Pop-Culturalist Chats with Mary-Charles Jones

Mary-Charles Jones

Mary-Charles Jones stars as Sara Gable in last year’s highest rated new comedy, Kevin Can Wait, which made its epic season two return this September. The show follows a retired police officer who looks forward to spending more time with his wife and kids. Mary-Charles’ character, Sara, is navigating the trials and tribulations of high school and has grown a lot since we’ve last seen her. Pop-Culturalist sat down with Mary-Charles to chat about her character’s evolution, what it was like working with Kevin James and Leah Remini, and learned five fun facts about this up-and-coming talent.

P-C: For readers who may not be familiar with Kevin Can Wait, tell us about the show and your character.
Mary-Charles: Kevin Can Wait is a comedy TV show. This season, the show is about Kevin and his family going through the ups and downs of life. We see Kevin learning how to handle being a single dad. On the show, I play Sara. She’s the middle child and has a really special bond with her dad, which we get to see more of throughout the season.

P-C: Kevin Can Wait was the highest rated new comedy. Did you feel any added pressure going into season two?
Mary-Charles: There’s always added pressure when the show does so well in the first season. I think, however, we just tried to look at the show the same way and tried to make it funnier.

P-C: What was it like returning to set?
Mary-Charles: It was wonderful to see everyone when coming back for season two. We are one big family so it’s like a reunion when we get back together.

P-C: How has Sara grown and changed since the last time we saw her?
Mary-Charles: Sara has definitely matured this season. Style wise, she is starting to stray from that tomboy-ish look to a more mature high school girl look. I think Kevin, as a single dad, leads to some great comedic moments between Sara and himself.

P-C: Leah Remini is a new addition for season two, what was it like working with her?
Mary-Charles: Leah is such a joy to work with! She is so funny and kind to all of the cast. I love hanging out with her! She is such a talented actress and I absolutely love watching her work.

P-C: How did you and Kevin James build your father-daughter relationship?
Mary-Charles: I think the relationship came really naturally. Kevin is a dad himself, so it was very easy for us to build that relationship.

P-C: What are you most excited for fans to see this season?
Mary-Charles: I am so excited for fans to see how Sara really grows this season. I also can’t wait for everyone to see Kevin and Leah together because they are so funny and really complement each other.

Five Fun Facts

  • I can play the ukulele.
  • I have over 30 cousins.
  • As a kid, I would go around my house and film myself like I was a vlogger.
  • I love indoor rock-climbing.
  • I haven’t broken a bone yet.

Pop-Culturalist Speed Round

P-C: Guilty pleasure TV show?
Mary-Charles: Jane the Virgin

P-C: Guilty pleasure movie?
Mary-Charles: Disney’s Hercules

P-C: Favorite book?
Mary-Charles: Paper Towns

P-C: Favorite play or musical?
Mary-Charles: AHHH! I am going to say three because I can’t pick just one. I would say Hamilton, 21 Chump Street, and Dear Evan Hansen.

P-C: Favorite social media platform?
Mary-Charles: Twitter

P-C: A band or artist that fans would be surprised to learn is on your playlist?
Mary-Charles: Catfish and the Bottlemen or Cage the Elephant

P-C: Hidden talent?
Mary-Charles: Wakeskaing, which is a form of wakeboarding but there are no boots so your feet are just kind of on the board wherever.

Make sure to follow Mary-Charles on Twitter and Instagram, and catch Kevin Can Wait every Monday at 8/7c on CBS.

Photo Credit: Michael Creagh


Kevin is a writer living in New York City. He is an enthusiast with an extensive movie collection, who enjoys attending numerous conventions throughout the year. His favorite shows include Riverdale, The Gifted, Marvel's Runaways, and The Flash. Say hi on Twitter!

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