Greer Grammer is no stranger to the camera. Having spent five years as a cast member on MTV’s Awkward, the actress seamlessly steps into her latest role as #gengirl. Greer chats with us about growing up Grammer (yes, she’s Kelsey Grammer’s daughter!), her love for Taylor Swift, and what’s next for her.
Q – Even though you’ve grown up with a famous father, you took quite the normal route — working at a juice bar and attending USC. When did you know that acting was your calling?
A – I’ve always known. There has never been anything else that interested me. If you look up my preschool yearbook, my answer to “what do you want to be when you grow up?” was: an actress and a princess. Though I wouldn’t mind the latter! Even though I did take the “normal route,” I took every acting and singing class I could, participated in every school play, and majored in theater in college.
Q – Do you relate to any of the characters you’ve played?
A – I relate to most of them or at the very least, I’ve tried to find something in common with them. I relate a lot to my character on Awkward, Lissa. Since I’ve been fortunate to play her for the last five years, I’ve gotten to know her the best. We’re very much alike — both very bubbly and quite preppy. We also share the same favorite color (pink) as well as a love for fitness and and academics.
Q – Your recent role on Manson’s Lost Girls is a stark contrast to your recurring role as Awkward’s good girl cheerleader Lissa. How did you prepare for such a transition?
A – I honestly was so thrilled to transition into a new role that was entirely different from Lissa. I had to dye my hair brown and this helped me get into character and feel more like Leslie. I’ve always had a weird interest in the Manson family ever since I learned about them. I found it so fascinating and mind-boggling that these young, pretty girls from upper middle class homes were drawn to this man and worshipped him to such an extent that he was able to persuade them to participate in such evil acts. As an actress, it was exciting to be able to tell their story.
Q – How would you describe your personal style?
A – Girly and classic. I love wearing dresses, skirts, and heels and I tend to gravitate towards light or fun colors. You can never go wrong with jeans and a simple tee. And I also love to wear cute workout clothes. Leggings are a favorite.
Q – Who do you look to for style inspiration?
A – I have always related to and loved Taylor Swift’s style (before her cool, rocker makeover). Both her street style and red carpet glamour were so cute. I continuously find myself looking to her for inspiration. Blake Lively also has amazing style.
Q – What’s life like when you’re not on set?
A – I still stay busy! Lately, I’ve been focusing more on my overall health and fitness. I train with a trainer every other day and go to yoga. A lot of my days are spent running around (or rather, driving around) — going to auditions and meetings. If there’s not an event I have to attend, you’ll find me cooking, baking, or just unwinding on the couch, watching TV, or with a good book.
Q – Last thing you dreamt about?
A – Either work or food. The last thing I probably dreamt about was working on a new film that would really challenge me. Maybe it’s my mind trying to put that out there to the universe!
Q – What’s next for you?
A – My new movie, Emma’s Chance, has just been released on video on demand and DVD. It’s a sweet movie that is quite special to me. I also have another movie, Altitude, coming out in 2017. And recently, I guest starred alongside my sister, Spencer, on CBS’s new show Rush Hour. It was our first time working together and lots of fun! Keep an eye out for those.
A behind the scenes look at Greer’s shoot.
Love Greer’s look? Shop it now: