Eden Sher plays socially awkward yet wonderfully optimistic Sue Heck on the ABC sitcom "The Middle," which also stars Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn. The show is now in its fourth season and follows a middle-class family of five who live in the fictional town of Orson, Indiana. Eden sat down to chat about where she gets her Sue-spiration and who will be coming back to the show this season.
You play the role of Sue Heck, who is the middle child. Sue tries to be positive but unfortunately things always end badly for her. How much fun do you have playing this role?
Yes, I love the character. I love that I get to go to work and play this exuberant 15-year-old. I feel like she is my ray of sunshine. Even though it's me playing her, she is not me. I love it. I zone in my car to some One Direction, Justin Bieber, or some Katy Perry usually. These are things I do to get me hyped up, to get me in the Sue spirit.
Sue is the middle child and has an older and younger brother. Do you have any siblings where you can draw from for the show?A little, I guess. I actually do have the same dynamic in real life as I do on the show. I am the middle child with an older and younger brother. Yet I really don't base my relationships on the show from my own personal life. They are very different from my real brother, which is a good thing. Still if I didn't have a brother, I could still imagine on what it would be like to have a brother and what I would do in a scene.
Many fans of the show say that you guys do a great job portraying the middle class. How do you feel the show represents the middle class?I think we do a pretty accurate job of reflecting what is happening in the country in a really silly way. To me, that is what you get when you have a TV show that people can respond to. Of course we take a topic and exaggerate it, but there is some truth to what we portray on the show. The heart of the show is real, and people perceive it that way.
Is there one episode this season that you enjoyed shooting the most?The one so far this season is the storyline I have with Charlie (McDermott). I never get storylines with just Axl (Heck). So we got to spend a lot of time together shooting. It was super fun! We never get scenes that are just us. It was cool. I like acting with him. I love shooting with the whole cast, but Charlie is one of my closest friends in real life... it was so nice.
"The Middle" is in its fourth season. How has the chemistry changed since the first year? Are you more comfortable to where you can ad-lib on set?Yeah, we all hate each other now. That's what happens when you spend so much time together for the past for years. (Laughs) No, just kidding. We are much closer now than we were in the beginning of the series. We are much more comfortable with each other. We don't really ad-lib. We stay to the writing. In terms of off camera, we are really close. I feel stupid saying that since it sounds cliché, but we just love each other.
Can you give us any more insights into what we can expect for this season of "The Middle"?You are going to see a lot more shenanigans. That is all I can give you. No, seriously here is the truth. I am not trying to be aloof about anything, but I actually forget the second we wrap up an episode. It goes right out of my brain. I have too much information going in that some info has to seep out. I am sorry, but I really forgot what we filmed this season, but we had fun filming it so I think the audience will have fun, as well.
Will there be any new changes or new cast members on the show?Brooke Shields, who plays the character of Rita Glossner, comes back to the show. Axl's love interest Cassidy Finch, played by Galadriel Stineman, will be back on the show, as well. So there is going to be some great characters coming back to the show.
The Middle airs on Wednesdays at 8 PM ET on ABC.