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Just Who Is That Wendy's Girl?
Yahoo ^ | July 16, 2014 | Lizbeth Scordo

Posted on 07/17/2014 9:52:04 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse

She’s got copper-colored locks, a peppy personality, an ethnically diverse group of friends, and she knows how to talk millions of Americans into buying a Monterey Ranch Crispy Chicken Sandwich.

She’s the Wendy’s Girl.

The actress who has played the all-knowing, slightly kooky burger lover for two years is a 28-year-old Alabama native named Morgan Smith Goodwin. (She added her second surname after marrying Dave Goodwin, manager of New York City restaurant Gramercy Tavern.) And while her character has remained nameless in the fast food chain’s TV commercials, it’s not a far stretch to assume she’s Wendy, the freckled little girl with red braids on the company’s logo, all grown up.

Unlike Wendy, though, who was based on founder Dave Thomas’s real-life daughter, Smith Goodwin isn’t a natural redhead. Her dye job, from dark blonde to an orangey red that rivals Carrot Top, has ”given me a ton of exposure,” she told Canada’s Metro News earlier this year. ”You have to be forever grateful and very flattered when a company will trust you with their brand. So I don’t take it lightly.” Prior to the this job, the actress had a few stage roles and no TV or film experience to speak of.

Now, though, Wendy’s Girl is a star: She shames a co-worker for buying from another chain; relieves her cheapskate date by choosing burgers over pricey steakhouse fare; counsels a stranger on how to improve her life with side dishes; and cheers up a losing little leaguer with a Frosty (though what Wendy’s Girl is doing lurking around a kids’ ball game is unclear). She’s such a star, in fact, that Wendy’s is giving her a name.

In a new commercial set to air later this month (a goofy music video spoof touting the return of Wendy’s pretzel sandwiches) Wendy’s Girl will be dubbed—wait for it—”Red.” Yahoo Food has an exclusive copy of the ad below.

"We’re thrilled that Morgan Smith Goodwin, who we call ‘Red,’ has resonated with our customers since we first introduced her in our advertising April 2012," Liz Geraghty, vice president of brand marketing for Wendy’s, told Yahoo Food in an email statement. “‘Red’ has been our most successful effort since the Dave Thomas advertising campaign in the 1990s."

Morgan Smith has benefited from this success, too. There are Wendy’s Girl fan sites and Facebook pages dedicated to the actress. And while much of it seems innocent enough, with links to various commercials, her bio, and updates from Smith Goodwin’s Instagram page, some are downright creepy. “She enchants me. She is all I want and I desire,” the webmaster of wendy’s-girl.com wrote on the site’s homepage, where he also noted that he has been “working tirelessly” to find out if the rumor that compromising photos of Smith Goodwin exist is true.

With the fans come the haters. There’s an “I hate the Wendy’s girl” Facebook page, and a Twitter search of the phrase “Wendy’s girl” brings up a batch of mostly negative recent tweets. “The Wendy’s girl actually makes me want to eat there less,” reads one. “The girl in the Wendy’s commercials gets on my nerves a bit. And the commercials just keep getting cheesier,” proclaims another. (Smith Goodwin could not be reached for comment.)

Others have criticized the company for replacing the real Wendy Thomas (now a 52-year-old woman who most recently appeared in a Wendy’s commercial in 2011) with a younger, more attractive girl-next-door type, flawless skin, flowing hair, and green eyes included. (She’s been compared to “How I Met Your Mother” actress Alyson Hannigan.) True, Red holds her juicy burgers in her powder pink manicured little hands, and she never smudges her lip gloss by taking a hearty bite. ”Wendy Thomas was the real Wendy. Morgan Smith Goodwin was the hot Wendy,” author Amy Van Sant wrote in a 2012 blog post.

Geraghty insists that’s not the case. “Morgan is not meant to replace Wendy, who stands alone as the original namesake,” she wrote to us. “Instead, Morgan is a brand advocate with a quick wit and engaging personality that America has gravitated toward.”

Finally, there have been comparisons to another famous company spokesperson. “The Wendy’s girl has replaced Progressive’s Flo on my list of annoying company commercials,” one Twitter user announced this week.” Others agree: “Idk who’s worse. Flo from the progressive commercials or the Wendy’s girl.”

They’re talking about Flo, the (somewhat irritatingly) helpful saleswoman who’s never without her trademark headband, teased hair, and pancake makeup on Progressive car commercials. She who has starred in over 50 commercials. She who has become as ubiquitous as the Geico gecko. She who currently has more than 5 million Facebook followers.

Wendy’s Girl probably wouldn’t mind the comparison at all.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Food; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: burger; fastfood; ginger; gingers; hottie; redhead; wendys
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1 posted on 07/17/2014 9:52:04 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

She’s a beautiful young woman.


