Memories From the Set

Memories from the Set: Ari Graynor Talks Jobs on The Sopranos, Fringe, Numb3rs and More

Ari Graynor Bad Teacher Memories from the SetA recurring feature in which we ask your favorite stars to reminisce about past gigs

Ari Graynor, who debuts as CBS’ Bad Teacher on Thursday (9:30/8:30c), tells TVLine she’s waited a while for this particular class to be in session.

She auditioned for the 2011 feature film on which her new series is based – “obviously, not for the Cameron [Diaz] role” – and didn’t get it. “Then, when it came out, I just missed [seeing] it,” Graynor says. “And then, when the show became a reality, I specifically decided not to see it, because our show is very much its own thing.”

PHOTOS | May Sweeps Scoopapalooza: 99+ Spoilers on Your Favorite Series’ Season-Ending Episodes

Four years after that not-so-fruitful audition, Graynor is the one polishing the apple: She stars as Meredith Davis, “a completely inappropriate teacher” (loosely based on the role Diaz played in the movie) who suddenly finds herself as an authority figure in a grade school. Before long, she’s befriending a group of 11-year-old girls… and also trying to date one of their dads.

“It’s just such a delicious comic set-up,” she says.

RELATED | Pilot News: Meg Ryan to Narrate How I Met Your Mother Spin-off How I Met Your Dad

TVLine asked the actress, who’s also got a bunch of stage and big-screen credits to her name, to reminisce about a bunch of her prior TV jobs. Click through the gallery below on as Graynor tells stories about playing chicken with her future on The Sopranos, running into a Bad Teacher co-star on Veronica Mars, letting loose on Family Guy and more.