Judy Greer and Tyler Labine have both built pretty good careers out of playing best-friend and sidekick characters — Greer in “13 Going on 30,” “The Wedding Planner” and “27 Dresses,” Labine in “Reaper” and “Invasion.”
At first glance, it looks like they’re doing pretty much the same thing in CBS’ new comedy “Mad Love,” playing the best friends of new couple Ben (Jason Biggs) and Kate (Sarah Chalke). But they have their own full-fledged story as well: Labine’s Larry and Greer’s Connie have a hate-at-first-sight sort of relationship in Monday’s (Feb. 14) premiere, but it seems pretty clear that their mutual hatred might turn into something else as the show progresses.
“There are people you meet who you immediately have that banter with — I know I have, and usually I’m pretty attracted to those people,” Labine tells Zap2it. “This isn’t that rare, I think. When you can sort of look forward to jabbing someone in the ribs all day — because life would be kind of boring otherwise — I think you find yourself being sort of attracted to it.”
And as Greer notes in the video below, hatred is usually better than indifference: “What’s worse is the middle, where you don’t care,” she says. “Hating and loving are both kind of heated emotions. You’re evoking a response.”
As for the best-friend aspects of their roles Greer and Labine say their characters are supportive of Ben and Kate’s relationship: “My character most of all likes to see Kate happy, and I think she genuinely likes Ben. … [But] I think part of the reason I like Ben so much is maybe I unconsciously like hanging out with Larry.”
Labine agrees that there might be some subconscious element to his approval of Ben and Kate dating, but there’s also something more basic at work: “Also the reason I’m totally supportive of Ben and Kate is that Kate’s hot. … I’m glad my boy is …” — you know.
Watch the clip below to hear Greer and Labine talk a little more about their characters, as well as Greer discovering a new way to spin her past best-friend roles and more. “Mad Love” premieres at 8:30 p.m. ET Monday on CBS.