Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd reunite in ‘The Shrink Next Door,’ but are they real-life friends?
The Shrink Next Door, a new limited series on Apple TV Plus, follows socially anxious Martin “Marty” Markowitz (Will Ferrell) and his manipulative, power-hungry psychiatrist, Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Paul Rudd). The eight-episode miniseries is based on the Wondery podcast of the same name, which Will Ferrell described as a “educational tool.”
The series is a winner because to Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd’s fascinating performances and always-authentic chemistry. Every time these two goofballs together, they brighten up the screen. Will and Paul have starred in the groovy, ’70s-set Anchorman films, and they appear to be friends off-screen as well. Is their on-screen chemistry reflected in their personal lives? In a promotional interview for The Shrink Next Door, Will and Paul chatted with Access about their decades-long friendship.
“Looking into Paul Rudd’s stunning eyes — it’s like, right?” Will joked, “It’s like getting sucked into a tractor beam.” Will’s mesmerizing “strong look” was also mentioned by Paul. “This is the type of bromance we enjoy seeing.
“Obviously, the first Anchorman is the earliest point we can kind of remember,” Will remarked. “Paul and Steve Carell, Dave Koechner and I, and Christina [Applegate] were an outstanding ensemble.” “We just clicked from the start,” he continued.
“It’s exhilarating and a little sad that Paul and I have waited so long to do something. But what a treat it was to be able to do it one-on-one.” Paul agreed, stating he was “elated” as well. “Will and Paul were frank with Entertainment Tonight’s Rachel Smith about the best parts of working together.
“I believe we have a sensibility. Will stated, “We love to make each other laugh.” “We do, we enjoy a good laugh.” And we do a lot of it!” Paul was the one who responded. “Will is a fantastic performer and a fantastic guy.” We’re even more excited to see their collaborations after hearing such pleasant exchanges.
Paul described the enormous comfort he had having Will by his side when dealing with unpleasant material while working on The Shrink Next Door in particular.
“When you spend a lot of time together on set — especially on a set like this, where the content can be extremely difficult —