Hilary Duff Spills on ‘Younger’ Season 3 Finale Cliffhangers: ‘She’s Going to Freak Out’

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you haven’t watched the back-to-back “Younger” Season 3 finale, which aired on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

The secret’s finally out.

On “Younger’s” Season 3 finale, Liza (Sutton Foster) finally reveals her real age to her best friend and co-worker Kelsey (Hilary Duff) — but not until the very end of the episode. Before that big moment, the back-to-back episodes were filled with tons of drama from the ladies’ work lives and their personal lives.

Josh (Nico Tortorella) saw Liza making out with her boss Charles (Peter Hermann), and he spotted them right as he was about to ask Liza to marry him. Even though Liza showed up to Josh’s apartment, he saw he doesn’t trust her and throws her out.

As for Kelsey, she moves out of Lauren’s (Molly Bernard) parent’s NYC home, but when she shows up to her boyfriend Colin’s (Jay Wilkison) place, the newly successful author essentially pushes her out, signaling that he does not want a serious relationship.

To make matters worse, Liza got into a sticky situation, offering a young and inexperienced author a book deal under Kelsey’s imprint because she was being blackmailed about her real age.

Here, Hilary Duff talks to Variety about the “Younger” season finale and what’s coming up in Season 4 — plus, is Duff working on any new music?

Liza told Kelsey her real age, but the season ended right at that moment so we didn’t get to see her reaction. How do you think Kelsey will deal with this?
I think she’s going to freak out. The season ended with all of us not really in as tight of a bond as we normally are, so I think it’s a pretty big struggle. Now that the secret is going to be out, I don’t know how much Kelsey will go along with it in the office and put her work at risk for Liza’s life. I think it’s going to be really hard for her to accept. It’s going to be tough. The biggest betrayal for Kelsey is going to be that she made the book deal behind Kelsey’s back to conceal the secret, which puts all that Kelsey’s worked for at risk. Who knows — maybe Kelsey will tell Diana (Miriam Shor).

Do you think that Kelsey will ever be able to get over it, or is this going to be a friend-breakup for her and Liza?
I have a feeling that their friendship and their love for each other is so strong that this is obviously not going to last throughout the whole season, but I think it is going to take a lot of time to get everybody’s trust back.

Do you think Kelsey will let Liza go through with the dog book deal, or is she going to shut that down?
I think it’s too much of a bad look — with everything that happened with Colin’s book, I think she’s really scared to keep making the imprint look bad and that book is such an embarrassment, I think there’s just no way. Or maybe the book becomes a huge success like one of those dumb flash-in-the-pan things that makes a lot of money.

Colin didn’t exactly break up with Kelsey, but he basically tells her he doesn’t want a super serious relationship. Are they over?
I think he’s going to stick around for a little bit. I don’t know how successful his book is actually going to be so there might be a little bit of him getting a little dose of his own medicine because he’s been acting smug. He got successful fast and it was all due to her and then he kind of shunned her, so I think he might get a little dose of his own medicine, and then it might bring them back together.

It was really fun to watch Kelsey explore her single life this season. Was it fun as an actress to play the single 20-something?
It’s really interesting because nothing sticks around too long in the show because we film so fast and the episodes go by really quickly. A lot happens really quickly, so we don’t dive too deep, but it was fun. She was obviously with Thad (Dan Amboyer) for a really long time and everyone wanted to reach through their TV and shake her like, ‘What are you doing?!’ So it was definitely good to get him out of the picture, but it’s funny because all the guys [Kelsey has dated] kind of look like him. She definitely has a type.

Do you think Kelsey will date new men in Season 4, or will she be focused on working things out with Colin?
Honestly, I have no idea. I don’t know how long they’re going to take things with Colin. The writers surprise us all the time. They come up with the craziest stuff. But, I love Diana having a boyfriend. I think that’s a very funny storyline.

Is there any hope for Josh and Liza?
Well technically, Josh gave her that free pass a few episodes back, so I’m sure that will come up again somehow. That’s something I’m holding on to because I’m Team Josh. It’s so sad what happens when he sees [Liza with Charles], but I think he really cares about her and I feel like they’re definitely not broken up.

Why are you Team Josh and not Team Charles?
I mean, I love Charles, I love Peter Hermann, he’s great, but I just feel like Josh has proven himself to be a really good solid guy who cares so much about her and who takes the relationship really seriously. I think he brings out a fun side of Liza. I think that Liza and Charles definitely will have an intellectual relationship, but I like her going out and doing new things and having fun. I like that side of her.

If Charles hypothetically ever found out Liza’s real age, how do you think he’d react?
I think he would be stoked!

What are your goals for Kelsey in Season 4?
I’d like to see her acquire some books that are total shoo-in successes. I think she’s really struggling with her imprint. She’s trying to take chances, but everything has been somewhat of a disaster. I’d like to see her have some serious success. I would like to see her get her own place. And I would like to meet her mom — I know she doesn’t have a dad, but I would like to see some stuff with her mom.

Who do you think should play her mom?
It’s so funny. Molly, who plays Lauren on the show, was like, “Oh my god, her mom needs to be Suzanne Somers.”

Well, if anyone could get Suzanne Somers, it’s Darren Star, right?
Right? Totally.

How does this finale set up Season 4?
It’s definitely our most juicy episode where everybody ends up in a place where we’re all basically fighting. It’s kind of sad how the episode ends, but it sets up Season 4 and there are a lot of big cliffhangers. Trust is going to have to be built in a big way.

Do you know if there are plans for Liza to tell more people her secret in Season 4?
I’m not sure. When we are on set, they tell us very little. We’re chomping at the bit to get more information all the time.

Are you working on any music right now?
You know what, I’m not working on any music. I’m working on purely personal projects right now. When I wrapped this season, I’ve been remodeling my house and I’ve been really hands-on with that. And I’m in full-blown mom mode — I feel like I miss out so much when I’m shooting, so it’s been so nice. I’m working on a few little projects right now that I can’t talk about, but they’re more fashion and lifestyle type of stuff. But I’m really just enjoying my time off and enjoying time with my son and getting ready for the holidays.

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