Few actors out there have the combo of looks, talent, smarts, and genuine unpredictability that Patrick Wilson has. He’s done everything from eye candy to Hard Candy, and with his recent left-field smashes (twin indie horror box office juggernauts Insidious and The Conjuring), he doesn’t show any signs of coming back to Earth anytime soon. Here are ten reasons we can’t get enough of the guy.
1. He ain’t shy.
Even if you aren’t familiar with his work as an actor, you are likely familiar with his work as an actor whose clothes fall off all the time. He’s given us a guided tour of Mount Patrick and Mount Wilson several times now, most notably in the steamy suburban drama Little Children (never before have we so dearly wanted to be a washing machine) and that awesome episode of Girls where Lena Dunham’s character freaks out on him for being so pretty and successful.
2.His breakout role was as closeted gay Mormon political climber Joe in Angels in America
Wilson in Angels in America
Wilson first came into the spotlight on Broadway (I remember seeing him in The Full Monty), but he exploded into the pop culture consciousness by nabbing a crucial part in one of the most talent-packed, buzzed-about projects in cable history: HBO’s adaptation of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer-winning “Gay Fantasia on National Themes” Angels in America. Looking back in 2010, Wilson demonstrated his level head in an interview with The Advocate: “You know, early on when we were dating, my wife asked me, ’Did you care if anyone thought you were gay after Angels in America?’ I said, ’No, I hope they thought I was gay, Republican, a lawyer, and Mormon. Then I did my job.’”
3. He has been nominated for an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a Fangtasia Chainsaw Award.
The latter was for his performance in the extremely intense, sickeningly effective indie thriller Hard Candy, where he played an is-he-or-isn’t-he pedophile predator who finds himself at the business end of Ellen Page’s revenge fantasy. Two great performances from two great actors in one deranged little movie.
4. His choice of roles is baffling to the point where it becomes surrealist comedy
Seriously – you gotta give the guy credit for not giving two shits about what going from Watchmen to All My Sons on Broadway to Insidious to Prometheus to singing “God Bless America” during the 2010 playoffs at Yankee Stadium to The F-ing A-Team might do to the public’s necks. He’s clearly not interested in playing it safe, and we like that.
5. He will soon appear in a movie from zany gays Jack Plotnick and Sam Pancake
Yes, one of Wilson’s next releases is Space Station 76, a “dramatic comedy that takes place in a 1970’s version of the future,” which happens to be the feature directorial debut of out and hilarious actor Jack Plotnick (Girls Will Be Girls), and was co-written by the also out (and fabulously-named) Sam Pancake. Wilson’s costars include Matt Bomer, Liv Tyler, and Marisa Coughlan (where the hell has she been since Freddy Got Fingered?!), so we can expect plenty of gorgeous laughs. (And hexagons… lots… and lots… of hexagons.)
6. He was in The Phantom of the Opera and lived to tell about it
Seriously, remember this movie? Where Gerard Butler sang and Emmy Rossum didn’t have to choose between her dreams and taking care of a bunch of scrappy kids in Southside Chicago? You probably pretend that it never happened. Let’s hope Patrick does the same – because memories of that wig could keep him up at night.
7. He has local pride
True story: I was taking the train home a few months ago (we bought a house in the suburbs and got the hell outta Brooklyn last year) and looked up to see Noted Actor Patrick Wilson sitting near me, watching what might have been Game of Thrones on his iPad and by all appearances enjoying his commute. I found this odd. But not long after, I caught Wilson’s recent appearance on Chelsea Lately, where she brayed on and on about the fact that he had moved out of New York City OF HIS OWN FREE WILL and actually enjoyed living in a small town away from the bustle. So yeah – Patrick’s basically my neighbor. It’s okay to be jealous.
8. Scott Foley is his brother-in-law
Seriously. Neil from Felicity (Scott Foley) is married to Marika Dominczyk, who is the sister of Wilson’s wife’s, actress and novelist Dagmara. Cutest. Thanksgivings. Ever.
9. He’s in a charity-fundraising band called The Wilson Van
Patrick and his brothers Mark (a television anchorman in Florida) and Paul (a singer and advertising exec) and some of their friends have a jam band that gets together every so often to play fundraising concerts for charities, mostly around Tampa (they’ve reportedly raised over $50,000 so far). The band was originally called Van Wilson.
10. He has balls
… even when his characters lose theirs. (Spoiler Alert: See Barry Munday and Hard Candy)
Those are just a few of the reasons we love the guy. Care to add yours?