In our interview with her and so-star Calum Worthy, Yu shared that the stairs, atrium, front door, and more are exactly as they were when she interacted with them previously. The walls even featured reminders of the past on their backsides as “Mike Baxter’s office” and AD Sean T. Lafferty’s name adorned the area unseen by the live studio audience. And for the actor, it brought her great comfort to have a piece of her own past along with her as she embarked on a new project:
“Yeah, that was really nostalgic and meaningful to me. And yes, it is super meta, and I do believe that most of my comedic inspiration has come from the cast of ‘Dr. Ken,’ and the advice that I got from [‘Last Man Standing’ stars] Hector Elizondo, Nancy Travis, and Tim Allen. They’ve all just made me who I am today, so I feel very grateful.”
One piece of advice that stuck with Yu beyond her time on “Last Man Standing” came from Allen. She said that the “Toy Story” star taught her how important it was to be okay with making mistakes. “It really freed me up as an actor,” she says. “Because I was able to jump more freely and make bolder choices.” In the first three episodes of “Reboot,” Elaine certainly makes some bold choices that are both hilarious and heartwarming, so hopefully we see more of that from Yu as the series progresses.
New episodes of “Reboot” premiere on Hulu every Tuesday through October 25, 2022.