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!’”
“I don’t know why I love you so much,” jokes showrunner and producer Amy Sherman-Palladino while interviewing her friend Sutton Foster. “You have this fairy-dust effect on people that I’m not even sure you know about,” she says with a laugh.
AMY SHERMAN-PALLADINO: Okay, Sutton, these will be hard-hitting questions. Very 60 Minutes. When did you learn to crochet?
SUTTON FOSTER: Honestly, just now as I was waiting for you to call I was crocheting and finishing up an episode of Gilmore Girls. It’s my happy place.
SHERMAN-PALLADINO: That’s the glamorous world of Sutton Foster?
FOSTER: It’s very glamorous. I taught myself how to do it when I was a teenager. I’ve always been super crafty. I’ve always loved to draw and make stuff, and I thought it would be a nice hobby. I used to cross-stitch because my mom cross-stitched. I’ve made tons of blankets. I usually do it while I’m working, especially on a TV job where there’s tons of down time and you’re just sitting there.
Sutton Foster, performing two local concerts this week, has 11 Broadway musicals to her credit, but in the past few years, she’s become better-known to TV-watchers.
Before returning to Cape Cod, Foster answered our questions about her life and career:
When not on the road, I live in (city) and with (whom): New York City with my husband Ted Griffin, our daughter Emily and our two pups Mabel and Brody.
My most rewarding career accomplishment: Performing at Lincoln Center earlier this year.
My worst career choice: Not following my gut.
My best Cape memory: P-Town July 4, 2016.
Tony nominee Jonathan Groff and two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster will unite for an upcoming Live from Lincoln Center special on PBS.
Performances will be filmed at Jazz at Lincoln Center in December 2017 and air on PBS in 2018.
Although the Visual Arts shop is currently on hiatus, the print “ASLAN” featured in this interview is still available for purchase in limited amount. Go to the Visual Arts page for more infos.
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.