Melissa Joan Hart opens up about playing a politician and stand-in mother
A far cry from her days in Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Melissa Joan Hart has graduated to being a well-liked city councilwoman on Melissa and Joey. Playing a motherly role to her niece and nephew, this real mother of three says she brings the exact opposite of reality to the sets. a�?Mel is not your typical mother, and that is what I actually wanted. I enjoy playing her because everything that I know about being a mom, I try to do the exact opposite,a�? begins the bubbly actor, who has even directed for the show. a�?Ita��s not easy to do both and I cana��t do it too much because ita��s just exhausting.A� Directing is very mental and the acting is very physical. When Ia��m acting, we have a lot more time to joke around,a�? Hart shares.
So whoa��s the funniest on set?A� a�?Oh, thata��sA� me, of course! Joey (Lawrence) and I argue over it. But actually Nick Robinson (who plays the nephew Ryder) is quite hilarious; we cana��t stop giggling with him,a�? she tells us, explaining it is the wine-drinking, lush side of Mel that she enjoys.
Speaking of her co-actor, Joey Lawrence, who plays the nanny and now husband (Joe), Hart says they share a very professional relationship. a�?We have a lot in common. Wea��ve known each other since we were kids but the first time we worked together was on My Fake FiancA� and we hit it off well,a�? she says. Plus, apparently the easy rapport helped greatly in bringing to life their love-hate relationship. a�?It just added to the chemistry and made us want to continue to work together,a�? Hart says
With the series set to end later this year, Hart transforms into her off-screen motherly self saying that she will miss the people the most. a�?That will be hard to let go of. Wea��ve all become such a family. We really know how lucky we are to be able to make entertaining a career.A� We count our blessings and love to just make people laugh!a�? she signs off.
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