It's long been known that Judy Greer is America's best friend. The actress may not be an A-list movie star, but she's been in practically every movie and TV show you've loved over the last decade. Seriously, you name it, she's been in it: 13 Going on 30. 27 Dresses. Arrested Development ("Say goodbye to these, Michael!"). Archer. The Descendants. Over the years, Greer has made a career out of playing supporting characters, most notably as the quirky best friend of the lead.
Thanks to her impressive resume, Greer has become one of the most recognizable actors working today, yet few people actually know her name. It's a quandary that would frustrate anyone — and it's the motivation for Greer's upcoming memoir, aptly titled I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star. The cover was revealed on Monday to Entertainment Weekly.
The memoir, to be released next April, was first announced back in February. At the time, Greer won an advance of nearly $1 million for the book, which will consist of a collection of essays. If that seems like a lot of money for an actor you only just learned the name of, take a look at some of the essays expected to be included: "Celebrities I've Peed Next To." "I've Not America's Sweetheart, I'm America's Best Friend." "Bad Oscar!" (let's hope that one's about a certain Bluth!) With titles as great as those, Greer's book certainly sounds like it's worth the money.
And we couldn't be more excited. Longtime fans of Greer know that she's one of the funniest, most diverse actors in the business, and she's long overdue for major success. She got a taste of it back in 2011 with her acclaimed role in The Descendants, but she's never made it past the fringes of the A-list. Hopefully, the memoir will do for Greer what Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? did for Mindy Kaling, who, at the time of her book's publication, was known mostly as a supporting player on The Office. Fast forward a few years, and Kaling's a major star with a hit TV show and widespread recognition, thanks in large part to the book's success.
There's no knowing yet if Greer's memoir will be as enjoyable as Kaling's or any of the other releases by famous funnywomen (Bossypants, The Bedwetter, Girl Walks into a Bar...), but the chances look good. If Greer's writing is any bit as smart and self-aware as her memoir's title, it's safe to assume that we'll have another bestseller on our hands. It's about time people start knowing Judy Greer's name — her legacy can't only be this, right?