“I’m so used to seeing perfect women on TV, and that drives me crazy,” Osment tells TVLine. “This girl is a total wreck, and she’s so much fun to play. She’s also inspiring; hopefully young girls watching will be able to see that people mess up every day and it’s totally fine. As long as you’re driven and you have a goal, you’ll be OK.”
Premiering Wednesday at 8/7c, Young & Hungry follows Osment (Hannah Montana) as Gabi Diamond, a food blogger who lands a plum job as the private chef of tech millionaire Josh Kaminski ($#*! My Dad Says‘ Jonathan Sadowski) — before landing next to him in bed.
“You don’t get the romance part of it in the premiere, just get the sexual tension,” Osment says of Gabi and Josh’s “office” romance. “That’s what the whole rest of the first season is about: Do they love each other? Should she quit [because it’s awkward]?”
Explains Sadowski, “We explore the idea of us being together, but we also explore the idea of us not being together. And, technically, she gets the job before she sleeps with me.” (That’s an important distinction.)
Adding to the complication of Gabi and Josh’s will-they-or-won’t-they-again dynamic is the constant presence of Josh’s housekeeper Yolanda (The Cleveland Show‘s Kym Whitley) and personal assistant Elliot (Entourage‘s Rex Lee), neither of whom can help but get over-involved in their employer’s personal life.
“It’s like playing a game of Clue every week,” Osment says of the dynamics in Josh’s apartment. “It’s very clever and so much fun.”
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