10/21/2012 10:58 am ET

Mae Whitman Talks 'Parenthood,' On-Screen Romance With Matt Lauria

Ah, the perks of being a "Parenthood" star.

After being spotted in an on-set smooch
with "Friday Night Lights" vet Matt Lauria, Mae Whitman opened up to EW about her character Amber's relationship with Ryan (Lauria.)

"I’m excited for where Amber is this season," Whitman said. "It’s one of the first times we’ve seen her really happy. Working in music. Doing her own thing. Feeling a sense of confidence and doing well.

That’s the state of mind you’re in when something like real love comes along and you’re often caught off guard. She’s starting to understand what she has to offer to the world. And Ryan’s very different from the guys she’s been with. He could teach her a lot and she could teach him a lot.”

In an earlier interview with HuffPost TV, Whitman opened up about Amber's transition is Season 4 of the NBC series.

"It's definitely weird for me to realize that, all of sudden, she's being sexy and stuff," Whitman said. "Now she's 20 years old -- it's such a weird time period that we all go through to try and find our own independence as an adult. I'm really excited that we're getting a chance to explore that realm."

"Parenthood" airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.