Every week, Erin and Sara Foster, the creators and stars of VH1’s Barely Famous (Wednesdays at 10 p.m.), will reveal the best from behind the scenes of their faux-reality show in a conversation with EW. This week, the sisters dish on the third episode of the season, “No Scrubs,” in which Erin’s relationship with Zach Braff is jeopardized, and Sara fights to get into Ali Larter’s “squad,” only to discover it is all business.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How was it scoring Zach Braff for the show?
SARA FOSTER: He liked season one. That’s the beauty of the celebrities of season two, you know? Season one they really were our friends. Courteney Cox, Ashley Benson, Kate Hudson, Rachel Zoe, Molly Sims, they are our really good friends. We couldn’t get at Chelsea Handler in season one — she would be like, “What the f—k is this show?” But season two we found ourselves in a position where people wanted to be on the show.
ERIN FOSTER: It worked out really interesting because we are friendly with Zach and he’s always been so cool and so nice. I was dying to tell a story about a girl, ’cause we see this all the time in L.A., who wants to f—k a celebrity to get pregnant. I really wanted to push it to a place where my character is sleeping with a celebrity, and then an assistant [it was originally going to be a CAA assistant], and gets pregnant. I wanted it to be the abortion episode where we push it there. Erin would be trying to figure out who the father is, and just go there.
SARA: That girl that has no intention of having kids, doesn’t care about kids, would probably never wants kids, but would get pregnant with a celebrity just to get fame.
ERIN: I wouldn’t go as far to say that this is an epidemic, but it’s just something you see a lot. I just wanted to push the envelope and get to the core of how vain and transparent girls in L.A. can be. We needed a guy celebrity and a valet guy [the valet was used out of convenience since it allowed the two suitors to meet]. Ashley Benson’s boyfriend, Ryan Good, said at a birthday party, ‘Erin! I’m dying to be on the show. I used to be on Punk’d and I think I could do an awesome job!” So it worked out ’cause I wanted, like, a white guy that thinks he’s black, almost like a Kevin Federline deal, and Ryan said he totally understood what it was I was looking for. The producers googled him though and said, “The guy dates Ashley Benson, you’d be stoked to have his kid!” He’s just so attractive, and they wanted someone unattractive. But I fought for him and knew he could pull it all off. He made the episode.
SARA: We had to cut a lot of him unfortunately. We had 22 minutes to tell two stories. It kills me because so much of the stuff that didn’t make it into the episode was so funny.
Will there ever be deleted scenes released?
ERIN: Yeah we hope so, and we’ll Instagram clips later on.
The “squad” portion of the episode was genius. Have you seen that often in real life?
SARA: I’m not talking about one particular group or girl because there are so many squads now, but anyway, it’s all about pushing each other’s fame. So we really wanted to create an environment where you see these girls having no interest in beings friends, having no interest in sharing a meal together, and just pushing each other. If you don’t have a brand, you cannot sit with us.
ERIN: We also wanted to point out that these squads are supposed to be about female empowerment, but it’s really just making other girls feel left out. You don’t get to be in the squad unless you’re six-feet tall, a supermodel, perfect, famous, and hot. That’s like hand selecting perfection, putting it into a group of girls and saying, “Look how amazing we are.”
SARA: It’s just forced so we thought, “Let’s tackle that.”
ERIN: Even Instagram has become a way to show off your girl group and make other girls feel left out. Sara made a great point the other day about this. When we go out with friends for a dinner or something and we have friends that aren’t there, for no reason other than they weren’t invited because we only had room for a certain amount of people, we just don’t post a picture because we don’t want anyone to feel left out. What’s the point?
SARA: We also don’t want to sound like we’re above it all though either. I mean, I was trying to get our social media person to post this f—king clip because it will help the show. But when it comes to friend groups or representing a broad group of people, there’s a responsibility to keep it fair. Friend groups, especially girl groups, are not supposed to be about calculation. We were sitting around thinking, “How dumb is #SquadGoals? How f—king dumb.”
ERIN: Ali Larter was fantastic, she was just killing us with how game and open she was to being that alpha leader of the squad.
SARA: That was another one that killed us because we had to cut a lot of her just for time.
Speaking of hashtags, what are your favorites? Favorite emojis?
ERIN: Sara loves a sad mom reference, but I don’t fall in that category because I’m single and free.
SARA: Yeah, but you’ll be a sad mom soon so get on it. I only use three emojis though: a heart, the heart kiss, and I don’t even know what the last one is. I miss the old ones where it told you what the emoji was! I always mess up when I’m sending that crying one. Like, someone will text me that they were in a car accident and I’ll send that emoji that is laugh-crying.
ERIN: Sara is about as tech savvy as your grandma. Most of Sara’s tech mess-ups on the show, like her mean tweet from season one, was born out of her real-life problems with it all. She told me one time, “I wish there was a button that would just silence your phone,” and I was like, “There is one, it’s on the side of your phone.” She had no idea it did that.
SARA: It’s bad.