Harrelson stars as WILSON, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he has never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her.
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Laura DernActorLaura Dern was born on February 10, 1967 in Los Angeles, the daughter of actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. Dern was exposed to movie sets and the movie industry from infancy, and obtained several bit parts as a child. Her parents divorced when Dern was two and Dern lost contact with her father for several years as a result.Her parents' background and her own early taste of the moviemaking world soon convinced the young Dern to pursue acting herself. Like so many young actors, her decision may have been influenced by social awkwardness -- the child of 60s counterculture parents, she was steeped in Eastern mysticism and political radicalism, and was seen as an oddball by her more conservative classmates. Her gawky physical appearance didn't help - even before her teens, she had achieved most of her impressive 5' 10" height, was rail-skinny (other than precociously wide hips), had huge feet and a slouching posture, and for all this was often teased by classmates. Perhaps the nine-year-old Dern found refuge by studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute.The first success for the young Dern came in 1980, with a role in Adrian Lyne's Foxes, a teen movie starring Jodie Foster. She followed this with several small parts, or parts in small movies, such as Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains and Teachers, as a student who has an affair with a teacher. (Her mother objected to her active presence on movie sets at age thirteen, which required Dern to sue for emancipation so she could play her role in "The Fabulous Stains"). Her next roles, as the blind girl who befriends the deformed boy in Mask, and as a teenaged girl whose sexual awakening collides with a mysterious older man in Smooth Talk, gave her career an important boost. Dern appeared to have made it with a leading role in David Lynch's acclaimed Blue Velvet, but it was four years before her next notable film, and this was the bizarre Wild at Heart, also directed by Lynch.The following year, Dern starred in Rambling Rose, which would become her signature performance, as a sexually-precocious, free-spirited young housemaid in the South in the 1930s. Dern earned an Oscar nomination for her performance, and so did her mother and co-star, Diane Ladd. Dern continues to win prominent roles on the big screen, often in smaller, highly-regarded human dramas such as October Sky, I Am Sam and We Don't Live Here Anymore, although she is perhaps most widely known for her repeat role as Ellie Sattler in the summer adventure movies Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III, or for her guest performance on Ellen, as the woman to whom Ellen finally comes out as a lesbian.Dern's pre-teen gawkiness matured into lithe beauty, but this doesn't prevent Dern from fearlessly throwing herself into a wide variety of roles which are sometimes unflattering, an excellent example being her unflinchingly comic portrayal of an intensely annoying loser whose pregnancy becomes a social and political football in Citizen Ruth. This results in Dern being one of the most interesting actors working in Hollywood today.Having previously dated such Hollywood talent as Treat Williams, Renny Harlin, Kyle MacLachlan, Jeff Goldblum and Billy Bob Thornton, Dern eventually married musician Ben Harper in 2005. Early in her career, Dern was roommate to Marianne Williamson, the spirituality guru. Dern attended two days of college at UCLA and one semester at USC.View Full Bio
Woody HarrelsonActorAcademy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winner Woody Harrelson was born on July 23, 1961 in Midland, Texas, to Diane Lou (Oswald) and Charles Harrelson. He grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, and, after receiving degrees in theater arts and English from Hanover College, had a brief stint in New York theater. He was soon cast as Woody on TV series Cheers, which wound up being one of the most-popular TV shows ever and also earned Harrelson an Emmy for his performance in 1989.While he dabbled in film during his time on Cheers, that area of his career didn't fully take off until towards the end of the show's run. In 1991, Doc Hollywood gave him his first widely-seen movie role, and he followed that up with White Men Can't Jump, Indecent Proposal and Natural Born Killers. Recently, Harrelson has been seen in No Country for Old Men, Zombieland, 2012, and Friends with Benefits, along with the acclaimed HBO movie Game Change.In 2011, Harrelson snagged the coveted role of fan-favorite drunk Haymitch Abernathy in the big-screen adaptation of The Hunger Games, which ended up being one of the highest-grossing movies ever at the domestic box office. Harrelson is set to reprise that role for the sequels, which are scheduled for release in November 2013, 2014 and 2015. Harrelson has received two Academy Award nominations, first for his role as controversial Hustler founder Larry Flynt in The People vs. Larry Flynt and then for a role in The Messenger. He also received Golden Globe nominations for both of these parts.Harrelson was briefly married to Nancy Simon in the 80s, and later married his former assistant, Laura Louie, with whom he has three daughters.View Full Bio
Isabella AmaraActorIsabella Amara, an actress and vocalist, was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She's a veteran actress on stage and screen.Isabella stayed busy in 2015 filming four feature films around the country. She stars in the lead role of "Claire" opposite Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern as their biological daughter in Fox Searchlight's upcoming feature film Wilson(2016) written by Daniel Clowes and directed by Craig Johnson. In the spring of 2015, she portrayed the role of 15 year old Michelle Darnell (teen Melissa McCarthy) in Universal's feature film The Boss (2016) directed by Ben Falcone and starring Melissa McCarthy. Isabella filmed the supporting role of Franny in the Indie feature film The Tale(2016) written and directed by Jennifer Fox in the fall of 2015, Isabella's second film with Laura Dern. She wrapped her 2015 year as "Heidi" in the CBS film Middle School-Worst Years of My Life (2016). Other feature films of Isabella's include Barely Lethal (2015) starring Samuel L. Jackson, Hailey Steinfeld and directed by Kyle Newman plus Joyful Noise (2012) starring Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Jeremy Jordan and directed by Todd Graff.During early elementary school, Isabella's love for acting and music was discovered. Isabella captured lead roles in community theatre and performed with national tours as a kid triple threat actor, singer, and dancer. She transitioned to film and television acting at age ten training in Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles while acting in independent films.Isabella attended a performing arts high school focusing on vocals and acting. A classically trained vocalist, Isabella has expanded her music performing around Atlanta as a lead singer for a rock band. She continues to train with vocal stylist coach for recording artists in the pop and rock genre too. Her love for singing is matched with her passion for acting.View Full Bio
Cheryl HinesActorCheryl Ruth Hines was born on September 21, 1965 in Miami Beach, Florida, to Rosemary (Graham) and James Hines, and grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. She went to West Virginia University, Florida State University and graduated from the University of Central Florida. She studied theater and television production, but it was not until she moved to Los Angeles and studied at the Groundlings Theater that she felt she had really learned anything about comedy. Her first teacher there was Lisa Kudrow. She learned to improvise and write comedy sketches. This experience helped her prepare for the role of Larry David's wife on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. The dialogue on the situation comedy is improvised, so she feels right at home. She still performs at the Groundlings Theater when she has a chance.View Full Bio
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