It stands to reason that Casey Wilson is a lot like the character she plays on Marry Me. Wilson’s writer-producer husband, David Caspe, created the comedy and cast her as Annie, a modern-day Lucy Ricardo.
Wilson and Caspe got to know each other while working together on ABC’s Happy Endings. They got engaged in 2013 and married six months ago. So Marry Me, in which longtime couple Annie and Jake (Ken Marino) hit frequent relationship speed bumps, covers some familiar territory from real life. But Wilson says she isn’t just being herself in the show, which airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday on NBC.
“Annie is more upbeat and friendlier than I am,” she says. “But there are definite similarities. I’m pretty emotional and I get big ideas. They’re often wrong-headed ideas. But I always feel as though I am playing a character.”
There’s another thing the actress and character have in common: They both seem like people you’d want to be friends with.
1 If the show is lucky enough to run for several years, will Annie and Jake’s engagement also last that long?
We’re probably going to get married at the end of the season, because I don’t think the show’s going to be about ‘Will they or won’t they?’ That’s kind of a spoiler: I think we will get married. The show is more about following this couple and their friendships. It’s more about what happens when you are committed to someone than when you are on the fence.
2 Which word do you think best describes the show: cute, sexy or subversive?
I think it’s subversive and sexy, but it has some heart. Maybe if you combine those, we get cute. At the end of the day, we’re hoping it’s funny. Ken and I and the rest of the cast have really great chemistry. I think we got lucky on this show.
3 When you were developing your comedic style, who were your early influences?
There were so many female funny women that I loved growing up. I loved Lucille Ball, Madeline Kahn, Catherine O’Hara and Molly Shannon. I thought they were really funny.
I wish I’d been more into subtle actresses. I only watched the broadest things, so my timing is so broad, maybe just from mimicry.
4 Are you as big a fan of Real Housewives reality shows as Annie is?
I am an obsessive Housewives watcher and really love the shows. I was also part of a Housewives spoof show [The Hotwives of Orlando]. I watch all the franchises. I love Orange County and New Jersey the best, followed by Beverly Hills. I’m both ashamed and unashamed of my love for them.
5 Other new romantic comedies of this season — Manhattan Love Story, Selfie and A to Z — have already fallen by the wayside. How did you feel when you heard they were canceled?
It’s very hard these days to make any television show. Anyone who’s trying should be applauded. I don’t think shows are given enough of a chance. When you watch a show, those people worked really hard on that show, no matter how you feel about it. So I was bummed.
— David Martindale, Special to the Star-Telegram