“This sort of seemed like a perfect fit, just because I’ve always read younger than I was. Nothing was feeling organic and right until this script.” Read the article
When TV Land’s “Younger” aired its first episode on March 31, the show immediately shot up in rankings with great reviews. Just renewed for its second season, the show scored the largest in-season growth for an original series in the network’s history. In the midst of ageism in Hollywood being under immense scrutiny, the show offers a unique perspective on age and how to deal with it.
The show follows a single mother (Liza Miller), who gets mistaken for younger than she really is after she gets left by her husband for a younger woman, to which she decides to turn her life around and live as a 26-year-old.
Sutton Foster plays Miller, alongside Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, and Hilary Duff. Season two will hit screens in 2016. Foster is nominated for an Emmy in the Best Comedy Actress category for her role in “Younger.”
Below, she tells TheWrap which scene she found the toughest to shoot, which scenes were the most fun, which show(s) she most recently binge-watched, and where she absolutely drew the line while shooting
In May we shared the first part of a chatty, wide-ranging conversation with Encores! Off-Center stars Sutton Foster and Jonathan Groff. In part two, Foster explains why she was drawn to The Wild Party and Groff shares what he learned by seeing her six times in Thoroughly Modern Millie. (They also talk about farting princesses and bad Irish accents.)
CITY CENTER: Jonathan, I wanted to ask how you stay present during Hamilton. You’re only onstage…
JONATHAN GROFF: I’m onstage for nine minutes, total.
SUTTON FOSTER: Really?
SF: That’s a good job.
JG: Every other night, I watch. I just am obsessed with watching the show because it’s endlessly fascinating, and there’s so much going on. And then emails, phone calls, a little reading. I practice my British accent for a good 20 minutes every day before I go onstage. What I’ve started doing lately is just reading random books in a British accent. It’s still hard for me to get my mouth around it.
SF: The only time I ever did an accent, I had to play an Irish nun—
JG: When did you play an Irish nun?!
In its series Broadway @ the Broad, which began in October 2013 with Patti Lupone, Sutton Foster was the latest star to grace the stage, featuring Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host. The event took place Sunday June 14 at the Broad in Santa Monica at 5 pm and 8 pm (which I attended), and Foster proved a real trouper. On her recent honeymoon in Italy she contracted laryngitis and her voice has been down ever since. It took some quick maneuvering to adjust the program to her vocal capability, but with Seth Rudetsky on board as accompanist, all went well, and the packed house was overjoyed with what Foster had to offer.
Funniest person on set? Favorite Liza outfit? Favorite Younger and Bunheads episodes?
You asked Sutton your questions during the Younger cast LIVE Q&A for the season finale, here is what she answered!
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Sutton Foster is a two-time Tony winning actress with a quick smile and a desire to play “quirky off-the-wall weirdos” instead of “steely, sexy secretaries, sleeping with everybody and being nasty.” Many Broadway fans met her first in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” where she was chosen from the chorus to play the lead in 2002.
On Friday, she was focused on her 2012 show, “Bunheads.” The ATX television festival reunited some cast members of the 2012 show as part of its “gone too soon” series. The show was cut by ABC Family after 18 episodes.
When you first met with Micaela, did you know what direction you wanted to go for your Tony look?
Not really. I always like classic and sophisticated. I knew I didn’t want to wear anything that felt too much like a costume or that felt glitzy. I knew I wanted to feel comfortable. And I knew I didn’t want to wear black. So when I was talking to Micaela the first time I was giving her that direction. Then when I met with her, this dress [the ombre Naeem Khan] was the first one that I saw when I walked in—I turned the corner and I was like, “That’s pretty.” We tried on fifteen dresses and that was the sixteenth dress and we were like, “This is the one.” But it was the first dress I saw. The color was different and I loved the ombre. And it fit.
The Tuesday before the Tony Awards we accompanied Sutton Foster and amazing stylist Micaela Erlanger (she’s responsible for the red carpet looks of Michelle Dockery and Lupita Nyong’o among others) to a fitting at Naeem Khan’s studio in midtown Manhattan. We got to see all of the effort—from picking jewelry (Fred Leighton) and shoes (Kurt Geiger) to getting the fit of the dress absolutely right—that goes into creating the perfect red carpet moment. And we brought along photographer Sarah Hiatt to document the occasion.
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