Follow TV Tropes

Following

Characters / Younger

Go To

Empirical Press

Staff

    Liza Warner 

Liza Warner

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/younger_liza_warner.jpg
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.


  • 10-Minute Retirement: When Liza thinks she's going to be exposed, she quits her job at Empirical and takes another job back in New Jersey: sales clerk at the Paramus Mall.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Downplayed; she's shown to be very respectful and kind towards Diana, even if the latter's behavior doesn't always merit it.
  • Classic Anti Hero: 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.
  • 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.
  • Good Parents: Everything she does, her entire lie and new life, is to support her daughter Caitlin.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: Liza becomes this when she moves from a New Jersey suburb to Brooklyn.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Kelsey and Lauren, even if they don't realize it.
  • May–December Romance: Played with, towards Josh and Charles. Josh thinks he's younger than her at the start, while Charles believes he's older.
  • The Muse: To the show's take on George R. R. Martin.
  • Rom Com Job: She works as an assistant at a publishing house in Manhattan.
  • Older Than They Look: The premise of the show hinges on Liza passing herself off as twenty-six years old, which everybody believes.
  • The Pollyanna: How Diana sees her, not realizing they're much closer in age than she believes.

    Kelsey Peters 

Kelsey Peters

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/younger_kelsey.png
Portrayed by: Hilary Duff

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.


  • Extreme Doormat: 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.
  • Improbable Age: Discussed. For someone in her mid-twenties, Kelsey has a lot of clout in her career, which she attributes to working constantly since college.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Liza, even though she doesn't realize it. Until the end of season three.
  • The Mistress: To Anton. It doesn't last very long.
  • Office Romance: She gets involved with not one, but two authors who have projects in development at Empirical.
  • Pretty in Mink: Kelsey makes enough at her job to afford a fur coat or two.
  • Secret Keeper: Becomes this to Liza at the end of the third season.
  • True Companions: Liza outright tells her while reveling her secret, that after her daughter, and Maggie, Kelsey is the most precious person in her life.
  • Your Cheating Heart: 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.
Advertisement:

    Diana Trout 

Diana Trout

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/younger_diana_trout.png
Portrayed by: Miriam Shor

Also known as "Trout Pout" among her coworkers, Diana is the of marketing at Empirical, and Liza's boss.


  • Benevolent Boss: Despite her reputation in the office, Diana is shown to be generous and thoughtful, in her own way.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: 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.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Diana to Charles, who acts perfectly gentlemanly, but feels obviously a little uneasy because of her advances.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: She's has a crush on her Charles, her boss.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Diana is introduced as an intimidating figure, but shows hidden depths and has enough Pet the Dog Moments to reveal herself as a benevolent boss, in her own way.

    Charles Brooks 

Charles Brooks

Portrayed by: Peter Hermann


  • Benevolent Boss: Despite his lofty position at the company, he's rarely ever seen to be unkind or cruel. However...
    • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: If Charles snaps at one of his employees, you know they messed up. When Kelsey loses L.L. Moore to a rival publisher, he's enraged.

Writers

    Anton Bjornberg 

Anton Bjornberg

Portrayed by: Thorbjørn Harr


  • Funny Foreigner: 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.

     L.L. Moore 

L.L. Moore

Portrayed by: Richard Masur


  • Kavorka Man: Despite his unattractiveness to Liza, that doesn't stop him from wooing women and convincingly writing as a woman under his pseudonym.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's an obvious take on George R. R. Martin.
  • Pen Name: Liza and Kelsey figure out he's Aubrey Alexis, the writer of a steamy romance novel that Empirical wants to publish.
Advertisement:

     Colin Mc Nicol 

Colin Mc Nicol

Portrayed by: Jay Wilkinson



Friends and Family

Miller Family

    Caitlin Miller 

Caitlin Miller

Portrayed by: Tessa Albertson

    David Miller 

Caitlin Miller

Portrayed by: Paul Fitzgerald

Advertisement:

Brooklyn

    Maggie Amato 

Liza Warner

Portrayed by: Debi Mazar


    Josh 

Josh

Portrayed by: Nico Tortorella


    Gabe 

Gabe

Portrayed by: Jon Gabrus


Manhattan

    Lauren Heller 

Lauren Heller

Portrayed by: Molly Bernard


  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: 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.
  • Bi the Way: Lauren, with also giving a vibe of Anything That Moves.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Lauren parties hard.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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.
  • Likes Older Women: Maggie is the only woman she's shown to be involved with.
  • Satellite Character: 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. 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.
  • She Is All Grown Up: 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.

    Thad Weber 

Thad Weber

Portrayed by: Dan Amboyer


  • Bastard Boyfriend: 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.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: 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.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Thad's name is very deliberately pronounced with a hard H by every character.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Thad is selfish and aloof, while Chad is sensitive and thoughtful.

    Chad Weber 

Chad Weber

Portrayed by: Dan Amboyer



Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report