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GHOSTS: Utkarsh Ambudkar Previews Hetty Possessing Jay

December 9, 2021 by  

Ghosts Hetty Possesses Jay

“Possession” – Hetty accidentally possesses Jay’s body just as he and Sam are to about show Woodstone Mansion to a renowned wedding planner, on the CBS Original series GHOSTS, Thursday, Dec. 9 (9:01-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*
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GHOSTS’ Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar) finds himself in the middle of the ghost mayhem on the Thursday, December 9 episode of the CBS comedy when he, well, becomes possessed.

“The circumstances around this episode—called ‘Possession,’ very appropriately—is Jay is not very handy around the house,” Ambudkar teases. “And he is trying to fix some electrical stuff in the home and Hetty gets a little too close, and gets a shock. And somehow, through the magic of the ghosts’ world, Hetty ends up in Jay’s body, sharing the body with him. They have to go about that episode together as one.”

The actor found out about the twist from the producers before he got the script when they asked him a simple question: ” “How do you feel about getting possessed by Hetty?”

“I was like, ‘Yeah, I mean, why are you asking me? You write it, I’ll do it,'” Ambudkar recalls. “And Rebecca [Wisocky, who plays Hetty] has created such a distinct, clear character vocally, physically, [and even] the point of view. All of the groundwork and the foundation for the character she laid [out], so if I could just get into that voice of Hetty, and then walk with a straight back, pretend that I’ve been in a corset for 200-plus years, I thought I had a pretty good chance of doing her justice.”

“It’s really the voice,” he continues. “Once you get into Hetty’s voice and her eyes those really big eyes of always sort of miffed of how she has to spend time with these people that are beneath her, it is really fun. There’s so many things Rebecca does that just make it easy to play Hetty. She really created a great character.”

As Jay and Hetty are inhabiting Jay’s body, he has a big task: Sam (Rose McIver) and Jay are trying to convince a wedding planner, played by Enrico Colantoni, to have the event at Woodstone Mansion.

“They need to be on their best behavior,” Ambudkar says. “They need to give the highest and best impression that they’re the right people for the job. Which is a little hard to do when you’re possessed by a ghost.”

For Ambudkar, he also had fun working with Colantoni. “Enrico Colantoni is like the best kind of collaborator,” he gushes. “I mean, he was just so warm and giving and really gracious with his time and energy and support. He was really just lovely to be around. Obviously as an actor, he’s a professional, so fully prepared ready to go. But also just like very giving. He was just really enjoyable to be around.”

“Also, you want to do a good job when someone like that is on set,” he continues. “So that helped a lot. Once I got over sort of being starstruck and I asked him all of the questions I wanted to ask him about JUST SHOOT ME and GALAXY QUEST, I calmed down and it was really fun working with him.”

GHOSTS, Thursdays, 9/8c, CBS


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