Could you fall in love with a sensitive, eccentric man with no visible means of support? Actress Judy Greer explains to HollywoodLife.com why her character, Shelly, in the new film ‘Wilson’ falls for a not-always lovable ‘lost soul,’ played by Woody Harrelson.
When you watched 13 Going On 30, as every young woman does as a rite of passage in America, I bet you didn’t feel like Jenna’s BFF Lucy “Tom Tom” Wyman was the most empathetic person in the world. Bad-mouthing and double-crossing were “Tom Tom’s” style. So, it’s refreshing to watch Judy Greer, who once played “Tom Tom,” disappear into the character of Shelly in the new, offbeat comedy Wilson, opening Friday, March 24.
Shelly couldn’t be more opposite from Tom Tom. She’s a warm, nurturing woman who first meets central and often self-focused character Wilson (Woody Harrelson) because she walks his beloved dog Pepper. Shelly ends up becoming Pepper’s surrogate mother when Wilson, in an unexpected plot twist, is arrested and sentenced to prison for over three years. Shelly had been hired to simply watch the pup for a weekend, but when Wilson never reappears, she’s far too good-hearted to do anything but care for the dog.
“This is a woman who takes in strays. She cares for rescues, she cares for strays. And I think, in some way, Shelly rescued Wilson,” Judy explains about her character to HollywoodLife.com.
Wilson, an oddball kind of a guy with no job and few family members or friends, is searching for meaning in his life and finally finds the soulful connection he has yearned for, with Shelly. Shelly also surprises herself by falling in love with Wilson after virtually giving up hope, like so many other people, that she’d ever have a life mate.
“I think Shelly was also a little bit lost and looking for a connection in life. She saw the good in Wilson in a way that no other character in the movie did,” explains Greer. “She’s someone who never tried to change Wilson and accepted him for all of his Wilson-isms and didn’t really require anything from him (except not to move away), so it gave him some space.”
The film will no doubt resonate with so many women and men who have found it so hard to find a rewarding, emotional relationship with a partner. Hey, every rejected contestant from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, who fears that no one will love them should see it!
Wilson and Shelly stumble into the unlikeliest of romances and find happiness. “Shelly is someone who has been through a lot of men, not in a slutty way, but I think she’s been through a lot of relationships” believes Judy. “I think Shelly was happy to finally co-habitate with someone who was thoughtful.” Yes, we absolutely get it.
Check out Wilson, HollywoodLifers! The film hits theaters today, March 24!