A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the set of Melissa and Joey the People’s Choice award winner for Best Cable Comedy an honor I couldn’t agree with more! Not only did I get to visit the set of this fun show but I had the opportunity to meet Joey Lawrence and Melissa Joan Hart as well as interview them!
Having grown up watching these two on tv and being a huge fan of both, you can only imagine how extremely excited I was to find out more about them as well as ask them questions. Because I know they both juggle family and careers, and how hard it can be to find a balance,I was interested in finding out how they make it work.
We started things off with Joey who had been singing away Christmas Carols a few minutes earlier during rehearsal. Something I found fantastic because I got to hear his voice unaltered and what it really sounds like and it was fantastic. Of course as he sat down to talk to us he was even sweeter than his voice!
Talking to Joey we learned how the show’s adult themes are interesting to him & how the show pushes the envelope a bit and how it has really come out of the family shell. This show is definitely not for smaller aged kids but it does have a fun element that keeps it fresh and fun. He then went to discuss parenting like finding kid free time to be with his wife. I know something we all struggle with.
We also got to hear about his fans a term they’ve coined themselves as Joey’s Angels. A group he calls few but great. He likes social media but feels that he doesn’t need to tell fans everything like what Latte he’s drinking etc.. Joey also spoke about his future plans with his brothers to come out with an Album. The music being a cross between Cold Play meets Sam Smith.
Some fun info he he told us was that he actually wrote and sings the theme song to the show! Which of course is no surprise given his vocal talents.
Although Joey is a family man who has two gorgeous little girls he’s really trying to keep a line between his family and his career although his two adorable daughters are well aware of what he does. It’s hard because he does want to protect them but at the same point he also realizes that their is that interest in their eyes on what he does. Joey also keeps a strict eye on what his girls are exposed to and isn’t too keen on new(er) shows that in his words make parents look silly or outsmarted by their kids. He wants his girls to see the classics like Family Ties and Growing Pains that show the family as a whole and shows that Dad and Mom are in charge.
From talking to Joey you realize he’s not just the handsome actor that is on tv day in and day out but you realize he’s someone that goes deeper. He thinks that had he not gone into acting he would have definitely gone into politics. He loves this country and realizes what a wonderful and amazing place it is to live in. He feels like the back bone of our country is being challenged daily and he wants us to look back when we’re old and say we made a difference to keep this country great.
Listening to Joey and everything he had to say made me realize complex he is as a person (not that I ever doubted it) but he isn’t just an actor or a musician but a multifaceted individual ready to take on the next challenge life brings on and make it great.
After talking to Joey we had the chance to sit down with the sweet Melissa Joan Hart. An actress who’s career has been a great one from hit tv shows like Clarissa Explains it all to Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Bringing her charm on screen something that is so apparent when you see her sit down and talk to you, you can see why she brings so much fun to each of her shows. She’s got an amazing charm and sweetness you can’t help but want to get up and give her a big hug! But at the same time sit down and listen to all the neat things she has to say.
Melissa discussed more in depth the show and her relationship to the people on the show. You know from just seeing the cast how much fun they have as well as the great rapport you see not only between the actors but between the crew. Something she reiterated in her interview.
Something that Melissa has enjoyed most about this show is that her personality gets to be the fun carefree one, something you usually don’t see of the lead female character. Most comedies usually portray the female lead as a nagging person but here she gets to just have fun. Which she loves.
We then began discussing parenting and she told us about including her boys in entertainment. It’s something that has happened gradually but slowly beginning with commercials to maybe even more. However, she wants them to stay in school and get things done the right way to then,when older, make the decision or at least entertain the thought once they’ve prepared themselves adequately for the future. Because she is a career mom she has to have a balance which can sometimes be hard on her but she makes it work so that her boys don’t miss out. They even spend half the year in Connecticut and half the Year in LA she makes it a point to make sure and be close to them although they do have to part ways. She wants them to have a constance in their lives and although it gets tricky she makes it work.
Melissa doesn’t just dedicate herself to acting or the entertainment industry but she also has a strong entrepreneur heart that has her launching the cutest line of boys clothing called King of Harts. So make sure and check that fantastic brand out. This time with her showed me what a superwoman she is and although she makes a lot of sacrifices to make it work she somehow manages to make it look easy. Being a mom is never an easy job and making the right decisions for your family is always something that doesn’t come as easy as one would like but her perfect balance of it all shows how amazing she is but it’s no surprise after meeting her!
