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Sutton Foster remakes herself to be ‘Younger’

Debi Mazar, left, gives Sutton Foster a makeover when she discovers she needs to look younger to succeed.
Debi Mazar, left, gives Sutton Foster a makeover when she discovers she needs to look younger to succeed. TNS

In TV Land’s new series, “Younger,” actress Sutton Foster plays a woman convinced she’d do better if she just filed a few years off her birth date and joined a younger. Hashtag: shredded jeans.

Foster, herself, has done that. But it wasn’t all in fun, as it is in the show, which premieres Tuesday.

“After my divorce I became someone I wasn’t,” she says. “Because how do you cope? How do you deal? I was acting out trying to overcome a difficult situation.”

She’s rebuilt her life several times.

Her mom had been a beauty from a small town in North Carolina who longed to be a model. But her father had forbidden it. As a result, Foster says, she was encouraged by her mother to pursue performing until she was cast in the touring company of “Grease” on four days’ notice.

Foster, 40, had always suffered from anxiety, so the life of a roving thespian wasn’t the easiest choice. “I used to be afraid of flying and driving and social situations. But I’m better with that. I still sort of deal with it. It’s in my family. If I had to change anything I wish I were more of a social butterfly. My husband’s really great about asking people questions. He’s incredibly gracious and very interested. I think I tend to be a bit of a wallflower and wait for someone to come to me. It usually takes me a little bit.”

Her mother, her most enthusiastic fan, didn’t live to witness Foster’s heady success. “My mom and I had a very complicated relationship, which is a whole other story. The day she died it changed my relationship with my father – my whole, my entire life. In many ways it was heartbreaking and one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through.

“And there have been some beautiful things that have come my way. It’s made me very appreciative of life and how precious and how finite it is. It made me appreciate everything more.”

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