Being part of the cast of “Happy Endings” (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC) doesn’t seem like a shabby gig. Not only does the plot get consistently more hilarious, but the show’s actors — Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Damon Wayans Jr., Casey Wilson and Adam Pally — play off each other perfectly and look like they’re having a blast.
In honor of his celebration of America Recycles Day, Wayans Jr., who plays Brad on the ABC comedy, took a few minutes to talk to HuffPost TV via phone to discuss working with the “Happy Endings” cast, leaving “New Girl” behind and to bust a few rumors.
I’m loving this season of “Happy Endings” so far, and I know there’s been talk of Jane’s lesbian lover coming to town. How do you think Brad will react to all of that?
I think Brad will be thrown, but then intrigued, and then offended, and then he’ll be sad, then he’ll be happy, then they’ll make up, and maybe … I don’t know.
Do you think she’ll stick around and create conflict?
I don’t know. That’d be weird. I’d like that! I’d like to see how he’d handle that.
You and Eliza Coupe have great chemistry. Was that instant, or did it develop?
It was pretty much instant. During the last day of shooting our pilot we had this long scene where we were around each other for a long time, and we just laughed. It was one of the hardest laughs either of us have ever had. Ever since then, it’s been uphill. We really get along. We laugh together, write together, hang out, sleep together, bathe together. It’s great.
Is the “Happy Endings” class a close-knit one?
Really close. We hang out every weekend, at least every Friday. We do it up on Friday nights just to be like, “Week well done!”
I don’t want to stir up any trouble, but there was a rumor that you guys have so many inside jokes that your guest stars feel excluded. Do you have any thoughts on that?
Yeah! I do have thoughts on that. They said I was like the head of it, first of all. I was thoroughly offended. We do have a lot of inside jokes, but that’s because we’re around each other a lot. We’re never mean to the guest stars. It said something about Megan Mullally being offended. We love Megan! She was my Megs and Bacon! That’s what I used to call her!
We definitely have our jokes, but that’s amongst each other. If people feel excluded, why don’t they just come sit next to us? We’re going to be goofy no matter what. I’m very offended that they said this. We’re the nicest people. I might as well be Canadian! First of all, Elisha [Cuthbert]‘s Canadian. And I was born in Vermont, so that’s close to Canada.
So you’re of the opinion that Canadians are nicer?
Yeah! For sure! You know how it is up there. They’re healthier. Their healthcare is awesome.
Have you kept up with “New Girl?”
I saw the premiere of the first and second seasons.
What do you think of the role of Winston? Do you think if you had taken on that role, it would have gone in a different direction?
It’s hard to say. I feel like my character’s more aggressive. I think I could have kind of balanced out the cast, but I think Winston’s doing a great job. That guy’s [Lamorne Morris] my buddy. I’m glad that he’s working, and I’m glad that they’re working.
Any “Happy Endings” inside scoop?
Hmm. Yes! David Alan Grier is going to be playing my boss on the upcoming episode.
Tell me a little bit about America Recycles Day.
America Recycles Day is a day that is promoting recycling throughout the United States, in case you didn’t know. Right now, I’m with the Bud Light recycling zone, and as you know, Bud Light is the official beer of the NFL. And what they’ve done — which is awesome — is collected 125,000 cans, scrunched them up, and created goal posts. They’ve taken it across the United States to nine different cities. In every city, they set up the goal posts at tailgating parties at these different football games, and they have someone kick it through the goal posts in the spirit of recylcing. It’s a fun way to remember that even though we’ve progressed as a society, there’s still a lot more to do.
“Happy Endings” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.