Despite her young age, Rachel G. Fox's acting resume is already pretty impressive. Best known for her role as evil, havoc-wreaking Kayla on Desperate Housewives, the actress has also appeared in several films (including Jewtopia, opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Dream House, where she played Naomi Watt’s daughter), plus she currently plays Ryder’s girlfriend Holly on ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey. Oh, and she's also a singer-songwriter/rhythm-guitar player. Not bad for a 15-year-old, right?
I recently exchanged emails with Fox to compile this latest edition of Celebrity High-Five, and I couldn't help but wonder which shows she draws inspiration from. "As an actress, I'm constantly watching different shows and films and am always gathering information and inspiration for characters and techniques to make my performances the best they can be," she wrote. "I'm attracted to a variety of different shows—sitcoms, dramas, even some well-done reality. I love watching great TV, whether it's to educate myself more on my craft or to just simply be entertained."
Read on to find out which TV shows Fox named as her favorites, and why.
"Mad Men is the greatest example of a perfect cast uniting with a perfect group of writers and creators to create a show that is bold, brutal, and brilliant. The characters are intricate and the storylines are captivating. Because the acting is so on-point, I've learned so much from watching each episode. I constantly draw on things I've seen on Mad Men when I do my work. Zou Bisou Bisou."
"What can you say about a show that is known all around the globe, with so many passionate fans and such a beloved cast? Wisteria Lane is magical (I will always remember every single moment I spent working and playing on Wisteria Lane). The combination of the cast members was magical, and it seems like every major event on the show will be captured in the world's memory forever. The tornado, Mike's death, Kayla's leaving, Mrs. McCluskey's 45 record, Susan's baby... the list goes on and on. How does a show do that? I think it's masterful writing, excellent timing, perfect chemistry, and a creative vision that is ahead of it's time. Kudos to Mr. Marc Cherry for his vision."
"One of the greatest sitcoms, with so many amazing actors. The characters are so memorable and defined and have perfect chemistry together. Once again, this is a show I learn so much from watching. Comedic timing is a hard thing to master but they did it so perfectly on this show. I think I've seen every single episode! It was a dream working with the director from That '70s Show, David Trainer, when he directed an episode of Melissa & Joey. He is a brilliant director. Working with him made me understand why That '70s Show became such a success."
"The first time I saw Private Practice, I was hooked. The camera work is captivating, the acting is the-best-of-the-best amazing, and each storyline is so interesting and different. The show is edgy, with dramatic twists that are unexpected and that make it so compelling to watch."
"It's comedy and it's live comedy, which means it's raw and in-the-moment. I love watching the actors on SNL create their characters for each skit because they are always going so far outside the box. While a lot of it is unrealistic, it's amazing to watch them transform into characters that are so different and crazy. It reminds me never to hold back in character creation. I can't wait to host an episode."
What do you think of Fox's picks? Did any of them surprise you?
Melissa & Joey airs Wednesdays at 8pm on ABC Family.
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