Interview: Rex Lee on the upcoming Young & Hungry wedding – Exclusive
Elliot Park from Young & Hungry is one of ABC Family’s most lovable and hilarious characters. During our recent chat with Rex Lee, the actor who brings Elliot to life, we got the scoop on what to expect from this week’s #WeddingWednesday season 2 finale, as well as how Elliot feels about Josh and what the cast did to celebrate Young & Hungry getting picked up for a third season. Read our full interview with Rex Lee below:
So Alan and Elliot are finally getting married, and we get a whole hour for next week’s season finale! What can you tell us about what to expect?
Rex Lee: For our characters, it’s about that road to the actual wedding and the obstacles we meet along the way. First we’re preparing for the wedding, and one of the grooms is feeling a little left out of the preparations, so that’s a problem! We get through that, but then we go to the spiritual leader and we’re trying to act like we’re too perfect a couple, but he’s not buying it. He doesn’t want to give us the blessing and we don’t know what the problem is, but it eventually resolves itself. And then – spoiler alert – the wedding happens! We get married!
There’s a lot going on with Gabi, Josh, and Josh’s brother Jake. Does Elliot find a way to make the spotlight shine back on him in the end?
Honestly, I think Elliot is just so fixated on his own life at those moments that he’s not really paying too much attention to what’s going on with them. He’s aware of it but he’s not involved or worrying about them too much. He’s concentrated on his own things, and they all come around. They’re all at the wedding, so it all works out for them.
Alan and Elliot first met in college, but it was actually Gabi who reunited them in season 2, which led to them first dating and eventually getting engaged. Is there any chance of Elliot ever thanking her for that, or would he prefer to conveniently forget that little detail?
Well, that’s a good question! I think he’s probably aware that that’s how it all went down and he has her to thank for it, but at the end of episode 2×4, he doesn’t want everyone to fixate on that too much because he’s trying to shave a few years off his life and he’s already saying that although they met at college, he’s two years younger than Alan, even though it’s not true!
Elliot has been holding a torch for Josh since the beginning of the series – do you think he’ll ever get over his feelings?
He’s about to get married, and I don’t think his love for Alan is false in any way – that’s true love. I think at this point, [his feelings for Josh] are a little bit of a joke. He talks about Josh in that way, but I think that Elliot is a healthy gay man who understands that straight men are straight and therefore they’re just not likely to be husband material for a gay man.
Elliot is Josh’s assistant and publicist, but this isn’t the first time you’ve played an assistant on a TV show. If your character Lloyd from Entourage met Elliot, how do you think the two of them would react to each other?
I think they would intensely dislike each other! I think that Lloyd doesn’t have a whole lot of use for people that can’t help him professionally, and I think Elliot would probably think Lloyd had a stick up his butt a little bit!
Lastly, congratulations on the season 3 renewal!
Thank you! It’s really exciting!
Where were you when you heard the news, and did the cast do anything special?
Well, like the way things always happen these days in 2015, I was sitting in front of my computer. I probably was on Twitter and saw one of the trades post an announcement about it. It doesn’t always happen like this, but I think I was probably the first cast member that was aware of it and I sent a mass email to my boss David Holden and the other actors. We congratulated each other a lot, and the cast members did go out and have dinner together. To congratulate us on the pickup, a publicist who represents a restaurant said “Hey, please go to this restaurant and have anything you want to eat and drink, and it’s all going to be comped.” The five of us got together and had a really nice dinner, so that happened! And then, unlike either of the first two seasons, we’re probably gonna have the same director direct the entirety of season 3, so that’s new and unusual. It’s a director we all like and are excited to work with, so he’s invited us all to a party before we start shooting. And this isn’t related to season 3 exactly, but when the finale of season 2 airs, Emily’s having a little get-together at her place, so we know how to get together and have fun with each other. We do that a lot!
Tune in to ABC Family on Wednesday at 8/7c for the Young & Hungry season 2 finale!