Viewers disappointed, befuddled or downright miffed by the Season 4 ending of TV Land’s “Younger” on Wednesday night are in surprisingly good company.
“When I read the finale, I was like, ‘This can’t be it!’” said Sutton Foster, who stars as Liza Miller, a divorced 40-something mother navigating an ageist publishing world by posing as if she’s in her 20s. “I was very invested and very emphatic about it. I cornered one of our writers in a bathroom and was like, ‘You can’t end it this way! How could you do this!’”
Fun fact: Sutton Foster can sing. Yes, really. The star of Younger, Bunheads, and the Gilmore Girls revival also happens to be a Tony-Award-winning Broadway legend who’s belted tunes in everything from Les Mis to Thoroughly Modern Millie. For millions of viewers, this might come as a shock. Despite having been one of theater’s biggest stars for three decades and counting, Foster isn’t exactly a household name for non-New-Yorkers. Yet thanks to Younger’s success, that’s all starting to change, one chance encounter at a time.
I don’t consider myself a dancer,” says Sutton Foster. “I danced for a long time, but I don’t think of myself that way. Other people do, but I don’t.”
With two Tonys under her belt for leading roles with heavy dancing (see: an eight-minute tap dance break as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes and the tour-de-tap of Thoroughly Modern Millie), those “other people” certainly have cause. “[It’s] because dance is the thing that is the hardest for me to do,” she explains. “Singing or acting or telling a story comes a lot more naturally.”
For three seasons (the fourth premieres June 28) Foster has been in her zone on TVLand’s hit series Younger: telling the story of Liza, a 40-something posing as a 20-something to jumpstart her publishing career after taking time off to be a wife and mother.
TV Land’s Younger is many things: a sharp parody about the world of book publishing, a romantic comedy, and a testament to how far parents will go for their children. But at its heart, Younger is about the power of female friendships.
With that in mind, the sitcom’s season 3 finale was its biggest cliffhanger yet. Liza (Sutton Foster) finally came clean to Kelsey (Hilary Duff) about her true age. While their friendship will overcome the lie eventually, there’s a lot that needs to be repaired in their relationship. And according to the stars, it will take a good chunk of the season to reach that point.
Sutton Foster is no-fuss. “I never have any makeup on me,” the star of TV Land’s Younger reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. “I put on makeup for work, so in my real life, I’m a low-maintenance gal.”
The 42-year-old actress, who is mom of Emily, 4 months (with husband Ted Griffin), spills her Marc Jacobs tote for Us.
You gotta admire a show that’s ballsy enough to toss its entire premise out the window. TV Land’s Younger centers on Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), a 40-year-old divorcée and single mom who claims to be 26 in order to score a job in the ageist world of New York publishing. But during last season’s head-spinning cliffhanger, Liza suddenly came clean to her work BFF, Kelsey (Hilary Duff). Foster tells us all about the fallout in Season 4.