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* CoolAunt / HonoraryAunt: To Caitlin and kids in general, as while she doesn't want kids herself "I love spoiling them."

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* GoodParents: Everything she does, her entire lie and new life, is to support her daughter Caitlin.

* ClassicAntiHero: Liza is genuinely a sweet, caring and fundamentally good person, however her entire career, and her new identity is built upon and maintaining a massive lie against her bosses, co-workers, friends and people she cares for, something she absolutely detest about herself.
-->'''Liza''': ''(warning Caitlin about her life choices)'' If you lie... ''(inhaling deeply with regret)'' If you lie, you become a liar.

* TrueCompanions: Liza outright tells her [[spoiler: while reveling her secret, that after her daughter, and Maggie,]] Kelsey is the most precious person in her life.

* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler: Becomes this to Liza at the end of the first season].


* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler: Becomes this to Liza at the end of the first season].season]].

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In contrast to relatively well balance, mature and empathetic Kelsey, Lauren can be the epitome of the stereotypically crass, tactless and rather selfish millennial, but in the end she never acts out of true ill intention, and does care about her friends immensely.

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! Empirical Press
!! '''Staff'''
[[folder:Liza Warner]]
!! Liza Warner
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Sutton Foster

Newly divorced and jobless, single mother Liza Warner gets mistaken for being much younger than she really is while at a bar, which gives her a crazy idea: make a whole new life herself in New York by pretending to be twenty-six years old.
* TenMinuteRetirement: When Liza thinks she's going to be exposed, she quits her job at Empirical and takes another job back in New Jersey: [[FateWorseThanDeath sales clerk at the Paramus Mall]].
* BeleagueredAssistant: Downplayed; she's shown to be very respectful and kind towards Diana, even if the latter's behavior doesn't always merit it.
* {{Foil}}: To Diana. While Liza is a wide-eyed upstart beginning a successful new career, Diana is a cold and cynical professional who's been in the same field for a while, despite being roughly the same age.
* GlamorousSingleMother: Liza becomes this when she moves from a New Jersey suburb to Brooklyn.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Kelsey and Lauren, even if they don't realize it.
* MayDecemberRomance: Played with, towards Josh ''and'' Charles. Josh thinks he's younger than her at the start, while Charles believes he's older.
* TheMuse: To the show's [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed take]] on Creator/GeorgeRRMartin.
* RomComJob: She works as an assistant at a publishing house in Manhattan.
* OlderThanTheyLook: The premise of the show hinges on Liza passing herself off as twenty-six years old, which everybody believes.
* ThePollyanna: How Diana sees her, not realizing they're much closer in age than she believes.

[[folder:Kelsey Peters]]
!! Kelsey Peters
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Music/HilaryDuff

An editor at Empirical Press who takes new hire Liza under her wing, with whom she develops a close friendship. She later becomes the head of a young adult imprint called Millenial.
* ExtremeDoormat: To Thad, which Liza shares her concern about, having been that person in her own marriage.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Kelsey claims in the pilot that a woman should support another woman, but makes a contemptuous remark about Diana who "has hit the glass ceiling so many times she has dementia" in the same episode. While she can dislike Diana personally, this kind of remarks aren't soaked in female solidarity.
* ImprobableAge: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]]. For someone in her mid-twenties, Kelsey has a lot of clout in her career, which she attributes to working constantly since college.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Liza, even though she doesn't realize it. [[spoiler: Until the end of season three]].
* TheMistress: To Anton. It doesn't last very long.
* OfficeRomance: She gets involved with not one, but ''two'' authors who have projects in development at Empirical.
* PrettyInMink: Kelsey makes enough at her job [[ to afford a fur coat]] or two.
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler: Becomes this to Liza at the end of the third season]].
* YourCheatingHeart: She cheats on Thad with Anton briefly, but doesn't tell him. She doesn't realize he's ''also'' cheating on her quite regularly at the same time.

[[folder:Diana Trout]]
!! Diana Trout
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Miriam Shor

Also known as "Trout Pout" among her coworkers, Diana is the of marketing at Empirical, and Liza's boss.
* BenevolentBoss: Despite her reputation in the office, Diana is shown to be generous and thoughtful, in her own way.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Over the course of the series (and because of Liza's influence), Diana softens up a bit and even warms to her.
* {{Foil}}: To Liza. While Diana is a cold and cynical professional who's been in the field for a while, Liza is a wide-eyed upstart beginning a successful new career, despite being roughly the same age.
* HopelessSuitor: Diana to Charles, who acts perfectly gentlemanly, but feels obviously a little uneasy because of her advances.
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: She's has a crush on her Charles, her boss.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Diana is introduced as an intimidating figure, but shows {{hidden depths}} and has enough PetTheDog Moments to reveal herself as a {{benevolent boss}}, in her own way.

