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Spoiler alert! Do not proceed when you have not watched the collection finale of Younger.

Did Liza Miller get every thing she wished?

On the collection finale of Younger, which dropped Thursday on Paramount+, the collection ended with the blossoming editor turning over a brand new leaf in her profession and romantic life. After briefly rekindling a relationship with Charles (Peter Hermann), the couple determined to finish issues as soon as and for all — the shortage of belief between them an excessive amount of of a hurdle to bear. But as an alternative of a contentious breakup, Charles promoted Liza (Sutton Foster) to the coveted job of editor in chief at Empirical as he launched into a brand new journey to discover his potential as a full-fledged novelist.

With Kelsey (Hilary Duff) making ready to relocate to the West Coast for a enterprise with Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, an thrilling new chapter for Liza on the publishing home and a number of other main life adjustments for different characters, some issues stayed the identical. In the ultimate scene of the collection, a callback to Younger‘s very first episode, Liza and Josh (Nico Tortorella) skilled a case of déjà vu as they discovered themselves on the bar having the identical flirtatious dialog that they had years earlier — solely this time, with seven seasons value of historical past between them. So what are we to make of that full-circle second between the 2 exes? The reply is not so simple as you’d suppose.

Following the collection finale, Foster hopped on the telephone to interrupt down that monumental closing scene, if it means Liza and Josh will get again collectively and whether or not she’s open to revisiting the world once more down the road.

ET: How does it really feel now that Younger is over?

Sutton Foster: It’s very bittersweet. We wrapped in February, so we have been wrapped for some time. I’ve already cried all my tears and stuff, and I’ve to say too I’m actually happy with our closing episode. As a lot as I’m like, “Aww, it’s the last one,” I’m actually excited for folks to see it. Younger has marked seven seasons nevertheless it’s additionally the final seven years of my life, so it’s unusual to suppose we’re not all going to be coming collectively once more subsequent yr. That simply makes me unhappy however I’m additionally excited for brand spanking new alternatives too. It’s very bittersweet.

What are you proudest of by way of what you have been in a position to do as Liza over these seven seasons?

I’ll in all probability have a deeper perspective in a few years as I look again on the entire thing. I believe what resonates with me now could be extra in regards to the setting and form of what all of us created and have been in a position to maintain for seven years. And sure, I’m so happy with the present and I’m so happy with the way it was an optimistic, hopeful present about reinvention, and about feminine relationships, and multigenerational relationships, and females championing one another and supporting each other. It wasn’t a present about blowing issues and working from zombies, it was a good-natured escape and I liked enjoying a personality who was, at her core, a great particular person. I believe she was a great pal and dependable and artistic and wasn’t a sufferer. She was resilient and that was thrilling and a present to have her be part of my life for seven years. When I look again on the complete expertise, what I take away from it’s all the good-natured high quality and optimism, it was a part of the work setting as properly. It was a really comfortable and enjoyable place and supportive and sort. That’s what I take from the entire expertise is that it was a spot the place all of us felt valued and treasured and nourished. I’m so happy with that. That was a precedence.

Looking again on season 1 of Younger, the present started with a easy premise — of a lady who wanted to enter the office and the one method she might get a job was to lie about her age. But because the present went on, the vanity developed into one thing extra advanced and nuanced. What was probably the most significant a part of seeing the present’s transformation?

I really feel just like the present grew up and I believe Liza grew up too. It was actually cool to play a lady who was — she was floundering within the first season — and I admire you saying that as a result of I believe the present grew to become a lot greater than that preliminary conceit. I imply, a lot extra that on this final season it is not even a part of the story, which is admittedly cool that it emerged past that. That was very satisfying for me. I felt it developed slowly over time. The first season, it was one hundred pc of the story after which within the second season, it was 85 % of the story after which it was 70 % and now it is like probably not some extent. That was cool to play a personality that, as she was changing into extra genuine to herself and in addition rising up — it appears so trite to say it that method however she was discovering her method and her confidence and her voice and her energy, particularly within the office at Empirical. It was satisfying, particularly this season, to essentially see her fly. Especially within the final episode, you see her finally get [a happy ending]. I believe everybody will get a cheerful ending. Ribbons aren’t tied, every thing is not all tied up in a bow nevertheless it’s extremely true to the preliminary conceit of the present. She finally ends up on prime and that was actually thrilling. It was thrilling to be like, “Wow, she’s worked seven years and this is where [she ends up]. There are consequences to her lie, ultimately, in her relationship [with Charles] but she comes out successful in the end.

