Saturday, July 16, 2011

Interview: Taylor Spreitler Talks Melissa & Joey

Read Shockya's exclusive interview with actress Taylor Spreitler, who is currently starring on the hit ABC Family sitcom ‘Melissa & Joey.’ Spreitler stars as Lennox Scanlon on the show, which follows her Aunt Mel, played by Melissa Joan Hart, an Ohio councilwoman who takes in her niece and nephew Ryder, played by Nick Robinson, after their parents become involved in a Ponzi scheme. Joey Lawrence plays Mel’s live-in nanny Joe, who moves in to help care for Lennox and Ryder after he lost his job, due to Lennox and Ryder’s parent’s financial scheme. Taylor discusses with us, among other things, what attracted her to the role of Lennox, and what it’s like working with two of America’s biggest sitcom stars.

Written by: Karen Benardello

Shockya (SY): What initially attracted you to the role of Lennox before the show premiered last summer?

Taylor Spreitler (TS): Well, I liked the break-down for it. I immediately fell in love with it. She (Lennox) was really free-spirited. She seemed like she would be a lot of fun to play. She reminded me a lot of myself.

SY: What are some of Lennox’s attributes that you find most appealing, and which of her characteristics do you wish she would change?

TS: I mean, I really like everything about her. She’s fun and she’d dedicated and she believes what she believes in. You can’t really tell her no. She’s cool because she’s kind of got an edge to her, so I really liked that about her.

SY: The title characters are played by Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence. The two are mainly remembered for their 1990s sitcoms. Do they give you comedic acting advice, since this is your first sitcom?

TS: Yeah, they have definitely helped me a lot. Coming from a soap opera (‘Days of our Lives’), and then going on a sitcom, it was really hard to make that transition. So luckily I had both of them there to really help me out.

SY: So what was the transition like from playing Mia McCormick on ‘Days of Our Lives’ (which she appeared on between January 2009 and June 2010) to playing Lennox on ‘Melissa & Joey?’

TS: It was really hard, going from a job where you basically cry everyday to then going to a sitcom where you’re laughing everyday. Just going from drama to comedy that fast was hard, it took a little bit to get used to. I love it now.

SY: What is the working dynamic like with the rest of the cast on ‘Melissa & Joey?’

TS: I mean, we’re all really close. We’re our own little family. We have a lot of fun, but when it comes down to it, we get the job done.

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