Date of publishing: 6th
In June 2005, Rachel Fox and her family went on a
family vacation to Los Angeles. During their LA family
vacation, Rachel attended a movie and television acting
camp, while her sister attended tennis camp. They
never left Los Angeles, going back to Ohio only to
pack their things they had left behind. Within 3 months,
Rachel was on the set of the hit Disney TV series,
That's So Raven, in a recurring role of Buffy, Muffy's
little sister. After a role in Passions and a co-star
on Hannah Montana, Rachel made her way to primetime
television, playing Young Jennifer Garner (Sydney)
on the Series Finale of Alias.
Rachel next landed the role for which she is best
known, Kayla Huntington Scavo, on Desperate Housewives.
The role called for six recurring episodes, but quickly
turned into a two-year series regular stint, as Rachel
played evil Kayla wreaking havoc on the twins, Lynette
and Doug Scavo, and all of Wisteria Lane.
Rachel began working in film on her first feature,
independent film 'Spork,' which debuted at Tribeca
and showed at BFI's London Film Festival, and festivals
around the world to rave reviews. Rachel's second
film, Dream House, is a supporting role for Rachel
in a star-studded masterpiece directed by Jim Sheridan.
Rachel plays Naomi Watt's daughter in Dream House,
and is flanked by Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz.
Rachel is currently recurring on ABC Family's number-one-comedy
hit series "Melissa & Joey." She plays
Holly Reback, girlfriend of Ryder (Nick Robinson),
in this hilarious multi-camera sitcom.
Nuytens: Hello and
nice to meet you! Firstly I would like to know what
drives you in life?
Rachel G. Fox: Hi and thank you :)
It's very nice to meet you as well. I am extremely
self-driven, so your question "What drives
you in life?" is a great one. What drives
me in life is the living of the moments of working
in front of a camera with a director and lines and
a script and living all the amazing parts of a film
or tv show. Some people are driven by the fame that
comes as a result of their work on film or tv, but
for me the great reward is acting.
Gilles Nuytens: You
started very young, so it is probably as if you always
did this, but what drives you to continue acting?
Rachel G. Fox: What drives me to
continue acting is pure passion and love for acting,
which is speaking, moving, and being another person
for a temporary period of time, such that the viewer
thinks only that you're the other person and not yourself.
When I watch other actors such as Colin Firth, Helen
Mirren, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, and Stanley Tucci,
I see their character and it is inspiring and just
right. When a person's gifts and talents match what
they get the opportunity to do, whether it is to play
piano, sing, speak, or whatever, it is harmonious
and the output is just perfect.
Gilles Nuytens: Acting
is quite a little like a virus, once you start, you
can't stop anymore... but if you had to do something
else in the future (studies or job), what would you
like to do? I know you also sing...
Rachel G. Fox: There are so many
wonderful things to do and passions to pursue. In
addition to acting, I am lead singer and rhythm guitarist
for two different rock bands. Acting is much different
than singing/playing guitar in a rock band. You can
go on camera when you're a baby, and you can knowingly
act at a very early age. Singing in a band is much
different. You have to cultivate your voice and your
movement, and have to sync with the band, which happens
organically over time. That's why you don't see high-level
touring bands with 15 year old band members. By high-level,
I mean playing at Madison Square Garden or Wembley.
Justin Bieber is an exception, but he is a solo act
and he toured radio stations and built a following,
with a very strong agent/manager he carved his path.
Justin didn't have to gel with anyone. His music was
created and his huge persona and wonderful gifts of
performing and singing came together at a young age.
cultivating and creating with the bands and am patiently
impatient, wanting to perform at huge venues, but
working to grow and progress vocally and in all the
necessary ways to have a successful band. One other
thing... track singing is really common in performances.
It's whatever it is for other performers, but I'd
rather wait a year or two to perform and do it without
a vocal track. Singing live at concerts is what makes
rock music great and its dedicated fans passionately
love the bands and musicians that they love because
the music is raw and real.
So other than acting and singing/playing rhythm guitar
in a touring band, I'd be a day trader (I do this
a bit already), an entrepreneur (billboards, real
estate), and a pilot.
Gilles Nuytens: As
a young actress, how do you manage your celebrity
to be able to stay down to earth?
Rachel G. Fox: I think I am down
to earth because I am a human, who lives and breathes
and is imperfect, just like everyone else. Because
I've been casted in amazing television and movie roles,
it does not mean I am better or worse than any other
person. Some of the most amazing celebrities are down
to earth because they know they'll live, breath, and
die just like everyone else. When we see people who
are not down to earth, it's not pretty.
Gilles Nuytens: When
you see some young celebrities that quite disconnect
from reality, what kind of advices would you give
Rachel G. Fox: When I see young celebrities
that are disconnected from reality, I'm not sure if
I could give them advice that could help them. The
reason is because much of their behavior comes from
their parents and their own inner thinking that tells
them that they're better than other people, which
no one is, so it's not an easily changeable notion
in their mind that could make them be real and right.
