I got a chance to meet the cast of Young and Hungry minus Kym Whitley who I really, REALLY wanted to meet and greet. (You owe me Kym!) While in Los Angeles I sat down and had breakfast with Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski, Rex Lee, Aimee Carrero and the show’s executive producer, David Holden.
They all exuded the same whimsical life that they do on-screen. It was a vibrant morning as the talent switched tables and took pictures with a handful of bloggers each so that we all got the chance to have intimate conversations with them.
If you don’t know about the show, the series follows wealthy young tech entrepreneur Josh (Jonathan Sadowski), who hires a feisty young food blogger named Gabi (Emily Osment) to be his new personal chef. Desperate to keep her new job, Gabi must prove her skills to Josh and his personal aide Elliot (Rex Lee), who would prefer a celebrity chef for the job instead. The series is based upon the life of San Francisco food blogger Gabi Moskowitz
Emily Osment (formerly of Hannah Montana) as Gabi Diamond, a feisty young food blogger. She loves cooking and she can even figure out what people like to eat. When Gabi meets Josh he becomes her new love interest. Gabi is portrayed as needing confidence boosts once in a while, but she gives herself pep talks often. One of her catch phrases is “I got this!” and she says this when she is unsure of herself.
On working with ABC Family and the role of Gabi Diamond
Emily: I’ve always been a fan of ABC Family, and they’ve always treated me really well. I’ve worked with them in the past, and when you’re doing pilot season, you get a lot of scripts and this was the first one I really connected to. I’m at a weird age where I don’t look my age, and this show kind of fit the mold, and as weird as this sounds, that was one of the biggest things for me—that I get to play a character that is my age. Usually I’m playing someone who’s 16 or 25, and this was a role for a 22 year old.
Can you cook in real life?
Emily: A little bit, yeah. Sure. But I’m an actor, so I can pretend really well. It’s an adorable role and I love Dave Holden. He’s very, very smart and his writing is fantastic.
Do you get to improvise a lot on the show?
Emily: Yes, there is a lot of improv, which I really like. Sometimes you get a sitcom, especially with a sitcom where there’s people working who are under age and you can only have them for 9 and a half hours. Our entire cast is older, we can work as long as we want, which means our tape nights can go as long as we want, which means that we can improv for as long as we want because we don’t have to worry about, “Okay we need to move, we need to move on” kind of thing, so there is a grace period, which allows us to play around a lot more.
This seems like the kind of show that would have a lot of improv opportunities.
Emily: Yeah it is. Kym Whitley, who’s stand-up queen, it’s very easy to improv with her. Aimee and I do as well, so it’s a really, really fun show. Kym Whitly’s marvelous. She’s good. She can’t get through the script most of the time either. She’s always trying to add something.
On Mallory Jansen (aka Caroline Huntington)
Emily: Mallory Jansen who plays Caroline, we have become very, very good friends, which you wouldn’t think because she’s such a big b*tch on the show. It’s weird to find someone who’s an Australian model who’s actually very nice, because usually very beautiful people are like horrendous. I was so nervous when we auditioned her. She came in and I was like, “She’s too pretty, she can’t also be nice,” but she’s one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. She’s getting married later this year and she’s got this other show that’s doing well and her real life is just blossoming. It’s cool to have friends that you get inspired by in that sort of way.
David Holden is a big foodie and he jumped on this opportunity to develop a script that infused his passion for food and a great storyline of Gabi Moskowitz of BrokeAssGourmet.com, a San Francisco based food blogger whose life the show is loosely based on. And if you get a chance be sure to try the Scandinavian Princess cake, if you can find one because David said they are to die for!
Aimee Carrero who plays Sofia Rodriguez, actually loves to cook and brings lots of treats to the set on special occasions. And she’s very invested in her community and supports programs that serve underprivileged kids.
Jonathan Sadowski as Josh Kaminski, a wealthy young tech entrepreneur and a tech millionaire, who is looking for a great chef to cook for him. When he hires Gabi he asks her to prepare a fancy dinner so his girlfriend will say yes when he proposes to her. He is goofy yet intelligent. He takes an immediate liking to Gabi. In real life, when we saw him he broke his foot and was walking with a crutch! He loves being a part of the Young and Hungry cast and thinks the script was a breathe of fresh air to add to his repertoire!
Tune in at 8:00pm ET/PT on ABC Family.
Jesse McCartney will be guest starring on this Wednesday’s (7/30) episode
Show HashTag: #YoungAndHungry
Disclosure: I was invited out for an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the ABCFamily event but all opinions are my own!