Elijah Wood Talks ‘Wilfred’ Premiere, ‘The Hobbit’ & More!

On Thursday June 23, FX is set to premiere a new comedy that seems to be destined for hilarity. The new series, Wilfred, which is based on a hit show from Australia, will definitely have you laughing from the start to end thanks to the talented cast — which includes one very famous fellow.

The series follows a man, played by Elijah Wood, who sees his dog Wilfred as a man in a dog suit, but to the rest of the world, Wilfred is just a regular canine. Celebuzz had the honor of interviewing the talented actor, who spoke about filming this series, doing comedy and about filming The Hobbit!

Tell us a little bit about your character.
I play the character by the name of Ryan, who we find out in the first episode is suicidal and attempts suicide which he fails. We then kind of find the character at a time in his life where he has reached a wall. He isn’t necessarily depressed he basically had taken a path he was never meant to take and that his family always wanted him to take and ultimately out of the ashes of that crisis he meets Wilfred. Wilfred then becomes the person who comes to advise him… for better or for worse.

What is it about Wilfred that attracted you to this series?
I am attracted to its uniqueness. It was the funniest thing I have ever read or seen on television.

What was it like doing comedy?
Great fun, great fun! Everyday we got to work with some incredible scripts. Our writers were extraordinary everyday was truly a joy to go on these ridiculous journeys with these characters.

What was one of your favorite moments from filming Wilfred?
There was a scene in the fifth episode where Wilfred and Ryan are standing on top of a roof and it’s raining. We then have an intense argument and it is so heightened and ridiculous. It was late at night when we filmed it and we had an absolute blast.

Currently you are filming The Hobbit. Will we see any familiar faces from the original cast of the Lord of The Rings and how has it been thus far?
Yeah, I am going down to New Zealand in October! I am very much looking forward to this and can’t wait to revisit it. McKellen is down there, Orlando Bloom is coming back, Cate Blanchett and quite a few of others will be back as well. Can’t wait!