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Parenthood Scoop: Lost Vet Has Designs on Joel

Parenthood Season 5 Sonya WalgerA Lost alum has found herself smack in the middle of Joel and Julia’s marriage.

Sources confirm to TVLine that Parenthood has tapped Sonya Walger to join the Season 5 cast in the recurring role of Meredith, a sexy, confident fireball of an architect who is working with Sam Jaeger’s Joel on a two-year project.

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In the Sept. 26 premiere, Joel and Julia invite Mer over for dinner and she inadvertently makes Julia feel self-conscious about being a stay-at-home mom. Julia views her as a bit of a threat, even though she isn’t consciously trying to be.

In addition to playing Penny on Lost, Walger’s credits include ABC’s FlashForward and USA Network’s Common Law.

Comments (32)

  • Julia could feel self-conscious watering a plant.

    Comment by Lorraine Wrede – July 11, 2013 05:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So will she play an American or will she use her real British accent ?

    Comment by Keith – July 11, 2013 05:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by Elly – July 11, 2013 06:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Amazing casting!!! Now I’m even more excited for the fifth season (if that’s even possible!)

    Comment by BH – July 11, 2013 06:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s funny her character’s name is Meredith because when she was on Lost, all I could think of was that she and Ellen Pompeo could play sisters

    Comment by Abby – July 11, 2013 06:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They’d better not do anything to ruin Joel/Julia, they have such an inspirational relationship; its not perfect but they are fully committed to each other.
    And even if she has her eyes on Joel, they’d better not make him undermine that promise he made to Julia a few seasons back, that he’d never cheat on her. Its just not his character.

    Comment by liz – July 11, 2013 07:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Julia does enough on her own to cause that kind trouble to her marriage.

      Comment by Evan – July 12, 2013 06:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope she’s not the cause of Parenthood to go down??? Her last 2 shows fizzled.. Common Law had an especially short run ….even shorter than Flash Forward…

    Comment by drhenning – July 12, 2013 07:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And don’t forget her main role on “Mind of the Married Man”, it died after only a season or two. It seems that she’s a series killer. ;-)

      Comment by Mike Murphy – July 12, 2013 09:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • One guest star isn’t going to bring a show down.

      Comment by Keith – July 12, 2013 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not happy that she will come between Joel and Julia.

    Comment by sara – July 12, 2013 07:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nothing better mess up Joel/Julia! Also I don’t to end up hating Penny :(

    Comment by gabby – July 12, 2013 08:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wish they would show Julia to be a confident stay at home mother who knows that everyone has a path in and being home with her children, is in no way inferior to, being a working mom….she should be proud ! It seems SAHM are looked down upon enough in society. Women are applauded if they “can do it all” and….it is honorable for her to want to devote more time to her children. They grow up so fast! Just a thought :)

    Comment by becky – July 12, 2013 09:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why do shows constantly do this type of storyline with marriages? There has been enough marital strife on the show involving infidelity; Zeek’s previous affair, Adams earlier temptation with a co-worker, and Crosby’s indiscretions.

    Parenthood has played with marriage infidelity already, find a fresh storyline.

    Comment by Snow – July 12, 2013 09:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • YES!!!

      Comment by Adnaram – July 12, 2013 09:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes! Agreed. I know it creates drama but why can’t we show a healthy, albeit not easy, marriage relationship, such a rare find these days?!

      Comment by Angie – July 12, 2013 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed!!!!!

      Comment by Kara – July 12, 2013 10:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree with you, Snow.

      Comment by Blinged Up – July 13, 2013 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. There’s enough drama in every family to explore without the drama of infidelity with every marriage. Come on writers, get original.

      Comment by Mel – July 18, 2013 01:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I couldn’t agree with you more. I am sick of TV portraying nearly every marriage on the brink of divorce and with one or both spouses having affairs. God forbid they show two people who respect and love each other enough not to fool around. If parenthood decides to go down that same old road again, I’m done with it.

      Comment by blancaster60 – July 22, 2013 07:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • In response to the post concerning Julia’s decision the stay at home, I actually like that Julia struggles with being a stay at home mother. I think it is a very legitimate struggle that a woman faces. Not only are we inundated with messages to be good mothers and if we’re not staying at home with our kids we aren’t all that great or care about our children yet if we do choose to stay home then we do ourselves a disservice by not accomplishing our career goals. So to have a very career oriented woman like Julia who’s career is very much a part if her identity who then chooses to be a SAHM is a huge transition that takes time to adjust to. I applaud the writers for making this a part of their show because I feel it is a struggle most woman today face. However, I don’t alway care the way Julia’s character makes a big to do on some issues but its an important one nonetheless. As for this issue with potential marital threats, I agree that it is not in Joel’s character at all and I don’t think there is anything wrong with the continuity of his character so writers please don’t shake that up! If anything let it be yet another example of Joel’s love and integrity to Julia!

    Comment by Veronica – July 12, 2013 09:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • We (society) needs more good role models for successful marriages. Your show has done this with their relationship. Please keep Julia and Joel’s marriage intact. They have a good, realistic marriage. Leave it alone.

    Comment by Judy – July 12, 2013 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sorry Parenthood writers, but don’t Julia and Joel have a biological child and an adopted one? Can we please focus on the relationship between them instead of writing in stupid character to go between the husband and wive? This is beyond lame and I’m very angry about this development.

    Comment by Lars – July 12, 2013 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by Melissa Mens – July 12, 2013 10:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LMFAO!! So true! Im happy she-ll make an appearance just coz ill be happy to see her, but not loving the storyline…… maybe it will turn around and while Julia may have the impression that she’s after Joel, she might also turn out to prefer women and become Joel’s confidante….. that would be great, to have the storyline turn differently thank we think!

      Comment by Lipstick Socialism – July 13, 2013 12:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is such an overdone story line on so many shows. c’mon writers you can do better! Leave them alone, they have a strong marriage which is hard to find these days!

    Comment by Tina Vecchio – July 12, 2013 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Really! Already have it going on with the other sister…. next will Adam’s wife?

    Comment by Robin Mitschke – July 13, 2013 02:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like Julia and Joel but I love Sonya so I am so looking forward to her role on the show.

    Comment by Olivia – July 27, 2013 06:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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