Native New Yorker Debi Mazar spills on her TV roles on Younger and Extra Virgin, and why hanging with Madonna wasn't "crazy or amazing."
Debi Mazar literally moved back home to New York for Darren Star. After living on the west coast and most notably playing Shauna on HBO’s Entourage, Mazar returned to her roots to costar in TV Land’s, Younger. Now in its second season, Mazar plays Maggie, an artist who rooms with Liza, played by Broadway veteran Sutton Foster. No stranger to TV, Mazar also stars alongside her husband in Extra Virgin, a show she created for the Cooking Channel network launch.
We sat down with Mazar to talk about working with Star, her thoughts on dating younger men, and those early days with a then-unknown Madonna.
Let’s talk about your new show, Younger. What drew you to want to work on this particular show? DEBI MAZAR: I wanted to move back home. I wanted my daughters to see what living in New York was like. I wanted them to be near cement in a multi-cultural city where I grew up. Plus, the number one reason was that it was Darren Starr. I thought—perfect! It shoots in New York, it’s Darren Star, it’s an ensemble cast, it’s a comedy, and it’s single-camera. I love all those elements.
Because of the concept of the show, what are your thoughts on older women dating younger men? DM: I think it’s completely, absolutely normal. I think you have to be on the same page to a certain degree and be able to have certain conversations. For me, I don’t see the age gap as a problem but I think it won’t last unless you generally do have things that you bond over.
On your show, Extra Virgin, you can see the great relationship you have with your husband. Did you have any trepidation on doing that type of show since it shows the real you and your family? DM: Well, first of all, I created that show. I write it, I direct it, I produce it, and star in it with my husband. We didn’t have any issues with it because we had a blog that preceded that for a couple of years that blew up the internet more or less. So, when we did this show, it was exactly like our blog, which was sort of like a docu-soap. Nothing that you see [on the show] is real except our love. The Tuscan house, yes, that’s my house. The LA homes, those are my homes, but beyond that, everything is scripted. I don’t show meltdowns of my children. I don’t show fights or uncomfortable moments with my husband. We have a real life over here and I’d never show that stuff.
Many people might not know that you were a makeup artist earlier in your career and you worked with Madonna. What was that like? DM: Madonna wasn’t famous then so it wasn’t crazy or amazing. The scene that we were on was more amazing than what we were doing. It was the beginning of hip-hop. It was the beginning of a lot of things. People were dying of AIDS right and left all of a sudden. The art world was exploding. Our best friends were Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. And nobody was famous. We were all just kids doing our thing.