Veteran co-star Judy Greer on her new book and why Ashton Kutcher bought her dad a motorcyle

In her years in Hollywood, veteran co-star Judy Greer has shared the spotlight with stars like George Clooney and Julianne Moore and appeared in roles as varied as flash-happy Kitty on Arrested Development and Chloë Grace Moretz's sympathetic teacher in Carrie.

Now the busy actress is revealing what it’s like to walk down the red carpet in her shoes in her first book, I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star. While in Toronto to promote her hilarious collection of essays, Judy let Hello! Canada in on what life is really like between scenes.


Which part of the book was the hardest for you to write?

I should say it was hardest to edit the one about falling in love with my husband [producer Dean Johnsen], because I wrote so much in the beginning and I had to keep reminding myself that this isn’t a book about falling in love with my husband. It got kind of cheesy and I had to take out a lot of that stuff about him because I care about that and he does but no one else wants to read about it. Maybe they do, but I don’t think so. [Laughs]

In the book you write about being on press junkets. How does traveling to promote the book compare?

Well, I mean the one difference is I just kind of talk about myself the whole time. And I got to pick out way more outfits, which was really fun [Laughs]. So far, so good.

Is there one role that people ask you about the most?

I get a lot of people who ask about Arrested Development lately because, in the beginning, it was just a certain type of person who watched Arrested Development - all the hipsters. Now I feel like everyone, like my friends’ parents are watching Arrested Development. Everyone’s watching it and everyone’s loving it.

Have you ever been starstruck?

I’m always starstruck! I get starstruck easily. My husband produces a show on HBO so whenever we go to the HBO parties, I see people from the shows and I’m just like ‘Oh my god!’ I get really excited. I was really starstruck when I saw Tina Fey at the SAG awards a couple of years ago, and I would be very starstruck around Sandra Bullock because I love her so much.

Is there anyone you’d love to work with in the future?

I’d love to work with Sandra Bullock. I’d love to work with some of my friends. David Schwimmer directed me in a pilot and he’s a great director. He’s so funny and I’d love to act with him. I have such great friends that are actors and I never get to act with my friends that are actors. It’d be fun to do a movie with [them].

Is there any actor you’ve worked with that has surprised you, or wasn’t what you expected?

I did a movie with Liv Tyler called Jamie Marks is Dead, and she’s so incredibly beautiful, so famous and you know what I mean, there was an idea that I had in my mind of what she was going to be like. And she was just instantly awesome. She’s so cool, so fun, so down-to-earth and so normal.

What’s it like to reunite with a former co-star on another set?

Oh, it’s really fun. I just finished a movie with Jennifer Garner. It was so fun to meet up with her again [after first working together in 13 Going on 30]. We hung out all the time. It’s the most fun to just be able to chill out with Jennifer at night after work. We weren’t on location for 13 Going on 30, so we didn’t really do that. You know, you go home at the end of the night. But when you’re staying at a hotel, you can have a glass of wine and chit-chat.

What’s one thing you wish you knew when you first moved to L.A?

That’s a good question. I guess probably that beer makes you fat [Laughs]. I wish someone would’ve told me more about how to handle free time, because when you’re an actor and you’re networking, you have a lot of free time. I think that that is like, ‘idle hands are the devil’s playground’. Once I’d been there for a while I started taking classes at UCLA when I didn’t have jobs. But in the beginning I wish I would have had a hobby or read more. I think I could have learned a language or something in the amount of time I wasn’t working.

What was your first red carpet experience like?

My first red carpet was for a movie called Kissing a Fool, which was my first job that I ever did. I was living in Chicago and I flew myself to L.A for the premiere of the movie. I bought my own dress, I did my own make-up and my own hair. I think maybe two people took my picture. I remember it wasn’t a big deal and then all of a sudden the more you work, the more it becomes a big deal. I was staying at the Travelodge down the street from the theatre. I think I took a taxi there [Laughs].

How did your father end up with a motorcycle from Ashton Kutcher?

[Laughs]Ashton Kutcher produced a TV pilot that I was shooting so he was my boss. I wasn’t acting with him. One night he was on set, and he said, ‘What are you going to do if this TV show gets picked up?’ And I said, ‘I’m going to buy my dad a Harley Davidson motorcycle.’ He said, ‘If it gets picked up, I’ll buy your dad a Harley.’ And I said, ‘Okay, Ashton.’ Like yeah right. Then it got picked up and we had to go to this big party for advertisers, where his assistant at the time gave me a card and that had a picture of a Harley on it. It said, ‘Call this number to pick it up’.

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