In “Glad Collectively,” a hip younger pop star flees the paparazzi to the least “cool” place you’d look forward to finding him: dwelling in suburbia with a 30one thing married couple.
That premise may appear far-fetched, nevertheless it’s truly primarily based on a real- life incident in 2012 when pop star Harry Kinds moved in with producer Ben Winston (“The Late Late Present”) for 18 months.
“We didn’t actually get to know [Styles, who’s also a ‘Happy Together’ producer’] as a result of he was on his world tour whereas we had been capturing the present,” says Amber Stevens West, 31, who stars as one half of the married couple (Damon Wayans Jr. performs her husband). “[Styles] did get a chance to return by the set as soon as and eventually introduce himself to everybody. He was simply pretty and appeared very grateful to be behind the scenes, for as soon as.”
“Glad Collectively,” premiering Monday at 8:30 p.m. on CBS, follows Claire (West) and Jake (Wayans Jr.), a fortunately married couple whose mundane life is upended when Kinds’ stand-in character Cooper James (Australian actor Felix Mallard in his American TV debut) strikes in with them.
“I am keen on Damon. I believe he’s super-talented,” says West. “We had labored collectively on ‘New Woman’ after I guest-starred on that present. He was a type of folks the place as quickly as I met him, he felt like an outdated pal.”
West explains that the capturing location for “Glad Collectively” additionally felt like an outdated house. For many actors, a set isn’t a sentimental place — it’s their workplace. However West says the CBS studio in LA on Radford Avenue has performed a serious position in her life. It was a part of her childhood, due to her actor/DJ father Shadoe Stevens — and it’s the place she met her husband, Andrew West (“Greek”).
“I labored on ‘Greek’ for 4 years [and met West] on the stage simply beneath the place we shoot ‘Glad Collectively,’” she says. “After which my dad, after I was rising up, additionally shot a sitcom known as ‘Dave’s World’ at CBS Radford for 4 years. So I spent loads of time on that lot. There’s loads of completely satisfied reminiscences that each one began at CBS Radford.”
West, who’s at the moment anticipating her first baby, was pregnant through the filming of “Glad Collectively” — and says the present took pains to cover it.
“We did the entire methods [to hide it], except for holding the laundry basket, as a result of we didn’t wish to have the stereotype that the spouse does the laundry in the home,” she says.
“We got creative — I’m holding loads of baggage; I’m sitting on the sofa lots with a pillow over my lap. There’s strategically positioned fruit bowls within the kitchen. Any time I’m standing by the kitchen islands, there’s one thing properly positioned proper in entrance of my stomach.
“We did all that we might, and it was enjoyable.”
“Glad Collectively” Collection premiere 8:30 p.m. Monday on CBS