2 posted on 07/17/2014 9:53:55 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Im proud of “wendys” for not choosing a Diverse...Wendy..


3 posted on 07/17/2014 9:54:09 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

I’ve seen the commercials with both girls. Morgan Smith Goodwin seems genuinely pleasant while the “real” Wendy Thomas appeared a bit angry, like Rosie O’Donnel with red hair.


4 posted on 07/17/2014 9:54:54 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

She’s adorable. She’s paid to get people to watch the commercials, and it works for me.


5 posted on 07/17/2014 9:56:49 AM PDT by jumpingcholla34 (.)
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To: NFHale

She’s the perfect Wendy’s girl.


6 posted on 07/17/2014 9:57:01 AM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Flo sucks exhaust pipes

‘Wendy’ makes ‘em glo!


7 posted on 07/17/2014 9:57:27 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Hey. Naomi Campbell was up for the job. Be nice!


8 posted on 07/17/2014 9:58:33 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Seeing anything-Flo is about as irritating to me as seeing pics of Helen Thomas.


9 posted on 07/17/2014 9:59:30 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign, number sign, or octothorpe. ###)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

WE WANT CLARA PELLER!


10 posted on 07/17/2014 9:59:38 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (Even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

She’s a hottie.


11 posted on 07/17/2014 10:00:30 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

I like the Jack-In-The-Box commercials better.


12 posted on 07/17/2014 10:00:34 AM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

That article burst my crush on her. I thought she was a natural ginger.


13 posted on 07/17/2014 10:00:37 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: NormsRevenge

rumor has it that Michelle Obama had placed a call to wendys ad agency.....

one which they did not return...


14 posted on 07/17/2014 10:00:54 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Absolutely beautiful, adorable, sexy, cute, bubbly...add your own adjectives. Love their commercials now.


15 posted on 07/17/2014 10:01:15 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Pitch black is the new "transparent.")
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To: ErnBatavia

Agreed...Flo stopped being interesting after about the third commercial they shot.


16 posted on 07/17/2014 10:02:51 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Pitch black is the new "transparent.")
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To: MeshugeMikey

Imagine the sight of Moooch at a drive thru window .. serving food. Her food.


17 posted on 07/17/2014 10:04:58 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: C19fan

18 posted on 07/17/2014 10:05:47 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

I think they should have named her Scarlett, but what do I know?

I actually pay attention when the latest commercial comes on. Kudos to her and to the director of the commercial for a job well done.


19 posted on 07/17/2014 10:06:35 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse


20 posted on 07/17/2014 10:07:03 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Even without natural red hair, she’s still quite fetching.


21 posted on 07/17/2014 10:07:56 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: jumpingcholla34
She’s adorable. She’s paid to get people to watch the commercials, and it works for me.

What I really like about the ads is you've got a pretty girl and her friends having fun and the commercials stay “clean.” You could imagine the same conversations and goofing around with your own friends (ciabatta, musta forgotta).

The "slightly naughty" in Carls Junior and some Jack in the Box commercials were a bit gross.

22 posted on 07/17/2014 10:08:18 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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23 posted on 07/17/2014 10:09:36 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

She reminds me a little of Corrine Bohrer. Anyone remember her?


24 posted on 07/17/2014 10:09:59 AM PDT by jumpingcholla34 (.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

She’s a cutie. I smile when I see her- much like I always smile seeing reruns of Barbara Eden as Jeannie and the Three’s Company girls. But I’ve got kids a lot older than her!


25 posted on 07/17/2014 10:10:02 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: TangoLimaSierra

Real ginger or not....she’s gorgeous.

Must drive the feminazis crazy.


26 posted on 07/17/2014 10:10:40 AM PDT by rottndog ('Live Free Or Die' Ain't just words on a bumber sticker...or a tagline.)
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To: NormsRevenge

ahahahahah Yes I can....Imagine that.

Im not certain that I should illustrate it but I might...


27 posted on 07/17/2014 10:10:45 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: C19fan
There's always Karen Gillian and she's got the Scottish accent to boot.

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28 posted on 07/17/2014 10:10:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: ErnBatavia

Me too. Flo creeps me out. She looks Soviet in some way, in those white rooms...


29 posted on 07/17/2014 10:11:19 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by it"s weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
Just curious, why do so many people refer to grown women as "girls" instead of women? Nobody ever calls grown men "boys."

I like the fact that a real woman is used as a mascot for a fast food restaurant. The "clown" and "king" mascots the other fast food joints use are creepy.

30 posted on 07/17/2014 10:11:38 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
I’ve seen the commercials with both girls. Morgan Smith Goodwin seems genuinely pleasant while the “real” Wendy Thomas appeared a bit angry, like Rosie O’Donnel with red hair.

I suppose that comes from her namesake being bought up by a rival.

Thomas' daughter Pam Thomas Farber said the family was devastated by the news. "It's a very sad day for Wendy's, and our family. We just didn't think this would be the outcome," said Farber, 53. If her father were alive to hear news of the buyout, "he would not be amused," she said.

Related threads:
Arby's Swallows Up Wendy's
Update: Wendy's/Arby's Group to sell Arby's to Atlanta-based Roark Capital Group

31 posted on 07/17/2014 10:12:13 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: JimRed

She’s a cutie. I smile when I see her- much like I always smile seeing reruns of Barbara Eden as Jeannie and the Three’s Company girls. But I’ve got kids a lot older than her!


I’m not sure when it happened but I’ve started seeing ladies in terms of “would I want my son to date/marry her.”


32 posted on 07/17/2014 10:13:47 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: cripplecreek

I saw an ad for a new show she will be in on one of the networks. I wish her luck across the Pond, pund intended. :)


33 posted on 07/17/2014 10:14:38 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
I’ve seen the commercials with both girls. Morgan Smith Goodwin seems genuinely pleasant while the “real” Wendy Thomas appeared a bit angry, like Rosie O’Donnel with red hair.

I worked at Wendy's many years ago and the regional manager said he met Wendy and she was a real witch, putting it nicely.

34 posted on 07/17/2014 10:16:21 AM PDT by dragonblustar ( Psalm 103, Psalm 37:7, Ephesians 6:12)
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To: Mich Patriot

Agreed...Flo stopped being interesting after about the third commercial they shot.


At first Flo was like “your best friends annoying kid sister.” She got on your nerves but she was alright.

Later she turned into “your best friends creepy aunt who smells funny and tries to hug you too much.”


35 posted on 07/17/2014 10:17:11 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

I find NOTHING wrong with her.

Other than not personally cooking me hamburgers.


36 posted on 07/17/2014 10:17:20 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: SamAdams76

The writer never heard of “Pep Boys.”


37 posted on 07/17/2014 10:17:53 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: cripplecreek; Impy; BillyBoy

I see ABC has given Karen Gillan (no “i”) a fall sitcom, “Selfie”, with her love interest being fake Korean Sulu from Faux Trek, John Cho (!)


38 posted on 07/17/2014 10:18:10 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: C19fan

Best companion ever for the Doctor and saddest loss.


39 posted on 07/17/2014 10:20:28 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

“Flo” annoys me. The new Wendy’s girl is fast getting to that point, as well.


40 posted on 07/17/2014 10:20:44 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
At first Flo was.....

Well put! perfect.

41 posted on 07/17/2014 10:22:25 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

“Flo” had a bit part in the first season of “Mad Men.” She was pretty convincing as a telephone operator with horned-rimmed glasses.


42 posted on 07/17/2014 10:25:33 AM PDT by Slyfox (When progressives ignore moral parameters, they also lose the natural gift of common sense.)
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To: SamAdams76

The boy of summer.

The boy’s room.

Hanging out with the boys.

Good old boy.


43 posted on 07/17/2014 10:25:50 AM PDT by dangerdoc ((this space for rent))
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To: C19fan; cripplecreek

Karen Gillian was in the movie “Occulus.” I havent’ seen it yet but I want to.


44 posted on 07/17/2014 10:27:38 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

The real Wendy is overweight which might fine to represent other brands but a fast food restaurant with a fat spokesperson doesn’t work for obvious reasons.


45 posted on 07/17/2014 10:28:30 AM PDT by Eaker (Dogs love to be hugged! Rescue and Hug One Today.)
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To: Eaker
The real Wendy is overweight which might fine to represent other brands but a fast food restaurant with a fat spokesperson doesn’t work for obvious reasons.

There was a time when “Chubby” mascots were good. Remember the Campbell Soup Kids or Big Boy?

I think she'd have been alright with a pleasant attitude. Her demeanor reminded me of Rachel Maddow.

46 posted on 07/17/2014 10:30:59 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

My daughter, a natural redhead, has a name for dyed imposters:
Transgingers.


47 posted on 07/17/2014 10:31:36 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: SJSAMPLE

Transgingers


Cute!


48 posted on 07/17/2014 10:32:25 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

That sounds about right!


49 posted on 07/17/2014 10:34:39 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Pitch black is the new "transparent.")
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To: wbill

To me...Flo is a “thick chick”. Represents the brand but...really, I don’t think I’m showing up at the local PROGRESSIVE office to chase her.

Wendy’s “Red”, is pretty but ^way too close^ to the “HIMYM” red-head. OTOH, the HIMYM chick exudes a monogamous personna, Wendy’s “Red” purvey’s a personna that says...maybe.

Buy Red a drink and see what happens...
buy Flo a drink and add to your monthly insurance costs...


50 posted on 07/17/2014 10:40:39 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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