MADE Magazine Spring 2019 May 2019 - Page 55

MADEFEATURE MADEXXX T hroughout our con- versation she made it clear that clinging to her perfectly proportioned black Barbie superhero past doesn't interest her. It's a lovely time capsule that will be well documented in biopic about her life based on her autobiography Foxy (Grand Central Publish- ing) that is currently in pre-production. These days Pam is focused on roles that represent mature, well rounded women living their authentic lives and not hiding behind a veneer of glam. Even stripped down to the studs, Pam Grier still ex- udes sensuality that leads men of all ages to her like the Pied Piper. In her first network sitcom role in Bless This Mess (ABC, 9:30/8:30c), Grier plays Constance, the local fix-it-all and know-it-all in small town Nebraska. She is the brilliant and funny foil to Dax Shep- ard and Lake Bell's trans- planted Manhattanite characters, Mike and Rio. We witness Shepard and Bell's characters stumble and bumble through middle-American culture and country life through the eyes of Grier's amuse- ment, as Ed Begley Jr.'s character, Rudy, tirelessly pursues her. Grier will also appear on the big screen alongside Diane Keaton and Rhea Perlman in Poms (out May 10th), a comedy about a group of women in a retirement commu- nity who reclaim their vigor and spice through starting a cheerleading squad. [actress and co-creator] Lake Bell. I said to them, "Out here as country women, we take our Spanx off." I took my Spanx off and I did some chores before I came in to see them [for the role]. I was a little dusty and I smelled of barn and John Deere fuel. I smelled the part, so that helped (laughs). Allison Kugel: People don't know that about you. You're a country western girl. That's how you live when you're not working. Pam Grier: My upbring- ing had been military, rural and urban. It was Allison Kugel: Let's talk the best of all worlds. about your new show, I've learned from each Bless This Mess. Is this aspect of my culture and your first time doing a I see the world through network sitcom? women who were offered the opportunity to be Pam Grier: Let's seeā€¦ yes, equals. My grandfather I do believe so. There was was the first feminist in one with Michael J. Fox my life. He was from that was short lived, but Wyoming. He was my I think this was the first mom's dad, and his mom one where it allows me to had a sugar beet farm. work with creatives like She was a single mom [the show's creator] Eliza- and they had a hotel for beth Meriwether and African- Americans, #mademaven 55