Last month, we got to interview Elijah Wood for his voice role in the Disney XD series “Tron: Uprising.” This interview was actually conducted before that, when FX presented “Wilfred” to the Television Critics Association. We got to interview Wood before he even shot season two, which "officially" premieres tonight on FX.
CraveOnline: How do you like being on TV regularly as a gig?
Elijah Wood: Love it. I just love the show so it’s an absolute dream. It was such an interesting thing when we premiered last year and I realized oh, we’re going to be in people’s living rooms every week. It was kind of an exciting, very different notion.
CraveOnline: What are some things that when you get a “Wilfred” script, you’re like, “I can’t believe we’re doing this?”
Elijah Wood: Just take a look at last season. Any number of things, probably the sex episode was hilarious and like what are we doing. Pretty much every time we were doing anything in the basement in my mind I was like, “He’s actually just sitting here getting stoned by himself potentially.”
There were so many things we did in the first season that were shocking and hilarious. We pinch ourselves every day that we got to do the kind of show that we were doing but we also had the freedom to make those creative decisions. We could make the show the way we wanted to make it and kind of take some risks.
CraveOnline: Did you expect that when you got into TV that it would be like that?
Elijah Wood: Well, I expected it with this show I think. I think because it’s a cable network and FX were very supportive with us from the beginning, we knew we had a certain amount of creative freedom and full support from a network.
So my experience and my anticipation of that experience was exactly what I expected. I think if it were a network show on NBC or ABC or something, obviously there would be constraints to the show in terms of its content. We didn’t have those. We were able to take the risks that we wanted to take.
CraveOnline: Are you surprised how much “legs” the “Wilfred” concept has?
Elijah Wood: I think I saw the possibility. Look, I don't think this is a 10 season show. I think it does have a sort of finite space for which it can actually tell a story without beating the same joke over and over again. But I knew, in speaking with David, I remember I read the pilot script and loved it and then met with David who then told me what his vision for the whole season was and that was really what convinced me to be a part of it, because there were so many ideas of places that this could go and so many places that the character could go.
I feel like we’ve got a lot of story to tell. Just talking with David, I’ve actually read one of the scripts and I’ve heard some of the ideas for some of the other episodes and I think it’s going to be better than the first season. I’m really excited.
CraveOnline: Is “Wilfred” your homage to Jimmy Stewart in Harvey?
Elijah Wood: Kind of, yeah. I remember when I read the script for the first time and it totally reminded me of Harvey. I’m a huge fan of that film. So yeah, it definitely has that in there. For me it’s an element that I love. If other people see that connection, that’s great but it’s definitely close to my heart.
CraveOnline: Do you still have time to do films with your television schedule?
Elijah Wood: Yeah, yeah. This takes 10 weeks basically. From beginning to end, 13 episodes takes about 10 weeks to shoot so it’s not a whole lot of time. I have the whole rest of the year to work and do other films. I worked on three movies last year.
CraveOnline: Have you shot The Hobbit yet?
Elijah Wood: I did my part already.
CraveOnline: How long did that take?
Elijah Wood: I was there for a month. It didn’t actually take that much time for the work. It was really sort of half vacation and catching up with old friends.
CraveOnline: What was it like to be in that world 10 years later?
Elijah Wood: It felt like, especially going to Hobbiton, it had been 11 years since I’d been in Hobbiton. I turned 19 in Hobbiton. That’s f***in’ crazy. I stood on the hill looking at the Hobbit holes and I was like I turned 19 here and I’m 30 now. It was such a weird [feeling.] And a lot of the same crew were there. That was the most bizarre and trippy. It felt like taking a step back into time. I’d somehow gone back into time with a lot of the same crew.
CraveOnline: Are you happy with the way they incorporated Frodo?
Elijah Wood: Yeah, it’s lovely and it’s very appropriate. It doesn’t feel [forced.] Frodo’s not alive at the time of The Hobbit, so what they’ve done is clever and it’s actually a nice entry into the story.
CraveOnline: Are you proud of the arc of your career?
Elijah Wood: I am. I’m extremely blessed and lucky to be 30 years old and still working, still creatively excited and inspired.
CraveOnline: How often do you get feedback on Radio Flyer?
Elijah Wood: Every so often. I love that movie too.
CraveOnline: Was that a special movie for you?
Elijah Wood: It was, yeah. It was a wonderful experience.
CraveOnline: You very famously played a kid in the future in Back to the Future Part II. How are you looking forward to the real 2015?
Elijah Wood: I haven’t even thought about it.
CraveOnline: What do you think we’ll have by then? Not flying cars yet.
Elijah Wood: We’re getting closer and closer to the singularity, but I don’t think it’ll be by 2015.