Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs of 2 Broke Girls may both be successful actresses on a primetime network television show but they were once financially strapped and remember the days when they were struggling like their TV characters.
"I was broke after college trying to make it out here and be an actor," said Behrs, who plays "Caroline" on the sitcom. "You work all sorts of odd jobs, jobs where you're working most hours of the day and then to prepare [for] an audition, your brain's like 'Ah!' so I can relate to that."
Behrs' other half on the show Dennings had a different experience in the acting industry, as she has been acting professionally since she was 14 years old. While she may not be exactly like her character "Max," who came from a poor family, she had to work her way up within her own realm.
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"I've just been an actress this whole time, which is pretty weird," said Dennings, who was then reminded by Behrs of some of her early acting jobs. "I can't even tell you what I have done for money--within the acting sphere, though, nothing outside [of] it."
As the U.S. economy and economies around the globe continue to recover from stagnant economic growth and high unemployment, Dennings agrees that the show's relatable basic theme based on current world events may be a facilitator of its success. However, she maintains that the show's premise is universal.
"I think universally everyone has struggled with money," the 26-year-old actress said. "...Everyone struggles, so it's a universal struggle, but then with television, the whole fun of a sitcom and of TV is elevating your reality to something fun and lighthearted."
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A similar universal struggle seen in the upcoming episode of the show, which is in the middle of its second season, concerns the tribulations of relationships, which Behrs' character experiences with her boyfriend "Andy" in addition to her financial struggles.
"Andy and Caroline have had a great relationship so far. They haven't really had that many problems, but Andy's always so supportive and he's there for her," she said. "This is the first time that Caroline's whole work thing kind of starts to overtake their relationship and Andy feels a little bit left out from that and that he should be more of a priority. So, there's a little bit of an issue this episode."
Watch the full video above to hear Dennings and Behrs reveal their favorite fan encounters, and watch them on 2 Broke Girls Monday at 9 p.m. on CBS.