[[folder:Charles Brooks]]
!! Charles Brooks
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Peter Hermann

* BenevolentBoss: Despite his lofty position at the company, he's rarely ever seen to be unkind or cruel. However...
** OOCIsSeriousBusiness: If Charles snaps at one of his employees, you ''know'' they messed up. When [[spoiler: Kelsey loses L.L. Moore to a rival publisher]], he's ''enraged''.

!! '''Writers'''
[[folder:Anton Bjornberg]]
!! Anton Bjornberg
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Thorbjørn Harr

* FunnyForeigner: Anton. Not from the beginning, but his comment about the "walrus vagina" really put him in this category.
* {{Jerkass}}: Anton seems nice at first but is incredibly selfish cuts himself as an attempt guilt Kelsey out of wanting to end their affair.

[[folder: L.L. Moore]]
!! L.L. Moore
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Richard Masur

* KavorkaMan: Despite his unattractiveness to Liza, that doesn't stop him from wooing women and [[spoiler: convincingly writing as a woman under his pseudonym]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: He's an obvious take on Creator/GeorgeRRMartin.
* PenName: [[spoiler: Liza and Kelsey figure out he's Aubrey Alexis, the writer of a steamy romance novel that Empirical wants to publish]].

[[folder: Colin McNicol]]
!! Colin McNicol
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Jay Wilkinson

! Friends and Family
!! Miller Family
[[folder:Caitlin Miller]]
!! Caitlin Miller
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Tessa Albertson

[[folder:David Miller]]
!! Caitlin Miller
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Paul Fitzgerald

!! Brooklyn
[[folder:Maggie Amato]]
!! Liza Warner
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Debi Mazar

* LipstickLesbian: Artsy, glam Maggie.
* ReallyGetsAround: She has no shortage of romantic interests over the course of the series.
* SecretKeeper: Maggie is Liza's only confidant in the first season.

!! Josh
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/NicoTortorella

* LikesOlderWomen: Though he doesn't know it. [[spoiler:Until the end of the first season.]]
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler: Becomes this to Liza at the end of the first season].
* SexyMentor: To Liza. Or at least, he ''believes'' himself to be this.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Josh, complete with messy hair, deadpan sarcasm, and plenty of tattoos.

!! Gabe
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Jon Gabrus

* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: He's never seen after season one.

!! Manhattan
[[folder:Lauren Heller]]
!! Lauren Heller
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Molly Bernard

* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Lauren's parents are a {{Jewish mother}} and a {{dirty old man}}. While the former is nice and gets along with Lauren's friend, the latter tends to make everyone uncomfortable.
* BiTheWay: Lauren, with also giving a vibe of AnythingThatMoves.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Lauren parties hard.
* LikesOlderWomen: Maggie is the only woman she's shown to be involved with.
* SatelliteCharacter: At first. Lauren is best friends with Kelsey, but barely knows Liza... and lists her, Josh (whom she knows even less) and Maggie among her closest friends. [[spoiler:Although that move it's justified if she planned to hit on Maggie from the beginning.]] She eventually becomes better ingrained with the group as the series progresses, however.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Lauren's "Hot Mitzvah" is about her being this trope, and not thirteen and pimply as she was at the time of her Bar Mitzvah.

[[folder:Thad Weber]]
!! Thad Weber
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Dan Amboyer

* BastardBoyfriend: Thad is very clearly an ass. Although he is not overly bastardly to Kelsey (who is no saint herself), he just doesn't have anything good going on for him, except being hot.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Thad is just standing there, in the middle of the city, in a conflict with Liza, when a load of steel falls on his head]].
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Thad's name is very deliberately pronounced with a hard H by every character.
* PolarOppositeTwins: [[spoiler:Thad is selfish and aloof, while Chad is sensitive and thoughtful]].

[[folder:Chad Weber]]
!! Chad Weber
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Dan Amboyer

* PolarOppositeTwins: [[spoiler:Thad is selfish and aloof, while Chad is sensitive and thoughtful]].

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