WATCH: Zach Braff Grows Up in 'Wish I Was Here'

WATCH: Zach Braff (Getty) 

Kickstarter-funded endeavors have been all the rage lately. Earlier this year, Rob Thomas successfully crowdsourced funds for a new Veronica Mars film. Gillian Robespierre also raised money from the site to finish production of her Sundance smash hit Obvious Child. In May, Zach Braff obtained $3.1 million from roughly 46,500 supporters and fans for his sophomore directorial effort. The result: Wish I Was Here, a quasi-autobiographical follow-up to his 2004 cult classic Garden State which he wrote and directed.

The heartfelt dramedy tells the story of Aidan Bloom (Braff), a 35-year-old struggling actor trying to rediscover his life's purpose and reconnect with his family in the wake of his father's (Mandy Patinkin) devastating health news. Bloom's wife (Kate Hudson) is an unfulfilled data entry worker who supports the family, his brother (Josh Gad) is a trailer-dwelling slacker, while Joey King plays his studious home-school daughter. The film successfully touches upon issues related to religion, fear, death, and chasing your dreams — if you can get past the actor's Braff-y self-indulgence and Garden State-inspired imagery. 

Zimbio sat down to chat with the actor about the most personal moment in the film, the inspiration for the swear jar, and Scrubs co-star Donald Faison's hilarious cameo as a luxury car salesman. 

Wish I Was Here
hits select theaters July 18th. 


WATCH: Zach Braff Grows Up in 'Wish I Was Here'
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