Interview with Amber Stevens

Amber Stevens plays Ashleigh, a member of the ZBZ sorority, in the charming comedy show "Greek". In the interview Amber tells us how much fun it was working on the show, what she thinks about sororities and fraternities and also a little bit about "The Hills" and "American Idol".

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1. How does it feel to land a lead role? Do you remember how you learnt that you got the role of Ashleigh?

When I booked the part of Ashleigh I screamed and danced around my house with my mom. I was so excited to be a part of this project because I felt there was nothing else out there like it. It was a show for all ages, focused on 20 somethings in college, and it funny but had heart. I couldn't have been happier. And I still feel the same way today.

2. Did you audition for the role of Ashleigh? Did you meet any of your cast members at the audition?

Yes, I auditioned to play Ashleigh. Actually, the audition had only a couple short scenes. It wasn't anything too involved, but I do remember that one of the scenes was written just for the audition. It wasn't a scene in the show. I had to go back in to read for the part I think 5 times before I booked it. At my final callback, the test, I met Jake McDorman who was actually reading to play Cappie!

3. Have you been happy with the development of your character or would you have liked to see her going in a different direction?

I've loved everything we've ever done with Ashleigh. I feel she's one of the characters that has grown the most throughout the series. In the beginning she was Casey's sidekick, a pushover who was just a shoulder to cry on. But overtime she learned so much about the world and herself. She's really come into her own.

4. Which one of the other characters and storylines did you like the most?

I've always loved Rusty's storyline. It's such a pleasure to watch him discover himself throughout the series. His friendship with Cappie is unlike any other I've seen on tv.

5. Following you and other cast members on Twitter and Facebook it seems you have become real friends. Now that the show is over are you going to keep in touch?

Oh yes. We're all very close. Obviously some closer to others, but we do all love each other. We were really lucky to have a cast that worked well together, respected each other but also could have fun together outside of work. All of us live in Los Angeles so we see each other all the time.

6. What was the best part of working on "Greek"?

The best part was working with my best friends every day. I loved going to work. I looked forward to it every day. I even stayed after work sometimes just to hang out! We'd always joke and say to each other, "Go home, or go out! You're done with work!" And we'd all always reply, "But there's nothing to do at home, and all my friends are here!"

7. You met Andrew on set. Was it funny playing Fisher's and Ashleigh's storyline with your boyfriend?

Working with Andrew was great. He's such a talent and so much fun to be around. I'd love to work with him again in the future.

8. Storylines and characters on this show are so fun. Was there a lot of goofing around on set? Can you share a funny little anecdote?

Every day was a party on the Greek set. Sometimes, literally! The on-screen parties sometimes turned into off-screen parties. We're a real goofy bunch. We'd often have dance parties in the hair and make-up room. When Michael Jackson passed away I think we had a good month of just listening to Michel Jackson and watching his music videos so we could learn all his moves.

9. Can you give us some scoop about the final season that starts airing in January?

This last season is fantastic. Especially for those who have been watching the show since the beginning, these last 10 wrap up the show just perfectly. I'm so proud of it. We also have some returning characters!

10. Comparing the life on campus in "Greek" to the picture for example Bret Easton Ellis paints of life at campus, where drugs, excess and cruel intrigues happen on a daily basis, what do you think being part of a sorority or fraternity is really like?

I think stereotypes are based in some truth but unfortunately never represent a group has a whole. Sororities and Fraternities are a fantastic way for college students to make friends and create a home away from home. They create a sense of community and are great ways for students to get involved in philanthropy and quite honestly a great social life. I'm sure some people will get out of control at these parties, but that's not just happening at sorority and fraternity parties. If someone wants to get rowdy, they don't need to be in a frat to do it!

11. You were in MTV's "The Hills" and a background singer on "American Idol". How did that happen and what were these experiences like?

I didn't know I was going to be on "The Hills". It was a huge surprise to me. I use to model, and thought I was just going on a regular ol' casting for a fashion show but MTV just happened to be filming it and for some reason they featured me. "American Idol" was a fantastic experience. It was their Christmas concert special way back when Clay Aiken, Kelly Clarkson and Ruben Studdard were the stars. I sang backup on a handful of Christmas songs.

12. Do you have any other new projects you can tell us about?

I recently did a guest-star on an episode of a new comedy called "Friends With Benefits" that will begin airing in 2011 and am currently doing a guest-start spot on "Grey's Anatomy".

13. If you could put together an entire crew for a movie or show: Who would be the director? Who would be the writer? And who would be in the leading role(s)?

I would love to do a tv show with David Schwimmer as the director, Bert V. Royal as the writer, and the leading characters played by Me, Aynsley Bubbico, Colin Firth, Anne Hathaway and James Franco.

14. Since myFanbase is an online magazine about TV series, do you have a favorite show?

"Friends" will always be my favorite show. But I also love "Keeping Up With The Kardashains", "Extreme Makeover Home Edition", "Summer Heights High", "Parenthood" and anything of the Food Network.

Nicole Oebel - myFanbase