Here at OMJ we are slightly obessed with Younger, so we jumped at the chance to chat with the woman who started it all: author Pamela Redmond Satran. While the TV Land series starring Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff differs from her book in many ways, New Jersey still plays a major role. We asked the former Montclair resident, and longtime Glamour contributor, to dish about the moments from the show, which depicts a suburban mom who gets divorced and lies about her age to get a job in publishing, that give her serious Garden State flashbacks.
No matter how far we travel, we never forget where we came from
“The book was very much about New Jersey vs. New York. It was thematically related to young vs. middle age; her mom persona vs. her young working woman persona, with New Jersey representing the side of her that still was the suburban mom.”
What can we say, we take pride in our homes
“In the ‘Truffle Butter’ episode where she goes back to New Jersey with Josh to have dinner with her friends — to me that was a very Jersey moment, because having lived in Montclair for quite sometime and being a proud suburban home owner, you would always see people working on their houses. It’s kind of the center of their lives, entertaining, inviting people over, showing off the latest projects they’ve been working on. It could be their new kitchen, something they’ve added to the garden, etc. ”
We’ve all had jobs we’ve hated…so why not let it be a place where we can shop?
“When she gets her job in the Paramus mall. It kind of felt like if she hadn’t pulled off this masquerade, that probably would have been her option. As a mom who, no matter what she did before or what kind of degree she had, she truly wasn’t prepared to get a professional job. So, it’s very realistic that she would’ve ended up in a job like that, like a lot of suburban moms I know.”
We’re Jersey strong baby!
“When her ex-husband is trying to convince her to buy the boat, which gave me a serious Tony Soprano flashback. It also gave people an inside look at why the Jersey Shore is so important. It was a different kind of Jersey moment.”
We live for a good yard sale or flea market
“There’s a whole thing when the house gets sold and they’re cleaning out their stuff. She has all this furniture that she has so much pride in, but no one in New Jersey wants to buy it. The character ends up selling it at a flea market in Brooklyn and the buyers think it’s normcore. To find out all the stuff you’ve been holding on to for so long doesn’t really hold much value kind of sucks.”
Tune in to Younger for more examples of Jersey and fashion greatness Wednesdays at 10 pm on TV Land.