Young and Hungry
Meet Aimee Carrero
On working on sitcoms
Aimee: It’s great. I didn’t think I’d be around to do sitcoms because I thought sitcoms would be dead by the time I was old enough to do some, so it’s been absolutely surprise and joy to just have an audience. I’m a big fan of I Love Lucy and just knowing how like that was the first sitcom and Desi Arnaz invented that and it feels so great to be a part of that tradition
How did you find the show? Did it come to you?
Aimee: Well, actually it’s funny because it’s all about a lie that I told. I was on “Baby Daddy” just for an episode, I did a guest star on “Baby Daddy,” which is another ABC Family show, and from that I got an audition. The casting lady for “Young and Hungry” didn’t like me all that much. I didn’t get a call back, she didn’t put me forward to the next round. I’d gone to a ton of auditions. And then I got cast in “Baby Daddy” for the one episode. And because of that, the network took some interest in me and brought me in, and I met one of the casting executives. Not the lady I’d auditioned with for “Young and Hungry.” They were like, “You’re so great. We love you. Have you auditioned for “Young and Hungry?” And I was like, “Nope.” And so she put me through to the next round because the orders came from higher up, and I got the job from that. That little white lie. Give me another shot, I know you’ll like me.
You’ve done some movies, is this your first time doing a TV series?
Aimee: It’s my first time doing a sitcom, but I was on a kids' show a couple of years ago called “Level Up” on Cartoon Network, and I was just on “The Americans” this year, which is very different than this. Definitely my first sitcom and probably the biggest job I’ve had.
Do you see yourself liking sitcoms more or do you want to progress to the movie role?
Aimee: Nowadays, I feel like you can do everything. So I think the goal for me is to just have a varied career. I look at someone like Cate Blanchett who can go from stage to TV to movies so seamlessly. I think we live in a time where actors can do that, and it doesn’t scar you in anyway. That’s kind of the dream. Right now, I’m doing a sitcom. I think it’s sooo cool and fun. Who knows what I’ll do next? I just like to do different things and kind of keep the momentum going.
On being in the industry
Aimee: I have a wonderful family, and I’m older than I look. I just turned 26, so I didn’t move here until I was 20, so that is helpful. I think when you’re in the business so young you never grasp reality. If this is all you know, coming in an meeting wonderful people like you, and everyone says “yes” to you and brings you bagels—this isn’t real, this isn’t real life. I’m gonna go home and do some laundry after this. So having a wonderful family foundation is helpful. We’re a very blue-collar family. No one is an actor in my family; we don’t even really have any professional artists in my family. My dad’s an engineer, my mom is a teacher. We’re all very normal in that way. My faith has definitely been helpful to me in this business.
I also think that I’m in it because I LOVE the job. I realized that really early on. I think a lot of people come into it because, “Oh, I get to go on red carpets.” By the time you get to do all of that you have been through the wringer so many times that I don’t know how it doesn’t weed more people out, to be honest. If that’s all your sticking around for, then you’re going to act out in other ways. But if you love the job…I’m happy doing this.
Which actors inspire you?
Aimee: I love Cate Blanchett. I think she can do no wrong in my eyes. Emma Thomson because she’s so fearless. She can do anything. Also someone my age: Jennifer Lawrence because she’s pretty fearless. She makes really great choices. She’s not afraid to look not her best. I look up to actresses who love their job, that’s all they’re about.
If you’re not a real person how can play a real person if you’re not one, if you don’t have those experiences? As far as inspirations go, anybody who just takes it seriously and loves what they do.
On social media…Aimee's on Instragram and not Twitter
Aimee: That was so hard for me to get an Instagram account. I was like, “I’m gonna do it.” As far as Twitter goes, because I’m interested in doing a lot of different things in my career, I don’t know exactly how I want to brand myself. And I think when you’re on Twitter and you have a following, you have to curate things very specifically. And right now, like I said before I did “The Americans” this year. It’s a very racy show. It’s for adults, and if I’m saying, “Hey, watch me on the Americans,” and it’s a14-year-old-girl [reading the Tweet], I don’t think that’s appropriate. I don’t know yet. I think once I get a little more established in my career, and I know who my audience is, I’ll feel more comfortable. Until then I’m just going to post some pictures on Instagram.But she has an account with her name locked in.
On what to say to young girls about what they see in the media
Aimee: Any thing you see on TV, that’s all smoke and mirrors. When you see people in a magazine, it’s not because they are the best. It’s because they have a publicist, and they pay. And they are Photoshopped.