Mel decides to join an exercise boot camp to lose weight for a special upcoming dinner with Joe, cooked by the hottest chef in town (guest star Chef Robert Irvine), on an all-new episode of“Melissa & Joey,” airing Wednesday, February 5 (8:00PM ET/PT) on ABC Family.
After winning an 8-course dining experience in a raffle, Mel decides to preemptively join an exercise boot camp to lose weight before she gorges on the gourmet meal. She talks Joe into teaching the class, but his harsh tactics get her booted out. Still fighting, they head to the restaurant to meet celebrity chef Malcolm Sunderland (guest star Chef Robert Irvine), who immediately butts heads with Joe over cooking styles.
Meanwhile, Lennox and Zander (guest star Sterling Knight) attempt to sell their “Cassandra” web series.
CelebSecrets4U caught up with Sterling Knight recently to get all the details on this upcoming season of Melissa & Joey! Take a read at the Q&A below. Stills from “Feel The Burn” under…
What’s your most and least favorite thing about your character, Zander?
Sterling: “Probably my most favorite thing about Zander is sort of his likeability. He’s just a good guy and he’s trying, which is pretty different from the Chad Dillon Cooper on Sonny with a Chance and So Random, who was the likeable jerk, or at least I tried to make him likeable. So I think my favorite part is Zander is just a genuinely good person and it’s hard to get mad at him or dislike him in any way.
My least favorite part is probably that he’s an artist, simply because I can’t draw a stick figure very well but I have to pretend I’m making these amazing sketches and photos. I have to hold the pencil like an artist would, and I feel useless every time. Every time they hand me the sketchpad I’m like, “I don’t know what to do.””
What is it like working with Taylor Spreitler?
Sterling: “Well it’s helpful playing against Taylor’s character, because her character’s humor is so dry and witty, it makes my job a lot easier to sell the dummy a little bit. But I’ve known Taylor for years; I think we’ve been friends for, gosh, seven years, eight years now. So it’s been really exciting to finally get to work with somebody that I’ve known for so long.
We have a really great relationship, both personally and professionally. We hang out outside of work, and it’s always nice to go into your job and have a friend there and hang out. We usually make each other laugh when we’re not making each other angry [laughs]. ”
Who is the funniest on set?
Sterling: “Everybody’s funny in different ways. Melissa has out-of-context quotes that are just so left field and they’re hilarious, but Joey has better rant comedy. If he gets really worked up about something he’ll take a good two minutes and just kind of let loose on a topic, and that’s hilarious. Everybody has their own kind of style, but I don’t know, Joey probably makes me laugh more than anybody.”
How hard is it to keep a straight face while filming?
Sterling: “Impossible. I’m really bad at it, which is awful. I’ll go ahead and I’ll throw myself under the bus here, I actually practice keeping a straight face sometimes. So I’ll watch really funny standup comedy routines or something like that and try to not laugh while watching it. Which essentially makes watching the stand up comedy not enjoyable, because I don’t get to laugh. But it’s really difficult; that’s something that I have trouble with. I don’t know, everybody on that show is capable of making me laugh, so it’s hard.”
How do you feel about Mel and Joe dating on the show?
Sterling: “I love it! I especially love it because I know that they’re not attracted to each other at all on camera, so it’s kind of funny to have to watch them go, “I don’t want to kiss you. Uh. Okay” [laughs].
I know a lot of the times with these shows where it’s two people that you really want to get together – when they finally do a lot that magic and tension is gone, but I think that both Melissa and Joey have done a really great job keeping that chemistry there. That banter keeps everyone interested. I think that’s the best part of the show, their banter together.”
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