Monica Potter and Erika Christensen were up late last night shooting scenes for their show, Parenthood on NBC—but they were still chipper enough to complete a slough of interviews this morning. I chatted with them for a few minutes about next season, which begins on Tuesday, September 14 at 10 p.m.
What's coming up for Kristina (Potter) and Julia (Christensen)?
Monica: For me, it’s just an extension of what was happening last year. We’re still dealing with Max (Max Burkholder) and trying to figure out how to work on our marriage. And our daughter, Haddie (Sarah Ramos), is having her own difficulties in life, and we’re trying to help her out as well while working on ourselves.
Erika: My character is all of a sudden deciding that she wants a second child, which is new territory. I don’t know if it’s the greatest timing or not! She has to convince her husband that it is good timing.
Monica: And we have scenes with our characters that will further their relationship, that we didn’t do last season, so that’s exciting.
Which other members of the cast do you hope to work with more this season?
Erika: Her! I hope, her.
Monica: Yeah! We’ve had a couple of scenes together. And Craig [T. Nelson], and Bonnie [Bedelia]! We all have such chemistry together, especially working last night so late with all of us cackling and laughing. It’s unfortunate because it’s such a big group so we sometimes miss each other but I think they’re working on having a lot of our own scenes together, and exploring those little relationships in the family.
Erika: I would like to work with Bonnie and Craig more, and with my nieces and nephews!
Monica: I agree. That would be cool.
What about the relationship between Julia and her older sister, Sarah (Lauren Graham)? Will we see that develop?
Erika: Definitely! ...I think all of those relationships are going to be explored more. And it’s funny, the setup from last season is that they don’t have the closest relationship. There’s a bit of a sibling rivalry there.
Monica: That’s right, I forgot about that! And Kristina and Sarah don’t particularly get along very well, either. You’ll see that again this season. It’s kind of funny. She’s jealous because—I don’t know? [Sarah is] spending time with Adam (Peter Krause)? I’m trying to figure that out. It’s funny.
Will you get a chance to shoot on location in the Bay Area at all?
Monica: I hope we get to go up there more, I don’t know! We shot the pilot there and loved it! I heard we were supposed to go back and forth to do exteriors here and there, so hopefully that’s true.
Erika: Yeah, that would be fun. We’ve been shooting in LA and the sets here are amazing, but we’d love to take a trip up to the Bay Area, so we’ll see!