‘Abbott Elementary’: An Interview with Philadelphia Flyers Mascot Gritty

School is back in session”Abbott Primary“This time with the high-profile Guest stars like Leslie Odom Jr. And… Gritty, the famous mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Fuzzy Orange Hockey Pro plays himself in the Season 2 premiere titled “Development Day”. Janine, a second grade teacher played by the series creator and Recent Emmy winner Quinta BrunsonInvites Gritty to surprise the students at Abbott Elementary on their first day of school, though things inevitably go wrong.

“The gritty, to me, is such a beautiful representation of Philadelphia,” Brunson says in a behind-the-scenes video. Diversity Specially unveiled. “The way he is happy, the way he looks, the way he feels, how he is.” Sherrill Lee adds Ralph, who also won just one emmy As for her “Abbott Elementary” work: “Philadelphia has many people who can be coveted. There are many people in Philadelphia who can be loved. None of them come close to the love and admiration given to Gritty.” comes.”

Over email, it took a while to deliver Gritty Diversity An exclusive interview about his time on the ABC sitcom.

Are you an “Abbott Elementary” fan? Did Quinta Brunson contact you as a guest star, or did you ask to be on the show yourself?

When you reach the level of fame and success that Quinta and I have, you have people for that. His people reached my people. Of course I’m a fan… it’s comedy, it’s Philly and it’s school. I love two of those things!

How did you get yourself to play? Did you get to contribute to an action or did you stick to the script?

Some less experienced actors have described the challenges of playing themselves on camera. I can’t relate. In truth, I found it refreshing that Hollywood didn’t try to get some C-lister like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to play me at a discount. I stuck to the script but definitely some of my gritty charms are known and loved by all of us.

In the episode, since he’s not from Philadelphia, Gregory (Tyler James Williams) doesn’t understand why you’re such a big deal. How do you explain the Gritty incident to people outside Philly?

I am not in the business of explaining myself or my actions. You either understand me or you are wrong.

Gregory (Tyler James Williams) and Gritty (himself) in “Development Day,” Season 2 Episode 1 “Abbott Elementary.”

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You have been described in the New York Times As in “somebody you wanted to high-five, but not hug.” But you hug Janine at the end of the episode. How do you decide which one to open?

Every hug is different. That wasn’t specifically for me, it was for Janine. When someone in need of a hug, high-fives or sheet cake is thrown in their face, I have a keen eye for it. Although I sometimes confuse them. Good never ends.

Should Gregory end up with Janine or Ava?

Only the Matchmaker Quiz from Seventeen Magazine has the power to answer that question.

Who did you get along best with on the set of “Abbott Elementary”? Have you made any enemies?

I’ve had my fair share of performances, but I’ve kept it professional this time around. My rules are simple. you like me, i like you At the moment, I’m not beefing with any of the cast, but I can do some drama next week if I get bored.

Who is the big Philly icon? You or Quinta?

In terms of height, i. Reliable sources (Wikipedia) lists Quinta at 4 ft 11 in. If we’re going to the Emmys, he’s got to beat me.

Chris Perfetti, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lisa Ann Walter and Quinta Brunson pose for a selfie with Gritty on the set of “Abbott Elementary.”

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