Patrick Wilson on Controversial ‘Girls’ Appearance: “It Was Great”

By July 20, 2013
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Actor Patrick Wilson is finally breaking his silence about his much-discussed guest stint on the HBO series “Girls.”

For those who somehow avoided the internet in mid-February, social media erupted after Lena Dunham’s character Hannah, an aspiring writer who works in a coffee shop, engaged in a two-day tryst with a dashing doctor played by Wilson.

The episode, titled “One Man’s Trash,” caused a media uproar. Several critics and commentators pointed on the unlikelihood of a romance blossoming between someone who many consider an average, everyday woman and an accomplished hunk. Others pointed out that countless shows from “The Honeymooners” to “King of Queens” have featured “ordinary-looking” men with attractive women.

Wilson commented on the headline-making controversy during a roundtable discussion for his latest film, The Conjuring.

“It’s awesome and it’s crazy,” Wilson said of the impassioned response to the episode.

“In so many movies you have the hot girl and the non-traditionally hot man and everyone just goes, ‘He got her, he won.’

One could argue that Dunham, who also writes and directs the series, cast the actor opposite herself as a means of opening up a dialogue about the imbalanced representations of men and women in the media.

“It was great because to even just have a moment of people looking at something or maybe getting into a social media battle about it – that’s awesome to me,” the actor added. “That’s why you do things. You do things to move people, to inspire people, to excite people, and to piss off people.”

“That’s the strength of Lena too,” he continued. “She knows exactly what she’s doing. It certainly got people all charged up. Some people hate it. That’s awesome too.”

Wilson was surprised that much of the talk about his TV pairing with Dunham was geared towards him rather than his character.

“The weird thing for me was to see, not ‘Patrick Wilson’s character would never be with that girl.’ It was like ‘Patrick Wilson would never…’ I was like, ‘What are you talking about?'”

The chatter surrounding the episode became so heightened that Wilson’s wife, Polish actress Dagmara Dominczyk, took to Twitter to defend Dunham–allowing some of the negative attention to die down.

Overall, the overwhelming response serves as proof that Dunham’s views, however polarizing, are being heard.

“It’s the power of the show and it’s the power of social media and – in a cool way – the power of my wife.”

Audiences can catch Wilson as notable demonologist Ed Warren in The Conjuring in theaters now. The James Wan-directed horror flick also stars Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston and follows a family forced to battled super natural forces after moving into their new home. Don’t forget to check out our piece about visiting the home of the real-life family featured in the film.

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Justine Browning
Justine is a film and culture reporter whose work has appeared in USA Today, Indie Wire and The Huffington Post. She currently serves as an on-camera correspondent for MovieWeb and Cine Movie TV.