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Stars and the City: Hilary Duff of ‘Younger’

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|by Jeryl Brunner |

The 'Younger' star dishes on her NYC adventures

Hilary Duff plays publishing powerhouse Kelsey Peters in the TV Land comedy series Younger. Six seasons ago when we first met Kelsey, she was a twenty-something junior editor working at Empirical. Now, Kelsey has evolved to creating and running the publishing house’s imprint, Millenial. Her close friend and colleague is Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), a single mom in her forties who passed herself off as a 26-year-old to get a job in publishing. As friends and co-workers, Peters and Miller are a force to be reckoned with, despite their age difference. The sizzling series from Sex and the City creator Darren Star is based on the novel by Pamela Redmond Satran. Younger also stars Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor, Nico Tortorella, Molly Bernard, Peter Hermann and Charles Michael Davis. An actress and singer, Duff first rose to fame playing the title role in the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire. She has stared in many films, including The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Agent Cody Banks, A Cinderella Story, Cheaper by the Dozen, War, Inc. and According to Greta. A singer/songwriter, Duff has recorded several albums, like the multi-platinum blockbuster Metamorphosis, Dignity and her most recent album, Breathe In. Breathe Out.

Hilary Duff currently stars as Kelsey Peters in TV Land’s ‘Younger’ (Photo: TV Land)

Hilary Duff currently stars as Kelsey Peters in TV Land’s ‘Younger’ (Photo: TV Land)

The bond between Kelsey and Liza is so deep. How do you view their connection?
Hilary Duff
: The dedication and commitment to our friendship is really something fresh on TV. Liza is not choosing the guy over her friend. And that is with every female in the show. We are constantly boosting each other up. Maggie pushes Liza out there, and gives her confidence to keep going. Lauren is now in the workspace with us, which is so much fun. Also, Maggie’s eternal goal is to have Kelsey be the female boss that she believes is in there. Diana is always a little later to catch up, but she has become a part of our unit.

The women in Younger always have each other's backs. It’s nice that the real drama happens between the women and their men. Now that all of Liza’s secrets are out of the way, their friendship is really straightforward and honest. They are there for each other no matter what. Liza is always saving the day. There is still a maternal thing going on, where Liza sees what she maybe would have been like had she not gotten married and moved to New Jersey. Liza sees herself in Kelsey, and believes in her.

How about your connection with Sutton?
HD: It has been a ride for sure. We are a true team. We have to lean on each other every day. I look to her constantly. This word sounds so serious, but Sutton is such a professional. And she is in every single freaking scene. Usually, Sutton is the first one there and the last to leave. She runs the show, and we all fall into line behind her. She is a great force, the warrior of our team. And two years ago, I got to watch her become a mom. That was a monumental moment for all of us. And then, I became a new mom again this year. We've had leaps and strides in our personal life, and really got to be there for one another.

Is there something you wish you could tell your younger self?
HD: It's just really simple: You are enough. It’s one of the hardest things to learn. I’m still on that journey.

What is it like filming in New York City?
HD: I am based in Los Angeles, but I love New York City. It has so much to offer, and is so alive and jam-packed. This year, I let my son Luca navigate us through the subway system. He knows how to read now. I asked him, “What does that sign say?” He found the letter, and he got to go on the train. It was awesome. You know what else we do? We have a corner store on one side and a corner store over on another side. If we forget something for dinner, we race to one of the corner stores. In Los Angeles, where we lived, we had nowhere to walk. It’s so much fun to get a popsicle on the corner.

When we are walking 40 blocks, though, that is when I know I have an LA kid. I recently took him to the Statue of Liberty, and I had my daughter with me, too. She was in the stroller, and I happened to bring the kangaroo pouch. And by the end of the day, he was in a stroller. He is seven. His long legs were dangling. I was pushing. I thought, “What’s happening here?” He said, “I can't take another step.”

For more of the best of the city this season, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in August 2019.

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