BETH Behrs is the perfect fit for her role as Brooklyn waitress Caroline in sitcom 2 Broke Girls. Before winning the part, the classically-trained singer and top soccer player made ends meet by doing bit parts in TV shows, working as a nanny, pouring beers in a bar and waiting tables.
What do you think about people who work in that trade (waitressing)?
I was working as a nanny Monday through Friday, and then Saturday and Sunday I was at a theatre in LA, working bar. And then I worked at Chili’s, which is an American chain. The restaurant industry is really hard. I don’t think I was cut out for it. Being a waiter, you have so many things to do in the restaurant and so much to cover and you have to make sure everyone’s happy. Obviously, when I’m acting, I have someone handing me plates. I dropped all the plates in the pilot, so now they never give me plates on my arms any more because I couldn’t do it. I guess our diner (in the show) doesn’t have the budget for those nice trays.
This sitcom didn’t just fall in your lap. Your life suddenly changed so much.
Right. I would go from job to job. I did some guest stars and I did some films, but I would always have to come back to my day job because I wasn’t making enough money to support myself. And I did commercials, all those things to try to make money on the side. And I was lucky I had a nanny boss who was so supportive of my career. If I called her and said ‘I have an audition’, she’d be like, ‘It’s okay, I’ll pick up the kids and you can go’.
So when you have a day off now, how’s your life compared to then?
The days off are much less. But to be honest, Kat (Dennings) and I just like to rest on our days off. We don’t get to spend a lot of time outdoors because we’re in a studio most of the week. So I like to hike or go for a run outside.
Do you drag Kat on these hikes?
It’s funny. Kat and I and our boyfriends travelled overseas last year, and I didn’t have to drag her out then. We (Behrs and Dennings) did a photo shoot in Milan, then went to Paris. We had the best trip. And our boyfriends are really good friends too. It all worked out. Kat and I didn’t know each other before but have become so close.
The show pushes boundaries. Do you ever get shocked when you read the scripts?
Oh, of course. We shoot in front of a live audience, but we also are changing our jokes every take. Well, not us, but the writers are. So there might be a really shocking joke that I’ve never heard before and I have to just say it out loud in front of the audience. And those are usually the takes they use because it’s so real. I’m definitely similar to Caroline. I mean, I’m definitely a glass half full type of person, and Caroline’s the eternal optimist. And I can definitely relate to her drive and business smarts. I’ve been wanting to be an actress since I was like three or four years old, so I relate to her kind of motivation to have her dream come true. 2 Broke Girls, Channel 9, Tuesday, 9pm I’mglad to hear other people are voicing their opinion about having difficulty with the loud background music or ‘‘ noise’’ in many TV shows and also movies and documentaries. Not only do I find it difficult, and my hearing is perfect, but my hearingimpaired father finds it impossible and therefore doesn’t bother and instead reads a book. It’s about time someone did a survey to see how many people feel the same and also see how this affects the ratings. Wake up producers. With the wonderful technology of today what’s the idea of making it so difficult to hear?
Turn off bad weather
I cannot fathom at all why My Kitchen Rules is doing so well. ‘‘ Cooks’’ often lack any culinary ability at all, lack common sense and turn up in their own kitchens unprepared. The show is a low-class soapie! Only now do I realise why it is so popular with viewers!
The priorities are wrong
I was disgusted while watching my favoured Channel 7 news when they proceeded to report about an American brick-laying competition with a couple of Australians in it. Then, a few minutes later, reported about the rising death toll due to the tsunami in the Solomon Islands. Get your priorities straight.
Sophie, email Are TV executives for real? Does the management at Channel 7 truly believe more people will watch their main news bulletin if they have a pleasant face presenting the weather instead of a qualified meteorologist? Could management be that stupid and viewers that fickle and shallow? Viewers should vote with their remotes and ensure Channel 7 management knows what a terrible mistake they have made and make them suffer even further in the ratings.
Wayne, Ringwood East
Cooks lack common sense
Bring back David Brown