Caitlin FitzGer­ald

OF ‘SWEETBITTE­R’ ON STARZ

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

How much has your wine and food knowl­edge grown since you started do­ing “Sweetbitte­r”?

(Laughs) Sig­nif­i­cantly. I will say I called all of my foodie friends when I got the job and I was like, “What books do I need to read and where do I need to eat?” The re­search for this job was re­ally sat­is­fy­ing and fun. I’m still a novice with wine but I cer­tainly know more and I had a re­ally good time re­search­ing (laughs) . ... I wouldn’t say I’m 100 per­cent flu­ent but I have a lot more knowl­edge, cer­tainly, and I’ve read some books about wine and I’ve watched the movies and I’ve drunk a sig­nif­i­cant amount (laughs) of wine. Re­search. En­tirely re­search.

What ini­tially at­tracted you to your role of al­pha wait­ress Si­mone?

It felt re­ally close to home, this story, in par­tic­u­lar. I was grad­u­at­ing col­lege in 2006, the year that our show was set, and I was wait­ing ta­bles in New York City and it was a re­ally for­ma­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for me. And there’s some­thing about be­ing young in New York and kind of find­ing your way that I felt re­ally res­onated with me and felt in­cred­i­bly nostalgic and beau­ti­ful. And that was sort of the im­pe­tus for me to join in. And I thought the con­tra­dic­tions and the com­pli­ca­tions of Si­mone were re­ally in­ter­est­ing.

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