Joey Lawrence is an American actor who has been apart of show business for over 30 years. He is best known for his roles in “Blossom,” “Brotherly Love,” and “Gimme a Break.” Blossom, Brotherly Love, and Gimme a Break. After a small hiatus, Lawerence scored with a role on ABCFamily’s comedy hit “Melissa and Joey.” In an exclusive interview, Lawrence talks what fans can expect on the series this season.
Q: After meeting your family, during the mid-season finale, you and Melissa get together. How did this happen?
Lawrence: Melissa will tell you it was the best fifteen minutes of her life. We left the audience hanging, and we’re back shooting now and brand new episodes … after our very special Christmas episode … I’ll tell you, this is the best season so far, and we are so excited about where the show is going. We got some twists and turns that people won’t expect and the show is more edgy and more fun than ever.
Q: Are you surprised at the success of “Melissa and Joey”?
Lawrence: It’s a whole different world than it was 15 years ago, and I’ve been doing this for 33 years, since I was four-years-old. The fact that ABC Family has never really had any successful comedies, they’ve been known more for the dramas. I was actually on a plane flying back to New York, and my little girl started running back to coach so I started running back to get her, and as I was coming back, I saw two people on their iPads watching “Melissa and Joey” on Hulu. I’m proud of the work that we’ve done.
Q: What is it about you and Melissa that creates such great chemistry?
Lawrence: It’s really an intangible thing. We’ve known each other for a long time but we were never friends, we just knew each other. We started with the commercials in New York, she’s literally two days older than me, and for some reason the energy we have for the comedy is similar, and I think we compliment each other very well. She’s sort of physical, with facial expressions, and I sort of under cut things, low key, and it just works. We had this episode that I directed last night and filmed in front of an audience, and it just went so well. After the show was over, we were talking and you just can’t deny it—it just works.
Q: As an actor is it hard to go from comedy with romantic tension, to reading the script and realizing how far you’re going?
Lawrence: We had long creative talks about where the show goes, and what happens after that. We had to keep them close, we couldn’t separate them. I think we came up with something that really works.
Q: What can you tell fans to expect from season 3?
Lawrence: We’re having more fun than we’ve ever had, I think the writing is the best it’s been so far, and it’s been pretty darn good so far. They’re letting us do things that we never thought we could get away with, and the network is really just opening up the creative reins on us and we’re having a blast. The teenagers are going off to college and having their own relationships, and that triangle that are mixed with our triangles, and those intersections just combust and that’s when you get comedy. These characters are likeable when they argue, which is very hard to do.
Check out new episodes of “Melissa and Joey” every Wednesday on ABCFamily at 8 p.m. EST.
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