‘Younger’ star Miriam Shor on Diana’s love life: It’s complicated

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Miriam Shor and Chris Tardio co-star in “Younger.”TV Land

Younger | Wednesday, 10 p.m., TV Land

Love is in the air — or perhaps up in the air — as Season 6 of TV Land’s “Younger” kicks off. Last year’s finale found buttoned-up book marketing executive Diana (Miriam Shor) solidifying her relationship with blue-collar worker Enzo (Chris Tardio), and millennial masquerader Liza (Sutton Foster) further connecting with ousted Empirical Press CEO Charles (Peter Hermann). But romantic ghosts haunt the ladies as lovelorn Diana still pines for Charles and Liza has lingering feelings for her ex, Josh (Nico Tortorella). “What I like about our show is nothing is finished in an episode,” Shor, 47, told The Post. “It always drives me a little crazy when you watch a show and everything is solved at the end of the episode because it feels nice — but that’s never how it is in life.”

Shor, fondly remembered for her early gender-bending role as Yitzhak in the off-Broadway and film versions of John Cameron Mitchell’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” spoke to The Post about Diana’s romantic standards, how she connects with her and an early career near-encounter with Lily Tomlin.

How do Diana’s and Liza’s feelings about Charles and Josh still affect them?
Your feelings don’t just go away; they’re always special to you in some way. And you have to figure out how they fit into your life. That’s Liza’s struggle. And Charles has always represented this ideal of who Diana should be with. The truth is, people who seem like the best people for us on paper are not the ones in true life who are the best for us, time and time again. The heart wants what it wants and it is surprising.

Is Diana settling for Enzo?
It is her struggle, as well as Enzo’s; we do address it this season. The writers have given her this tremendous journey of a love life with someone, Enzo, she would never see herself with. That forces you to constantly examine yourself and who you think you are.

Has playing Diana changed you?
I’ve learned a lot about believing in my own capability. I’ve spent a lot of time second-guessing, hedging and apologizing; that energy is probably better spent just doing the thing I’m good at. I credit playing a person like this — a boss, someone who believes in herself — with me asking about directing and then in fact directing a couple episodes of the show.

How long can 40-something Liza still pretend to be 20-something?
I don’t know. Early in my career I did “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and played a man, in tiny theaters, and all I had was a little makeup on my face and whatever acting skills I had at the time. But people were 5 feet away from me, and all we did was say, “This is a man,” and they bought it. To a certain extent, people will take what you say as the truth unless they have a reason to doubt it.

In the season premiere, you and co-stars Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff belt out Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” at Marie’s Crisis piano bar. How fun was that scene?
One of the best songs ever written, in my mind, and one of my favorite movies of all time! It was a big scene and super fun. I got to channel my inner Lily Tomlin, who is my spirit animal. When I was performing “Hedwig” at Jane Street [Theatre], she came [backstage] to say hello … but we missed each other, like ships in the night. Just knowing she was looking for me to say “Good job” was great, but I’ve always mourned the fact that I didn’t get to meet her face to face and say, “You are so inspiring to me.”

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And here’s what else to watch this week:

sMothered | 10 p.m., TLC

Series premiere. Mothers and daughters who are joined at the hip, wearing matching outfits and even bathing together, are the subjects of this series that celebrates everything that’s a little strange.

Big Little Lies | Sunday, 9 p.m., HBO

Season premiere. Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and their friends think they won’t be arrested for murder. Then the dead man’s mother, Mary Louise (Meryl Streep), arrives to help Celeste with the twins. She’s not leaving town without those kids.

Pose | Tuesday, 10 p.m., FX

Season premiere. Convinced Madonna’s “Vogue” will lead to mainstream acceptance, Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) encourages the House of Evangelista to follow their dreams — even if it means putting her own on the backburner. Pray Tell (Billy Porter) joins an activist organization fighting for the rights of HIV-positive people.

Gentleman Jack | Monday, 10 p.m., HBO

Season finale. Following a journey from Paris to Copenhagen, Lister (Suranne Jones) finds acceptance in Danish high society, stepping out of her sartorial comfort zone to attend a birthday ball for a member of royalty. Meanwhile, in Scotland, an unexpected visitor to the farm threatens to expose Thomas’s (Tom Lewis) macabre secret.

Jett | Friday, 10 p.m., Cinemax

Series premiere. Hoping to go straight, recently paroled master thief Daisy “Jett” Kowalski (Carla Gugino) is enlisted by crime boss Charlie Baudelaire (Giancarlo Esposito) to steal a ring from Miljan Bestic (Greg Bryk), an Eastern European crime overlord living in Cuba.

American Masters | Friday, 9 p.m., PBS

The career of Terrence McNally receives a retrospective, capped by the well-received revival of “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” that stars Michael Shannon and Audra McDonald.

Claws | Sunday, 9 p.m., TNT

Season premiere. The crew regroups in the aftermath of Virginia’s shooting to face their new adversaries, Mac (Michael Horse) and Melba (Rebecca Creskoff), and run Bayside Rapture Casino.

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