Character Interview: Gracie Taylor-Scott
Character Name: Gracie Taylor-Scott
Birthdate: June 10, 1987
Birthplace: St Johns Hospital, Santa Monica, CA
Education: Pacific Palisades High, UCLA
Mother: Gwen Taylor, Blaxploitation Film Goddess
Father: Dr. James Scott, Surgeon
Siblings: 2 sisters (I deceased) 1 brother
Occupation: Advertising copywriter
Employer: Darcy Wexler Dean Advertising
Residence: 121 East Nineteenth Street, New York, NY 10003
Love Life: Sketchy, almost nonexistent.
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Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?
Worst: I need people more than I let on. Best: Once I make friends I usually keep them. So I guess that means I’m a good friend.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you? I’ve become somewhat reclusive since arriving in New York. I really need to get out there and make new friends.
What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?
Something very traumatic, but I can’t share my dark secret here, I don’t want to be a spoiler!
What are you most afraid of?
Intimacy in a relationship. Getting too close, getting hurt. I saw what my father’s infidelity did to my mother and I vowed to never let that happen to me.
What do you want more than anything?
Real Intimacy in a relationship. I know, crazy, right?
What is your relationship status?
Not so hot. In fact, my love life could be a whole lot hotter.
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
I’m okay on my own, but the art director I’m paired with at Darcy Wexler Dean is an amazing stylist. We do some serious sale shopping together.
How much of a rebel are you?
I can be stubborn and rebellious at times. I have a tendency to pick fights with research geeks at work. They tend to be all about the numbers and I’m all about the honesty and freshness of the message.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Oh gosh, so far I would have to say helping to raise my eight-year-old niece, Hannah. My older sister died in a hit and run auto accident, which is what brought me to New York City.
What is your idea of happiness?
Great friends. A wonderful lover. Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Gelato––eaten straight out of the container.
What is your current state of mind?
Restless, looking to settle down, build a life with a great guy if I could ever find one. Actually, I may have found one.
What is your most treasured possession?
My Parisian wrought iron sleigh bed––a flea market find. The bed plays an important role in THE DO IT LIST. In fact, it’s practically a supporting character!
What is your most marked characteristic?
Bradley Craig, the new head of research, says it’s my blush.
What is it that you most dislike?
People who make it difficult for you to live your life or do good work. Fear-based people who operate out of jealousy, ignorance or prejudice.
Which living person do you most despise?
An old boyfriend named Troy Lambert. I can’t say I despise my father, but he’s got a lot to make up for.
What is your greatest regret?
That I ever went on a date with Troy Lambert.
What qualities do you most like in a man?
His courage and steadfastness. I’m pretty adept at pushing men away when they get too close. Bradley Craig just might be the man who can weather the storm that is Gracie Taylor-Scott.
What qualities do you most like in a woman?
Strength, humor, trustworthiness––her ability to be a true friend.
Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
Atticus Finch. Because of his quiet steady morality and sense of justice. He’s also a great father. My mother is African American mixed race, and my father is white, a Scot with a brogue, no less! I guess that makes me sensitive to the issues related to race.
Which living person do you most admire?
Harper Lee, Toni Morrison
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
II take risks at work with my creative, but never with my private life. I definitely need to change that.
What is your motto?
Lordy, lordy, lordy. Probably some old southern axiom from Grandma Nona like: “Cain’t never could.” Translation: You never will if you don’t try.