Life for actress Greer Grammer seems to be anything but awkward. Through her photos on Instagram and tweets about her obvious devotion towards the LA Kings, she’s living the life at the age of 22. However, we can’t say the same for her character Lissa on MTV’s Awkward. where almost everyone on the show encounters awkward situations in each episode.
The Daily Quirk had the opportunity to talk to Greer about her completely different role she plays in her new movie Life Partners, what to expect in the season finale of Awkward. and an unexpected place you’d ever imagine Lissa to be in.
The Daily Quirk: Your film Life Partners recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Can you tell me a little bit about your character Mia?
Greer Grammer: Mia is definitely different from Lissa. She is a fun-loving, kind of hipster-esque young girl who is excited about life and all these cool things that she can do. That’s basically what she is. Just fun-loving and excited about life.
TDQ: What attracted you to the role?
GG: That it was so different from Lissa and I mean, just about everything I’ve played. I generally always play the nice, good girl kind of roles and — there’s nothing wrong with it, I love it — but there was something about Mia that was so different. She’s a lesbian, getting high all the time, wants to see all these cool hipster bands and it was something that was totally different from anything I’ve played. I was almost scared about it — If I could do it or not — but I was really happy to get the part.
TDQ: You have an amazing ensemble cast in the film with you, what was it like working with them?
GG: So amazing. Most of my scenes were with Leighton just because that’s mainly who my character has a relationship with. I didn’t really get a chance to work with Gillian or Adam but I saw them around all the time. They’re all so sweet and so cool and nice. Leighton, in particular, was just really great to work with. She was funny and just down-to-earth and cool. She made it very comfortable on set which was awesome because I was already so nervous. Not only to play this role that was totally different than what I’m used to but also because I was significantly younger than everyone else in the cast and that was kind of a scary thing to go into. Also because I grew up watching The O.C. and Gossip Girl. Gossip Girl came out when I was 15. I read all the books in eighth grade. I was a huge fan and same with The O.C. I was definitely kind of intimidated but they were all so cool. It was very nice.
TDQ: You’re currently starring in MTV’s Awkward as Lissa. Can you tell us a bit about how that role came about?
GG: For Awkward. I went in for the pilot. Just went in for a normal audition. I kind of almost brushed it off to a point. I thought, “Oh, a scripted show for MTV. That will never go.” I went in and everyone was in cute sundresses and I was in Ugg boots, leggings, and a white t-shirt. I was definitely like, “Oh, I’m not getting this.” [laughs] “I’m not cute enough. I don’t look good.” I went in and I did my piece twice. They were like, “You’re really funny” and I was like, “Oh, thank you.” That’s just what casting directors tell you when you’re in there. I walked out and didn’t expect to hear it. A couple of weeks later, I booked it. Lissa was just a kind of guest star possible recurring for the pilot. They put me in so much and it just kind of growing into this whole thing but it was funny because originally she was just a kind of sidekick to Sadie and they made her Christian. I guess I just look really Christian. It’s fun. I love playing Lissa. She’s got such a fun mind. It’s really fun for me to go to work everyday.
TDQ: What’s it been like playing a high school student? Do you have lots of good past experiences to draw from?
GG: My high school experience was definitely different than Lissa’s. I didn’t go to a traditional high school. I went to a boarding arts high school for two years; Freshman and sophomore year. Then, junior and senior year, I went home and I was homeschooled so I could do acting. So I never had a football team or not really a normal prom. I went to friend’s proms but I didn’t really get to do any of this. I was never a cheerleader. I wasn’t on the dance team or anything. It’s definitely really fun to go back to high school and to have this kind of crazy high school experience where I get to be a cheerleader and get to be a popular girl. That’s fun. [laughs]
TDQ: Can you share a favorite moment from filming the show so far?
