Courtesy of Rachel Melvin

I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to speak with Rachel Melvin (Chelsea) from Days of Our Lives! Find out what she likes to eat for breakfast, how she spends her days off and what it is like being a workaholic.

Shannon: Rachel, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me today.

Rachel: Thank you. I’m just eating some breakfast before starting the day.

Shannon: I’m sure everyone will want to know what are you eating for breakfast this morning?

Rachel: Chex, (laughter) and probably some yogurt.

Shannon: Laughter…What’s the best thing about working on the set of Days of Our Lives?

Rachel: I think it’s definitely the other actors that I work with; it’s really cool. We have a nice compilation of people with different personalities and they all bring different things to the set. They are really funny, sweet and talented. They are so helpful and many of them have been around for a while, but yet some of them are new. They all have different techniques and it’s fun to take a little bit from everybody. Other than that, we just have the best crew and cast. They’re so much fun!

Shannon: How would you describe your character, Chelsea?

Rachel: I would say that Chelsea is a troubled teen that has abandonment issues. She also has this strong desire to be loved and even if she is, she never feels like that desire for love is ever completely filled. She’s gone through a lot of different hardships and it’s hard to manage and cope with them properly. But now she’s undergoing a transformation, she’s kind of growing up and seeing what everyone’s always been telling her, so she’s starting to mature. She’s trying to be a better person in general. But, luckily for me, the writers are still keeping her bad girl edge, which I will always love to play! Laughter.

Shannon: Laughter. I bet that is fun! I’ve read that you moved to California right after high school to chase your dream of acting. When did you first realize that you wanted to be an actress?

Rachel: It’s so funny. I don’t know if I ever had a pivotal moment in my life where I realized that I wanted to be an actress. When I was younger I think I came to the conclusion that I wanted to be everything, but everything I wanted to be.I was under the idea of how they were portrayed in the movies. I wanted to be a CIA cop but I didn’t want to have to die! So, I thought that if I’m in the movies I can have all the good stuff without the bad stuff! I loved to dance and sing when I was younger and always liked being in the spot light. It was just something I fooled around with in high school and decided to pursue after that, because I was like, “Why not?”

Shannon: Were you a fan of Days of Our Lives before you got the part or did you watch it growing up?

Rachel: I watched it during the end of middle school and beginning of high school. And then a lot of my favorite actors left the show, so I was like ‘Fine!’ I also had school and stuff that started to conflict and there also wasn’t Tivo back then. I just faded out of it, so to say.

Shannon: How was it on your first day on the set when you realized that you were on the set of Days of Our Lives, and this is what you used to watch in middle school and going into high school?

Rachel: That’s so funny. Everyone asked all kinds of questions when I first started, like is it intimidating working with Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso? I don’t really think of them as Bo and Hope. It’s weird, not to sound selfish, but I wasn’t really thinking about anything but keeping my job and doing my best. But I think that later on after I had the job for a year, I told Lauren Koslow, (she was one of the people I used to watch) that I always get nervous when I do scenes with you. She wanted to know why and I told her that it was because she is Kate and that I used to watch you and that it’s weird and intimidating. She laughed and Lauren is such a cool person and so not like Kate. She’s just the coolest person ever and so funny. I think I had another time when I was working with Austin Peck when he came back to the show and he doesn’t think he’s hot, but you know.that was fun!

Shannon: Who have you enjoyed working with the most?

Rachel: Well, it’s hard to choose because I learn so much from so many people. I’ll give you my top three. I’ve always loved working with Peter because he’s got this really cool personality where he’s really sarcastic and dry and he always keeps my on my toes because I never know when he’s kidding or being serious. But he and Kristian both really look out for people. It’s cool because they have the advantage of being on the show for many years and they can focus on their acting, their lines, and they’re able to pay attention to all that for you as well. For example, there was a time where I was doing a scene with Kristian, and I had a hair straying across my face, and she was able to work something into the scene to wipe it away. Just tiny little things that I pick up from her and Peter that mean so much. A new character that we have on the show, Nick Fallon, played by Blake Berris. He’s so fun and I love working with him because we have the same acting technique and style. We have pretty good chemistry too; we’re able to improvise a little here and there if the director at the time allows us to do so. We both react the same way; it’s cool to work with him because we work the same way.