Two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster currently stars as Liza Miller on TV Land's critically acclaimed and buzzy series "Younger." Created by Darren Star ("Sex and the City") and styled by the iconic Patricia Field, the series centers on a 40-year-old suburban single mother, Liza, who reinvents herself as a 26-year-old in order to get a job at a publishing company.
Previously, Foster starred as Michelle Simms on Amy Sherman-Palladino’s ABC Family series “Bunheads.” The series is about a ballerina turned Las Vegas showgirl who gets married on a whim and winds up teaching alongside her new mother-in-law at her ballet school in a sleepy coastal town. Foster earned a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in the role. Foster recently reunited with Amy Sherman-Palladino, as she had a guest-starring role on the highly anticipated Netflix revival “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.”
Sutton recently starred in the title role of the New Group’s 50th anniversary revival of "Sweet Charity," for which she earned Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Drama League nominations for her performance. Directed by "Violet" director Leigh Silverman, the show ran at the Pershing Square Signature Center in November 2016. Sutton previously starred in the title role of Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s Tony-nominated Broadway revival "Violet," earning Tony, Drama League, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nominations for her performance. Sutton performed the role of Violet in the acclaimed concert performance at City Center Encores! Off-Center in July 2013. Sutton also recently appeared onstage as Queenie in New York City Center Encores! Off-Center’s production of "The Wild Party" in July 2015.
Perhaps best known for her role as Reno Sweeney in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of "Anything Goes" at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Foster earned a 2011 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, the Fred and Adele Astaire and Broadway.com's Audience Favorite Awards for her performance as a former evangelist, now nightclub singer, aboard an ocean liner sailing from New York to London.
Under the direction of Michael Mayer, Sutton previously starred as Millie Dillmount, a young, modern woman from Kansas who travels to New York City intending to marry for money, in the 2002 Broadway production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the Marquis Theatre. Originating the role, Foster established herself as one of the greatest talents in the industry and earned a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards for her performance.
In addition to her Tony-winning performances, Foster originated numerous notable roles, most recently Princess Fiona in Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire’s "Shrek the Musical" at The Broadway Theatre. Starring opposite Brian d'Arcy James, she won her second Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical and was nominated for Tony, Drama League and Drama Desk Awards. Foster also originated the role of Inga, the yodeling lab assistant to Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, in Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan’s parody of the horror film genre "Young Frankenstein" at Foxwoods Theatre.
Her performance as Janet van de Graaff in Casey Nicholaw’s "The Drowsy Chaperone" at the Marquis Theatre in 2006 earned her Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Ovation Award nominations. Previously, Sutton took on the role of Jo, the brassy tomboy and aspiring writer in the 2005 Broadway production of "Little Women" directed by Susan H. Schulman at the Virginia Theatre. For this role, she earned Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Among her other theater credits are: "Les Miserables," "The Scarlet Pimpernel," "Annie" and "Grease." In addition, Foster made her Off-Broadway debut as Prudence in Paul Weitz's comedy "Trust," which showed at Second Stage Theatre and starred Zach Braff, Bobby Cannavale and Ari Graynor.
As a solo artist, Sutton has toured the country with her hit solo concert, which featured songs from her debut solo CD “Wish” as well as her follow up CD “An Evening with Sutton Foster: Live at the Cafe Carlyle.” She has also graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series and many others.
Foster was first seen on television on “Star Search” at the young age of 15 and has more recently appeared in HBO’s comedy series “Flight of the Conchords,” USA Network’s “Royal Pains,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Elementary.” She has also made guest appearances on the well-known children's series Disney’s “Johnny and the Sprites” and PBS’s “Sesame Street.”
In 2014, Sutton made her feature film debut in Phil Alden Robinson’s "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn." Featuring an all-star cast including Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo and James Earl Jones, the film tells the story of a physician who accidentally tells an obnoxious patient that he has a brain aneurysm and only 90 minutes to live. As the patient races around the city trying to right his wrongs, the doctor attempts to find him during what he believes are the last moments of his life. Sutton also appeared as Kerry in James Roday’s Halloween comedy horror film "Gravy."
