'Grosse Pointe' bad girl makes good - while the show lasts

Doylestown's Irene Molloy is bad girl Hunter Fallow on the hilarious new series "Grosse Pointe."

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Irene Molloy (bottom right) stars as Hunter Fallow on "Grosse Pointe," Sundays at 9:30 on WB-17.

Doylestown's Irene Molloy is bad girl Hunter Fallow on the hilarious new series "Grosse Pointe," Sundays at 9:30 on WB-17. The 21-year-old graduate of Archbishop Wood High School plays the spoiled actress, which many say is based on Shannen Doherty in the spoof of "Beverly Hills, 90210."

And is Molloy surprised that in less than five years, she's gone from school plays in Warminster to starring in a network series?

"Not really, everything is going according to plan," she said. Molloy said she always wanted to be a performer. While a senior at Wood, she landed the lead in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Whistle Down the Wind," which had a limited run in Washington, D.C.

After graduating from Wood in 1996, Molloy moved to New York City and within a year was in the Broadway play "The Civil War" and the musical version of "Romeo and Juliet." Then it was off to Hollywood, and not long after, the role of Hunter in "Grosse Pointe," created by "90210" and "Sex and The City's" Darren Star.

"Darren has been great, he's the driving force behind the show," Molloy said. However, the ratings for "Grosse Pointe" haven't been great. It began the season on Friday nights, and the network changed its timeslot to Sundays over a month ago. Even though the ratings haven't improved, as it is against "The X-Files," "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," "The CBS Sunday Night Movie" and a popular HBO lineup, Molloy said that the WB is behind the show - "they are trying to help."

Molloy works up to 18 hours a day on the set of "Grosse Pointe." In her free time, she works on her music. Molloy, who writes her own songs, is hoping to have an album out within the year. In the meantime, she can look forward to an upcoming musical episode of the series. Also, former "90210" heartthrob Jason Priestly will be guest starring and directing an upcoming show.

Molloy returns to her native Doylestown a few times a year to see her father, a computer analyst, her mother, a neo-natal nurse, and her four younger sisters. When asked if her parents also act as her managers, she laughed and said no. That is left to the Gersh Talent Agency, which represents another Broadway-to-L.A. actress, Calista Flockhart of "Ally McBeal."

Molloy is signed for the series for the next five years. However, if it gets canceled, there's always music or theater, where "she misses the live audience."

When told that "TV Guide" called her "A Joan Collins for the millennium," Molloy laughed and said she didn't really watch "Dynasty." However, she said she admires Kate Winslet ("Titanic") and her choice of roles.

Molloy said she still doesn't feel like she's famous. But if everything goes according to plan, it shouldn't be long.

Laura Nachman can be reached at her web site "Brady Residence," www.geocities.com/bradylady, or by e-mail at bradyresident@aol.com.