Actress Rachel G. Fox is a busy girl. Last week, she guest starred on Private Practice. Meanwhile, she's reprising her role as Holly on ABC Family's Melissa & Joey which returns for its second season on May 30, and she has a part in the new indie comedy Jewtopia, which was recently chosen to be featured at the Opening Night Gala of the Newport Beach Film Festival.
Wetpaint Entertainment recently chatted with Rachel, and she gave us the skinny on what Jewtopia's all about, and what to expect from Holly when Melissa & Joey returns.
Wetpaint Entertainment: Can you tell us a bit about your new movie, Jewtopia?
Rachel G. Fox: Jewtopia is pretty much about two men who are different religions. One is Jewish, one is Christian, and it's pretty cool because it shows the pressures that go along with being a child and an adult, and being a part of these and many other religious families. It's just about the cultures and traditions of the different religions and how their customs and their traditions show in the family's behavior. It's just really cool to see how they interact because there's plenty of the different religions interacting. One of the guys, Ivan Sergei, who plays Christian O'Connell, falls in love with Jennifer Love Hewitt's character [Alison Marks], and their families are of two different religions, and it's really funny and fun to watch how they collide and try to relate.
What's your role in the film?
I play Jill Lipschitz. She is Adam Lipschitz's little sister; he's played by Joel David Moore who was in Avatar. He's the Jewish man who is called upon by his Christian friend to help him pretend to be Jewish to win over this Jewish girl who will only date Jewish guys. Jill is kind of a character who's rebelling against her family, and she really just loves the attention, and making a scene a little bit. She's kind of rebelling against her family because they're so tight, and they're so on top of her and in her space, and she wants her space. She wants to live a little differently than they do. But at the end of the day she loves her family and she will probably end up raising her family the way they raised her to be.
This film seems to have a lot in common with My Big Fat Greek Wedding. How do you think it compares?
Just the feeling of so much energy and so many people in the family all coming together and loving one another and being so tight. It's really cool because the bride and groom in My Big Fat Greek Wedding get all this attention because their families love them so much, and it's the same thing here. The families just love them so much and are focused on the bride and groom. And what's also really cool is that with My Big Fat Greek Wedding you don't have to be Greek to enjoy the film and find it funny, and it's the same with Jewtopia — you don't have to be any specific religion. It really does go through and touch upon many religions. Even Buddhism is touched on a little bit. So it really is for everyone.
Do you have any favorite memories from set?
I really loved that we were always improvising. There was a lot of improvisation and a lot of creative energy on set. I think one really funny moment is when Jon Lovitz and Rita Wilson were kind of improving this one little section of a scene. They were kind of fighting over this necklace that Jon's character was wearing, which was a cross, but Jon was pretending it was a sword. So they were going back and forth saying "It's a cross!"/"It's a sword!"/ "It's a cross!"/"It's a sword!" And then all of a sudden out of nowhere Jon just yelled out "It's a swooord!" He just screamed it. Everyone in the entire building, I'm sure, heard it. It was so funny, it was one of the most amazing improv moments I had ever seen.
That's great. We love movies with a lot of improv elements.
Yeah. You can really feel it. It's very free, and everyone's so comfortable.
Melissa & Joey is also returning on May 30th. What can we expect from your character, Holly, in the new season?
My character goes to therapy, and she kind of is reinventing herself. She's still very Holly-esque, still very confident and very the girl in control, but they're a couple of cases where she's just a bit extremely — the first episode she is extremely funny, and I can't wait for people to watch.
Of course, a lot of people know you from Desperate Housewives, where you played Kayla Huntington Scavo. Have you been watching the last season?
I haven't, but I made a promise to myself that I'm definitely going to watch the last episode. I definitely have to pay that respect to it.
You can follow Rachel on Twitter @RachelGFox.
Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaMartin47.
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