Joey and Melissa not only have a great chemistry on screen but meeting them both in person you can tell what a fun time they have together. This show has been a successful one and it’s no surprise with the leading cast. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the future.
Don’t miss out on all the fun Melissa & Joey adventures or catch up on some of their past shows online!
And don’t forget to catch the Joey and Melissa season premier this Wednesday on ABC Family at 8/7c!
You can follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MelissaandJoey
on on twitter at https://twitter.com/ABCFmelissajoey
Disclosure: This post is part of my press trip to LA, CA with expenses provided by Disney. All Opinions are 100% mine.
Photo credits: ABC FAMILY/ Eric McCandless
Comments & Reviews
Sue E says
I cannot believe that they are grown with families of their own!! That is great that you got to meet them – a couple of my granddaughters would be jealous 🙂
I have watched this show with my a couple of my teenage granddaughters & we like it.
They still look awesome.
Suzy P says
Sounds like everyone had a great time! 😀
Amy S says
Looks like it was fun. May have to check the show out.
Nancy Chipriano says
Honestly, I am surprised to hear that Joey Lawrence can sing! I had no idea. Seems like such a great opportunity you had to be there!
Julia W. says
Seems like a great time!
Kristine Barrett says
Sounds like a really in time! I used to LOVE Melissa Joan Hart! <3 Well…I probably still do haha, but haven't seen her in much recently! 😉
jamie shapiro says
I’m super jealous!
Linda Szymoniak says
Wow, what a great opportunity you had. I haven’t seen the show yet, but I’m already a fan of Melissa Joan Hart and would have loved to be able to meet her.
Megan Clifton says
Awesome!! I can’t wait to start binge watching this!
Elizabeth Godschalx Wisniewski says
Fun looking show. I will have to check it out.
I enjoy watching this show and am awed that you met and interviewed them in person! WOW! Thanks for an honest review…it’s always great to learn more about stars’ personal views on life.
Michelle H. says
I agree with Joey on not liking shows that make parents look silly or not as smart as the kids. Both of these actors seem like nice people.
Nicky J says
I have never seen the show.. will have to check it out
Lola like fun!
Joey looks so different!
Stephanie Phelps says
Looks like a great time I think it is so cute!
Stephanie Sangatanan says
Jenn Barrett says
Love that they have chemistry off and on the stage. Makes for a real experience.
I loved these two when I was a teenager … how amazing to have met them!!
Looks like a blast. I loved Melissa Joan Hart on Clarissa Explains It All. Loved that show so much.
Jenn-Paul Henderson says
such a cute show. looks like you had a fun time!!
jacquelyn Matties says
I’ve always been a fan of Melissa Joan Hart.
Ann Cochran says
What an awesome experience! Love that show!
Jeanie Payne says
It’s always fun to see what child stars are up to when they grow up!
Kelley H. says
It was so fun to learn all those fun facts about both Joey and Melissa. Great read! And awesome opportunity for you!
Kat Kerley says
Oh I love her!
linda romer says
Wow! That must have been a great experience. Two of my favorite actors from back in the day!
Ashley (PiqueintheBox) says
Noel Michalski says
Reminds me of my younger years, very cool
Ashley Morel says
Wow, so cool you got to meet them
Cl Dawkins says
Such a cool experience!
Tiffinie W says
Stephanie spiger says
ahh that’s one of my favorite shows!! Joey puts the biggest smile on my face. I don’t know how they aren’t married because they act so cute together ☺️
melissa does not age
Ona Archer says
Love watching this show, watching reruns on Netflix! Your so lucky to meet them in person!
Kate Aquino Losito says
That looks like a fun time. I haven’t seen the show, but may need to check it out. 🙂
Sommer Olson says
Love this show! How awesome to meet them!! Jealous!!
Katie M says
What a great opportunity! It looks like it was a lot of fun.
Katy Baird says
What a great experience! 2 of my childhood favorite actors.
aimee p. says
looks like you had a good time. but sorry, I do not watch the show
Kaitlin K says
Looks like you had a lot of fun!
Morgan Schwall says
That looks like such a fun time! It’s great to see that they have chemistry on and off the show 🙂 That makes there TV show appearances even more of a “real” feeling.
Marisa Walton says