Exclusive: Partners Taps Workaholics Actress as Sophia Bush's Cousin

Jillian BellCBS’ Partners is adding a real Workaholic to the cast.

Jillian Bell (Workaholics) has landed a recurring role on the new comedy series as Renata, the second cousin of Sophia Bush’s character, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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Not only is Renata related to Bush’s Ali, she’s also employed at her jewelry store. Described as “a work-in-progress,” Renata is a bit of a personal and professional mess, who’s suffered a string of bad relationships and recently got fired from her truck stop diner job because of nerves. Still, she’s determined to hold onto her gig at Ali’s place of business.

Written and executive-produced by David Kohan and Max Mutchnick (Will & Grace), Partners follows two architects and lifelong friends — the straight Charlie (David Krumholtz) and the gay Louis (Michael Urie) — and their significant others (Bush and Brandon Routh, respectively), who often play second fiddle to Charlie and Louis’ marriage-like relationship.

In addition to Comedy Central’s Workaholics, Bell’s credits include Friends With Benefits, Franklin & Bash and Worst Week.

Partners debuts Monday, Sept. 24 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS.

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