A 5-Episode Arc Spins Into A Full-Time Gig
Amber Tamblyn's turn as Charlie Harper's daughter, Jenny, will more than make up for the loss of series regular Angus T. Jones. Let's hear it for the girl!
Congratulations are in order for Amber Tamblyn. After appearing in one episode of Two and a Half Men and filming the full five episodes in which she was originally slated to appear, she's been upped to series-regular status. She'll work alongside series stars Ashton Kutcher (Walden Schmidt), who joined after the departure of Charlie Sheen in 2011, and original cast member Jon Cryer, who plays her Uncle Alan.
Tamblyn joined Season 11 of Two and a Half Men as Jenny Harper, the long-lost, illegitimate, lesbian daughter of deceased Charlie Harper in the show's season premiere on Sept. 26. When Tamblyn's casting was first announced, it was rumored she was being considered as a replacement for Angus T. Jones after he had voiced his disappointment in the material and direction of the show, expressed an interest in college and abandoned his full-time series commitment.
On her end, Tamblyn had no such reservations about working on the show or playing a sexed-up lesbian who likes to party. In an interview with TV Line, Tamblyn shared, "The minute I read the material, I was in. I was totally excited to go in and even read for it. I had a really strong opinion about how I thought the character should be, so I went in and gave a presentation of who I thought Jenny was, which was masculine and feminine at the same time with a big hearty laugh, open for anything, game for anything. In general, a sort of unapologetic, tough heroine."
CBS has been good to Tamblyn. It was in September of 2003 that she got her first big break in primetime television staring in Joan of Arcadia. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama the following year for her role as the teenage girl who conversed with God.
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