Camille Grammer is embarking on a new chapter in life. She’s currently single again, negotiating her possible return to Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” and now she’s taking on scripted TV when she guest stars in Thursday’s (Feb. 17) season finale of the CBS comedy, “$#*! My Dad Says.”
“I hope people like it,” Grammer tells Zap2it when we ask what fans will think of the role. “Hey, I didn’t know what they would think of me on ‘Housewives’ either [laughs]. I didn’t even know what would happen with ‘Housewives.’ Believe me, it was a shocker. Like, whoa! What’s going on here?”
She’ll be playing well, Camille, a San Diego ‘Real Housewife’ and divorcee who’s looking for a new home for her and her children with Bonnie (Nicole Sullivan) and Vince’s (Will Sasso) help. It’s a role that Grammer herself says hits very close to home for her, but she enjoyed lampooning herself.
“It felt great,” she says. “To make fun of yourself? How great is that. I think I have a pretty good sense of humor even though a lot of other people may not think so. You know, I’m pretty self-deprecating. I loved it. I had a ball.”
We also spoke with the housewife about taking on the challenge and how she prepared to basically play herself.
How did you find yourself on the show?
I got a phone call from my publicist, Howard, and he said, ‘There’s a possible offer for a guest appearance on the season finale of ‘Bleep My Dad Says.’ And I said, “Oh my God, I’m thrilled!” I was so excited. It was great news.
When was the last time you did a scripted role?
The last time I had done anything I had a line or two in a movie a couple of years ago. And before that, again, I had done a couple of lines on ‘Frasier’ a few years back. So, it has been a while. I studied acting years ago, but I gave up that dream after I got married. So, I haven’t really been truly pursuing it.
Were you nervous?
Absolutely. I was terrified. It’s a sitcom, performing in front of a live audience! I have to say that once the audience came in, the adrenaline rush you get from that, amazing. I had a great time. It was a really, really great experience.
How did you prepare for the role? Did you take any last minute acting classes?
Well, I’m parodying myself. So, how do you prepare for that [laughs]? You just say, ‘Okay, what self are they looking for? The ‘Housewives’ version of Camille or my ‘home life in Malibu’ Camille.’ It’s basically a parody of who I am on ‘Housewives.’
Was there a favorite scene or moment that you did on the show?
I think there are a lot of funny lines. What I love about it is that it basically lampoons the reality TV genre. It’s very funny.
What kind of direction did you get for playing basically yourself?
You know, relax and be funny and sweeten up the character a little bit. So, I did that.
Watch a preview of the “sweeter” version of the real housewife below:
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Camille Grammer guest stars on the season finale of “$#*! My Dad Says on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS.