depending on the role,
but as it pertains to ‘Ryan’ I don’t really listen to
anything specifically that would pertain to the performance
or the mindset of the character.
Moderator: Next we have Patrick Keenan with Lenalamoray.com.
Patrick: Hey, Elijah; how are you doing today?
Elijah I’m good man; how are you?
Patrick: Cool. First of all, I was told to tell you, you were
fantastic in Maniac. Lena told me about it. And on a
completely unrelated question, last season you guys had that
awesome dance number. Are you going to do anything to outdo
it this season?
Elijah I don’t think we do anything to outdo the dance, no.
Patrick: Can you?
Elijah That was pretty incredible. It was an incredible
undertaking actually because in the midst of working on an
intensive season as these things are we were also trying to
squeeze in dance lessons and trying to learn this very
choreographed dance thing. That was a real challenge without
having enough time or feeling like we had enough time to do
it properly. In some ways when we didn’t have something like
that this season I was quite relived … and try and squeeze
in learning some sort of form of art that would be
impossible to try and fit in. But that was a blast. It was
awesome to do.
Moderator: Next we have Michael Smith with MediaMikes.com.
Michael: Hi, good morning; thank you for taking the time to
talk to us today.
Elijah Of course, good morning.
Michael: Just a quick question, when you approach a character
as far as developing it, do you take a different approach as
opposed to when you’re working on a film and episodic
Elijah Not really. I mean the only real difference between
television and film—I mean there are few I suppose, but
predominantly it’s the pace to which you work. But the
development of the character or the process for playing the
character isn’t necessarily different. The other main
difference between film and television is that you have the
opportunity to flush out a character over a longer period of
time whereas a film you’re confined to two hours, three
hours, whatever it may be. But really it’s very much the
same approach that you would play a character in any medium
Michael: Okay. Thank you, Elijah; have a good day.
Elijah Yeah you too.
Moderator: We’ll go back to Kyle Wilson with Nerdrep.com.
Kyle: One of the first times I noticed ‘Wilfred’ was
connecting with fans was when I started to see people
dressed up as the character at Comic-Con and Halloween and
stuff. Have you had any funny fan interactions?
Elijah I actually haven’t. I’ve seen photos of people
dressed as ‘Wilfred’ on like Instagram or on various social
media, but I’ve never—like I haven’t been out during
Halloween and seen people dressed up so I have yet to have
that experience. I think Jason has. I think Jason actually
went to a Halloween party—I think this was last year
actually—and saw someone dressed as ‘Wilfred,’ which must
have been really surreal for him just given the fact that
he’s been playing that character for so long, but it’s
great. People definitely have embraced the show and it’s
always fun to see it sort of bleed in to kind of pop culture
a little bit.
Moderator: And we’ll go back to Preston Barta with the North
Preston: If you could teach a college course what would you
teach? It could be something that’s already existing or it
could be like something you make up yourself.
Preston: Like I asked Jason the same question and he said
that he’d like to teach screenwriting once he hangs up the
dog suit, of course.
Elijah That’s cool. That’s something that I think he would
do very well. God to teach a course, I don’t know I think it
would be really fun to teach a music course, you know a
course that would sort of focus on music history to a
certain degree, mainly 20th Century and sort of bridge the
gap for people where the kind of connective tissue is in
modern music to older music. That’s something that I’m
fascinated by and it’s definitely a huge part of my
listening experience and sort of research experience is
discovering older music and seeing its connection to music
that we listen to now and understanding kind of its roots. I
think having a class devoted to that to kind of expand upon
what we listen to now and sort of make those connections
both sort of within our own country and then also
internationally I think would be a blast. It’d be fun to do
Moderator: Next we have Melissa Girimonte with Thetelevixen.
Melissa: Hello, Elijah; it’s a pleasure to speak with you
today. With all of the kind of wacky and fun and sometimes
dark situations that ‘Ryan’ and ‘Wilfred’ have gotten in to
so far in the series has there been any one thing that you
have gotten the most reaction to either from fans or from
friends? Is there one that really stands out in your mind
that caused the biggest reaction?
Elijah The Jane Kaczmarek episode from the first season
stands out and that definitely as a little shocking and
extremely funny. Yeah that episode stands out particularly
for me the kind of sex montage between what Jane and I are
doing, and then what ‘Wilfred’ is doing with the giraffe. I
remember shooting that and thinking, “Wow we’re doing this.
Are we going to get away with this?” I mean I think I’m
constantly surprised at the things that we get away with,
and I think it’s part of what makes our show fun to watch
Melissa: Perfect. Thank you so much, can’t wait to see the
rest of this season.
Elijah Cool. I’m excited too. Thanks.
Moderator: And we’re back to Curt Wagner with Redeye.
