Wilson Phillips on their Bridesmaids comeback and whether they'll sing at your wedding
Just when you think Bridesmaids can’t get any more delightfully funny, along come Wilson Phillips at the climactic wedding scene to send it over the edge. Moviegoers who stick around for the end credits get an extra peek at Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph hilariously lip-syncing to the ’90s pop trio’s No. 1 smash “Hold On.” We got group members Carnie and Wendy Wilson on the phone to discuss their unexpected (yet thoroughly welcome) comeback.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you hear that the Bridesmaids filmmakers wanted you in the movie?
WENDY WILSON: Lizzie Grubman, who’s Chynna [Phillips]’s manager and our PR girl, she organized it. And we were like, “Yes, absolutely.” It’s the first movie I was ever in. We filmed til four in the morning. It was just a blast.
Were you at all worried that you were going to be the butt of a joke?
WW: We kind of knew that we were going to be a little bit made fun of. But we were okay with that. It was all in fun. And in the end, we looked good.
CARNIE WILSON: We kind of didn’t know exactly what it was. It was a little bit of a mystery. They didn’t tell us about the script or the plot. All we knew was that there was some kind of connection that these two best friends had with Wilson Phillips and “Hold On.” That was all we knew. We met the cast when we were getting our makeup done. Everybody was saying, “We’re so grateful you’re here. This is such a great song.”
By the end of the shooting day were you completely sick of the song?
WW: We’re used to the repetitiveness of things. After the 15th or 20th take, we were like, “Oh, boy, how am I going to look excited this time?” But you pull it together and do it.
Why do you think the song holds up?
CW: There’s a few ways you can look at “Hold On.” There’s been people who were going to commit suicide and this song saved their life. Literally. And then there’s people that struggle with a relationship, or money, and this song takes them to a better place. Then there’s the actual melody and the harmonies and the way the song sounds. It’s one of those songs where you don’t know every single word, but you know some of it. When we’re on stage sometimes, I’ll see people in the audience and they’ll be like, [sings] “Some day somebody’s gonna make you wanna turn around and say goodbye/Until then, baby,” and then they go, “Na na na na na.” They go in and out. It just makes me laugh.
So how are you guys going to capitalize on this attention?
CW: F—ing milk this f—er as much as we can!
WW: We’re making a new record now. And we’re touring. We do, like, 10 shows a year. It’s probably going to increase now.
CW: And we can say that we are entering into contracts with a network about a reality show that’s going to film Chynna and Wendy and I recording this record, and sort of like the reunion and the dynamics between us and what it’s like 20 years later with families.
Lastly, how often do you guys get asked to sing at weddings in real life?
CW: Uh, never. But you never know, now we might be asked!
What’s your fee?
CW: We don’t have a fee yet, but it’s going to be up there, honey.