Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cast of Wonderfalls: 10 Years Later

Not many people watched Wonderfalls when it premiered exactly 10 years ago today, but I remembered absolutely loving it from the get-go. It had everything I liked from a TV show... a great main character (sarcastic and jaded Brown graduate Jaye who works as tourist shop cashier in Niagara Falls), a wonderfully out-there concept (she talks to inanimate objects who forces her to help other people), and of course a couple of hot guys. So 10 years later, let's see what the main cast has been up to...

Caroline Dhavernas - She of course played the jaded main character Jaye Tyler who is hilariously tormented by inanimate talking objects. I would've expected her to break out more, but she only appeared in a few small movies in bit roles since the show ended until she made her TV comeback a few years ago in ABC's short-lived Off the Map. More recently, she's had better luck reuniting with Wonderfalls creator Bryan Fuller in the absolutely engrossing Hannibal as Dr. Alana Bloom. The show is currently in its second season on NBC.

Katie Finneran - She played Jaye's ambitious lesbian lawyer big sister. Since the show ended, her big claim to fame was on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for Promises, Promises and originating the role of Miss Hannigan in the Broadway revival of Annie. She also co-starred in the concert production of Stephen Sondheim's Company. TV was less welcoming to her as two of her shows, I Hate My Teenage Daughter and this season's The Michael J. Fox Show were canceled only after their first seasons.

Tyron Leitso - He played one of the aforementioned "hot guys" in the show aka Eric the cute bartender who becomes Jaye's main love interest. He has unfortunately not done much of note since his awesome 1-2 breakthrough punch in the early Aughts with Wonderfalls and Dinotopia. He was in a TV show called Being Erica and more recently has done a couple of Uwe Boll films. Can Bryan Fuller get him a part in Hannibal or something please?

Lee Pace - He played the easygoing and chill brother who gets involved with his sister's best friend. Pace has done absolutely nothing since the show ended. And by that I mean he's become the most well-known cast member from this show by far. He has appeared in numerous films such as Tarsem's The Fall, Tom Ford's A Single Man, and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln as well as the delightfully charming Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and the most recent Hobbit films. He'll next play a villain in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. He's also busy with TV starring in the upcoming AMC series Halt and Catch Fire, which would be a TV comeback for him after the Emmy-winning Pushing Daisies where he played Ned the Piemaker. He also made his Broadway debut in 2011 in the wonderful play The Normal Heart.

William Sadler - He played Jaye's supportive physician father. This consummate character actor had a long list of credits before he did the show and has continued working after the show ended as well. In the past couple of years alone he's made appearances in a chock full of TV shows like Hawaii Five-0, Homeland, The Blacklist, Elementary, and Damages as well as films such as Iron Man 3, Machete Kills, Man on a Ledge, and Being Flynn.

Diana Scarwid - She played the critical and overbearing matriarch of the Tyler family. She's appeared in a few TV shows since the show ended most memorably in Bryan Fuller's Pushing Daisies as Mother Superior, but she was in a few other genre shows like Heroes, Lost, Prison Break, and many others. Her most recent film credit is Another Happy Day co-starring with Ellen Barkin, Ezra Miller, Demi Moore, and Thomas Haden Church.

Tracie Thoms - She played Jaye's best friend Mahandra who works as a cocktail waitress. Other than Pace, she really broke out the most after the show probably due to the fact that she hadn't done much before she was cast. After the show, she was cast in the film version of Rent as Maureen Johnson then reprised the role on Broadway. She has appeared in a handful of films such as The Devil Wears Prada, Death Proof, Safe House, Looper, and in the upcoming Annie. In TV, she's had a few guest roles most recently in Person of Interest and The Good Wife.

So while I wish more of these actors have gone on to bigger fame, I'm thankful they're all still working at least. Now go watch the music video for the full version of the show's opening theme song, after the cut...

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