'Marry Me' Star Casey Wilson On Perfectly Imperfect Female Characters
NBC might have canceled two of its new fall comedies, A to Z and Bad Judge, but it seems to be hanging onto Marry Me, s tarring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino, for now. The duo play newly engaged couple Annie and Jake, respectively, who are weathering the ups and downs of their relationship and their journey to the altar. On Monday, I was lucky enough to chat with Wilson and Marino alongside other reporters, and let me tell you, even at 8 a.m. on a Monday morning, these two are bubbly and full of jokes. Yep, I fell in love with them even more, and just might have a slight obsession with both (don't worry, I'll keep my Twitter stalking to a minimum), but I especially wanted to pick Wilson's brain about her character and the women who influenced her hilarious comedy style.
It's easy to pick out funny female characters like Annie and assume they're automatically like the Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham characters that garner so much adoration and chatter these days. Kaling and Dunham seem to be all about showing that women don't have to be perfect to be considered funny, sexy, smart, and successful. They're breaking down barriers, and while Wilson is also doing that with her roles, she knows Annie is something else.
"I think Annie's a little more high-strung and kind of self conscious about how her life should look," she says. Annie wants to be in control, especially when it comes to getting engaged and married, a plotline Wilson said received some criticism in the opening episode. What's wrong with a working woman wanting to find love and walk down the aisle? In my opinion, absolutely nothing, and I think a lot of women can relate to Annie in that sense — and so does Wilson.
"You want to be in control of the one thing you kind of can't be in control of in a way," she says. "I think [Annie] does think everything needs to be perfect."
As relatable as these qualities are, these characteristics are also Annie's flaws. Like every woman, she has imperfections. I admire Wilson for being so honest and open about Annie's insecurities, because not every woman is perfect. Some viewers might see Annie as just a woman who is all about marriage (let's give her a break, because that is the plot of the show), but she's just a woman finding her way through life and love. And we can all relate to that on some level.
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