'About a Boy's' Minnie Driver Plays 'Boy or Man?' With Her A-List Leading Men
Minnie Driver is uniquely qualified to distinguish men from boys.
After all, she's acted alongside some of Hollywood's biggest leading men for nearly two decades now. She's the mother of a 5-year-old boy, Henry. And she's starring in NBC's new comedy "About a Boy," based on the Nick Hornby novel (and the 2002 Hugh Grant film) about an immature bachelor's friendship with a precocious boy.
Driver plays Fiona, the hippy-dippy single mom of young Marcus ("1600 Penn's" Benjamin Stockham), whom Driver describes as "a 75-year-old man trapped in the body of a 10-year-old." Marcus befriends the ladies' man next door, Will ("New Girl's" David Walton), in sort of a quid pro quo: Marcus pretends to be Will's son so Will can score with single moms, while Will lets Marcus break his mom's strict vegan diet with a plate of barbecued spare ribs.
Will fills the male-role-model void in Marcus's life, but Fiona and Will clash from the start, and Driver says not to expect a romance anytime soon: "They're not going to get paired up. They might, and then it will probably all f--k up magically, you know? But yeah, there's far more interesting stuff to mine than whether they have sex." She does add, though, "They've definitely got to get together one drunk night, and then it just be awkward and awful."
Since Driver is such an expert on manhood, we thought we'd have her look back on her two decades in film and TV, and answer a very simple question about each of her leading men: "Boy or Man?" And Driver was game to size up her A-list co-stars. Let's kick things off with…
"Here's the thing: A lot of them were boys when I worked with them, and then subsequently became men. So that needs to be qualified. You know, [Chris is] Boy: Subsequent Man."