Curt: I wanted to talk about ‘Wilfred’ always seems to be
sabotaging other characters, specifically ‘Ryan,’ but ‘Ryan’
seems to do the same sort of thing with his sister and with
‘Jenna’ at times. I was wondering if this was something
that’s indicative of human nature in a way, and, if so, do
you think that’s kind of a bleak interpretation or whatever?
Elijah I just missed what you said about the first part of
Curt: Oh that ‘Wilfred’ is always sabotaging ‘Ryan,’ and the
‘Ryan’ sort of does the same thing to his sister and
‘Jenna.’ I was just wondering if that’s just sort of a bleak
interpretation of human nature.
Elijah Well, I think no, I don’t think so. I think that
the…behind the sabotage as it pertains to ‘Wilfred’…‘Ryan’
is always to get him to open his eyes to a specific, I don’t
know, lesson or something that he’s not seeing. As much as
it’s sabotage it’s really about kind of trying to push him
forward in a good direction albeit in a sort of screwed up
As it pertains to ‘Ryan’ and his sister and ‘Jenna,’ I think
that his sabotage, if there has been, which there has been,
it’s always been relatively well-meaning. It’s him trying to
do the right thing but going about it in the wrong way. I
think one of those particular circumstances had more to do
with the horrible things, the sort of unsavory things he was
doing as a lawyer that he was capable of. You can see a
little bit of that darkness but I don’t know that it’s
necessarily a reflection of human nature. I think any time
that he’s gotten himself in that situation with ‘Jenna’ or
his sister it’s really been making a mistake and then trying
to fix it but kind of going the wrong direction to fix it
more than anything.
Moderator: Our next question is from Ernie Estrella with
Ernie: Hi, Elijah; good to speak with you. My question is
what was it like doing the Joffrey scenes? I was a little
nervous watching the third episode when you’re handling a
baby in ‘Ryan’s’ condition. Can you maybe talk about working
with … and being on the set hopefully more interacting with
Elijah I love that, ‘Ryan’ in his condition should he be
carrying around a baby…that’s a very good question. Well,
actually it was a mixture of working with a real live baby
and also having a fake baby as well. For the majority of
that work we didn’t have a baby on the set but we did have a
baby on the set for some of it, and we were very lucky with
the baby. We actually had twins and they were amazing and
really easy to deal with except for one of them, oddly
enough only one was sort of petrified of Jason in the dog
suit. If we wanted tears it was kind of easy because we
could put that baby in … and he would be petrified, but it
was easy. It was really easy because I think when you work
with babies and sometimes animals too it’s always a little
unpredictable and you sort of almost anticipate it being
difficult and it really wasn’t. We were really lucky.
Ernie: Are you going to do more scenes with the baby? Is this
like a sort of central kind of struggle between him,
‘Kristen,’ and ultimately you-know-who?
Elijah It will feature more. We’ve definitely established
some relationship between ‘Joffrey’ and ‘Wilfred’ at this
point so we definitely explore that and with that a little
bit more. I mean the reality is that ‘Kristen’ has a baby
and in so much as she’s my sister the baby will be around.
Moderator: Next we have Paulette Cohn with XFinity TV.
Paulette Is there a theme for the season that’s going to tie
all the episodes together?
Elijah Well, I mean I think every end of season we’ve
addressed scenes and elements of the entire season towards
the end. We’ll kind of continue on a sense of searching and
questioning so I think we do that. I think that there are
certain things that kind of get a little bit tied up, and
then new questions kind of arise out of that. In that same
way that we’ve dealt with this final episode kind of tying
up elements of what the characters have been going through
we continue that in this season as well.
Moderator: We also have a question from Bill Harris with Sun
Bill: Elijah, I was wondering just sort of inherently…
particularly funny. I look at this as kind of a cousin of
the ‘Brian’ character on Family Guy. I don’t know if you’re
familiar in terms of a pet who can be very, very smart and
talks but also will pee on the carpet, but could this be a
cat? Could this be a parrot? Could this be a snake or is
there something specific about a dog that makes this funny
do you think?
Elijah Well, I think there is something inherently funny
about it being a dog and everything that a dog embodies. I
suppose a cat could work as well, but a dog is also very
close to their owner, like that relationship in life,
people’s relationship with their dog is a really close
relationship. People have less of a close relationship with
a parrot perhaps, although I’m sure somebody who owns a
parrot would argue. The real thing is that this character
was literally inspired by a real dog. Jason, when he
initially created the character he was sitting at a friend’s
house and his friend was telling him how a maid of theirs
had a dog that was basically … blocking him and not letting
him be with this other girl. They just found that so funny
and so Jason just kind of riffed as if he was the dog, and
that’s when the character was created. It was really based
on—it wasn’t as if he tried to create a character and wanted
to put sort of a human perspective on any kind of animal; it
was inspired by a real dog who kind of had ‘Wilfred’-like
Moderator: We have a follow-up from Steve Eramo with Scifi &
Steve: I wanted to find out—I hope I phrase this
correctly—what would you say makes a career in this industry
rewarding for you so far?
