You might know Jake McDorman as Evan Chambers from Greek and Analeigh Tipton as the babysitter from Crazy, Stupid, Love — yes, the one who broke out on America's Next Top Model — but come this Fall, they're going to try to win your hearts in ABC's new comedy, Manhattan Love Story. If you haven't seen the show's trailer yet, it's a typical boy-meets-girl tale, but there's a twist: you can hear their thoughts. So as they're spouting pleasantries on screen, you know they're secretly judging each other, super hard. I caught up with the stars during ABC's Summer TCA day and chatted about their concerns for the new series, as well as the shows they can't live without.
POPSUGAR: The thoughts-as-voice-overs format of the show is really new for primetime; is that something that attracted you to the script?
Analeigh Tipton: If anything, it discouraged me. It's like when they started using text pop-ups on screen; it's an adjustment for viewers. But it makes it interesting! As women, we keep so much inside — at least I do. I look at Dana as an incredible platform for everything that I want to see. I want it to be outgoing and honest, and I think that can be accomplished.
Jake McDorman: It's really interesting when you play a scene regularly. There's always subtext. It's in the writing, it's in the looks. I knew it would be interesting to play someone that would be this vulnerable, publicly. You get insight into their most private thoughts! That's what I like about Peter, even though he comes across as a little bit of a dick, he isn't in his own head.
PS: So do you record in the sound booth together?
JM: No, actually I was shooting a movie in Morocco and I got sent a microphone to plug into my iPad. I had to do it all by myself under the covers in a hotel room, and some of that actually made it into the final cut!
PS: Just to clarify, every season will be following your love story, like season two won't be a whole new couple?
JM: No, it's not like True Detective.
PS: Or American Horror Story . . . Manhattan Love Story? I see a pattern.
JM: I see what you did there. No, there's going to be this core group of people.
PS: Are you concerned at all about criticism that some of the humor in the pilot is rather stereotypical of what men and women are thinking?
JM: That was a real big concern of everybody's. There were versions of the pilot that had to get trimmed down, and there was a scene where you hear my character's thoughts and it doesn't concern relationships, and we had to lose it for time. That worried me, because I didn't want people to think this was just another show where guys like boobs and girls like fashion. I think we're going to surprise everyone in that the focus of the show isn't always about the relationship all the time. There are times when we're completely separate.
AT: It's intimidating, because you need to get them to fall in love with the cast and the characters. The frustrating thing about hooking viewers is I don't want to get them with gimmicks. This show is like a film, but we're cutting it into a half-hour show.
PS: What are you most excited about seeing coming up on the show?
AT: Getting to show New York through "not Sex and the City eyes." I love Sex and the City plenty, but I've experienced New York in such a different way. It's not about fashion and glamour, it's hectic and intimidating. It's more like the Jay Z song.
PS: So, had you heard about Analeigh's America's Next Top Model days when you signed on?
JM: I'm not an America's Next Top Model watcher, but when my sister found out I was doing this with Analeigh, she was over the moon.
PS: What are your favorite TV shows at the moment?
AT: I love Scandal.
JM: House of Cards, Fargo, I'm mourning the temporary loss of Game of Thrones. I did binge on the entire series of Breaking Bad in two weeks.
PS: Don't you have a job?
JM: I'm an actor! I don't always have stuff to do.