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Interview with Rex Lee of "Young
and Hungry" on
ABC Family 6/23/14
ABC Familyís Q&A with Rex Lee
Young & Hungry
Moderator: How was your character, Elliot Park, originally
described to you?
Rex: David Holden [Executive Producer and Series Writer] was
on the phone with me and he explained a little bit of the
back story for the character, which had to do with other
members of his family, who we have not met in the series at
all. He explained how my character grew up with all these
brothers and what happened to them and how that influenced
his style of moving into the realm of Josh Kaminski [played
by Jonathan Sadowski]. My character, Elliot, likes to be in
control. Iím not going to say heís controlling; Iím not
going to say heís a control freak, but he likes to rule the
Moderator: Was there anything that you added to him that
wasnít originally scripted for you?
Rex: I think any time that youíre called upon to perform a
role, you bring things about yourself to the role that
arenít necessarily there in the writing. So I canít say that
I deliberately made this character like myself.
Sometimes when I go out in the world and people recognize me
from work Iíve done, theyíre always a little bit surprised
that I look and sound like the characters Iíve played. I
sort of have to say, ďBut Iím me and I look like me, and I
donít usually alter my voice to play characters, although
maybe in the future I will.Ē But up until now, Iíve pretty
much just used my voice, so I always look and sound like the
characters I play. The characters end up being similar to me
in a way that I might not have intended in the beginning.
Moderator: Could you describe the relationship between your
character Elliot and Gabi [played by Emily Osment]?
Rex: Their relationship is definitely evolving. The thing
about Elliot is he is not a monster, he has a heart.
Therefore, the fact that his perspective of Gabi is that she
doesnít always have it together, I think that he often has
compassion for her. I certainly think that Elliot is a
person who thinks that as long as you can take his guff,
heís going to give you his guff. Any time that sheís feeling
good, heís probably going to be razzing her a little bit.
Moderator: Will we see your chracter dating on Young & Hungry
like we did with your character on Suburgatory?
Rex: Yes! I will admit that my character has not had a love
interest in any of the episodes weíve filmed so far, but Iím
certainly hopeful that in the future Elliot will have a love
interest. Iím really hopeful about that for sure.
Moderator: Whatís it like working with Emily Osment?
Rex: Itís great! I might have been living under a rock
because I had never seen an episode of Hannah Montana even
though Iíve heard of the show, so I didnít really know who
Emily was. When they told me she was the lead of the show, I
had to look her up and find pictures and figure out what
work sheíd done [laughs]. It turned out that I had seen part
of a film sheíd done called Dadnapped. She played the
daughter of the mystery writer, so I had seen part of that.
As we got to working, I thought this young woman is someone
I can learn a lot from. Sheís just such a pro at such a
young age, and I have to say that she really surprises me
all the time. Sometimes Iíll be watching a scene thatís
populated by other actors and Iíll think that actor really
missed a joke there, and Iíll say to myself ďhow would I
have delivered that line?Ē Every time Iím watching Emily at
her work, sheís always doing and saying things in a way
thatís completely surprising to me and is really delightful
as a surprise. I never really worry about her, even though
Iím constantly thinking ďitís really not how I would have
delivered that line at all.Ē Iíll also think that she
delivered it in a better way than I ever would. I just think
sheís amazing and I have so much to learn!
Moderator: Are there any character traits that you share with
Rex: I donít like to admit this at all, because I think itís
a character flaw of mine, but I think to the extent that
Elliot goes out into the world and has judgments about other
people, I can relate to that. Iím not proud of it, but I can
relate to that. I think that Elliot certainly has a desire
for the world around him to be orderly and clean, everything
right in its place, and I am like that. The hilarious thing
as Iím looking around my place right now and if I just have
order in things, I would be lost; Iím a slob that wishes
everything around me was neat!
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