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By Suzanne

Interview with Aimee Carrero of "Young & Hungry" on ABC Family 3/20/15

ABC Familyís Q&A with Aimee Carrero
Young & Hungry

Moderator: Can you describe your character Sofia for us? What do you like most about her?

Aimee: Sofia is sort of the dream scenario for me. She is ambitious, incredibly driven and has a wonderful head on her shoulders. I joked a lot last evening that Sofia is sort of the Ricky to Gabiís Lucy but a little bit of Ethel makes sense, of course, because she does go along with this scheme. But she sort of brings Gabi down to earth. She keeps her feet planted on the ground.

Moderator: What can we expect from her in these upcoming new episodes of Young & Hungry?

Aimee: Sofia kind of gets a boyfriend, which is exciting. Whatís wonderful about our writers is that they did such a wonderful job the first season, setting her up in a classic way -- like the realist to Gabiís idealist. So, in the first season, Sofia had it all together.

In the new season you see a little bit more of her, of the messy stuff that she doesnít have together. Like, if you remember how Monica was so perfect on Friends -- but then she had that nasty closet full of stuff -- just where she can be messy and be herself. Thatís sort of revealed this season. You get to see a little bit of a break in the armor with Sofia and to see her sweat a little bit. Sheís not so confident in every aspect of her life, so you get to see some of that.

Moderator: Out of the entire cast of Young & Hungry, who is the best chef?

Aimee: Honestly, the only person thatís ever cooked for me is Emily [Osment], so she wins by default [laughs]. She has a beautiful kitchen and is far more confident in it that I am in mine. Emilyís personality is really chill and relaxed, and that definitely translates into her cooking abilities. She just whips something up on a random Tuesday night. So I would say Emily wins by default.

Moderator: Do you cook yourself?

Aimee: I donít. Really, Iím trying. I bought a cookbook last night because I went to a dinner party and one of my friends made the most delicious meal. So I ran out and got a cookbook because I would like to be better and itís also probably healthier than eating out or just stealing craft services, which is what I do. I take it home and eat it for dinner [laughs].

Moderator: What is your favorite food?

Aimee: Thatís tough. My favorite food I would have to say is spaghetti carbonara, just Italian with heavy cream and lots of meats.

If Iím trying to be health conscious, I would say sushi, but really good sushi. Luckily in Los Angeles, we have access to wonderful sushi restaurants so that would be my healthy option.

Moderator: Are you team Cooper or team Josh?

Aimee: Well,

Aimee: Carrero is team nobody [laughs]. Because I think that Gabi should go off and try to get a sous chef position somewhere in a restaurant and date somebody sheís not working with or somebody unrelated to her job. So thatís what

Aimee: Carrero thinks. But then weíd have no show of course [laughs].

I think Sofia is probably team Josh because she sees their connection and that theyíre probably meant to be. But how do you not love Jesse McCartney in glasses? Heís just so wonderful and heís brought such humanity to this kind of geeky character. Heís so loveable and you get to see a lot more of him in Season 2. So I think right now, Sofia is team Cooper -- but in the long run, sheís team Josh. She just sees that neither Josh nor Gabi are ready to be with each other.

Moderator: What is the craziest or coolest thing that youíve ever found in the wardrobe on set?

Aimee: In one of the upcoming episodes, Sofia is trying to get something from somebody and Gabi whips up this idea that they should use sex appeal but also the food -- all because she read somewhere that ďmen canít resist food and sex appeal.Ē So Gabi whips up this food and Sofia is left to tantalize the person in question. And the way she does it is by stuffing her bra in a really comical way.

The practical application of this for me, is having to wear Kym Whitleyís bra, and having to stuff it with like 14 rolls of toilet paper. So the craziest thing in a wardrobe on the set is probably walking into my dressing room and finding Kym Whitleyís bra in my closet.

Moderator: Is there a costume that youíve worn either coming up or from the past season that you were really excited that you got to wear?

Aimee: I love the panda costume that we got to wear in the first episode that Gabi meets Cooper in a bar and sheís a go-go dancer. That was definitely a highlight. This season weíve tried to streamline the costumes a little bit. Iíve gotten to wear some cool pencil skirts. I think theyíre trying to age us up a little bit too so weíve gotten to wear some really great beautiful designers.

Moderator: What would you say to a viewer who has never seen Young & Hungry?

Aimee: We can produce content that we feel strongly about, whereas if you were on a network show and having to pull in 27 million viewers, thatís a little more of a compromise.

You get to see content that you donít get to see on network television thatís also very timely, at least if youíre within the general demographics. Itís a wonderful commentary for whatís happening, at least for my generation which is the former promise of if you go to college, you will get a job straight out of college then youíll get married and have a family. Of course, thatís not always what happens.

