10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Awkward’
In terms of teen series, MTV’s take on newer shows breathes a breath of fresh air with shows like Faking It and Awkward. While Awkward deals with typical teen issues, it deals with them in a hilarious way and with surprising wit, but also has some surprising darker undertones which make it a lot different than most other shows of the same genre. Awkward also boasts a talented cast of young actors including Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Jillian Rose Reed, Greer Grammer, Molly Tarlov and Brett Davern, making it an intriguing and entertaining series even for those who are no longer teens themselves. As perhaps one of the most underrated teen series, take a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about Awkward.
10. Famous Father
Lissa is probably one of the most underrated characters on the show, as she deals with some of the biggest issues, goes through major things and yet always plays second fiddle to Molly Tarlov’s Sadie Saxton. Played by Greer Grammer, it is clear the girl has some serious acting chops, and that may be thanks to genetics as she is the daughter of none other than Kelsey Grammer. She has worked very hard for own acting career and is not thriving simply off the fact she is Kelsey’s daughter. She was chosen as Miss Golden Globe 2015 at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, an honor which goes to the child of a celebrity.
As a teen series, creator Lauren Iungerich wanted to make the setting and characters as realistic as possible and did her own extensive research to make that happen. Iungerich continually went back to her old high school to get a sense of real teenager’s every day lives, dialogue and problems. She also cites the popular show Friday Night Lights as one of her influences, stating, “What Jason Katims did in five seasons was utterly beautiful. The story and who the people truly were came first. That’s what I sort of took away from it; to be so bold as to graduate people, and wrap up story lines or allow them to come back in organic ways and to fall in love with the new characters.”