Check out our brand new interview with the super talented Parker Young!
The 24-year-old actor plays the sometimes dense, but always loveable jock Ryan Shay, who is currently dating Tessa (Jane Levy). But, he’s been busy looking at colleges lately, which has put a strain on their relationship.
Meanwhile, Parker recently landed a lead role on the upcoming Fox comedy Enlisted, alongside Geoff Stults. So what does this mean for Ryan and Tessa?
JJJ caught up with Parker to get the scoop on their relationship, his new gig, and more!
Click inside to read our interview with Parker Young…
Parker Young – JustJaredJr.com Interview
JustJaredJr.com: So congrats, first of all, for landing the role on Enlisted. Can you tell us about that?
Parker Young: I found out about it not that long ago, a week, a week and a half ago maybe. Or two weeks ago. What can I say? I can’t really talk about it. I’m really excited about it. It’s a single camera comedy about three brothers in the military and I play the youngest of the three brothers. The oldest brother’s name is Geoff Stults, the middle brother is Chris Lowell, and myself. I’m the youngest of the family. We’re kind of a troop of misfits and aren’t really read to be shipped out yet and so we’re stationed on this base in Florida and it kind of revolves around our life as soldiers stationed at this base, doing the duties that nobody really wants to do. That’s sort of the general premise. We start shooting the end of the month.
JJJ: Where were you when you found out that you got the part?
PY: I was auditioning all the time [for pilot season] and trying to balance that with finishing up season two of Suburgatory. I remember getting the phone call, from my agent and managers. And any time the three of them call me together, my two agents and my manager, it’s like, “OK, this is going to be good news” (laughs). Otherwise, you know, one person calls, but when I saw the three of them on the phone, I immediately freaked out with joy. I was driving home – I was almost at my place – I pulled over, chatted for a bit. Yeah, that was when I found out.
JJJ: How did your Suburgatory family react to the news?
PY: For me, it was bittersweet. You know, because I was so excited just to be working on something. Every year since I was a little kid, for Halloween I was either a ninja or an army man. So to get to do a pilot either about ninjas or army men, I feel like my childhood dream come true (laughs). And to do this, I was just so excited, but not more excited than the love that I have for Suburgatory. So it was for me, it was a bittersweet. You know, but you keep in mind, it’s just a pilot and there are so many pilots – the majority of which don’t go anywhere. I’m not going to let myself get too bummed or too excited. That being said, when I went on set the next day to wrap season two, everyone was so supportive and so happy for me. It was such a good feeling, people reaching out to me and being happy for me. If the show goes and [creator] Emily [Kapnek] will have me back, Fox will still let me do a handful of episodes of Suburgatory, which is awesome. So I think everything will work out.
JJJ: Definitely. I’m sure fans of the show will be very happy to hear that.
PY: I always love working on that show. I love the crew and cast, and it’s starting to really feel like a family. The last couple episodes have been particularly fun. Emily directed the last episode. She’s an amazing director because she understands this world we live in so well and she really knows what she wants, and how to communicate it to us. It was so much fun. I remember my last day of season two was sad, everybody’s applauding, you know, “season wrap for Parker.” It’s definitely sad. It’s like a family, so hopefully I get to see them all again soon.
JJJ: Now, what does this mean for Ryan and Tessa? Should fans be worried?
PY: Toward the end, we get in a sticky situation and I think there will be a moment of being upset and then it will kind of… I think things will sort of resolve themselves in a good way. I think it comes together in a way that Ryan and Tessa fans will be…happy. The season is wrapping up and that’s bittersweet, and there’s sort of a bittersweet feel to the relationship I think.
JJJ: It must be nice knowing that you don’t have any shirtless scenes in your near future (laughs).
PY: I’m actually down in San Diego right now for my dad’s birthday and it’s kind of nice knowing there’s no shirtless scenes coming up for a long time (laughs). So cake and cupcakes, I had pizza and beer with the family, and it’s OK. It’s a little bit harder to give myself permission when I know I’m going to be running around, ripping my clothes off, and acting like a lunatic (laughs).
JJJ: Ryan has grown up a lot over the past season or so. What have you enjoyed most about playing him?
PY: I’ve kind of grown up with him. He went from this close-minded – a little bit – to just opening up and discovering life and love. And it’s been so much fun to have him fall in love with this girl and then finding out he’s adopted. And kind of reassessing what he knows to be true. It’s been a fun journey. And the fact that he’s just someone who is so passionate, enthusiastic, and optimistic, and free, that’s just a fun thing to play. He says what he wants and goes after it. It’s a quality that I wish I had a little bit more of in my life, a little less of a filter maybe. Ryan just goes for it.
JJJ: Is there a favorite on-set moment that sticks out for you?
PY: The image that popped into my head was the finding out that Ryan’s adopted scene, which was our Christmas episode. I just remember that scene being so… he comes out of the photo shop, finds out he’s adopted, and just loses it. He rips up the photos, jumps on the hood of a car, rips off his clothes. He’s like shedding this exterior shell of what he no longer believes to be true now – screaming, kicking the car, and punching things. That whole sequence took hours and hours of just insanity. For some reason, that just sticks in my head. It was a big moment for Ryan definitely, and then for me, I remember reading the script and being a little bit extra nervous about that particular moment because I thought it was just such a big thing. It borders on not being funny because his world is crumbling around him and it doesn’t read as something comical. For that to have worked the way it did and for it to still be funny, as an actor for me, it was a big moment.
JJJ: So what can we expect in these last few episodes?
PY: The big thing is, sh-t kind of hits the fan all around. As far as Ryan and Tessa, Ryan tries to figure out with this school situation. It’s weighing on him more than anything has ever weighed on him. We’ve never seen him so unable to handle a situation. The way that it gets resolve in picking a school, it leaves him sort of mad at Tessa. They get in a pretty big fight. Ultimately, we resolve things in our own way, and in what I think are some awesome moments. So yeah, that’s what we can expect, without giving away too much.
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