It gives a lighthearted take on that. What itís like to be in your early- to mid-20s and have a roommate, whereas maybe ten or twenty years ago that wasnít necessarily the case. Youíd probably be married and own a home. Young & Hungry is very realistic, showing what itís like to be making virtually no money because you have a ton of student loans and what itís like to be a single girl living in a city in the United States in 2015.

But we also have people like Rex Lee and Kym Whitley who bring in an older demographic. Theyíre wonderful comedians and they do a really good job, especially this season, giving up the story line. Thereís a little bit of everything for everybody.

Moderator: Is there anything in particular fans can expect and look forward to in Season 2?

Aimee: The first season of any show is setting the foundation for the next season and for the story. What is so wonderful about this second season is that itís like payoff after payoff. In the season finale, we got to see Josh decide not to marry Caroline, and with some prompting from Yolanda, go express his feeling to Gabi. He then oversees her and Cooper kissing in the apartment. This second season is just the unraveling of all thatís been happening in the first season and also, tying up some new knots.

Moderator: What is the whole cast of Young & Hungry like on and off set?

Aimee: Great! Everybody gets along really well and brings their own brand of kookiness to the group. Jonathan Sadowski is proficient in magic and heís a member of the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, which is a pretty exclusive group of people, and he can pull out some magic tricks.

Kym is obviously a stand-up comedian and also doing her reality show Raising Whitley. So sheís working on two shows and she has so many people around her all the time. I always joke that Iíve never seen Kym walk down the street by herself [laughs]. Sheís just around other people all the time and brings a lot of warmth and maternal comedy to the group.

Rex Lee is far more sarcastic than anybody would imagine because of his roles on Entourage and Suburgatory. Even on Young & Hungry he plays a little more of a biting personality than he maybe did on Entourage. But he has dry sarcasm, which is really wonderful to be on the receiving end of; not all the time but most of the time [laughs].

Emily is just so young and leading this charge like a pro. Sheís like a rock for all of us. Sheís had so much experience and really knows what sheís doing. If we ever find ourselves going through a stormy week, we always look up to Emily because sheís been there before and sheís such a wonderful leader.

Moderator: Congrats on becoming the newest Disney princess! Do you have anything else coming up that we can look forward to seeing you in as well?

Aimee: Right now itís just Young & Hungry, and Elena of Avalor. Last summer and fall I did a movie with Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie called The Last Witch Hunter. Iím not sure if that name is going to change but that was really fun, and I got to work in Pittsburgh. At least for me, as an actress, the goal is to expand my skill set and being on a sitcom like Young & Hungry is absolutely an athletic enterprise because you have to have so much energy and have to be on your feet and on your toes so much.

Iíve never done voice over work before so something like Elena of Avalor is definitely a first -- and what a first! Itís such an honor to be a part of Disney history because I know how it affected my childhood and my adulthood. So I am really grateful to be a part of that history for somebody else, our group of people.

Going off and doing an action movie like The Last Witch Hunter is like a sci-fi meets action movie. Itís really fun. Working on different parts of the acting muscle is a dream. Iíve been busy on lots of things and hopefully thatíll stay the case for a long time.

Moderator: Do you have a favorite episode of Young & Hungry that youíve filmed so far?

Aimee: Yes! We had this wonderful guest star who plays our landlord and Yolanda moves in next door to Gabi and Sofia so thatís an added element to the second season. But before she moves in weíre trying to get this apartment and we have this wonderful guest star who comes in and plays our Russian landlord and he does such a great job. It was such a fun episode because we were all in it and it was really fun to have everybody around and to have such a wonderful supporting cast.

Moderator: What do you like to do after a long day at work?

Aimee: When I have time to unwind, I am pretty crafty. My dad is an engineer, so even from a young age I was building stuff. I like to build things with my hands. My latest project was a built-in shelf in my kitchen. I live in a cool building in a historic part of Los Angeles. Thereís this beautiful history but you also get space that you need. So I spent a while doing that.

I love to travel and Iíve been getting to do a little bit more of that this year. When I do have some time off, I just compress by doing things with my hands. I also enjoy sewing.

Moderator: If you could dream cast yourself on any other ABC Family show which would it be and what would your role be?

Aimee: I would definitely want to do one of the dramas. When I first moved to LA, I was on an episode of Greek, but itís been such a long time since Iíve worked on a drama. Iíd love to be on Pretty Little Liars because my friend Vanessa Ray plays Cece and I would love to work with her. I would also love to work with those girls because theyíre just wonderful actresses. They also do a lot of themed episodes, which seems like a lot of fun. Keegan Allen is guest starring on Young and Hungry and heís just so fun. So I would say Pretty Little Liars.

Moderator: Are you able to give us a teaser of Keegan Allenís character on Young and Hungry?

Aimee: He is so wonderful! He plays Gabiís love interest for the week and thereís something about him thatís a deal breaker.