GG: I think one of my favorite scenes that we’ve ever filmed was first season, actually. It was the finale. I got to slam the window in Molly’s face. [laughs] I don’t know why that one just came to my mind but it was so fun to do that. I just remember the table read for that episode. I couldn’t even get through it because I was laughing so hard at Molly being like, “You look really pretty” and making fun of Lissa. It was so much fun to just slam that window. [laughs] It was great.
TDQ: Season 4 is getting close to its finale. Can you give us any hints on what to expect in the final episodes?
GG: Oh, lots of drama. I will confirm, it ends with a cliffhanger.
TDQ: As always!
GG: As always. You can expect a lot of different people to get together. The last two episodes are in Big Bear. We do a senior ski trip so you know, there’s a lot of stuff that happens when you’re away on a trip in high school. It’s an overnight trip! So there’s lots of stuff. Also, a lot of snowboarding and skiing. But yeah, there’s a lot of drama. You’ll see a lot of different people hooking up with each other.
TDQ: Let’s talk about you a bit. When did you first realize you wanted to pursue acting?
GG: Oh my goodness. I don’t think there was an actual specific moment where I just now had a realization that I wanted to be an actress. Ever since I was a kid, I just dressed up in different Disney princesses every day. I played Barbies everyday and I came up with all these different, crazy stories. I was a kid with a big imagination. I loved doing plays. I was in every school play in elementary school. If you go back to me being in second grade and being asked, “What do you want to be?” I would have said, “An actress.” I just always kind of wanted to do it.
TDQ: How do you like to spend your time when you’re not busy working?
GG: Sleeping. [laughs] I try to relax as much as possible because working… Our hours are so stressful. I’m awake from 5 a.m. to sometimes 10 p.m. and it can be so crazy. Whenever I get days off, I definitely try to relax. I sleep in which is amazing and I usually will go to yoga or something. I try to work out when I can. I don’t do it very often. [laughs] And run errands, I guess. I catch up on TV although there’s so much to catch up on right now. I hate it. I wish I could catch up on all TV shows.
TDQ: What’s the show you’re trying to catch up on at the moment?
GG: I think I’m caught up with just about everything. I just recently binge-watched Friday Night Lights for the first time. I watched the whole series and I’m obsessed with it. Oh, my God. It’s amazing.
TDQ: What’s one thing fans would be surprised to find out about you?
GG: I’m so lame. I don’t know! I sit at home with my hair in a bun and no makeup on. I hardly ever wear makeup. I don’t know if that’s a fun fact. I mean, I love dressing up but if I don’t have to get ready, I will just sit down and sit with my hair up in a messy bun and no makeup on.
TDQ: And we like to end on something fun, so if you could have Lissa spend a day in another MTV show for a crossover, what would it be?
GG: Oh, my God. Ugh, there’s so many. Well. There’s two. I would love to see Lissa on Teen Wolf only because I think that would be such a funny scenario. I don’t even know how that would work but I think that would be great to see Lissa all bubbly and Christian and naive in everything to go to be with a bunch of people turning into wolves. There’s actually a new show on MTV that hasn’t aired yet — they just filmed the first season — called Happyland which takes place in an amusement park. I really think that one would be very fun for Lissa to be in.
TDQ: What would say her storyline would be?
GG: Phew, that’s tough. For Happyland, Lissa could get a job working at the amusement park. I think that’d be fun to see her kind of surveying and doing whatever. But in Teen Wolf…
TDQ: That’d be interesting.
GG: It’d be great! I’d just like to see her as a new student at the high school who just comes in and is oblivious and has known nothing from the past four seasons that has gone on. Just start like, dating a werewolf or does something. I’d like to see her frolicking through the woods and running into someone as a werewolf.
The Daily Quirk would like to thank Greer Grammer for taking the time chat! To find out more about Grammer, you can follow her on Twitter or check out her Facebook fan page. Don’t forget to watch the Grammer play the hilarious character Lissa on Awkward. on MTV. To quote Sadie Saxton, “You’re welcome.”