Elijah Well, it’s rewarding to simply continue to work but I
think a rewarding career is that of which allows you the
freedom to try new things and to be accepted to try new
things. My favorite careers, the careers I admire the most
are those that have a lot of variety and actors who are
capable of a lot of different roles and are sort of seen in
different things, those are the careers I admire. To be 32
and still working and having the freedom to try a lot of
different things is incredibly rewarding.
Moderator: Our next follow-up is from Jamie Ruby with
Jamie: Going off of that, taking about diversity in roles and
everything, is there still a specific type of dream role you
have, something that you’d still love to do if you could?
Elijah I don’t know if I really think in terms of dream
roles, but I haven’t really played sort of a romantic lead;
that would be something that I would enjoy. I guess when I
look forward I don’t really think in terms of specific roles
that I’m looking for beyond looking for things that I’ve
never done before or new challenges. Sometimes my interest
in working on a film is not always dictated specifically by
the character. Sometimes it’s simply wanting to be a part of
a vision that I love or a script that I love. Thinking back
years ago getting a chance to work with… in some ways I
would have done anything to be a part of that move just
simply because I loved his work. Sometimes it’s not even
looking for a role specifically as it is looking to be a
part of a film and kind of a collective vision that I find
exciting and gratifying.
Moderator: We have Kyle Wilson with Nerdrep.com.
Kyle: Elijah, have you ever possibly out of morbid curiosity
tried on the dog suit?
Elijah For the first time this year I did it. It’s funny…I
don’t know why I had never tried it on before, and I think I
always was curious but there’s something a little bit sacred
about the suit is how I felt. Like maybe respecting Jason’s
character and respecting that it’s Jason’s suit that I
didn’t ever try it on or wasn’t moved to try it on before.
We actually filmed a little behind the scenes kind of thing
this year and Heath…behind the scenes footage, wanted me to
put the suit on for a specific thing that we’re doing. He
asked Jason if it was okay and Jason was like, “Yeah it’s
fine,” so I got the go ahead, and then that’s why I
ultimately tried it on, and it was surreal to kind of see
myself in that suit.
We talked about the idea actually of maybe doing a dream
sequence. I mean I love the idea of the tables being flipped
a little bit and what if ‘Ryan’ sort of sees himself as—you
know suddenly wakes up and he sees himself as ‘Wilfred,’
there’s something there in his sort of exploration of what
‘Wilfred’ is. Potentially there’s a sort of melding of the
two, I don’t know.
Moderator: Next we have Ernie Estrella with Buzzfocus.com.
Ernie: I’m really intrigued by Lance Reddick’s role this
season as your therapist. What can you kind of preview about
it because it seems like it would be very interesting to
have both ‘Wilfred’ and ‘Ryan’ in front of a therapist
talking about ‘Wilfred’?
Elijah Yeah. Well, it’s ‘Ryan’ in front of Lance’s character
himself so ‘Wilfred’ isn’t even in the office. He does go
without ‘Wilfred’ but it provides a really fun and
interesting exploration of ‘Ryan’s’ psyche. That’s an
episode I’m really excited about and working with Lance was
fantastic, especially being from The Wire and everybody was
very excited to have him on set. I think he was really
psyched as well so that was fun, and cool to have ‘Ryan’ in
a kind of therapy situation to recognize that he might
actually need some outside help, some outside perspective,
which makes a lot of sense. It provides a really fun conduit
for some mental exploration.
Moderator: Our final question will come from Patrick Keenan
Patrick: As an actor, do you have a uniform approach to
playing a role or does it really change based on the
Elijah I suppose it changes depending on what’s required for
the individual role. Some roles even require one to have a
specific you know—well, for instance I played a pianist last
year and I had to learn how to play piano for the film so
there are certain characters that do require research or
learning something specific to the character. But overall I
think my approach has remained the same for the most part. I
think I’ve always taken—I don’t know if it’s naturalistic. I
don’t know if I’ve ever even analyzed my approach or put it
in to words, but I think I try and understand who the
character is and play him truthfully and honestly. Beyond
that I don’t think that there’s anything that is necessarily
Patrick: Do you bring it home with you or do you leave it on
Elijah Oh I leave the character at work. Yeah I never feel
like I occupy the character’s head space fully and entirely
throughout the day. I mean I think it’s there in the context
of the work and on set, and I think it’s gone by the time
I’m home. I think that there’s definitely a separation.
Kristy All right, everybody, thank you again so much for
joining us today and please be sure to tune in next Thursday
night for two new episodes airing back-to-back at 10:00 and
10:30 PM ET/PT.
Elijah Thanks, guys, those were really great questions. I
really appreciate it. It was fun to chat with you.
Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude our
conference for today. Thank you for your participation and
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