‘Pretty Smart’ stars Emily Osment, Gregg Sulkin talk new sitcom


The new Netflix sitcom “Pretty Smart” throws uptight Harvard grad Chelsea (Emily Osment) right into a world of not-so-intellectual influencers and health club rats when she’s pressured to maneuver in together with her bubbly sister and her roommates. 

Now streaming, the collection follows Chelsea as she reunites together with her ditzy sister Claire (Olivia Macklin), because of her shedding her place to remain after her tutorial boyfriend dumps her. She additionally will get to know the opposite inhabitants of Claire’s home, together with personal coach Grant (Gregg Sulkin); social media influencer Jayden (Michael Hus Rosen); and tarot card and crystal loving healer Solana (Cinthya Carmona). 

“When I first read the script, my head went to ‘Cheers,’” mentioned Osment, 29 (“The Kominsky Method”). “I felt prefer it was type of the same storyline when it comes to an informed East Coast girl being dropped on her head in the course of nowhere and having to select up the place she left off from a distinct spot, and having to combine with the locals in a approach that she doesn’t know learn how to do. So, I undoubtedly linked with a Diane Chambers vibe for her, and you’ll see it in her attire.

“I loved every moment where Grant kind of knocks Chelsea on her butt a little bit. She’s just kind of flabbergasted by his charming good looks. She’s definitely a loquacious sort of know-it-all, and to see her not be in her element was so fun to play.” 

“Pretty Smart” has loads of rising pains because the new housemates get used to one another; prickly Chelsea initially judges Claire for her flightiness — and Grant for the way he by no means wears a shirt and takes each sarcastic remark actually — earlier than their appeal begins to win her over. 

New roommates: Grant (Gregg Sulkin), left, Jayden (Michael Hus Rosen), Chelsea (Emily Osment), Claire (Olivia Macklin) and Solana (Cinthya Carmona), proper.

“He’s not the brightest but he’s definitely not dumb,” Sulkin, 29, informed The Post about his character, Grant. “So, I thought it was important to lean away from the stereotypical sort of stupidness and lean into something more earnest. As an actor, I felt happiest when Emily and I could work together and do our own scenes and learn about the characters and grow with them. So our scenes together were very special to me.” 

Osment and Sulkin (“Marvels Runaways”) each come from Disney backgrounds; she was in “Hannah Montana” and he was in “Wizards of Waverly Place,” amongst different exhibits. Both mentioned that gave them the groundwork for his or her careers. 

“There was a few years of crossover there [on our Disney shows] but we didn’t shoot on the same lot,” mentioned Osment. “I obviously knew of Gregg; we didn’t spend a whole lot of time together [and] one of Gregg’s friends was friends with one of the guys on my show, so I was hearing about him all the time. But we weren’t really in communication until we did a movie in 2013 together [Lifetime’s “A Daughter’s Nightmare”] and that basically bonded us. When you develop up doing the job that now we have had since childhood, there may be some type of kindred spirit form of factor.” 

Gregg Sulkin as personal coach Grant and Emily Osment as Harvard grad Chelsea (proper) in “Pretty Smart.”

“When you’re working on a show as a young person, you learn discipline, you learn professionalism,” mentioned Sulkin. “If two cast members come onto set every day wanting to work hard and be collaborative, that’s a great foundation for a good show. And I feel like my dynamic with Emily and our trust with each other allowed us to have a great foundation not just for the two of us, but for the rest of the group.”