Greek's Family Values
By Shana Naomi Krochmal
What have been your favorite scenes to do so far?
In "Friday Night Frights," which is not the best episode -- it's a Halloween episode -- I got to hang out with Evan, and it felt more fun. From Calvin's perspective, it was a breath of fresh air -- a normal interaction. And this season, the third episode ["Highway to the Discomfort Zone"] with Dale's character [trying to "convert" Calvin to be straight]. I love Clark [Duke, who plays Dale], because we have so much fun doing it. Whenever Calvin gets to be a prankster, for me it's the most fun.
There's a nice twist at the end of the conversion therapy episode, where you point out Dale's Confederate flag and warn him that's the next discussion you two need to have. Will we see that?
I don't think it's a show about race. It's such an uncomfortable topic, and it's something that's so hard to understand. I'm not sure that that's something that they're going to do. The Confederate flag was something that was so glaring it needed to be addressed. From my perspective, it should have been addressed a lot earlier. I don't even know how they would do it -- we have a lot of different viewpoints in the writer's room, but everyone's white. I don't really know how it works in homosexual relationships -- the interracial thing, maybe it's not such a big deal. But that to me would be something that could be explored, my interactions with whoever I date. It's kind of hard in the confines of the show. Fraternities and sororities are not as ethnically diverse as they're showing them. That's not reality. It was awkward for me to be in a white fraternity some of the time. Maybe it's better to say, this might not be how it really is -- but this is how it should be.
I think you could same something similar about how Evan shuts down homophobic members. We'd love to see that be how all fraternity presidents act, but I'm not sure it is.
Right. I think it gives Evan's character a redeeming quality -- he seems like such a douchebag in his interactions with Casey. It gives him a good duality, I think.
Calvin is going to be dating Max Greenfield, right?
Yes, and Max is actually a friend of mine. I've known him for like three years. That should be fun. I don't know any of the story -- the last episode we filmed was the first time he was on the show.
You didn't get any kisses last season.
No, we didn't have any! I hear that they're going to work up to it. It's funny -- the guy from As the World Turns, Jake Silbermann, is a friend of mine too. I went to college with him. I know they're getting a lot of flak for [the gay characters not kissing]. It's definitely a different situation over here. It's not a network thing, and it's not a creator thing. Sean is just making sure that it's not this event, like a marketing campaign, like, "First gay kiss!" That's cheap. He wants it to be something that happens naturally for the character.
When Max was getting cast, did you talk with him about it?
I didn't know he was getting cast until he showed up at the table read. I was like, "Max, what are you doing here?" And he said, "I'm playing your boyfriend!"
Are you close? Are you going to be cool if you end up making out?
Oh, yeah, yeah. I hope he has the proper mouth etiquette and I'll do the same. He's easy to work with.
Do you have good chemistry?
I think so -- since we're friends, I hope so. Our first scene is kind of awkward in general. His character is more flamboyant than mine, and it deals with my character having reservations about him being so quote-unquote gay. We haven't really seen ourselves get comfortable yet. We have four more episodes to do to finish the season, and I don't know what's going on for any of them.