Grant Show has been a TV staple since bursting onto the scene with 1992's Melrose Place, but since that show closed its doors in 1997 he's struggled to find a new home that fit as well. "It's been almost two decades since I was on a show that got a second season," the actor laughed when he rang me up to talk about Devious Maids, his buzzy new series that Lifetime recently renewed for a second season!
And with Sunday's finale set to reveal who killed Flor, everyone's wondering what the next big mystery will be. Fans are also desperate to know how the relationship between Show's character, Spence, and his mistress, Rosie, will play out since she discovered Spence tried to delay her son's arrival in America. In addition to scoring an exclusive clip from Sunday's finale, I spoke with Grand Show about the excitement surrounding his latest gig, and how it differs from his most iconic role ever: Jake Hanson!
ETonline: Spence was a bit of a slow-burn for the audience. How much did you know about him coming in?
Grant Show: Not a lot. We were all discovering what the role could be as the season went on. When I auditioned, he was a little bit more of a cad. A little bit more predatory. When I was cast, we slowly altered his attitude. What writers typically do is watch what you're doing with a role and let that evolve the writing. I'd been wanting to play more of a good guy character. I'd been playing cads for the last 10 years. Although I think he's a little too nice.
ETonline: A very smart decision because I love Spence's relationship with Rosie.
Show: We didn't have that honest, true relationship in the show at first. It's complicated, but at heart he's a good guy.
ETonline: I think so too, but obviously Rosie finding out Spence tried to delay her sons arrival is going to be a huge problem for them in the finale.
Show: It's a big, big huge wedge. Originally they were not going to be together going into season two, but I think they will figure their way out. Either way it's going to be really tough for them. This is a huge betrayal for Rosie.
Show: Spence has a really strong sense of family so it was a real conflict there for him. Perry is not in his head. Although he did marry her for some reason, and I like that you see flashes of when they were good, he's over her. I mean, I don't think Perry will ever have a come to Jesus and suddenly become a good person. She's more of a foil for the real relationship in that triangle: Spence and Rosie.
ETonline: Spence does seem to have more in common with Rosie in a lot of ways.
Show: I agree. I think Spence comes from a blue collar family, as many actors do. I don't think he feels all that comfortable in that world. We've only seen Spence in his house, with the exception of one scene. Even at that party Perry had, he didn't fit into that Hollywood scene, which is very true to life. Many actors don't feel that comfortable in all of that and that's one of the really cool things about playing an actor on TV. I don't have to do that much research. I just look at my life and my friends.
ETonline: Perry looks down on Spence's soap career and doesn't want her colleagues knowing she's married to a soap actor. Did you face similar hurdles after Melrose with the perception of you as an actor?
Show: Well, yeah. I don't want to say it's necessarily negative, but I did. Spence is a daytime soap actor, which is a whole different animal. I did that for three years on Ryan's Hope, and got out of it as soon as I could. It's not necessarily the actors fault, or anyone's fault, they're just required to do so much material in one day, nothing good can come from that. There is a class system in Hollywood and soap actors are in a different class. They have their own hierarchy of who's the star, but it doesn't translate over unless there's a megastar like Susan Lucci.
ETonline: It's been 20 years since you started doing Melrose Place; what's the biggest difference between playing sex scenes at 31 and 51?
Show: A lot of pain, that's what it is [laughs]. There's just so much working out. I'm reading so many scripts ahead so I can get my body ready for those scenes. I have a responsibility because I'm playing this role now, but I'm 51 and I shouldn't look like a 31 year old. If I did, it would be freaky and unattractive. I should look like a fit, 51-year-old, which is entirely different and way easier for me to get to. if I had a P90x body it would look crazy!
Devious Maids airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.