Not everyone cares about rightness. Some people have
a pile of insecurities and issues that they hold onto
and don't want to improve and they go around and mistreat
others or misbehave. That's why some people bully
others or lie to others or are just plain mean to
If I were to try to give advice to a disconnected
young celebrity I'd say, when you're 90 years old,
you will look back at your life. You won't remember
every script or every project, but you will remember
people and the lives you touched. When you look back,
will you like what who you were and who you are?
Nuytens: Which actresses
(their work, play, etc) have influenced you so far?
Anyone in particular that is a model to you?
Rachel G. Fox: From a pure acting
perspective, I'd say Meryl Streep has influenced me
because she is so amazing in every role. I have not
a second of doubt that she is the character she is
portraying. I'd say the same about Helen Mirren. I
do not know that much about Meryl Streep or Helen
Mirren in their personal lives, so I don't know if
I'd model myself in their play and off-camera lives.
In an overall sense, Melissa Joan Hart is an amazing
role model. She's is an incredible actress, she's
hysterically funny, she's an entrepreneur, she has
amazing longevity working on so many long-term projects,
she's focused, and she is an incredibly nice and loving
person. When I'm on her and Joey Lawrence's set, I
feel so welcome and loved. Not every set is like that
and not every actress is warm and welcoming; with
her success, she doesn't have to be, but she is really
that amazing and more.
As far as actors, from a pure acting perspective and
not knowing about their personal life, I'd say Colin
Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Daniel Craig, and Stanley Tucci.
As an overall role model from the male side, I'd say
Daniel Craig and Joey Lawrence.
Gilles Nuytens: And
what about directors, any favorites or anyone you'd
like to work with? And why?
Rachel G. Fox: I love so many directors
I've worked with, but the most memorable and incredible
directors I've worked with are Marc Cherry, David
Trainer, Ted Wass, and Jim Sheridan.
There are many directors I'd love to work with. David
Fincher, who directed The Social Network and Benjamin
Button, is one of the most awesome directors I'd love
to work with. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
was amazing and the script, I think, was good but
so difficult to make into a beautiful movie. David
Fincher was successful at doing the nearly impossible
job of that, and The Social Network is hands-on one
of my favorite movies. I would like to work with Tom
Hooper, who directed The King's Speech, another one
of my favorite movies of all time. Tom Hooper's extreme
edge framing is unique and subtle and helps create
emotion in the viewer.
Other directors I'd like to work with are James Widdoes
(Two and a Half Men), Will Gluck (Fired Up), Guillermo
del Toro, and Rob Reiner.
Nuytens: How was
the shooting of Dream House?
Rachel G. Fox: Shooting Dream House
was incredible! It was fun working in Toronto. It
was supposed to be cold and snowy but the snow didn't
fall, so they had to bring in the snowmakers, which
was very cool to watch.
Working with Jim Sheridan was a perfect dream because
he is an artist with a vision and a genius, really.
He is so interactive, which makes the set so fun and
social and everyone feels the great energy of creating
something. Jim Sheridan calls for meetings for feedback
and to really connect with what the actors are thinking.
I will never forget those amazing meetings with Jim
Sheridan, Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, Marton Csokas,
and others. Working with such amazing actors is so
incredible because I drank up every detail of their
ways and habits and learned so much from every single
Jim Sheridan has a very specific emotional vision
and he works and interacts constantly until he sees
what he wants to see on playback. We did many takes
and had a lot of interaction and there is a lot of
dialogue and changes and it was all very artistic
and I absolutely loved every minute of shooting Dream
Gilles Nuytens: Any
good memory or anecdote you want to share about Dream
Rachel G. Fox: On my second day on
set, we shot the diner scene. Daniel Craig had to
burst through the door in anger. On one of the takes,
Daniel burst through the door and the glass in the
door shattered with the force of him opening it and
everyone took a deep breath because they were afraid
he might be cut or hurt. After a few seconds, Daniel
Craig said, "Ah… a smmashing take,"
and everyone burst out laughing. It set the tone and
everyone was happy he was unharmed.
Gilles Nuytens: You
played with James Bond! Daniel Craig, was it easy
to work with him?
Rachel G. Fox: I played with James
Bond!! Yes… an experience I'll never forget.
It was brilliant to work with Daniel Craig because
he is so focused and he is present and is there to
create a person, and he embraces the moments he is
working. I've noticed some other actors who seem to
work to get finished but Daniel Craig works to create
and the intensity is rich and fulfilling and, I'll
use this word again, absolutely brilliant.
Nuytens: After the
Dream House, my question is: do you have a dream role?
Rachel G. Fox: My dream role for
tv is a remake version of the old tv show The Avengers.
I'd play Emma Peal.
