The second season of FX’s comedy Married has seen Russ (Nat Faxon) and Lina (Judy Greer) delve deeper into the awkward conflicts of married life. In the season premiere, Lina saw her mother entering early stages of dementia and begged Russ to let her move in with them. They also took separate dates on date night, and made up a story about a sex injury.
The series creator, Andrew Gurland, shared with me that we are going to meet Russ’s mom, visit Russ and Lina’s college, and peer into Russ’s dreams in the upcoming season. Judy Greer was at the Fox/FX party for the Television Critics Association at the SoHo House in Hollywood, so I got to talk to her exclusively about Married and her summer movies.
What does Lina think of Russ’s mom?
Judy Greer: She thinks that Russ’s mom is a handful. More than her issues with Russ’s actual mom, she can’t stand how Russ behaves when his mother is around which I think we can all kind of relate to in our significant others. Having your parents around makes you crazy and you behave like a crazy person, and that drives her crazy when her husband does it.
We hear they’re visiting their alma mater. What kind of girl was Lina in college?
Judy Greer: She was artsy fartsy hippie party girl.
Do you get to act in Russ’s dream sequence?
Judy Greer: Yes, which is one of my favorite things about that episode is when I get to be dream Lina.
Is that a very different Lina?
Judy Greer: No. Heightened.
Does that mean Russ sees her accurately if that’s how he dreams her?
Judy Greer: Maybe. I never thought about that.
What did you think of the idea of having separate dates?
Judy Greer: I really thought that was a great episode because there are so many nights when in my personal life, my husband and I have a night without the kids. We both want to see our own friends but we know we have to hang out together, so there’s always that like, “Oh, why can’t I just go out with my girlfriends and he go out with his boyfriends?” So I loved that episode because it was funny that they were having a romantic night apart.
When you read “sex injury,” what did you think about that?
Judy Greer: Oh, I was very sad that that’s a potential in my future.
But it wasn’t a sex injury. It was a lie.
Judy Greer: I know, but then when my babysitter says that it happened to her mom, I’m like, “Oh my God, that’s probably what’s going to happen.”
If Lina had had her way and moved her mom in, wouldn’t that have caused more problems?
Judy Greer: I agree with you. I think that would’ve been a disaster but I also understand Lina can get very reactive, so that’s what I felt was happening. I don’t think it would’ve necessarily happened but I think that would’ve been horrible for their marriage.
When Russ and Lina met, did Russ have “game” and was that something Lina was attracted to?
Judy Greer: Yes and yes. I think his game has morphed into dad game, but I Lina still thinks Russ has game totally.
Do you suggest any marriage stories to Andrew?
Judy Greer: Yeah, we all do. None of mine ever do [end up on the show] because they all say my marriage isn’t real because I don’t have babies, like young kids. My husband and I are kind of still new and we never fight, ever. So they’re like, “You’re stories don’t count.”
What’s a boring Judy Greer story then?
Judy Greer: I suggest more things like with friends. My interaction with friends and interaction with work or something.
Now that we’ve seen all of your summer movies, a lot of people noticed you played a mom in each one.
Judy Greer: Well, Grandma is coming out in August.
What would you like to say about Grandma before people get a chance to see it?
Judy Greer: I’m consistently blown away by Paul Weitz. I think this is my fourth project with him and he’s really inspiring. I think he is equally good at writing for men and for women. Just the fact that he wrote a movie for Lily Tomlin to star in, just where she’s at in her life and her career, and that the movie is so beautiful and she’s so beautiful in it just says so much about him. Obviously I’m obsessed with Lily Tomlin. What actress isn’t? What person isn’t? What comedian isn’t? She’s just really layered and really vulnerable in this movie, and I’ve always had a crush on Sam Elliott.
Lily is also the driving force for all the conflict and comedy. Did you have to be intensely dramatic for her to play off of?
Judy Greer: Yes, and I feel like that’s what happens. I think you really root for her. It was such a great experience and I love doing press for it.
Were you surprised people made that connection between Tomorrowland, Jurassic World and Ant-Man?
Judy Greer: Yeah, I was surprised and I have to say flattered because I thought it was nice that people were paying attention.
Did you think those were just going to be small roles that would go unnoticed?
Judy Greer: Yeah. I kinda did. I hoped not but you never know. You have to prepare for that.
A lot of people said they wanted to see you have bigger roles. How did that feel?
Judy Greer: I know. I agree with those people. Yes, it’s hugely flattering.
Married airs Thursdays at 10:30pm on FX