Melissa & Joey: New Episode Tonight + Q&A with Sterling Knight! (@SterlingKnight)

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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 ofďMelissa & Joey,Ē†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 ďCassandraĒ 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…

Whatís your most and least favorite thing about your character, Zander?

Sterling:†”Probably my most favorite thing about Zander is sort of his likeability.† Heís just a good guy and heís 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 itís hard to get mad at him or dislike him in any way.

My least favorite part is probably that heís an artist, simply because I canít draw a stick figure very well but I have to pretend Iím 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 Iím like, ďI donít know what to do.Ē”

What is it like working with Taylor Spreitler?

Sterling: “Well itís helpful playing against Taylorís character, because her characterís humor is so dry and witty, it makes my job a lot easier to sell the dummy a little bit.† But Iíve known Taylor for years; I think weíve been friends for, gosh, seven years, eight years now.† So itís been really exciting to finally get to work with somebody that Iíve known for so long.

We have a really great relationship, both personally and professionally.† We hang out outside of work, and itís always nice to go into your job and have a friend there and hang out.† We usually make each other laugh when weíre not making each other angry [laughs]. ”

Who is the funniest on set?

Sterling: “Everybodyís funny in different ways.† Melissa has out-of-context quotes that are just so left field and theyíre hilarious, but Joey has better rant comedy.† If he gets really worked up about something heíll take a good two minutes and just kind of let loose on a topic, and thatís hilarious.† Everybody has their own kind of style, but I donít know, Joey probably makes me laugh more than anybody.”

How hard is it to keep a straight face while filming?

Sterling: “Impossible. Iím really bad at it, which is awful.† Iíll go ahead and Iíll throw myself under the bus here, I actually practice keeping a straight face sometimes.† So Iíll 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 donít get to laugh.† But itís really difficult; thatís something that I have trouble with.† I donít know, everybody on that show is capable of making me laugh, so itís 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 theyíre not attracted to each other at all on camera, so itís kind of funny to have to watch them go, ďI donít want to kiss you.† Uh.† OkayĒ [laughs].

I know a lot of the times with these shows where itís two people that you really want to get together Ė 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 thatís the best part of the show, their banter together.”

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Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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