The Drama League honored Sutton Foster at the organization’s 36th Annual Benefit Gala this fall. The black-tie evening honoring Foster – a two-time Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Fred Astaire, and Gracie Award winner and star of TV Land’s hit television series “Younger” — took place on Monday, October 28, 2019.
I was born in a small town in Georgia—my dad worked for General Motors, and my mom was a mom. I had no idea that getting paid to be an actor was even an option—it was just something I did for fun. I started dancing when I was four, and got into musical theater when I was around 10. When I was 17 I got a role as a chorus girl with the first national tour of The Will Rogers Follies, so I spent my last year of high school traveling around the country. I was too young—kind of naive, virginal, innocent.
Sutton Foster was ready for whatever the day could throw at her.
Rehearsals for this weekend’s Hollywood Bowl performances of “Into the Woods” had propelled her life into hyper-speed, and the morning had already been busy by breakfast time, when the Broadway leading lady and star of the TV Land comedy “Younger” slipped into a restaurant booth.
Her writer-director husband, Ted Griffin, was out of the house early for a day of post-production on a TV pilot. Their 2-year-old daughter, Emily, had been readied to go to a library story hour with the nanny. And on the way from the family’s Los Angeles home (Manhattan’s their base), Foster had dropped the household’s two canines at doggy daycare.
“It’s just a circus,” she said, laughing. “A lot of moving pieces, but it’s a very full, wonderful house.”
“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.
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