Owen Wilson ‘feels pretty grateful’ & appreciative of his career renaissance

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When I first saw this Esquire cover, my first thought was “the Butterscotch Stallion rides again!” Owen looks really good, no doubt. He’s 52 years old and enjoying some kind of unexpected, unplanned career renaissance. Personally, I don’t think he ever really went away, but the younger people have truly just “discovered” Owen because of Disney+’s Loki series. They had no clue that he was considered one of the hottest and most in-demand actors for years, I guess. This time is different – Owen is older and wiser and he’s gotten a lot of distance from the Hollywood machinery. He lives full-time in Maui and apparently maintains a hands-on relationship with his two sons from previous relationships.

The Esquire profile is overwrought and overwritten, but I’m left with the impression that there is still something deeply off-beat about Owen. Not in a bad way and not in a good way. He’s very loose and chatty and unaffected, but there does seem to be some kind of undercurrent of something melancholic, just out of reach. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

On doing press for Loki: “They asked me a lot about—‘It sounds like you had to be convinced to do this.’ I don’t know where they’re getting that. That isn’t true. The director just called me and told me the idea, and I wanted to work on it. But somehow what seems to be in their press notes, maybe, is that I know zero about the MCU. I don’t know a ton about it, but I know- [he pauses] – Actually, yeah, I probably don’t know that much about it. I kind of know about Iron Man. I’ve seen Aquaman. He’s swimming in jeans. No one can swim in jeans! That was my argument with the kids about Aquaman.”

On the SiriusXM channel that plays eighties music exclusively. “I sometimes can’t listen to that, because it’s too heartbreaking. I would listen to it driving home, and it was like, I can’t take this song right now. I listen to, I think it’s channel 73, 40s Junction or something. I love that.”

On Midnight in Paris: “I remember talking to someone before doing it and saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if this was like a Vicky Cristina Barcelona, one of those Woody Allen movies? Like a good one?’ And I remember sitting through the screening at Cannes next to Rachel McAdams and thinking, Well, it’s definitely not one of those! What a disaster. But then it has been one of those! So it’s strange, isn’t it? That you can’t process something like that while you’re doing it. Because now I can see it and go, ‘Oh, yeah, it’s good!’ ”

He appreciates where he is in his life: “I don’t know. I’ve been in sort of a lucky place of feeling pretty appreciative of things. I know everything’s kind of up and down, but when you get on one of these waves, you’ve gotta ride it as long as you can. I’ve just felt—yeah. Feeling pretty grateful. Well, grateful’s one of those words that get used all the time. Appreciative. Of, you know, stuff.”

On fatherhood & his own childhood: He has two young sons, ten and seven, by two different former partners—everyone lives nearby and gets along, and Owen has the boys on a single-dad schedule. The other evening, he was trimming the younger one’s fingernails, and the boy was getting upset and saying, “Don’t go below the line!” and Owen was saying, “Just relax!” and the whole scene was fraught with tension. Afterward, Owen said to his son, “What do you say?” and the boy said, dutifully, “Thaaank youu,” and then muttered to his brother, “for nothing.” Owen heard it. “It’s funny how we get cast in these roles, because it seems like just yesterday I was the one muttering ‘for nothing,’ and now I’m the person in this role. Once you’re an adult, you think childhood was so innocent and beautiful, but you forget.”

On death: “As a kid, there’s a lot of things that you think about. Death—that kind of landed with me when I was about eleven. And I don’t remember ever talking with my parents about it. Although I do remember one time saying to my dad—and I remember exactly where in the house—saying, ‘I worry about dying,’ and seeing my dad turn away and catch himself. And I was surprised to see that reaction. But who knows, maybe that was part of why I said it.”

[From Esquire]

There’s more personal stuff in there, and he talks a little bit about what happened after he attempted suicide, how his brother Andrew came to live with him and Andrew set up a daily schedule so at least he would have that structure to fall back on. He just mentioned that memory in passing during the interview and that little detail broke my f–king heart. It just feels like that’s part of the undercurrent too, the deep well of sadness he carries with him in addition to all of the other, happier parts of his life. I also didn’t know that he’s that involved in his sons’ lives, so that’s cool. I’m glad for him. And that part about how little he knows about Marvel was hilarious.

Photo and cover courtesy of Esquire.

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  1. candy says:

    I have always had such a mega crush on him. Very rarely do I say this about anyone in Hollywood, but I find owen wilson to be incredibly talented. He has to be one of the greatest comedic actors of all time. That kind of artististry creates melancholy, it has throughout history.