Debi Mazar stars as Maggie on the critically acclaimed TV Land comedy "Younger," from "Sex and the City" creator Darren Star. Maggie is the best friend of Liza (Sutton Foster) and helps her keep a huge secret: She's actually 40, not 26 as she pretends to be to reboot her career. As things unravel, Liza can always count on Maggie’s friendship.
Debi is an acclaimed actress who made her feature film debut in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas." A native New Yorker, she is best known for her outstanding portrayals of edgy, sharp-tongued characters in over 70 films, television shows and stage productions. Her extensive on-screen work includes films with legendary directors Woody Allen, Michael Mann, Oliver Stone and Joel Schumacher. She also starred in her own television sitcom "Temporarily Yours" and was known for her role as hard-charging publicist Shauna on the HBO series "Entourage," which earned her and the cast a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2004. She also appeared in the film version, which premiered in the summer of 2015.
She and her husband Gabriele Corcos created, direct, produce and host their hit Cooking Channel show, originally titled "Extra Virgin," inviting viewers into their Brooklyn home as they prepare the Tuscan foods they know so well. The show relaunched as "Extra Virgin Americana" in 2016, and Debi and Gabriele were honored with a James Beard Foundation Award in the category Television Program in a Studio or Fixed Location. The couple also released their first cookbook, the New York Times best seller "Extra Virgin" from Clarkson Potter in 2014.
Debi, her husband and their two daughters currently divide their time between their home in Brooklyn and a 14th-century house outside of Florence, Italy.
Actor, director and photographer Charles Michael Davis has joined the cast as a season regular on TV Land's critically acclaimed series “Younger,” from “Sex and the City” creator Darren Star. Davis, who plays Zane Anders, is Kelsey’s (Hilary Duff) on-again, off-again love interest and work rival. During Season 4, both Zane and Kelsey participate in what seemed to be a frivolous Twitter feud, taking work-related digs at each other; however, this ultimately led to Zane stealing L.L. Moore, one of Empirical’s biggest authors. Somehow always managing to stir the pot, Zane leaves his position as an editor at his former company to join forces with Empirical. Forced to work with each other, Zane and Kelsey must navigate a rhythm to coexist without letting the past interfere.
Best known for his role as Marcel Gerard, Davis played a charismatic vampire on The CW’s hit drama “The Originals” for four consecutive seasons. Hailing from Dayton, Ohio, Davis moved to Los Angeles where he landed recurring roles on ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth,” Lifetime's “The Client List” and BET’s “The Game.” In 2013, Davis also had a seven-episode arc on “Grey’s Anatomy” as Dr. Jason Myers.
When he isn’t acting, Davis is a health and fitness buff whose regime includes everything from ballroom dancing to Muay Thai to yoga. He was a decorated track athlete at Miami University, where he attended college. Davis also enjoys the arts; he is a talented painter and photographer and is currently learning how to play piano.
Actress and singer Miriam Shor was born in Minneapolis and at sixth months old moved to Venice, Italy, where her academic father was teaching and studying. It was there her love of theater started, when she saw her first opera at the age of two. She began doing plays in high school and went on to be among the first people to receive a BFA from the theater program from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as well as a BA in English. After graduation, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in theater.
Shor currently stars alongside Sutton Foster on the hit TV Land series "Younger," from "Sex and the City" creator Darren Star. Shor plays Diana Trout a.k.a. "Trout Pout," the temperamental head of marketing at the publishing house where Liza (Foster) got a job by pretending to be 26 years old -- 14 years younger than she actually is. Shor made her television directorial debut with an episode on the series's fifth season. She is also on the final season of FX’s “The Americans” portraying a bedridden cancer patient and wife of a nuclear arms negotiator.
In the early 1990s, Shor landed a variety of roles in many Off-Broadway productions, the most successful of which was the rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," by John Cameron Mitchell, in which she played drag queen Yitzhak. In 2001, she starred in the musical's critically successful film adaptation and, in 2002, received an Outfest Screen Idol Award for her Yitzhak portrayal. She also lent her voice to the film's Grammy-nominated soundtrack. Having gone back to her theater roots many times, Shor has worked with a range of renowned artists such as Stephen Sondheim, Terrence McNally and Lanford Wilson as well as many young, up-and-coming writers. In 2016, Shor co-starred in the Public Theater’s “extraordinarily moving drama” (The New York Times) “Sweat” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, which received a Tony nomination for best play.
