Beth Behrs Says She Was 'Broke' and Working Multiple Jobs When She Auditioned for '2 Broke Girls'

"Seven days a week, I was working full-time," said the actress

Life can imitate art, but it was the other way around for Beth Behrs.

The actress, 35, was working multiple jobs and barely making ends meet before she was cast on 2 Broke Girls, she recalled during an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show Monday.

"I was a broke girl," she said. "Seven days a week, I was working full-time."

When she auditioned for the CBS sitcom, which ran for six seasons, Behrs said she didn't have the proper shoes to wear to the reading.

"I didn't even own a pair of high heels," she said. "I went to my audition for Caroline Channing in cowboy boots."

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Behrs said she heeded the advice of series creator Michael Patrick King and went shopping for a new outfit to wear to her second audition.

"I had no money because I was a real broke girl," she said. "I went to Nordstrom and kept all of the tags on my clothes and the label on the Steve Madden heels that I got."

"When Michael hugged me, he's like, 'Are there tags all over your clothes?'" she continued. "And I was like, 'Well, yes, because if I don't get this job, I have to return all these clothes. I can't afford them.'"

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Of course, Behrs went on to land the role of Caroline Channing, a rich girl who reluctantly joins the food service industry after falling on hard times.

Also starring Kat Dennings, 2 Broke Girls ran from 2011 to 2017 on CBS and was nominated for several Emmys during its run.

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