The prospect of playing the lead role in Fox’s new series “Pivoting” was a nightmare for “Happy Ending” star Eliza Coupe.
“I’m usually very reluctant to play the role of a mother because I never wanted to put myself in that box, either in real life or on TV,” Coupe, 40, told The Post. “I’ve never been interested in having a traditional family show because I feel like it doesn’t fit into what I’ve chosen with my life.
“But I really had to look at it, like, ‘OK, but you’re an actor.’ Let’s be flexible in every way. So playing such a role is a great opportunity to learn what actually happens [a mother] , it’s not me. “
On Sunday, January 9 (20:30), Fox’s Pivoting, directed by Liz Astrof (“2 Perverted Girls”), lost a fourth member of its group to cancer. tells the story of three friends who encourage him to do so. make dramatic life changes and “turns”.
There is TV producer Amy (Coupe), who has two children, and she feels relieved to be a mother. housewife Jodi (Ginnifer Gudwin), who is more fitness and flirts with a coach at the gym; and Sarah (Meggie Q), a successful doctor who dropped out of medication to work in a grocery store.
Although Amy is different from who Kupe is in real life, she was inspired to justify her character.
The funny thing is, it was just like in the movie Happy Endings. That role is a far cry from who I am – being my wife, ”said Coupe Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.), referring to the popular ABC series starring Jane.
“Even though I’m married, I’m not married now, and housework in general is very difficult for me,” she said. “So why am I divorced. But as I approached Happy Endings, I became acquainted with the women I grew up with, my aunts, and my mother’s old New England roots. With this show, I was in the same moment: “Can I do this?” And I pressed [showrunner Liz Astrof]. He’s some kind of alter-ego or Amy is his alter-ego.
Coupe also didn’t want to play the role of a mother in the past because she didn’t see many opportunities in what was offered.
“Now the situation in female roles has changed dramatically, but in the past playing the role of wife or girlfriend or mother – usually men playing more roles or comedy – I never liked it,” she said. he said. “He is usually portrayed as a stock market hero. And you can’t remember these people. “Oh, she was the wife of that joker. She was the mother of that funny kid. I think now [that] things have changed, so I took on that role. We, as a team, have made female roles more versatile.
In addition to Pivoting and Happy Endings, Coupe has had prolific careers in Scrubs, Future Man and Quantico, but he says Happy Endings is still the thing that binds him the most. . with, although this series will be short-lived in 2011-2013.
“The funniest thing that’s happening lately is when I’m at a yoga class or a supermarket and people say,‘ I didn’t recognize your face, but I heard your voice and that way I knew you were. . ‘ This is funny. People are finding me on Instagram and they are asking: when will the next season of “Happy Ending” come out? And I said, “You’re late for the party, and the ship has sailed!” I think. “
But if there is an opportunity to revive this series, he will participate, he said. “One hundred percent. Absolutely. ”