Liza gets the top job at Empirical as the new editor in chief. What are your thoughts on where she ends up and did it align with any of your own ideas of where Liza’s story could wrap up?

I had no idea how they were going to do it. I really didn’t. [Creator] Darren [Star] kind of alluded it to me early on. He was like, “I believe we’ll finish it the place Liza’s in cost, the place she’s going to be working Empirical.” And I was like, “What?!” I just didn’t know how we were going to get there. What I love is that that’s what the happy ending is, as opposed to she marries Charles or whatever. I read the final episode and I loved how they resolved her storyline with Charles. I thought it was really elegant and I love that he’s, in a sense, Liza back in season 1. He’s reinventing himself. There’s something incredible about that. I love their breakup scene because it’s just done with maturity and respect. Charles knows who he is and knows it’ll always come between them, the lie.

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When Liza and Charles realize the level of trust will never be there, that scene was heartbreaking.

Heartbreaking. It’s heartbreaking but it’s also real. These two people are adults who’ve been through a lot, who’ve been through marriages and relationships, and they both kind of know. And they go, “St, we love one another and it isn’t going to work. But we respect each other and we’re there for each other nonetheless.” That’s why I love that last scene when he tells her he’s going to write his book and asks her [to take over Empirical], I think it’s so beautiful. When I read the script, I was shooting a scene with Nico and Debi and they sent us the final script. We were all in our chairs in between takes reading what was going to happen and I got to the very last scene and I was like, “Oh my gosh!” I turned to Nico and said, “It’s you and me ultimately.”

Let’s talk about the final scene because it was a sweet callback to the first episode of the series. 

I just thought it was a beautiful bookend to the pilot and even Darren doesn’t specifically say, “It’s Liza and Josh.” There’s no… that’s just how we end it. I don’t know. It was Josh at the beginning who set this entire train in motion and I love that it’s him at the end. It didn’t leave me frustrated. And when I watched that last scene, I closed my computer and just burst into tears. When Nico and I were filming that last scene, we were both just… it was also Nico’s last scene that he filmed and we were both puddles, just bawling because Darren gave us a gift to be able to go back. We went back in time for a second. It was very cool.

The scene was left open to interpretation and viewers might read into it differently. What do you make of that final scene between Liza and Josh? Does this mean that they might rekindle something or not?

I don’t know. It’s so interesting because my initial reaction was, “Oh my gosh, there it’s.” I was like, “It’s Liza and Josh.” But Darren Star, who wrote it, that wasn’t his intention. That wasn’t his intention to leave viewers thinking that it was going to be Liza and Josh. But it’s Liza and Josh! I think he wanted to leave it a little more open-ended and ambiguous. But I don’t know. I have no idea. We’ll have to wait until we do the reunion special. (Laughs.) 

With Kelsey moving to the West Coast, how do you think their friendship will fare?

You see both of them fly. Kelsey was put through the wringer at Empirical — she was publisher, then she was back to editor — she really wants to be her own boss and so it was time. And in a way, they both end up the boss, which is so cool. Ultimately now they’ll be competitors but they’ll always have each other’s backs. They have bonded in a way that they will always be able to navigate it. But they both are in charge. Everybody kind of gets their ending. Maggie’s in love. Everyone has hope for a promising future.

While Younger ended on a nice note, the finale was missing the presence of Miriam Shor and Charles Michael Davis. Was there anything you wished the series finale could have included?

I know! They had written a scene where [Diana] came back but we weren’t able to shoot it. There was a lot of that really. There was a lot this whole season. We missed Miriam so much and we missed that character. And Zane too with Charles Michael Davis. Those were the big losses of this final season. 

Lastly, what will you miss most about Younger?

It’s just such a fantastical world where you get to wear amazing clothes. And I loved playing a character who — yes, romance is part of the story — but her main focus is her career. And also being able to play a good-natured, hopeful, optimistic character who is inherently a good person. I will miss that. I never had to do a scene that betrayed [who she was]. I did have a lie and I did hurt some people but nothing was ever [malicious]. The show was fun to do, playing Liza was incredible and the work environment was [great]. I would be so lucky to be able to have an experience like that again. I know how rare it is and I will treasure it forever. 

And in five years time, we’ll find out how Liza’s doing as the boss.

Yeah! I think that sounds like a great idea.

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