Five years later, Patrick Wilson’s guest-starring role on “Girls” continues to generate controversy.
In the episode, the “Conjuring” star played a recently separated doctor who has a weekend-long affair with Hannah (“Girls” star/-co-creator Lena Dunham), which was criticized by some who felt it wasn’t plausible that someone as handsome as Wilson would be sexually attracted to Dunham.
“Which is the most offensive thing to say,” Wilson, 45, tells Entertainment Weekly in a new interview.
“I hated it, I hated hearing about it,” he says of learning about the backlash. “It would be one thing if they said your character wouldn’t do that. People were saying, ‘Patrick Wilson wouldn’t do that.’”
At the time, Wilson’s wife, actress and author Dagmara Dominczyk, addressed the comments in a tweet, writing, “funny, his wife is a size 10, muffin top & all, & he does her just fine.”
“I was so incredibly proud of her,” recounts Wilson of his wife’s Twitter post.
In a 2013 interview with Vulture, Wilson admitted he was shocked by the nasty backlash.
“I really wasn’t expecting so much response to that episode,” he said. “I didn’t expect people to have such an opinion on my taste. As a person, not just a character. That was really strange and invasive and weird. People thought they had any clue about me. You can judge my acting all you want, but it’s really interesting when people were like, “Patrick Wilson would never do that.” What? Who are you? [Laughs.] You have no idea. You don’t even know my middle name.”
He added: “And here’s the thing: A lot of people can’t separate Lena Dunham from that character, so therefore they judge me as Patrick, because they’re judging Lena as her character. But both characters are damaged. People talked about Joshua like he had his stuff together and I was like, “What are you talking about? He’s as much as a train wreck as she is!” She’s just more vocal about it.”