Jonathan Sadowski plays Josh Kaminski on ABC Family's new show “Young and Hungry.” You may recognize Jonathan as Henry Goodson from “$#*! My Dad Says” or as Sayles from “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”
Young and Hungry
Meet Jonathan Sadowski
On his broken leg
Jonathan: I don’t believe in pain medicine. They had to reset my bone and I refused any pain pills.
“Are you kidding me?”
Jonathan: No! I was like, “Put me under.” Absolutely. “Knock. Me. Out. I don’t want to feel anything.”
The scariest part about it was that when it happened, it went [he made a snapping noise] and I heard the break, and I swore a lot when it happened, and I was banging on the floor. We were done shooting. I broke it, and I was going to set; it was our last day of pre-shooting. So I broke my ankle, went to the ER, got a splint put on, went back to set, shot my scenes. They re-blocked it for me. The scenes where I was supposed to be standing up, I was sitting down and they shot me from the knees up.
You’ll never know what episode. You won’t even catch it. Or you can just look for an episode when I’m sitting down pretty much. It’s like a scavenger hunt. See which episode Josh has a broken leg in.
On the show
Jonathan: It’s a pretty special show. I’ve worked on a lot of different things, and from Day 1, I’ve never worked with someone like David. He’s effing wonderful. I’ve worked on a set before, where you get an injury or something and everybody’s like, “ugh.” I snapped my ankle in half, and Holden calls me up and says, “Did Sadowski fall down some stairs?” [in a baby voice]. He was like, “Don’t sweat it, we’ll just rerun the scenes and incorporate it into the script.” It’s a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful set. They’re such ball busters. I showed up to set that day and they put a handicap placard on my parking spot, but they called it the “Handi-Actor” Parking. Such a wonderful crew to work with.
Do you like sitcom work?
Jonathan: I like sitcom work. I love a live audience. That’s an adrenaline rush like no other. It’s them being right there with you. Whether you’re laughing or doing some serious moment where you can hear a pin drop, it’s the fact that there are a few hundred people with you. You feel it. There’s nothing like it. But for me, it all depends on the script, whether it comes in feature television, sitcom, drama, if the script is good, that’s where you start.
Jonathan: During rehearsal, we’ll improv things, but they wind up becoming part of the script if they work, so they actually get written in.Improv facts about the episode “Young and Pregnant.” The pregnancy test as a coffee stirrer felt like it could have been an improved moment, but it was actually in the script. Kym pushing Rex onto the couch, as also in the script. It took a lot of blocking to look realistic in the space. It took a long time to block out the mechanics of it.
On lingo and being young
Jonathan: Talk about the lingo. Do you know what “shipping” means?“Shipping? Like to ship something?”
Jonathan: That’s what I thought. It was the first time I realized, I’m officially old.
So someone Tweets me and goes, “So are you shipping Josh and Gabi?” I’m like, “Am I reading this right?” I Tweet back and I was like, “I have no idea what you’re talking about.” That’s the new term for when you peg two people to be in a relationship. You “ship” them. So “shipping Josh and Gabi” means I’m pegging for them to be in a relationship.
Good, because I was actually kind of hoping that Gabi was pregnant after last night’s episode “Young and Pregnant.” I want them to be together.
Jonathan: I will say this. Nobody likes Caroline. There are some redeeming qualities about her. When we first had her character, we were like, “Whoa.” But then we had to make it somewhat realistic. Josh isn’t a dumb guy, so why would he be with her if she’s that much of a b*tch? So she had to have some redeeming qualities. And you’ll see in some episodes, she does actually care a lot about him. You just have to get her personality, her idea of being generous.“Like buying you a horse.”
Jonathan: Like buying me a horse. You’re like, “Who buys a horse?!” But her intentions were good.
You have to root for Josh and Gabi. Caroline is a staple in the script, but you have to realize why Gabi is better. I will say, I was reading the script, and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever gotten to shoot in my life. It’s going to Blow. Your. Mind.
Ladies, it was so great meeting you. Cheers.
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