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Actress benches herself to focus on a prime-time ratings game

JOHN INTINI November 22 2004
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Actress benches herself to focus on a prime-time ratings game

JOHN INTINI November 22 2004

Actress benches herself to focus on a prime-time ratings game

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Although former high-school sports star Missy Peregrym would love to relive her glory days on the basketball court and soccer pitch, starring in the new ABC teen drama Life As We Know It is taking up most of her time. “I could maybe join a rec team,” says Peregrym, the Vancouver-based model-turned-actress. “But the thing is, I don’t like playing with people who don’t take things seriously. I’d go crazy.”

That’s probably a good thing, since Peregrym and her cast mates-including Kelly Osbourne-need to focus all their competitiveness on the heated Thursday night ratings war (in which their show is taking a beating from C.S.I. and The Apprentice). “Waiting around for the numbers Friday morning is tough,” says Peregrym, 22. “So far we’re safe and our teen demographic is going up.” That shouldn’t be a big surprise considering the hour-long show consists mainly of high-schoolers talking about sex. “We don’t sugar-coat things,” says Peregrym, who spent her school days finding ways to skip class. “Those who think the show is edgy just don’t want to admit that kids do these things. The show is just honest.”

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“Everyone has opinions of Kelly based on how she’s been portrayed on her reality show. But she’s not that person at all— she’s totally sweet.” -Peregrym, on her famous co-star