Now that My Boys are back in town (season two of the hit TBS sitcom premiered on July 30), EW.com checked in with leading lady Jordana Spiro to see what’s in store for this season — one word: Brendan — and what it’s like to play PJ, a sportswriter who’s the ultimate guy’s girl.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What did you think when you heard that My Boys was getting picked up for a second season?
JORDANA SPIRO: I was thrilled. I’ve been in the business long enough to not play the game of will it or won’t it get picked up, because I’ve learned there’s no rhyme or reason to it at all. So I’ve tried to stay out of the rumor mill as much as I can. When we found out it was picked up, I was just over the moon.
Did you guys do anything to celebrate?
Oh yeah, what did we do? Is it that good that I don’t even remember? I had a series of about 100 phone calls.
To everyone you knew?
To the cast. We all called each other right away. We’ve become a pretty tight little group and it’s a good feeling.
You guys should’ve gone to the bar and had a few beers like your gang would have on the show.
I feel like we probably did that. I think we went bowling. We went bowling, that’s what we did.
Why do you think people are considering this your breakout role?
I think people are considering it my breakout role primarily for the amount of exposure it’s given me. But I’m really comfortable playing PJ, too. It feels really natural. And I think all of the frustrations I had with acting are actually positive attributes to her character.
Do you think you’d be friends with PJ in real life?
Oh yeah, absolutely. She would drink me under the table.
She could definitely teach you. And when it comes to love, I bet we could all use a few tips from PJ and how realistic she is about it.
One of the things I really like about PJ, let me try to phrase this in the right way — she lets things roll off her back very easily and that is something that I try to take from her.
So she kind of just takes things with a grain of salt?
Yeah she really does. She doesn’t sweat the small stuff, but at the same time she cares very deeply for her friends. And she has a really strong set of morals.
She probably has to, to be a female journalist who follows the Cubs. Just goes to show, there are girls in the locker room.
There are more and more female sports reporters, but I think they definitely still have to fight an initial prejudice. They have to prove themselves in a way that a man wouldn’t have to.
Speaking of the Cubs, how often do you guys actually film in Chicago?
Well, last year we only filmed for a couple of days and this year we filmed for a week. We shot in the marina right outside Soldier Field, we shot at the top of the Sears Tower, on State Street, and in front of the Drake Hotel. It was just incredible. Trust me, I don’t think you’d hear rumblings from anybody in the cast if they told us we were actually shooting the show in Chicago instead of L.A.
Do you guys drink real beer on set?
No, it’s “near beer” and it’s terrible. It kind of tastes like beer, but ugh, it’s just terrible. I guess you can get a little buzzed if you drink 99 of them.
Well after so many takes, don’t you?
We’ve started to swap it out with sodas and water and things like that. After a while, you’re just like, I’m gonna puke. Because you’re just sitting there, too. You’re not moving. Those pokers scenes can take a long time. After five or six of those near beers your stomach doesn’t feel too nice.
So we were all left with a cliffhanger last season when you and Brendan finally kissed. What’s going to happen with that?
I can’t say.
Can you tell us anything?
This season PJ experiments a lot in her dating life.
Would you, as Jordana, want to see PJ and Brendan together? Or do you think they’re better as friends?
I think for right now they need to be friends. Hopefully we’ll have several seasons where we keep exploring that.