My dream role for a film is …… well it's
out in th the world right now and I've never ever
read a script or a book or a poem or a short story
that I love so much! Because it will be casting soon,
I don't want to have its name in print because I don't
like to talk about projects until I'm standing on
the set. Fingers crossed :)
Gilles Nuytens: What
are the best memories you have from Desperate Housewives?
Rachel G. Fox: One of my favorite
memories from Desperate Housewives is when we shot
the ice cream scene in Season three. Mr. Marc Cherry
directed that scene and he knew exactly what he wanted.
I ate ice cream and screamed for over an hour and
it was amazing working with Miss Felicity Huffman
in that scene. We were on location at a restaurant
and there were tons of people and a lot of buzzing
energy. Many other great memories from Desperate Housewives
were from shooting scenes on Wisteria Lane. Wisteria
Lane is a magical place to work and every time I walk
down that street it feels just like it is the first
time. I loved the tornado scene on Wisteria Lane,
when Porter, Preston, Parker, Penny, Mrs. McCloskey,
Mrs. Greenberg, Tom Scavo, and Lynette Scavo and I
as Kayla, were trapped under a house. It was intense
and fun because before we shot the scene, a stunt
person took us to a cellar that they built especially
for us to be in so that they could film us emerging
from the tornado, one person at a time. Working on
Desperate Housewives is such an amazing part of my
Gilles Nuytens: Which
is the role you preferred to play at this point, the
best one, the one that most marked you?
Rachel G. Fox: As an actor, you grow
and change with each role you take on, and each role
has a very big learning curve effect on you, and you
change a great deal after learning new characteristics
that you take on that are not part of your own persona,
which is mostly all of them. I love every single role
I have ever played. I think I am still best known
for my role as evil Kayla Scavo on Desperate Housewives,
and adore my role as Holly Reback on Melissa &
Joey as well. I have received amazing compliments
from fans around the world about my dramatic acting
for my role as Chloe Patterson in Dream House. All
things considered, I am so thrilled to be able to
create these memorable characters for people to know
me as the girl who played them.
Nuytens: What are
your future projects?
Rachel G. Fox: I am a recurring guest
star on Melissa & Joey, which has been and continues
to be one of my favorite projects ever. Live audience
sitcom is so fun and so demanding, and really, not
easy work, but I love it. I recently finished filming
Jewtopia with Jon Lovitz, Rita Wilson, Joel David
Moore (Avatar), Ivan Sergei, Jennifer Love-Hewitt,
Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and others. It's funnier than funny.
I am lead singer and rhythm guitarist for two rock
bands and am cultivating my writing and performing
and am loving it.
Gilles Nuytens: You've
done modelling, acting, singer. What aspect of each
of these jobs do you prefer? What aspect of being
a singer do you like? What aspect of being a model
do you like?
Rachel G. Fox: Acting –My favorite
aspect of acting is creating a person, a memorable
character that people know and remember forever.
Singing – My favorite aspect of singing is being
on stage singing on the mic, commanding the audience
and entertaining them. Performing music for an audience
is like sharing awesomeness and there is such a common
bond of passion because your audience is there because
they like your sound and your vibe and it's like messing
around with friends.
Modeling – My favorite part of modeling is working
fluidly for the camera and presenting different looks
that the camera will capture.
Gilles Nuytens: Generally,
before playing a character, how do you prepare yourself
mentally to be in the role?
Rachel G. Fox: The preparation for
each role is very different, depending on the project
and the role itself. For comedy, my prep depends heavily
on repetition. For drama, my preparation is much more
mental and emotional.
Gilles Nuytens: As
an actress, what is the part of the job you are the
less at ease with? And what is the one you are the
most at ease with?
Rachel G. Fox: As an actress, there
is no part of what I do that I am not at ease with.
If I have to identify one thing I don't prefer about
the acting business, I'd say I don't prefer actors
who act for fame and who ignore the craft of acting.
As an actress, I am most at ease with doing a million
takes or doing three takes (I love doing a million).
One of my nicknames on Desperate Housewives was "One
Take Rachel" because they often got what they
wanted from one or two takes.
Nuytens: What are
your interests outside of your craft, hobbies for
Rachel G. Fox: Outside of acting,
I love running, dancing, playing tennis, investing,
travelling, playing guitar, hanging out with my family
and my friends.
Gilles Nuytens: And
finally, your favorite movies & Tv shows?
Rachel G. Fox: My favorite tv shows
are: Two and Half Men, That 70s Show, Melissa &
Joey, and Chopped.
My favorite movies are The King's Speech, The Social
Network, Benjamin Button, A Few Good Men, Pretty Woman,
Catch Me If You Can, and Singing in the Rain.
Gilles Nuytens: Thank
you for this interview! Anything else you'd like to
Rachel G. Fox: Thank you for asking
these different, thoughtful questions. I appreciate
what you do as a journalist and I think your readers
are quite lucky to have an interviewer like you.
Sci Fi World rocks :)
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