On TV Land’s “Younger,” Sutton Foster plays Liza Miller, a recently divorced mom who decides to makeover herself as a millennial at the fair age of 26 to snag a job in publishing. But in real life, the 40-year-old Tony-winning actress isn’t hiding behind anything. With Carnegie Hall under her belt and her show’s second season underway, the star calls us from New York to talk about her upcoming appearance with the Boston Pops, her “Gilmore Girls” role and whether or not she’s ready to break out her dancing shoes.
So the other week Liza had the ultimate rebound when she ends up hooking up with her ex. What’s that about?
Yeah, yeah, I went a little backwards. [Laughs] I think this season has been incredibly exciting because things are getting more complicated and the last two episodes [of the season] are huge. Liza is grappling with this relationship with Josh (Nico Tortorella) because I think it’s more substantial than she realizes. The loss of that is causing her to do some crazy things, and in many ways probably more like the young person would act out.
One of the interesting things about the show is to see general Millennial-labeled habits — like re-reading all of your ex’s texts and then deleting them — transcend ages.
I think those types of those behaviors can apply to anyone. I’ve done that — especially in this day and age when it’s your number one form of communication. Before you’d just put all the letters in a box and burn it. I had a few of those back in the day, but today it’s all about wiping out and deleting.
Do you think it’s Liza picking up on the habits of 20-somethings or that it’s just a natural reaction?
I think it’s blurry because obviously this show is based on this idea of comparison, but ultimately everything is about people connecting and relationships despite age. Josh and Liza are connecting despite their age differences. And even Kelsey (Hilary Duff) and Liza — there’s a genuine friendship there even though there’s a lie there.
Soon you’ll be appearing in the “Gilmore Girls” reboot — can you tell us anything about your character?
I’m afraid I’m going to get a lot of trouble. I’ve been sworn to a lot of secrecy. The creators really want to protect it [Laughs] All I can say is that I shot one day, and I got to shoot in Stars Hollow and see Luke’s Diner and [Miss] Patty’s Dance Studio and I got to walk around and was like “ahhhhh!” kind of freaking out. And I still have three more days to shoot. I’m just really honored to be included because that’s my favorite show. To be in that world is such a “pinch me” moment. Like I was a super fan, and now all of a sudden I’m just part of it.
Are you Team Jess or Team Dean?
Always Team Jess! I always loved Jess. And I was going through some old journals and a photo of Milo floated out of it. I guess I had cut it out and put it in my journal. I was obsessed.
What can you tell us aboutyour upcoming Boston Pops appearance?
I’ve been doing more symphony work, we just did four concerts with the Baltimore Symphony and last year I performed the New York Pops and theNational [Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center]. I’m really excited. It’ll be a combination of American songbook, Broadway stuff I’ve done on stage and some pop stuff that I love. It’s amazing to be able to sign with 75 people playing behind you. I’m super excited about Boston.
I saw you onInstagram practicing your tap dancingwith Nico for your Baltimore performances. Can we expect any sort of surprises like that in Boston?
Possibly! I haven’t checked on Nico’s availability yet, but we had such a good time in Baltimore that maybe I should shoot him a text and be like “Hey, what are you doing at the end of May?”
If you go:
Boston Pops present A Broadway Evening with Sutton Foster
May 26 and May 27, 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $23, 617-266-1200