The famous American actor Topher Grace started his career in the late ’90s and to date, he’s been able to amass as many as 7-award wins alongside 20 additional nominations.
Topher, who was born on July 12, 1978, started his acting career in his mid-teens. But, he only received limelight when he made his professional debut in 1998 in That ’70s Show as Eric Forman. With just over two decades of his acting career, the man has more than 55 acting credits under his name.
Well, most of us are aware of his successful professional life. But there are a lot of things you must be unaware of. So let’s find out some interesting facts of his life.
5. Wanted To Be a Professional Tennis Player
While Topher Grace was in his teenage days, he wanted to become a professional tennis player as he always dreamt of becoming one since his childhood. Unfortunately, he had to give it up after he suffered an ankle injury. While talking about his acting transition, he revealed,
I just don’t know why people do films where they’re all alone because you’re missing an opportunity to really have a lot of people make you better and you can make them better. It’s sort of like a team sport.Topher Grace talks about acting.
Following his injury, he started focusing on acting. Grace was discovered by producers, Bonnie and Terry Turner while performing in a high-school production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
4. Dropped Out of College for That ’70s Show
Topher Grace had to drop out of college to make an on-screen debut in the sitcom, That ’70s Show. He was selected for it even though he had no formal training in acting. Well, this didn’t stop him from giving a breathtaking performance in the show. While talking about being untrained, he divulged,
Doing a sitcom is like a graduate school in acting. It’s wonderful because you can kind of suck at the beginning and it’s not really your fault as long as you’re Darwinian about it and you evolve. Then you’re OK.Topher Grace on gaining experience and skills.
3. Wasn’t Expecting the Venom Role
Topher Grace is very famous for his appearance as the Venom. However, the actor once disclosed in a statement that he was quite shocked to have received the Venom role. He says,
I was a huge fan of the character of Venom when I was a kid when Todd McFarlane brought him into the comic. I was a huge fan of it. And I was surprised and a little bit like ‘Huh?’ when they wanted me to play it. So when I look at it now, at the movie that’s coming out, I go ‘That’s the guy.’ In terms of how I think the guy should be played and who should play it.Topher Grace on receiving the Venom role!
2. Dated Ivanka Trump
Prior to getting married to actress wife, Ashley Hinshaw, he was in a dating relationship with President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump. He disclosed in a statement in July 2018 with The Daily Beast,
This was a decade ago. I met her here in New York and we went on a couple of dates. I wouldn’t say that we ‘dated,’ but… I didn’t do it for political reasons.
The duo was together for a short period only. Following this, Grace met the love of his life, Ashley and the rest is history. They married in 2016 and gave birth to their first child Mabel Jane Grace in 2017. Well, that’s not all, the husband and wife are also expecting their baby no. 2 anytime soon.
1. Unsuccessful Online Business
Besides acting, Topher Grace, whose net worth totals to $10 million, also tried his hands on online business, Cereal Prize. His site showcased un-aired pilots, sketch comedies, and revamped movie trailers, among other videos.
I’m the guy that when you come over to my house to hang out, I always want to show people some weird video I found on the InternetTopher Grace on his online business.
On Cereal Prize, Topher has categorized channels with Great Shit, Funny Shit, Music, Trailer, Short Films, and Self-Centered Shit. He was focused on quality content but he couldn’t keep it up. Now his video website has been turned into a prize gambling site.
- His first crush was Alicia Silverstone.
- His birth name is Christopher John Grace but later on, he changed his name to Topher Grace as he didn’t like being called Christopher.
- He doesn’t prefer to consume alcoholic drink but instead, he prefers apple juice.
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