5 Questions with 'Underemployed' Star
In just two episodes, Underemployed has established itself a worthy companion to MTV's suddenly superior slate of small screen shows, like Awkward, Teen Wolf and, yes, the dearly departed I Just Want My Pants Back.
For me, the most compelling character thus far is Michelle Ang's sapphic Sofia, who is chronicling her group's journey to self-discovery. I caught up with the adorable Kiwi (yes, she's from New Zealand) to talk all about her attraction to Underemployed and what fans can expect in the coming weeks!
TheInsider.com: What appealed to you about this show?
Michelle Ang: When I read the pilot script, way back two years ago, it just had a brand of humor that really stood out from the other scripts I was getting. It's funny and witty without trying too hard to be hipster-ironic. It mines humor from real life problems, and that struck a chord with me. I also loved that the fact this world revolved around these tight friends, who seem so different but share this bond. As the series progresses, you'll see why they’re such good friends.
Insider.com: And what about your character, Sofia -- what was your take on her?
Michelle: Sofia definitely has a big journey to go through this season. We open the series on Sofia's graduation speech – she's obviously book smart, intelligent and interested in the world, but we learn she's a virgin. She hasn't let herself go. She hangs out with interesting and wild people, so she's not a prude, but she hasn't found the confidence yet to let herself experience things. She's the observer of the group, she tells the stories as she sees them, not as she lives them. But she slowly starts to realize that in order to write interesting stories; she may have to step outside her comfort zone a bit. That can be an exhilarating thing.
Insider.com: Part of which is losing her virginity.
Michelle: Yes, and I love that's how Sophia has her first experience. It's kind of how things happen when you're older. You just reach a point when you want to do it. Sometimes there's no rhyme or reason, and as you saw in the first episode, while you don't see it coming, it's not a big deal. It just happens. It's not a glorified thing, or a huge messy drunken thing, it just happens and that's kind of cool.
Insider.com: Sofia definitely represents the 20-something, trying to find a career. What was the worst job you ever had?
Michelle: My very first job was a professional acting gig, but I've have had a very healthy dose of realism working in a Starbucks. It was a horrible experience with rude customers and mopping was the worst – I hate mopping. That's as bad as I had to do.
Insider.com: Looking ahead at the season, what are you excited for fans to see?
Michelle: All the characters have these ambitions. We're doing roughly what we can in order to make them come true, so I'm excited for fans to see which of us succeed – and how we succeed! It's a really relatable journey. Sometimes you think it's going to be this huge break for you, but it's just a plop in the sand. I'm really excited for fans to come with us on that journey while learning more about our characters. We all have skeletons in our closet and finding those out is exciting and unexpected.
Underemployed airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on MTV.