New York.- Isla Fisher’s character in the new series “Wolf Like Me” is a good romantic prospect. Well more or less.
She speaks four languages, makes cheese and pottery, and is good at magic. On the other hand, it can be distant and downright brutal. Oh, that reminds us: He has a great personal secret.
“I’m a complicated person,” he tells his potential on-screen partner, a man played by Josh Gad, in the first episode. “I have a really complicated life.”
Gad’s character gets it perfectly — he’s also an emotional wreck since his wife’s death, and he’s trying unsuccessfully to reconnect with his pre-teen daughter.
So begins the ambitious new six-episode series, which premieres on Peacock on Thursday and features a mix of humor, adult drama, and heart-wrenching trauma. This is the story of two scared people who learn to be weak again.
“Love is scary,” says Gad. “I guess whatever you look at it, we all have secrets. We all have stuff. And you don’t know what you get until you’re in it. Then once you’re in If you go, it’s too late.”
“Wolf Like Me” was produced, written and directed by Abe Forsythe, who previously wrote and directed the sci-fi horror comedy “Little Monsters” starring Lupita Nyong’o and Gad. Like that film, “Wolf Like Me” mixes genres—this time romantic comedy and horror—to come back with the absurd and something sweet and dramatic.
“I set out to tell a timeless story in a unique way,” says Gad. “Abe is a brilliant workaholic when it comes to challenging his artists to tackle different tones and styles and juggling work that feels so strange and impossible.”
A great journey awaits the public from the start, to say, from the series’ setting in the unpredictable Australian suburbs and the selection of Gad and Fisher as protagonists. She is best known as the cute snowman Olaf in “Frozen”, while she played a humorless girl in “Wedding Crashers” (“The Wedding Breaker” or “Los Cazanovius” in Latin America).
“Choosing Josh and Isla was a huge step in clarifying one of the main themes of this series, which is not to judge a book by its cover,” Forsyth says. “It’s not the normal way I’ve seen them, which is what I ask the audience to do with characters.”
Fischer and Gad had never worked together, but they were friends and made for some subversive fun. “I knew I had a stage partner who was going to make this leap with me,” says Gad. “It felt like an opportunity for the public to break our mold in terms of perception.”
Forsythe, a 40-year-old single father, turns his life to the script while coping with his emotional burden and exploring the pressures of trying to reassure his son that nothing is perfect and permanent.
Fisher recounts a beautiful dialogue to her potential lover: “Complex is good. Khulna is how the lights come on.” The actress says she thought the show was a risk and loved the challenge: “As with all risks, if it pays off, it’s worth it.”
Fischer says that he and Gad relied on Forsythe and the characters.
“We surrendered to Abe and this was his story. This is a personal story for him. I think we were in the hands of a captain who is very confident and incredibly passionate about this story,” he continued. “We trust the authenticity of the characters, even when the circumstances are ridiculous.”
On the most terrifying parts of the series (Peacock begs reporters not to reveal too much), Forsythe says they’re a metaphor that allows viewers to bring their own experience and “reach a level of catharsis.”
“The first time I had the time and resources to be able to tell a story correctly,” says the director. “The resources coincided with the ambition of what I wanted to say with this program.”