Grant Show Interview On 'Devious Maids,' Melrose Place, His Real-Life Maid
Grant Show, the 90’s heartthrob who’s breakout role came from portraying Jake Hanson on the wildly popular Melrose Place, is back on the small screen playing a soap opera actor on the new Lifetime show Devious Maids.
Show stars as Spence Westmore on Devious Maids, produced by Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. “He has a clear vision of what he wants, and I think he has — one of the reasons I wanted to work with him was he has his own code, his own flavor,” Show told Uinterview exclusively.
The Lifetime original series has just been given the green light for a second season and Show’s character will have a steamy storyline involving a love triangle. “He falls in love with Rosie, she gives him everything that his wife does not. But it's going to be challenged. [His wife] Peri realizes what a b—h she’s been and decides she wants to try to fix the marriage,” Show says of his character's evolution.
Show, 51, recently tied the knot with Deception actress Katherine LaNasa. “Yeah she is just a joy, we are having so much fun. We’re back from New York where she was doing Deception and I was flying down from Atlanta doing Devious Maids at our previous house for a while,” he told Uinterview.
[Laughs] I don’t know, I play one in real life, but I play a soap opera actor in a soap opera… it's really confusing. And, yes, I can play off my own life a little bit.
Marc is great, he’s really a genius of television. He has very clear vision of what he wants, and I think he has — one of the reasons I wanted to work with him was — he has his own code, his own flavor. He is so clear in what he wants that it allows me a lot of freedom around what he wants.
I have not worked with her so much. She works with the writers. But I’ve met her a few times.
Yeah, I’m not sure if it’s fighting or getting knocked around. No, injuries yet. There was one scene where I took a pretty big fall, but they got a stunt guy that had to do the fall for me. And there was other times where I felt — you know I’m 51 years old now, and I thought, 'You know, I could probably do that fall once or twice but if I have to do that three or four times I won't be able to move tomorrow!
I think he does evolve. He falls in love with Rosie, she gives him everything that his wife does not. But it's going to be challenged because his wife Peri realizes what a b---h she’s been and decides she wants to try to fix the marriage. That’s pretty much it. But 'cause Rosie’s such a sweet girl it's like, ‘No you have to go and fix your marriage’ so now he’s like lost. He’s in love with his maid, not with his wife, and his maid is trying to make him get back together with his wife. So it's just a crazy kind of thing going on.
I think this show’s—'sophisticated' is the wrong word, but it’s the closest word I can think of. On Melrose Place, we knew you were laughing at it, we knew it was a comedy, but we played it as soap comedians, super soapy. I think Desperate Housewives had that in it, but I think it really hones in on it, but it's really subtle. Well, compared to what it could be! Marc [Cherry] likes to say, ‘There’s always a little desperation in a comedy, and always a little twinkle in a drama.’
Her name's Rosa, oddly enough [laughs]. She’s been cleaning our house since 1991. It would’ve been the first house I ever bought, so it was ’91. She’s a part of the family you know. You know the certain things in people's lives they go through, you know we're just kind of a family.
It’s terrific, wow oh my God, its awesome! Katherine [LaNasa] is just a joy, we are having so much fun. We’re back from New York where she was doing Deception and I was flying down from Atlanta doing Devious Maids at our previous house for a while. And now we’re back out in L.A. at our house in the marina. We’re in the midst of re-designing our new house, we've got to a lot of work to do to it, there’s a lot of construction—that’s going to take up our time until I go back to Atlanta.
That’s making me go back to Detroit — spending summers with my grandmother, my sister and I would go to her house there. I just remember playing—it's light until 10:30 p.m. there. I just remember playing well, well into the night, and she had this blackberry grove. It's sad to see the city now, last time I was there it was actually the late 80s and it was really bad then. I can't imagine what its like now. But with this bankruptcy hopefully it’ll give them the opportunity to start a clean slate and build again.