Tuesday, 3 Oct 2023

Ashley Tisdale of ‘Carol’s Second Act’: ‘It’s fun to play a character that is more my age’

Ashley Tisdale has returned to television with the role of Jenny, a pharmaceutical sales rep and Patricia Heaton’s daughter, on Global’s Carol’s Second Act.

The sitcom is about a woman who embarks on a unique second act after raising her children, getting divorced and retiring from teaching and pursues her dream of becoming a doctor.

At the age of 50, Carol is a medical intern and she must work alongside her peers who are half her age as she works towards her second act.

Global News spoke to Tisdale about working on the medical comedy, her relationship with Heaton and much more.

Global News: Can you tell me about your character Jenny?
Ashley Tisdale: Jenny is the daughter of Carol, who is played by Patricia Heaton, and I am a pharmaceutical rep in the hospital. I’m always kind of jumping in and out of the hospital. I think that Jenny is very supportive of Carol and her second act. I think it’s really something that is pretty inspiring for her to see her mom doing something that she’s always wanted to do. And she’s just a really fun character to play.

How would you describe the relationship between you and Patricia because you play the mother-daughter duo?
It’s really funny because I feel like in real personal life she is a lot like my mom in many ways. I think she’s just kind of a mom to everybody on set. She’s super fun and she helps everybody with whatever is going on in our life. Our relationship is really easy and I think the chemistry between us was always really naturally there, which has been so cool because it’s not forced at all.


Watch this mother and daughter duo on tonight’s @carolssecondact on @cbstv at 9:30!!! You don’t want to miss it! @patriciaheaton

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That’s so amazing! Did you have to study any pharmaceutical terms while you were preparing for this role?
I didn’t. For Jenny, I think it was maybe one episode that I actually am talking about medication in specific. So that was just, like, one, but mainly for me on the show, there is a lot going on between me and one of the other interns, Daniel. It’s cool because obviously the show is set in the hospital, but it’s also about our personal relationships with each other.

Do you have any other favourite medical dramas that you watch?
I used to watch Grey’s Anatomy back in the day (laughing). What I think is really fun about the comedy aspect of our show is that obviously hospitals have amazing things that happen, but also really sad things. I think it’s pretty cool because I used to have a fear of going to the hospital because I am a hypochondriac. I just had this fear because it’s like, ‘Oh, gosh, you only go to the hospital when things are going wrong.’ I think that we add a lighter aspect to this show that can deal with heavier content because it’s set in a hospital. But also the tone of the show is comedy, but it has a lot of heart to it. It has made me very much more comfortable because on set we are in hospital rooms at all times. It’s definitely made me more comfortable with that.

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