We all know opposites often attract in relationships, but when it comes to George (Jeremy Sisto) and Dallas (Cheryl Hines) on ABC's Suburgatory, it has recently begun to seem as if opposites may attract but may not be meant to be. This second season has seen a lot of ups and downs for the characters as they struggle with getting on the same page-- and then staying there. And Sisto said that things will not be smooth sailing any time soon. Sure, that's where some of the comedy comes from, especially as he gears up to serenade her with her favorite R. Kelly number, but it's also where some of the heart of the show comes in.
"He hasn’t had a relationship in a long time because he’s been with his daughter—he’s raising his daughter. But he [got] pretty caught up in this relationship. George is a committed guy. He commits to being in Chatswin long after the experiment should have ended and in the same way he goes through the male model phase and all of the other things he’s committed to, so he actually does it full out," Sisto said to LA TV Insider Examiner when we caught up with him over the phone this week.
"I think it’s hard to tell with these kinds of relationships. I’m married now, but back when I had girlfriends, you were always wondering if they liked you, and if you liked them enough. You’re together, but the smallest thing could make one of you go ‘You know what? This isn’t working!’ That’s kind of what’s going on in the relationship. They like each other; George really likes her, and he’s committed to her, but he doesn’t feel the same way he felt about his ex-wife, Tessa’s mom, and [Dallas] can feel that. But whether he feels that or not, he hasn’t shown it to her; he’s done nothing but been there and jumped through every hoop and loved her and been a good boyfriend. And he’s willing to move forward, and she is just not able to see it that way."
Sisto shared that earlier in the season both he and his co-star Hines had concerns over the George and Dallas relationship. Despite the fun they may have been having on-set, bantering with each other, believability of such different types actually making it work versus just wanting to make it work kept coming up. Sisto was pleasantly surprised to see how realistically the show tackled that on-screen.
"As the season progressed, again, just like the first season, I started to believe and understand why they were together. He likes being with her. She makes him laugh—whether she’s saying the things intentionally to make him laugh, or whether she’s not. It kind of doesn’t matter because it makes the time that they share together something that he enjoys," Sisto said.
That being said, though, neither George nor Dallas has wanted to sit down and have the serious talk about where their relationship is headed just yet. But soon they won't be able to avoid it, as they are coming to the point where they've been together long enough that in order to stay together, they may have to move forward more seriously. Maybe not with marriage but at least moving in together and truly blending their families.
"At least at this point in his life, he’s like ‘This is good. I’m not going to look into it too much.’ And she wants to look into it much further: ‘Do you still love me the way…?’ I think she cares too much about it, and I think she gets tired of being the neurotic one," Sisto said.
So don't get your hopes up for a happy, neat resolution at the end of season two. As Sisto said: "The season ends with the relationship at its worst."
Say it ain't so!!
Suburgatory airs on ABC on Wednesday nights at 9:30 p.m.
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