What if your future husband was a guy from your past, and finding him came with a deadline? That's the premise of The Ex List, a relationship dramedy premiering Oct. 3 that's based on a hit Israeli series. Elizabeth Reaser (last seen as Ava, Dr. Karev's patient-turned-lover on Grey's Anatomy) stars as the aptly named Bella Bloom, a florist who gets surprising news from a psychic. She's already dated "the one," and she's got a year to find him or she'll never marry.
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Is he a longtime love, a one-night stand, a boy she had a crush on in kindergarten? In the premiere, the ex is a hypersensitive musician (Eric Balfour) she dumped on his birthday seven years earlier, now an angry punk rocker. You can guess how that works out.
"What I love about Bella is this unapologetic search to fall in love," says Reaser, who as a self-described "total buffoon when it comes to love and relationships," brings a lot of herself to the role, including the desire for romance. "In this day and age, if you're a successful and strong woman you're not supposed to want a man and you're just supposed to be cool about being alone all the time, and I don't feel that way. I want to be with someone. I love that the show is completely unapologetic in that quest to find love and find connection."
Like Bella, Reaser is single and 33, and finds dating difficult. "I'm no spring chicken and it's tough out there," she acknowledges, though at this point she has a clearer idea of what she wants and what she doesn't. While she won't discuss her current love life, she has "dated an actor or two," and puts humor and kindness at the top of her must list. "I don't have a type. I've never really had a type." Neither, apparently, does Bella: The exes "will all be very different and I think that's part of the fun of it," Reaser believes.