My own college-years jobs involved the usual things -- scraping dishes, sweeping floors and such; they did NOT involve co-starring in a TV show. By comparison, there's Greer Grammer, an A-student and MTV actress. Then again, little about her life has followed the usual patterns; here's the story I sent to papers:
By MIKE HUGHES
Here’s a clue about TV scheduling: It’s good to have “Teen
Mom” as your lead-in – unless you want to be anonymous around your sorority
When Greer Grammer reached the University of Southern
California, she didn’t talk about her acting. “I just said I had to work.” Alas,
her Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters liked “Teen Mom”; it was followed by “Awkward,”
with Grammer playing a naïve teen. “All of a sudden, I had people asking why am
I on TV?”
Until then, Grammer may have blended in. “I’m so normal, as
far as I’m concerned,” she said.
Well as normal as someone can be after growing up in Malibu,
winning beauty pageants and having a father with five Emmy awards.
Her dad is Kelsey Grammer, the actor-producer; her mom is
Barrie Buckner, a make-up artist. Her half-siblings include Spencer Grammer, who
starred in the “Greek” series. Now Greer, 22, is in her fourth season on “Awkward”
(as Lissa), while reportedly getting straight A’s in school.
She had been onstage (as a “Wizard of Oz” Munchkin) at 5, but
her parents were hesitant about show business; instead, she did pageants. “My
friend had done some; I made fun of her until I tried it myself.”
Three times, she was in the top 10 for Miss California Teen
USA. She spent two years at an arts-oriented boarding school and another being
home-schooled, somehow achieving bits of normality. “I got to go to prom and
graduate with all my friends.”
She seems to have dodged the Hollywood-type troubles at her
roots. In “So Far” (Dutton, 1995), Kelsey Grammer said Buckner was his long-time
friend and (during a stormy part of his marriage) his occasional lover. “With
her, there was no torment, no expectation – only kindness and affection.” Then
came her pregnancy. “I had reservations …. In retrospect, I am delighted Barrie
chose to have our little girl.”
That’s Greer, who said she has avoided her dad’s addictions.
“I grew up knowing that drugs are a big problem and that was never something I
got into …. I had so many friends that went to rehab.”
Instead, she went to auditions. Grammer landed a few TV
guest roles, before trying out for “Awkward,” a high school comedy. “I showed
up in leggings and a T-shirt and everyone else was in sundresses. I thought, ‘Well,
I’m not going to get this one.’ I kind of laughed it off – and then MTV called
She was entering college and a TV series at the same time, a
juggling act that seemed reasonable at first. “As time went on, my classes got
harder,” she said.
Now she’s down to her final three classes and 12 credits,
nearing her theater arts degree. Life is fine – unless she reverses the usual
pattern. “I have joked that I would be the one who has a job all the way
through college and the show would be cancelled as soon as I graduate.”
“Awkward,” 10 p.m. Tuesdays, MTV, with the
previous episode rerunning at 9:30.
The season’s third episode debuts April 29,
rerunning at 7 and 11 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday
(preceded by the second episode at 12:30 p.m.).