Thanks to her sitcom’s success, Beth Behrs hardly is broke.
She and Kat Dennings are two of television’s most recognizable actresses as the stars of “2 Broke Girls,” Mondays on CBS, to the degree they were enlisted as hosts of the network’s telecast of the 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards recently. (Their series had two nominations, after winning favorite new TV comedy honors its first year.)
In the show’s third season, which has seen it return to its original slot after a move to a later time, the lively Behrs still feels good about the weekly misadventures of waitresses, roommates and cupcake-selling entrepreneurs Caroline and Max. “We got shifted around, but I think it’s all working out from what I can tell,” Behrs, aka “Caroline,” tells Zap2it.
The show also has opened up to include a pastry school plot involving recurring guest stars Gilles Marini and Mary-Lynn Rajskub (“24″). “It’s so new for Max and Caroline, but it’s also new for me and Kat,” Behrs reasons. “We’re used to it just being the two of us a lot of times, and now, we’ve had scenes with the boys. It’s been really fun.”
Now that Caroline knows the pastry chef she was crushing on (Marini) is married, “We’ve gotten to play the gamut of emotions,” Behrs says, “more this year than any other. Caroline has been thrown a curveball.”
For whatever else may happen on the show, “2 Broke Girls” — which has outlived co-creator Whitney Cummings‘ own NBC comedy, “Whitney” –stays true to its central characters working hard for a living, confirmed by once-wealthy Caroline having a less than extensive wardrobe.
“We always explain why, if there ever is anything new,” Behrs muses. “She finally got new pants this year … which was big. Having black pants is huge for Caroline, since she doesn’t wear any colors other than cream and brown.”
Birthplace: Lancaster, Pa.
Birth date: Dec. 26, 1985
Current residence: Los Angeles
Marital status: Single
Other television credits: “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Castle,” “Pretty Tough”
Movie credits: “Monsters University” (voice only), “American Pie Presents: The Book of Love,” “Adventures of Serial Buddies,” “Route 30, Too!” “Chasing Eagle Rock” (forthcoming)
On her rise to TV stardom: “It definitely happened quite fast. The funny thing is that it looked like it was overnight, but I’d been auditioning since I was 18 or 19, so it’s been a long road to get where I am.”
Favorite movie: ” ‘The Sound of Music’ made me want to be an actress. I actually had the pleasure of auditioning for Julie Andrews once; she was directing a Rodgers & Hammerstein tour, and I didn’t get the part because I looked like I was 5, but Julie brought my whole family back to her dressing room after. She was everything I ever could have hoped and more.”
Favorite television series you’re not in: “It’s hard to pick one, but at the moment, I’m on the train with everybody else with ‘Scandal.’ It’s gettin’ real good this year.”
Favorite singer: “I am dear friends with Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, and I think hers is one of the most beautiful voices out there, so I’ll say her.”