Greg Grunberg and his “Felicity” character Sean Blumberg are not so different.
“[Sean] was based on me,” Grunberg told Page Six at the recent ATX TV Festival.
Grunberg’s character on the series, which was created by J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves, was known for consistently coming up with wild inventions that never panned out.
“J.J. [Abrams] and I were sharing an apartment,” Grunberg said. “I was coming up with ideas. I never stopped. I got that from my dad. I loved coming up with business ideas.”
Grunberg, who hosts a podcast called “An Actor, a Comedian and a Musician Walk Into a Bar,” added, “I’ve created an app that was really successful called Yowza, it was a mobile coupon app. I’ve always done that kind of thing so that was very much me and they just wrote really stupid ideas.”
The actor went on to work with Abrams on “Alias,” “Lost,” “Star Trek” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
“He’s my oldest friend in the world,” Grunberg told us. “He’s my brother, I love him and all this stuff is icing on the cake — it just happens to be a very big cake that has helped my career tremendously, but more than anything he’s been there as a friend.”
The pair met in elementary school when they were 4 years old.
Both Amanda Foreman, who played Meghan on “Felicity,” and Tangi Miller, who played Elena, echoed Grunberg’s comments about Abrams.
“J.J. is truly one of the funniest, you’d love to be friends with him,” Foreman said. Miller added, “I remember he was always very supportive.”
Grunberg, Foreman and Miller were among the cast members at the ATX TV Festival for the “Felicity” 20th reunion panel. Scott Foley, Scott Speedman, Keri Russell, Amy Jo Johnson, Ian Gomez and Rob Benedict were also in attendance.
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