Rex Lee has created some memorable television characters in his career. We first got to know him as the most dedicated gay assistant in the world, Lloyd, on HBO’s “Entourage” (and he’ll be back in the big screen version) before moving into the role of school guidance counselor Mr. Wolfe on ABC’s “Suburgatory.”
Now, Lee has stepped into a new role opposite Emily Osment and Jonathan Sadowski in ABC Family’s new sitcom, “Young and Hungry,” which premieres tonight.
In the new series, Osment plays a ‘young and hungry’ personal chef Gabi, who gets hired to work for wealthy entrepreneur Sadowski, who happens to have a bitchy, territorial aide named Elliot Park, played by Lee.
Earlier this week, Lee fielded questions from me about the new series and his take on his new character.
Could you describe the relationship between your character Elliot and Gabi? Elliot definitely isn’t her biggest supporter in the beginning. Will that change?
Rex Lee: Their relationship is definitely evolving. The thing about Elliot is he is not a monster, he has a heart. Therefore, the fact that his perspective of Gabi is that she doesn’t always have it together [but] I think that he often has compassion for her. I certainly think that Elliot is a person who thinks that as long as you can take his guff, he’s going to give you his guff. Any time that she’s feeling good, he’s probably going to be razzing her a little bit.
Will we see your character dating on ‘Young & Hungry’ like we did with Mr. Wolfe on ‘Suburgatory?’
RL: Yes! I will admit that my character has not had a love interest in any of the episodes we’ve filmed so far but I’m certainly hopeful that in the future Elliot will have a love interest. I’m really hopeful about that for sure.
Other things we learned from Lee about his new character and series…
Elliot likes to be the man in charge: You might not want to get in Elliot’s way if you know what’s good for you. Lee explained, “My character, Elliot, likes to be in control. I’m not going to say he’s controlling; I’m not going to say he’s a control freak, but he likes to rule the roost.”
Learning from his co-star: While Lee admitted he didn’t know Osment from her best known work as Miley Cyrus’s BFF on “Hannah Montana,” he’s definitely learning from her. “She’s just such a pro at such a young age, and I have to say that she really surprises me all the time,” he said. “Every time I’m watching Emily at her work, she’s always doing and saying things in a way that’s completely surprising to me and is really delightful as a surprise.”
Thin line between Rex and Elliot: The actor admits that he may be closer to his character than even he’d like to admit. “I don’t like to admit this at all, because I think it’s a character flaw of mine,” Lee explained, “but I think to the extent that Elliot goes out into the world and has judgments about other people, I can relate to that. I’m not proud of it, but I can relate to that. I think that Elliot certainly has a desire for the world around him to be orderly and clean, everything right in its place, and I am like that. The hilarious thing as I’m looking around my place right now and if I just have order in things, I would be lost; I’m a slob that wishes everything around me was neat!”
“Young and Hungry” airs Wednesdays at 8pm on ABCFamily.
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