Amanda Fuller has taken on the role of eldest daughter Kristen Baxter on the hit ABC show Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen and Nancy Travis. In an exclusive interview, TV Equals was able to ask Amanda about her new role, joining the Last Man Standing cast, her other endeavors (which includes directing the play This is our Youth) and more. Last Man Standing airs Fridays on ABC at 8/7c.
What was it like joining the Last Man Standing cast?
Amanda Fuller: It was intimidating. Very intimidating. [Joining a cast] is always an interesting situation. But they welcomed me with open arms and made me feel extremely comfortable. So, with the new showrunner and–he’s trying to do new things with the show and take things in a new direction where there’s more real issue things…[I felt like] a newbie in a house with energy in it and now I feel like I’ve been there since the beginning. We’re eight episodes in and I just love. I’m having…so much fun.
Great. What’s it like to work with this cast?
Amanda Fuller: It’s kind of like creating a whole new family away from your real family (laughs). It’s interesting how it takes on this other family dynamic. Molly Ephraim and Kaitlyn Dever who play my sisters [feel like] the sisters I never had…we’re already bonding and we’re there for each other with stuff…and Nancy Travis is such a riot and she’s so much fun to be around and she’s got a great sense of humor…And of course, Tim, who’s a comedic genius and always bringing so much to the table. It’s just like the best thing that could have happened (laughs). It’s so much fun. That sounds really obvious to say, but it’s true.
I read you’re working on an indie thriller called Cheap Thrills. What can your fans expect from that?
Amanda Fuller: It’s a real, dark, twisted thriller. A far cry from Last Man Standing (laughs). It deals with how far people will go, what lengths they’ll go to to get money…I’m really excited about it because I feel like it walks this line of being really dark and twisted and at the same time being really rooted in humanity, which is something we can all relate to. So I hope that the people who watch it come out of the theater questioning and getting more interested in who they are. I have a…small supporting role in it, but Sara Paxton and Ethan Embry and Pat Healy are phenomenal in it, and I think it’s going to be a really good one.
I’ve also read that you’ve gotten in the director’s chair for This is Our Youth. What was that like?
Amanda Fuller: It was a completely new challenge for me (laughs)…I had to trust my actors and be able to mold it to a certain extent and let it go and…[i]t was…really hard to do. I worked with Tyler James Williams, who’s now on Go On…and he’s just an incredible talent. Directing him was a real pleasure. It was a lot of fun.
If you could guest star on any other TV show, which one could it be? Possibly Go On with Tyler James Williams?
Amanda Fuller: Well, being on a sitcom, I’m creatively craving something different. I’d probably have to go to the other extreme and I’d love to be on American Horror Story–I love that show–or Homeland…I would daydream to be on either of those, for sure.
(Top photo credit: Jeff Fuller)