Topher Grace

BATD ON Feb 12, 2010 AT 3:52 pm

Topher Grace

Topher Grace

Valentine’s Day is packed with more Hollywood stars than the Oscars red carpet, and having slipped off the radar for a while Topher Grace is back. Actually this film served as a reunion for Grace and Ashton Kutcher, another That 70s Show alum. Although they didn’t actually film many scenes together, they spent a lot of time together in the hair and make-up trailer, which Grace thoroughly enjoyed.

Growing up in Connecticut, Grace forced everyone to call him Topher because he despised the name Chris. Other celebrities came from his hometown, including Kate Bosworth and Chloe Sevigny, his childhood babysitter and first crush. While attending boarding school, Grace had dreams of becoming a professional tennis player, but his dreams were shattered when he sprained his ankle multiple times in one season. Bored without sports, he decided to take to the stage. Since he had previously had small, 3-line roles, he was cast as the lead. 

Bonnie and Terry Turner, writers for Wayne’s World and Tommy boy, were in the audience on opening night to watch their daughter. They were impressed with Grace’s performance and asked if they could call him when he moved out to Los Angeles that fall for college. He agreed, never thinking they would actually follow through. A few months into his freshman year, the Turners called Grace, asking him to audition for a new sitcom called That 70s Show.

Topher Grace at the Spiderman 3 premiere

Topher Grace at the Spiderman 3 premiere

Being his first time acting professionally, Grace grew with his character, Eric Foreman. He got to know all of his co-stars and cherishes his years on the show. Another positive aspect of working on a sitcom is the chance to film other projects once the season has wrapped. The first movie he ever worked on was Traffic, where he played a heroin addicted prep student. He was offered several cheesy teen flicks before Traffic, but he turned them down in hopes of finding something better. He has admitted that passing on those projects was probably his greatest achievement. It would have been nice to have those paychecks, but, while working on Traffic, he fell deeply in love with acting, which he is eternally grateful for. 

He also did cameos in Ocean’s Eleven and Twelve, starred opposite Kate Bosworth in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, and won the National Board of Review’s Breakthrough Performance award for his role in P.S. His favorite move that he was in is In Good Company. It was set near his hometown, back in New England, and he got to work with Scarlett Johansson and Dennis Quaid. Grace often says that he doesn’t really care what his role is, rather he cares about the cast. He loves working with great actors so he can soak up their tricks. After 6 seasons, Grace left That 70s Show to star opposite Tobey Maguire as Venom in Spiderman 3, which required living on-location for a year. 

Grace doesn’t like to associate himself with the other Hollywood types. He is the first to tell you the difference between a celebrity and an actor, and he places himself within the latter category. He doesn’t like to reveal any information about his love life or the perfect woman for him, and the only part of his personal life that he leaks is about his weekly, no celebrities allowed Monopoly game.

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