Bringing infectious energy to her comedy series 2 BROKE GIRLS, star Beth Behrs is similarly enthusiastic about her own life. In a candid interview at the WB Mondo International Press Tour, Beth shared a bit about her love of the show, working with her vivacious co-star, and revealed a bit about herself and what she loves about television in the process.
So are we going to see less of Caroline and Max working as waitresses now and more of them in the cupcake shop, or how is it going to work this season?
BETH: Well, this season it’s kind of interesting because you see probably half and half. Because at night they’re working at the diner, and then during the day ?? they’re exhausted — but during the day, they have to go to the cupcake shop. So it’s definitely not going to be as much diner, unfortunately, as it was before. But the boys from the diner come and help sometimes in the shop, and there’s definitely a blend of everyone together and it’s kind of fun to see how the family, like Max and Caroline and Earl and Han and Oleg all kind of band together now that we have the shop, and it’s kind fun to play with that dynamic too.
How are you most like your character Caroline, and what are the biggest differences?
BETH: Biggest difference for me, especially playing this character, was she came from a billionaire background to nothing. So I can relate to the “nothing” part, to being broke, but it was hard for me to kind of imagine what her life would have been like. And the biggest difference, I mean, I definitely share her optimism. That’s something. And I think I’ve become even more optimistic as Beth because of playing her so long, because she’s just like the eternal optimist. I can also relate to her work ethic and drive. I’ve been wanting to be an actress since I was a little kid, so I’ve always kind of had a sort of business savvy. I was writing letters to producers when I was like 12 years old, being like, “cast me,” which would have never happened, but at least I had the drive. So I can definitely relate to all of those things. I’m a little bit more down to earth, goofier than Caroline. I’m not as prim and proper in real life.
What do you think is universal about this TV show that people all over, in different countries are watching, as being a hit?
BETH: Well, I think everyone can relate to having a goal or a dream in life and what it takes to get there. No matter if you’ve been broke or if you’ve been rich, I think everyone can relate to kind of having a goal and trying to reach it. And also, I think the friendship between the two girls, it’s been interesting. Because we have fans who have come up to us, who are like 80?year?old men and then we have 12?year?old girls. So it’s definitely cool to see kind of how it’s hitting. And I think that maybe a lot of it comes from the friendship, and everyone can relate to kind of needing each other to get where you want to be and reaching that goal, and no matter what economic background. Although in our economic times, it’s probably more relatable now, because more people are broke right now.
What kind of friends do you have in real life? And what do you expect from a friend in real life?
BETH: Oh, gosh. Well, a lot of my friends, I’ve had for years. Just being there, loyal, trustworthy, um, someone who’s honest with you, will tell you the truth, and someone who you can laugh with and just have fun. Yeah. Something similar to what Max and Caroline have, yeah, definitely, definitely. Max and Caroline are there for each other. They’ll fight together now till the end. They’re definitely partners now, which I think we’ve seen more this season. Because last season they were just getting to know each other. But now that they’ve been roommates and they’ve got this business together, they’re still opposites, which causes a little bit of problems, but they’re definitely there for each other, which I love about our show.
And what is the relationship like between you and Kat?
BETH: Same way, we’re such good friends. We’re less opposite in real life than we are on the show. We’re much more similar as far as our personalities. I’m a little bit more not as prim and proper. And she’s a little bit nicer than Max. So we meet in the middle and that, that we’re very similar in real life. We grew up with similar backgrounds and stuff.
What does fashion mean to you?
BETH: It’s means more now. Being on the show, I’ve learned so much. We have an amazing costume designer, Trayce, and she has helped me so much in my own personal style, too, just kind of understanding different designers and what looks good on my body and what colors. And so I definitely have more of an appreciation and also more of an excitement about fashion than I did.
And what about your dreams when you were a kid to become an actress and now you are an actress? You’re on successful TV show. How do you balance that in your life?
BETH: I mean, it’s been a dream come true. It’s been amazing. I’ve loved it since I was a little kid, so I’m just so happy that what I love to do, I actually now get paid to do every day as opposed to just doing it for fun and then having to do a side job. It’s really nice to have it as just my living. I get to do what I love every day.
A lot of people are now watching TV shows or discovering them by buying a box set, and then they get the special features and everything else. And I’m sure they’ll all be doing that with the first season of your show. Do you like the idea that people will get your show and watch it in that format and see special features? And do you do that yourself with some shows?
BETH: I definitely do that. I mean, I’ve been doing that since I was little also, because when you want to be an actress, I love to see the behind?the?scenes stuff. And we do have it with our show. And I think it’s important. I think it’s interesting to see the actors out of character and having them talk about their process or how they came to get their part. I love hearing about how different actors came to actually get the roles that they got. And even if you’re not an actor, I mean, I’m sure it’s fun to watch what the diner really looks like without lights on or seeing what kind of goes on day?to?day behind the scenes and what goes into making our show. I would imagine that would be very exciting. I definitely do it, too, when I watch things. I still watch FRIENDS bloopers because I think they’re the funniest things I’ve ever seen, on YouTube.
Is there still going to be time for romance for Caroline and Max now that they have two jobs?
BETH: Yes. Candy Andy in Season 2. Ryan Hansen plays Candy Andy, and he’s been a hugely amazing addition to our show. He plays Caroline’s boyfriend now. And it’s been fun because they’re in a serious relationship. So, yeah, seeing Caroline try to balance this work ethic and drive and running these two different jobs and then having him has been really fun and interesting, and they’re so good together. He balances her so well. And Ryan’s so hilarious that we’ve been having a great time with him. So, yeah, I’ve loved that this season. That’s been really fun.
Do you have a lot of candy and cupcakes around on set now, or is it all fake?
BETH: No. Andy’s candy shop is my favorite set. And we walk by it all the time, so you’re always picking. The prop people are like, “Stop it, we need those.” Yeah, I think they got it all from Dylan’s Candy Bar, so it’s all real and it’s deadly.
And the cupcakes?
BETH: The cupcakes are real, but the cupcakes sometimes are there for a few days. I wouldn’t eat ?? they spray stuff on them to make them look pretty. I wouldn’t eat the cupcakes unless I have to. And if they give us one actually for the show, it’s always fresh and wonderful.
Do you think that they’ll always be “two broke girls,” or is there room in this show for them to actually hit it big with the cupcake business?
BETH: Well, I think it will be interesting, because I think with any business, building a business in general takes a lot and it’s hard. And I think they want to play it out realistically. They’re only like, what? I think they’re 23 in the show, or 24. So they’ve got a long road ahead. I don’t think they’re going to be self?made millionaires by 27. I think they’ve got a long way to go. They’re still kind of just in that out, post-college, trying to figure out the world and navigate it. And I don’t know. We’ve seen them start to have some success, so it will be fun to play with the ups and downs of what it really is like, yeah.
Do you think in real life it would be possible, this friendship between them?
BETH: Do I think it would be possible in real life? Yeah. Mainly, I think it’s realistically possible because they both ?? they both had nothing and needed each other. Like, Max before Caroline was alone, and I think that she’s enjoyed having some sort of family, because she didn’t have one growing up. And then Caroline needed that because she had lost everyone in her life that she was close to. So I think their friendship is kind of built on needing each other. And now, of course, in the show, you’re seeing them kind of even more meld. Like, Caroline’s becoming a little bit more street, and Max is getting a little bit more world savvy. So it’s been cool to kind of play that as well.
To see more of what lies ahead in the rainbow-filled world of Max and Caroline in their new cupcake shop, be sure to tune in for an all new episode of 2 BROKE GIRLS Mondays at 9PM on CBS. (CityTV in Canada)