Interview: Rachel G. Fox returns to ABC’s “Melissa & Joey”

© ABC Family | Nick Robinson as Ryder Scanlon and Rachel G. Fox as Holly Reback in ABC Family's "Melissa & Joey"

From playing the manipulative Kayla Huntington in Desperate Housewives to the quiet, lonely Chloe in Dream House, Rachel G. Fox has done it all. At only 15, the actress and singer has already taken on a wide variety of roles and will return to prime time Wednesday evening, reprising her role as Holly on ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey.

Melissa & Joey, just into its second season, stars Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence as politician Mel Burke and male nanny Joe Longo as the duo raises Mel’s teenage niece and nephew Lennox (played by Taylor Spreitler) and Ryder (Nick Robinson.) Holly is Ryder’s jealous, alpha-type girlfriend to whom Ryder can never seem to stand up to.In this season, Rachel Fox promises a lot of interesting twists with her character and her character’s relationship. One of those twists sees Holly in therapy.

“From the very first episode my character is in, immediate changes happen with her,” Fox said in an interview with Landmark Report.

Though Fox doesn’t identify with Holly’s mean streak, she recognizes that the character has a “sweet side.”

“It’s tricky because I have to balance being overbearing and strong, but likeable at the same time. [Holly’s] intentions are always good, and I have to make sure that comes across,” Fox said. “It’s a matter of getting into the right balance for the role.”

Rachel was mum on whether or not there’s a paramour in her life at the moment, but assured me that boys know she’s not like Holly in real life.

“That would be a bad thing!” she asserted.

Despite her youth, the teen actress’ resume has credits ranging from soap operas to sitcoms. A range she values in her career.

“I love variety. [It’s] extremely important and I love being able to switch back and forth between genres and doing different things. There’s an art to being able to do different genres.”

Though she loves the variety, she has a soft spot for dramatic roles.

“The characters you can create in dramatic settings are pretty epic and intense,” Fox said. “The roles can get crazy, and I love that intensity.”

(Her ability to do the “crazy” was pretty apparent by her psychosis-ridden role in a recent episode of Private Practice.)

Recently, Fox worked with Jon Lovitz and Jennifer Love Hewitt in the independent comedy flick Jewtopia. She’s hoping to break further into films, though. As far as her ‘dream’ project goes, she wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with Academy Award-winners Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. She also wants to continue with her music career. Presently in two bands as a singer and guitarist, her love of being on camera is rivaled only by the thrill of being on stage performing in a live setting.

“I’ve always had a vision for where I wanted to be. I’m thrilled with the way things have turned out and that my vision is being fulfilled. It’s awesome.”

Andrew Lawton is Landmark Report's founder and a North American radio and television personality. In addition to hosting The Andrew Lawton Show on AM980 in London, Ontario, he appears on a variety of programs and in a wide array of publications tackling politics, lifestyle and even tourism. Andrew tweets as @AndrewLawton.

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