In addition to "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," Shor has appeared in more than a dozen films throughout her career, including Mary Stuart Masterson's drama "The Cake Eaters," the comedy "Bedazzled" with Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley and "Puerto Ricans in Paris" alongside Luis Guzman and Edgar Garcia.
Shor’s television credits include playing Cricket Caruth-Reilly, a strong-willed businesswoman with an apparently perfect marriage, on ABC's 2012 comedy series "GCB" alongside Leslie Bibb, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Aspen, Marisol Nichols and Annie Potts. Further credits include: "Then Came You," "Inside Schwartz," "Big Day" and "Swingtown." She also appeared on the first and third seasons of the FX drama "Damages," the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce" and as the dogged reporter Mandy Post on the fourth, fifth and sixth seasons of the "The Good Wife." Her guest-star credits include “The Mysteries of Laura,” "Becker," "The West Wing," "My Name Is Earl," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "Bored to Death."
Shor speaks fluent Italian, having grown up splitting her time between Detroit and first Venice, then Torino, Italy. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Manhattan. She also loves to travel, but having established her status as a true New Yorker, hates driving.
An actress across film, television and theater, Molly Bernard is most recognizable for her role as feisty publicist Lauren Heller on TV Land’s “Younger.” Best friend to Kelsey Peters (Hilary Duff), and by extension, Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), Lauren always manages to spice up any situation with her quirky comments and eccentric personality.
Bernard also co-stars as the flashback version of Shelly Pfefferman (Judith Light) in the Emmy-winning Amazon series “Transparent.” Last fall, Bernard co-starred alongside Tom Hanks in the film “Sully,” directed by Clint Eastwood. She also made her Off-Broadway debut to critical acclaim in the Soho Rep production of Alice Birch's “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” Bernard’s diverse film credits include “Pay It Forward,” directed by Mimi Leder, and “The Intern,” directed by Nancy Meyers.
On television, Bernard co-starred opposite John Goodman in Amazon’s comedy series “Alpha House,” appeared on HBO’s “High Maintenance” and had a role on NBC’s “Blindspot.” Bernard received her Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and her MFA from the prestigious Yale School of Drama. She has also studied at the Moscow Art Theatre and trained extensively and performed with the SITI Company.
In 2014, Bernard received the Leonore Annenberg Performing Arts Fellowship from the Lincoln Center
Actor Nico Tortorella is a Renaissance human for the modern day. An actor, podcast host, seeker and dedicated champion of the LGBTQIA+ community, they are using their voice to help break down stereotypes and educate themself in the process.
Joel Schumacher was the first to identify Nico's natural and raw talent, casting them in two of his films, "Twelve" and "Trespass." They also portrayed the lead role of Carson in the independent "fictional documentary" cult film "Hunter & Game" and had a starring role in Stephen Sommers's "Odd Thomas" opposite Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe and Tim Robbins. They shot the HBO/Mike White pilot "Mamma Dallas" before going on to become a series regular opposite Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy on Fox's hugely successful series "The Following." Additional TV credits include "Menendez: Blood Brothers" for Lifetime (co-starring Courtney Love), but they have become best known for their role as Josh on Darren Starr's hit comedy series "Younger," which is garnering its highest ratings yet. Season 5 premiered on TV Land on June 5.
A longtime lover of theater, Nico sang and tap-danced opposite their "Younger" co-star Sutton Foster for four of her tour dates with The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2016 and made their theater debut in Jordan Jaffe's play "Crude," which earned rave reviews for Nico's portrayal of Jaime, most notably from The New York Times.
Nico began their journey with activism when they debuted their podcast in the summer of 2016. Titled "The Love Bomb," it was comprised of their original spoken word pieces as well as in-depth interviews exploring the all-encompassing topic of love and the labels associated with them. Nico's intimate conversations with personalities from all walks of life found an immediate audience and became a breeding ground for in-depth, lively explorations on topics that ranged from intimacy, humanity, gender, sexuality, intersectionality, love, race, religion, queer identities and identity politics. They opened up about their own path that led them to their decision to become sexually fluid -- and as a working actor in Hollywood, everything that came with that admission. Having conducted 50 interviews over the course of two seasons – including a live podcast at Entertainment Weekly's PopFest – the podcast ranked #1 in the Personal Journals category in 2017 and sits in the Top 50 iTunes Top 200 with over 3 million downloads.