    • Oliphant says:

      Same!!! Love him, he’s also hot as hell 🙂

      Wish he’d do more writing, I was obsessed with bottle
      Rocket as a kid.

      I’m enjoying his renaissance as a DILF in loki 🙂

  2. Harla says:

    I wonder why his daughter is never acknowledged to exist?

    • Layla Beans says:

      I wondered the same thing.

      • Lena says:

        I came on here to say the same thing. He had 3 children with 3 different women & he had 3 paternity tests & all were determined to be his. But I heard he’s never seen his daughter by a long term girlfriend so that makes him a shit father in my book. I don’t care how he is with the older two he’s a shit human being.

      • L says:

        @ Lena: I agree with you. I don’t see him the same anymore after learning about his daughter and how he refuses to acknowledge her.

    • Maria Lujan says:

      Same. I tought he would say something but nope, just 2 boys…

  3. Jensies says:

    He’s so great in Loki. What I realized I like most about him is that it never looks like he’s acting. You never see the strings. He always seems so natural. Glad he’s back.

    • Fortuona says:

      And his brother Luke lived with him during filming as he is also in Atlanta for Stargirl

  4. stormsmama says:

    Have always adored him.

  5. psl says:

    I met him years ago at the Santa Monica Stairs. That man EXUDES sex. I never thought he was anything until seeing him in person.

    *fans self*

  6. Dee Kay says:

    I’m a big fan of Owen Wilson and a huge fan of the Loki series (and him in it!). Somehow, though, I was never really interested in reading about Wilson’s real life or interviews with him. But watching him doing interviews for Loki made me realize, this guy is hugely melancholic. He looks sunny and can act sunny but his heart is full of shadows. I know that he attempted suicide once (that we know about), and I could really feel that tug of depression in him when he speaks, even when he is being very positive and upbeat and enthusiastic. I think maybe, like it was with Robin Williams, his depressive tendencies are linked with the sensitivity and openness that makes him a good actor and comedian and allows people to feel like they can relate to him easily.

  7. Erin says:

    I’m really, really perplexed by Owen Wilson, I so want to like him, and there was a time that I really did, but his unwillingness to acknowledge, or even meet his daughter just seems insane to me. Clearly, he was able to create a relationship with the sons he had with two women he briefly hooked up with – but doesn’t that sort of make it all the stranger that he has a baby daughter with a former long term girlfriend that he absolutely refuses to acknowledge or see? It’s not as if there’s even a paternity dispute, his paternity was verified in court and he still refuses to acknowledge or see his daughter. It just seems unimaginably callous and bizarre to me. I do not get it and I can’t get past it, I mean, what IS that?

  8. JustMe says:

    I always try not to judge anyone by what is going on as far as how they parent unless there is enough things revealed to make a reasonable judgement. I haven’t seen much on the daughter. Maybe the mother asked for him to step aside. Maybe since she was the long term girlfriend there is baggage he cant get past and he feels it would be better for her not to have to deal with it. Maybe they cant co-parent together and he decided it was best to not try. Of course there could be some real crap reasons why he doesn’t. Fans are not privy to everything in celebrities lives. I think how a celebrity or regular person interacts with their children is really none of anyone’s business unless there is abuse. To be honest if someone doesn’t want to be a parent the kid is usually better off for the parent to just step aside because no person wants to feel like a burden to another. While one person may consider all children a blessing that is not true for everyone. It is unfortunate and hopefully one day he can work through things to be a dad to her but if not hopefully her mom instills in her that you don’t have to have a Dad to have a great life. But we just do not know all the dynamics on why this is what he chooses to do.

    • Oliphant says:

      Totally agree with this- yes it seems strange but we don’t know the full story and it has nothing to do with us.

    • Mariposa says:

      I agree with this – he comes from a strong family (who have obviously supported him through his dark times), and he co-parents his eldest two children. For him not to acknowledge his daughter seems out of character. It feels like this is a decision that isn’t entirely in his control, and there is probably a lot more going on in that situation than we know (or have the right to know!!).

  9. Cee says:

    He has 3 children with 3 different women and he refuses to even mention his daughter’s existence. He is shit and nothing will change my opinion on him.

  10. XoXo says:

    What’s wrong with his nose? Did he break his nose?

  11. Likeyoucare says:

    The first movie that made me notice him is Behind Enemy Line.
    He was running through the whole movie and i am tired at the end of it.😅