Michael Grant Interview
Michael Grant is an actor on the rise! He has been seen on one hit show after another from ABC's The Practice, to ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Pretty Little Liars. He is now cast on the new Fox series Brooklyn Nine Nine which airs every Tuesday at 8:30pm on FOX!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? There were a couple key performances that really inspired me to be an actor. One was Johnny Depp as "Jack Sparrow" and the other was Heath Ledger as "The Joker." I remember seeing those as a kid and thinking 'Wow. I would love to be able to do that some day!'
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? I really admire the works of Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman and would love to have an opportunity to work with them.
3. You just appeared on the new FOX series Brooklyn Nine Nine. What made you want to audition for this show? Brooklyn Nine Nine had such a terrific cast with Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, and the character was one that I connected with instantly. I was so thrilled when the news came that I got the job!
4. Tell me about your character on Brooklyn Nine Nine. On Brooklyn Nine Nine I played "Trevor Podolski," the son of the deputy police commissioner. "Trevor" is a trouble maker and graffitis police squad cars in the episode. He is also a bit entitled due to his father's high ranking position in the force and has a habit of getting off without punishment for his crimes.
5. Prior to Brooklyn Nine Nine, you were a series regular on ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager and appeared on Pretty Little Liars. What did you enjoy most about your time on these shows? All of the people in the cast and crew on Secret Life and Pretty Little Liars were absolutely fantastic to work with! I really enjoyed getting to build that sense of family on set!
6. Additionally, you are a gifted concert pianist. What do you get from playing the piano that you don't get from your acting career? I have been playing piano for a long time, and have found that it is helpful to ground myself and unwind after a long day.
7. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? Being a performer has helped me see the importance of living my life in truth and with love for all. There is nowhere to hide on stage or in front of a camera, so I have found these qualities to be extremely important for both my craft and my life.
8. What's the best advice you've ever received? There is a great quote..."Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
9. Favorite way to spend your day off? On my days off, I love to watch movies or catch a football game. I am absolutely a fantasy football fanatic. My picks for fantasy football this year is Jordan Cameron...The guy is for real. I drafted Reggie Bush to be my RB - 2, and after a couple good games the 'experts' are advising to trade him. Don't. Health is key, but in the Detroit offense, he will keep putting up one huge stat line after another.
10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? The ability to communicate from one mind to another without words over long distances would be a really cool power to have!
More on Michael:
Michael Grant, who hails from Kingsport, Tennessee, moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to steadily build his acting career. The soulful and talented Grant booked roles on Criminal Minds with Joe Mantegna, Childrens Hospital with comedy vets Megan Mullally, Rob Corddry & Malin Ackerman, Disney Channel’s Shake It Up and on Nickelodeon’s Victorious. His work extended to national commercials for Lexus, the web’s Funny or Die (Flowers and Eviction Notice). In 2011, Michael generated critical acclaim on ABC’s Shonda Rhimes hit Private Practice where he played a young classical pianist stricken with brain tumor.
The television community quickly became aware of Michael’s ability and range when he was cast by Seventh Heaven creator Brenda Hampton as "Ethan," the troubled teen on ABC Family’s hit show The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Michael’s role, which was initially just for one episode, was quickly expanded and he became a series regular in the series’ final season (2013) opposite Shailene Woodley. After the show’s conclusion, Michael landed the role of "Connor," opposite Lucy Hale, in ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. This fall he can be seen on the FOX comedy series Brooklyn Nine Nine opposite Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher as "Trevor," the vandal son of the deputy police commissioner.
Michael’s movie credits include a starring role in The Hallmark Channel’s Reading, Writing and Romance (2013) as tech whiz kid "J.D. Forester" alongside Meredith Baxter and Brenda Strong. In addition, Michael just returned from shooting the indie dramatic feature, Zoe Gone, from acclaimed director Conor Allyn, due for release in 2014. He will be seen as "Randy Chambers," a young teen who gets on the wrong side of the law.
A gifted concert pianist who won The Tennessee State Piano Competition at age 6, Michael went on to win first place in the solo and concerto divisions in 2006. He is still a Tennessean at heart and remains a huge fan of the Tennessee Titans but in deference to his new California home is fully committed to becoming an accomplished skateboarder.
He is proud to call himself a rabid fantasy football fanatic.