"Hey! It's That Guy From The Real World!"
OCTOBER 27, 1997: When I pitched my Real World idea to editor Margaret Moser, she casually mentioned that she knew Dominic Griffin, the Irish guy from Real World 2, who just happens to be a music writer and came to SXSW a couple of years ago. Then she asked if I would like to talk to him. Like I was going to say no. "He's kind of shy," she warned me. Apparently, Moser has a different definition of shy than I, because Griffin was personable and willing to answer any question about his experience... although I still don't believe the story about Gywneth Paltrow.
Dominic Griffin: Yes, I do get recognized, mainly when I leave town, and I'm always flattered. And a little dumbfounded. I've always said that if I discovered the cure for cancer, in the paper it would start with "that guy from Real World discovered a cure for cancer."
AC: Does it bother you to always be referred to like that and has your Real World experience helped your career?
DG: You know, I really don't take it seriously. I have to live with it but, no, I can't complain about it. Except when people say, "Are you the drunk Irish guy?" But I occasionally use that myself. And has it helped my career? I would say absolutely not. I would hope not. I would hope no one ever hired me because of my ability to live in a house.
AC: Do you think they painted you as the drunk Irish guy?
DG: Of course. Without a doubt. I remember saying to one of the directors, "There's this trend where I am always the drunk guy." And they said, "Well, Dominic, what did you expect? You're Irish and you write." That kind of explained it all. I went, "Oh, I see. I'm fitting your role. Okay."
AC: How are you not that character?
DG: I would say I'm getting too old to be a drunk Irish guy. It takes too much a toll on the body... I know that I've actually got a smart answer for this...
AC: It'll probably come to you the instant I hang up...
DG: Well, I've been in America 11 years, does that make me Irish? I could be a drunk Irish-American?
AC: Like that's so much better.
DG: Actually, I was just doing all of that drunk stuff for the camera.
DG: It was a little method acting. That's all it was. I was trying to make it entertaining.
AC: That was nice of you.
DG: That's the kind of guy I am.
AC: What was the one thing you wish had been captured or shown that wasn't?
DG: The time when Gywneth Paltrow and I made out. It was actually Gywneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, and myself in a weird, wild sex romp. And, for some reason, they chose not to show it.
AC: Gosh, I don't know why.
DG: I don't either.
AC: Do you keep in touch with anyone from the show?
DG: I speak to Aaron probably once a week. He travels a lot and so do I but we try to get together at least once a month.
AC: Is it like a support group?
DG: No, not at all. We probably need one. They gave us a free therapist for a year, but I only made it to four sessions.
-- Adrienne Martini
Griffin is currently living in Los Angeles and producing two radio shows, Rockline and Live from the Pit, both of which can be heard on KLBJ-FM.
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