Judy Greer has already established herself as a go-to actor for indie movies who in recent years has appeared in high profile films like Jurassic World, Alexander Payne’s Oscar-nominated The Descendants and last year’s Wilson opposite Woody Harrelson. She also has been a regular on television, most notably on Arrested Development.
She’s going to continue on the latter path having just been cast as a series regular on Showtime’s comedy KIDDING, joining Jim Carrey in his first regular series role in two decades. She will play his estranged wife who has hit a “rebellious streak.”
On the show, Carrey plays Jeff, a children’s television star known as Mr. Pickles, who has a multi-million branding empire based on the character (similar to Barney) and whose family life starts to fall apart. Unable to cope with the crisis, Jeff starts to slowly go insane.
Carrey is exc. producing the 10-episode first season of Kidding with Michel Gondry, Jason Bateman (also from Arrested Development), Jim Garavente, Raffi Adlan and Michael Aguilar.
The show was created by Dave Holstein (Weeds) who wrote the pilot, which is directed by Gondry, and will serve as showrunner. Catherine Keener is also on board Carrey’s new project, as is Frank Langella.
Greer might be one of the more recognizable “character actors” out there, having appeared in hundreds of films and television shows over the years. She appeared in Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris which opened this past weekend, as well as Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and its upcoming sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp as Paul Rudd’s ex. She will also appear in Richard Linklater’s upcoming Where’d You Go, Bernadette.
One of Greer’s biggest films to date was Universal’s 2015 blockbuster Jurassic World, although before that, she was better known for smaller indies although being cast on Arrested Development helped elevate her status to get bigger roles in studio movies. She also wrote the appropriately-titled book of essays I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor