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“I was at a bit of a crossroads with my career,” says Sutton Foster, a Broadway stalwart and star of Darren Star’s charming TV Land show Younger. The 40-year-old actress plays Liza, a 40-year-old mom who rejoins the workforce by pretending to be 26 — a dissonance she identifies with. “I was going in for age-appropriate roles, but was reading young. But then I couldn’t play the younger characters because I was too old. I was having trouble in casting, and then this came across my plate and I thought, Ooh, I can do this! I know how to do this!”
“I didn’t really think about my age.”
Sutton Foster told me that recently, her voice, much like the rest of her, embodied with a Pan-like venality that leaves little room for doubt. But the gamine 40-year-old, the Tony-winning Broadway baby of Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie may have reached the end of her blissful age-blindness.
As the star of TV Land’s new original series Younger—created by Sex and the City’s Darren Star and based on the novel of the same name by new Observer columnist Pamela Redmond—Ms. Sutton finds herself lying, adroitly and completely, down to the @gmail address, about her age. She plays Liza Miller, the mother of a college-age daughter who lands a dream job and a hot piece of boy toy on the Faustian bargain of having to present, at the exact same age as Ms. Foster herself, as 26.
Younger, from Sex and the City creator Darren Star, stars Sutton Foster as Liza Miller, a 40-year-old recently divorced mom who’s been out of the workforce way too long. When applying for publishing jobs, she quickly realizes that the only way to land a position is if she’s 15 years younger. So, with the help of a few highlights and a can-do attitude, Liza poses as a 26-year-old and snags a job, working alongside Kelsey Peters (played by pop singer and actress Hilary Duff).