Adding to this impressive list of credits, Nico debuted "all of it is you" on April 17. This poetry collection explores a singular voice honed through years as an actor, podcaster and advocate – one colored with love, wonder and endless curiosity. It's a sensuous journey into who we are and how we relate to the world around us.
Nico recently married their longtime partner Bethany Meyers, and they reside in New York with their two dogs.
Hilary Duff stars as Kelsey Peters on the critically acclaimed and buzzy TV Land series “Younger,” from “Sex and the City” creator Darren Star. Known for her charming personality, Kelsey Peters is Liza’s (Sutton Foster) closest work friend who proves time and time again that despite their obvious age gap, their friendship is still as strong as ever.
Ever since Hilary Duff first emerged on the public’s radar as the star of Disney’s enormously successful TV show “Lizzie McGuire,” the Houston native has distinguished herself as a highly relatable performer with a strong connection to her fans -- thanks not only to the funny, pretty and smart character she played on-screen, but because of Duff’s own natural warmth and girl-next-door charisma. Her popularity has led to a thriving career as both an actress and a singer-songwriter.
On the screen, Duff starred in numerous feature films including “The Lizzie McGuire Movie,” "Agent Cody Banks," "A Cinderella Story," "Cheaper by the Dozen" and more serious roles, such as co-starring in John Cusack's critically acclaimed 2008 film "War, Inc." and "According to Greta," in which Duff played the title character and co-starred with Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn.
Duff also has a globally prolific and successful singing career, entering the Top 40 music charts with the singles "So Yesterday" and "Come Clean." Her first three studio albums, 2003’s multi-platinum blockbuster "Metamorphosis," 2004’s self-titled platinum-seller and 2007’s autobiographical dance-pop collection "Dignity," have sold a collective 15 million copies worldwide. Her most recent album, 2015’s "Breathe In. Breathe Out." is a stellar collection of catchy, electro-tinged pop gems, many of which she co-wrote with groundbreaking songwriters and producers such as Sean Douglas (Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato), Tove Lo (Ellie Goulding, Icona Pop), Matthew Koma (Zedd, Alesso, OneRepublic), Bloodshy (Madonna, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue) and Ed Sheeran -- one of Duff’s favorite artists -- who wrote and produced “Tattoo.” The album was released in June 2015 on RCA Records and rocketed to number one on iTunes in the hours upon its release. Additionally, the album debuted at number three on the Billboard Overall Album Chart and number five on the Billboard Top 200, marking Hilary’s fifth straight top-five debut.
Among her many accolades, Duff was nominated for both 2016 and 2017 People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Cable TV Actress for her role as Kelsey on “Younger.” Duff was also honored with two separate Teen Choice Awards and was also named by Teen People as one of the magazine's 25 Hottest Stars Under 25. Duff is passionate about several charitable causes, especially those involving children and animals. Her charity work includes the founding of Blessings in a Backpack, which helps inner-city schoolchildren get the nutrition they need. She's also involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Peter Hermann is known to millions for his current role as book publisher Charles Brooks on TV Land’s hit romantic series "Younger." As Charles and Liza’s (Sutton Foster) chemistry heightens, they are faced with the choice of maintaining professionalism or exploring a new path. It looks like Liza isn’t the only one who has to make tough decisions anymore.
Hermann’s work spans the stage, film and television, including roles on Broadway in Eric Bogosian’s "Talk Radio" and Lincoln Center’s Tony Award-winning production of "War Horse." He can be seen in the films "Philomena," directed by Stephen Frears, the critically acclaimed "United 93," directed by Paul Greengrass, as well as HBO’s “Too Big To Fail.” He has had television roles on "Blue Bloods," "30 Rock" and Darren Star’s "Cashmere Mafia," among others, and his recurring role as defense attorney Trevor Langan on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," alongside his wife Mariska Hargitay, appears on 17 of the show’s 19 seasons. He is a former high school English teacher and was a charter member of the Teach for America teaching corps. Peter added children’s author to his resume with the release of his first book "If the S in Moose Comes Loose," published by HarperCollins.
Hermann and Hargitay live in New York with their three children.