Since I went for Kat Dennings at the 2 Broke Girls panel for the Television Critics Association, I still needed to talk to the other broke girl. Beth Behrs, sweetheart from American Pie Presents: The Book of Love, made time for me on the phone after a day of work on the sitcom. She plays Caroline, the rich girl whose father lost all the family money in a ponzi scheme.
CraveOnline: How are you doing today?
Beth Behrs: I’m great, I’m great. We taped last night and had an excellent table read this morning so it’s good. It’s awesome.
CraveOnline: What funny trouble is Caroline getting into this week?
Beth Behrs: Lots of funny trouble. I can’t give anything away but I promise you it will be hilarious.
CraveOnline: Is this only episode 2 or are you further along?
Beth Behrs: We finished episode 2 last night and started episode 3 this morning.
CraveOnline: Caroline seems positive no matter what’s happening to her. Have you always had a positive outlook?
Beth Behrs: It’s probably safe to say yes. I always try to find the best in every situation, although like Caroline, sometimes you just lose it. You can’t take it anymore.
CraveOnline: A rich, even formerly rich character could be unsympathetic. How do you keep her sweet?
Beth Behrs: Well, I think the thing about Caroline is even though she’s come from all that money and obviously has that entitled side to her, she has a heart. There’s not a mean bone in her body. Even when things that she says to Max are literally out of being a fish out of water. She’s never trying to be facetious. It’s more just an honest reaction to being in a situation she’s never had to face before. I think having gone to Wharton Business School, she has a certain smarts about her that help her get through as well, without seeming too entitled and snobby.
CraveOnline: She’s so happy, will she ever break down?
Beth Behrs: I don’t know. We’ve only done the first couple but I can say yes, there are some moments that take Caroline out of her element even further.
CraveOnline: What kind of guys is she going to be dating?
Beth Behrs: I would love to find out who I get to date. I’m sure that’s coming. They won’t tell us anything until literally when we get the script. We got the script at 1AM when we finished filming yesterday for the next episode so I really don’t know until the last minute.
CraveOnline: Are you up at 1 reading it?
Beth Behrs: I discovered what to do last night. I read it once before I went to bed, like in bed after the taping. Then I read it a couple times through this morning before we had the table read. Because it’s hard to let everything go, all the lines you learned from doing the whole episode the night before to a whole new script. Your brain’s kind of like, “Wait, what? New words? Okay.”
CraveOnline: Has playing this role made you think about the Wall Street crooks we’ve seen?
Beth Behrs: It’s made me think a lot about what it must feel like to literally have no concern about money. My parents are both in education so I don’t come from lots of money but it’s really made me think about literally what that must feel like to go from having everything to nothing. People who’ve had to work hard their whole lives and work a billion jobs to make it and scrape by and pay their rent, it’s their day to day. To have that forced upon you having never experienced that before is a really fun character to play. It’s fun to try to find those moments where there’s also some moments where Caroline realizes “oh my God, I really have nothing.” Thank God she has Max because that’s really the one thing she has right now, and the diner.
CraveOnline: And a horse.
Beth Behrs: And a horse. Oh, and Chestnut, who will be back. I will say Chestnut is back.
CraveOnline: Was that difficult sitting on the horse?
Beth Behrs: Yes. The horse wasn’t wasn’t very happy with us. We kept moving because at first we did it without a saddle and we were sliding off his back. In order to make him go, you clench your thighs, so we kept basically telling him to go. It was crazy.
CraveOnline: Even before the ponzi schemes got exposed, I always had a distrust of Wall Street people. If someone says, “Hey, give me all your money, I’ll make more for you” I say no thanks, that sounds fishy, I’ll just keep it.
Beth Behrs: Right, yeah. I don’t know, it’s interesting. I don’t know about that Wall Street.
CraveOnline: Where will you be on Monday nights at 8:30?