Heís just perfect. I wish I could talk more about his character on Young and Hungry. But heís wonderful and such a wonderful comedian, which a lot of people wouldnít expect from his role on Pretty Little Liars. Heís wonderful, a photographer and he just published a book. Heís also given everybody a copy of his book. Heís been such a joy to have on set.

Moderator: Do you have any dream celebrities that you would pick if you could choose any guest star to be on Young and Hungry?

Aimee: Oh my gosh, so many! [laughs]. But I would love to have Lucy Lawless on the show. I grew up watching Xena Warrior Princess and have been a long-time fan of hers. So far, Iíve had three opportunities to meet her and have ruined all three of them because Iíve been too nervous and have just said the wrong thing after the wrong thing [laughs].

I would like to make up for it by being cool and collected and funny. I would also love to have Fran Drescher on the show. I think sheís so wonderful and a lot of our writers have worked with her in the past. So thatís not too far of a reach. Iím hoping that if we put it out there, sheíll be interested [laughs].

Moderator: What is it like filming with the cast? Do you find yourself having to do a bunch of takes or can you guys hold your composure?

Aimee: With sitcoms, we move so fast because we really only shoot over a period of two days. Then Friday is the audience show, so that really does have to move fast because youíre dealing with the attention span of over 200 people. But it can be very hard, too.

Jonathan is incredibly difficult to be in a scene with because heís so funny and breaks at a drop of a hat. If he sees you smile or sees a twinkle in your eye that you might break, he will just go for it. But for the most part, weíre pretty good!

We rehearse the jokes all week so if youíre going to laugh in the middle of something youíre probably going to do it on a Monday, Tuesday or a Wednesday. So by the time we do it in front of the audience weíve done it so many times. One of the beauties of sitcom is that the writers will give you a lot of alternate lines, something they come up with that day, so weíll have a lot of really great zingers. Sometimes you just canít hold back because itís so funny.

Moderator: Who is your inspiration as an actress and how did you know this was the career you wanted to pursue when you were growing up?

Aimee: Iíve had so many inspirations, itís hard to pick just one. If I had to pick one that encompasses what my goals are as an actress, it would be Emma Thompson because she moves so seamlessly between drama and comedy. Iíve seen her perform on stage but Iíve seen her in film and Iíve also seen her on television. Sheís so fluid between genres and is the definition, at least to me, of a true actress. Sheís not afraid of looking less than attractive if thatís what the role calls for, sheís incredibly creative and seems to be having the time of her life any time you have the privilege of seeing her. I would say thatís one of my many inspirations.

We donít have any actors in my family. Thereís a few musicians and a ballroom dancer, which is really fun. But I didnít really grow up in an acting family, but I did grow up around a lot of creativity.

My mother is a Spanish teacher and a very creative writer. She loves to draw and paint. My dad is great at everything because heís a true Renaissance man. I grew up around a lot of personality and kookiness so I knew that I had an extroverted personality from day one. It was just finding an outlet for that.

When I was younger I always wondered what it was like to be somebody else, wondered what it was like to be my grandmother or my 4th grade teacher or the guy on the motorcycle driving down Miami Beach. Iíve just always been interested in the lives of other people and I think this is the perfect job for somebody who enjoys storytelling like I do.

Moderator: What would you say is the biggest challenge filming in front of a live studio audience when youíre present, and youíre trying to film the scene?

Aimee: The biggest challenge technically is understanding that while thereís an audience there, you really are playing to the camera. I started off on the stage. I love theater and I try to do it as often as possible. You hear that saying, ďPlay to the back of the room.Ē When youíre in theater, you just have to make sure everybody sees and hears you. So that will effect a large portion of your performance whereas television films more intimate than that.

I think my biggest challenge is understanding that even though thereís an audience thatís giving you an incredible amount of energy, youíre still playing to the cameras. Itís an intimate experience for the people watching at home. It affects the scale and the largeness of the performance. As far as the joys of having an audience, I mean they will not give you a pity laugh, which is good. Youíll know if your stuff is funny or not because of the audience. If they laugh, you know youíre on the right track. Itís just a privilege to do that. Itís really the best of that marriage between television and theater. It has that live aspect which is very exciting.

Moderator: Do you have any fun on set stories you could share about your co-stars?

Aimee: Every day is so fun. You get to go to a job where youíre paid to make people laugh. Itís always a very light environment. I would say my favorite days are probably the days that are early on in the week when we donít have the pressure of an audience or too much crew and weíre just working on rehearsals, working out the jokes, and playing with each other. I think that rehearsal process for me is just sacred because itís the most creative part of the job where you get to work with other actors and itís such a privilege to do that.

Weíre always singing on set and Emily and Jonathan are always playing pranks on each other. Jonathan is doing magic tricks somewhere or Kym is telling a joke or doing some stand-up on the other side of the stage. So itís always just really busy and wonderful. I really cherish the moment when weíre all together around the table talking about the night before or just talking about a line and how to make it work. Thatís whatís the most fun for me.

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