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Mr. Robinson's Peri Gilpin Talks Playing a Groupie–Turned–Principal and Shares a Full-Circle Frasier Moment from Set

Mr. Robinson's Peri Gilpin Talks Playing a Groupie–Turned–Principal and Shares a Full-Circle Frasier Moment from Set

Originally posted 08/05/2015 04:25PM

Most parents probably wouldn't want a former good time gal shaping their children's young minds, but when Peri Gilpin started creating her character Eileen Taylor for the new series Mr. Robinson, she realized that a little bit of a checkered past might actually be a good thing on a high school principal's résumé.

"I have a feeling she probably had a pretty good time as a groupie," Gilpin tells PEOPLE of Eileen, who squares off against Craig Robinson's music teacher in the School of Rock-esque NBC sitcom.

For starters, Gilpin reveals that viewers will quickly learn during Wednesday's premiere episode that her character "was the inspiration for the [Dexys Midnight Runners] song 'Come On Eileen.' "

Though Gilpin, 54, didn't dish all the dirt on Eileen's "major backstory," she ultimately thinks "all that experience is fantastic for what she's doing. I don't think anyone can get one over on her. ... She can use her experience to help people have fun but stay engaged and stay on the right path."

Though, adds Gilpin, "[Eileen's] life was pretty crazy for a while."

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Jessica Tunes Up for U.S. Summer Tour | Jessica Simpson

Jessica Tunes Up for U.S. Summer Tour

Originally posted 05/12/2004 11:00AM

ANNOUNCED: Jessica Simpson, 23, will kick off her Reality Tour on June 4 in New Orleans and continue with stops across the country, including New York, Chicago and her hometown of Dallas. The gig will end Aug. 1 in Paso Robles, Calif. The concert tour will be her first since the success of her MTV series, Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica, with husband Nick Lachey.

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Brad's Self-Discipline Goes Up in Smoke

Brad's Self-Discipline Goes Up in Smoke

Originally posted 05/05/2004 9:00AM

ADMITTED: Brad Pitt, 40, has claimed in interviews that he gave up smoking cigarettes in order to be at his most physically fit for Troy, which opens Friday. And on Monday's Oprah, the audience applauded wildly when Winfrey announced that the hunk had kicked the habit. But Pitt then sheepishly asked the crowd to stop clapping – and revealed that he has picked up the rotten habit again.

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Clooney, Damon Team Up for Spy Thriller | George Clooney

UpdatePosted 05/04/2004 08:20PM

Clooney, Damon Team Up for Spy Thriller

Originally posted 05/04/2004 9:00AM

CAST: Hollywood hunks George Clooney and Matt Damon will team for a film version of ex-spy Bob Baer's 2002 nonfiction bestseller See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Solider in the CIA's War on Terrorism, to be directed by Stephen Gagham (Traffic), The Washington Post reports. The political thriller, which will shoot in D.C. in August, will feature Clooney, who turns 42 on Thursday, as Baer, and Damon, 33, as an oil trader.

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