Beth Behrs: Watching 2 Broke Girls! Definitely when it first starts airing, I’ll have all my friends over to watch and my family. It’ll be awesome.
CraveOnline: How is the yellow waitress uniform?
Beth Behrs: Oh, it’s actually vintage fabric. Our amazing costume designer actually found this fabric that not a lot of it exists. The uniforms we have, the couple we each have, is it. There’s none of that fabric out there at least as far as we know, other than what we have. It’s pretty cool actually. She did a great job designing them. And with the Louis Vuitton and jewelry, I think Caroline rocks it. Even if it is too big for her.
CraveOnline: If those are the only two copies, they better not have any hilarious spills or kitchen disasters.
Beth Behrs: Unless there are secret tricks to getting it all out.
CraveOnline: When was the last time you were broke?
Beth Behrs: Right before I got 2 Broke Girls. I was nannying as my day job and I worked at The Geffen Playhouse, a stage theater in Westwood. I worked there all throughout college and then continued to work there, and nannied. I’ve done it all. I did temp work, I waitressed, I nannied.
CraveOnline: Do you have any tips for other broke struggling actors?
Beth Behrs: Always make sure you have your rent. At the end of the month, if you have to eat Ramen for a week because you won’t have your rent money, just do it but make sure your rent is all there so you’re not stressing about that. As long as you have your rent at least you have somewhere to live. Make someone cook for you.
CraveOnline: Where did you waitress?
Beth Behrs: I was a waitress at Chile’s and I was horrible at it.
CraveOnline: What did you mess up?
Beth Behrs: I dropped drinks on a whole table, a party of 10, my first night. It was aweful.
CraveOnline: Did they still tip?
Beth Behrs: No, the manager had to come over and take the table for the rest of the night.
CraveOnline: I would tip even if something goes wrong, because I’d figure you’re having a bad night.
Beth Behrs: Oh, you’re a nice person then. People in restaurant, like in the first scene where [Max] gets snapped at, people are not as nice as you. People are mean.
CraveOnline: What has been happening for you since American Pie: Book of Love?
Beth Behrs: I did a couple of guest stars and a couple of smaller indie films. Then I was so lucky to get this. This is obviously my biggest job to date and it’s been a dream come true to work with Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings. I was a huge fan of both of them before and Kat Dennings as well. I thought this before I met her and now I think it even more. I think she’s one of the best actresses of our age range out there. She’s just so real and honest and funny and she’s a great person to. She’s really fun to work with. She’s awesome. We really hit it off. It’s kind of weird how it feels like we’ve known each other since we were like five years old. It feels like I’ve known her my whole life but I’m so lucky to have her. I don’t think I could’ve gotten through the pilot without her.
CraveOnline: Who are your best girlfriends in real life?
Beth Behrs: My best girlfriends are the girls I went to college with at UCLA. A couple of them live in New York and then a couple of them still live out here in L.A. They’re my girls. And now Kat actually.
CraveOnline: How did you land the show?
Beth Behrs: My agent got me an audition and I went in on a pre-read for the casting director. Then she showed my tape around to Michael and Whitney. I read for them and then I came back and read for them one more time I think. Then I had a test at Warner Brothers and then a test at CBS and then another test for everyone with Kat. Kat, which was so nice of her, flew out from Florida where she was filming another movie. For literally two hours on a Sunday morning, she flew in at 8 in the morning, tested with me for an hour and then flew back to Florida to be on set by that night. It was so nice of her to do that and it was instant from the moment we met. It was like oh, this is going to work. This is awesome.
CraveOnline: So were you always up for Caroline?
Beth Behrs: Yes, I never read for Max or anything else.
CraveOnline: How did you like the Television Critics Association day?
Beth Behrs: I had no idea what to expect but I thought it was great. It was also nice to have Michael and Whitney there too to talk about the show. That was really fun and I felt like it went awesome. I felt like it was a good time. That was a fun day and a fun party that night. That ice cream station was amazing.