Rachel Melvin Chats With Soaps.com!
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.
Shannon: NBC just announced the cancellation of your sister soap Passions. What's been the reaction of everyone on the set of Days knowing that they are going to be the only soap on NBC's daytime line-up?
Rachel: Well, I think that maybe the concerns were that it's hard for daytime in general now because people Tivo their shows at night and watch those during the daytime. That is fine, because I do it to but I also Tivo soaps. It's such a weird market and you can't figure out its future because of so many factors that play into it. But, I think when people heard that Passions was cancelled, some of course wondered if we were going to be next. But, we had a pep talk/rally with the head of NBC and Ken Corday, and they assured us that we are going to be fine and for us to keep on doing the best that we can do. You know, whatever happens..everything happens for a reason. But as for now we are still on the air, as of now we're going to enjoy it and as of now we're going to be the best. We're all excited to keep on going and doing our thing!
Shannon: How do you like to spend your days off when you're away from the set?
Rachel: I honestly hate not working; I'm a workaholic! I try to figure out what to do, I'll normally sleep in late depending on the workweek. Sometimes I go shopping, but I'm trying to save up for a house now, so I'm not doing much of that either. It's hard when I got here because most of my friends are actors too and I met them at auditions. So when you have the day off, they are probably working. If I'm in that circumstance where no one is available, I just do things around the house, clean, cook and watch movies. I don't lead an exciting and extraordinary life. Laughter.
Shannon: What's been the craziest thing that a fan has ever said to you or your craziest run-in with a fan?
Rachel: I haven't honestly ever had anything that crazy happen to me. I could say a crazy venue that I've met them at. I went to this mall near the house and everyone jokes that that is where all the fans are because someone always says something. One time I was in Victoria's Secret and I didn't want to be recognized while underwear shopping, but I was recognized twice while shopping which was crazy because now people know what I wear. It's not like a huge secret, but kind of weird. Another time was at House of Blues and this woman recognized me and kept calling me Chelsea because she couldn't remember my name. There's just been weird places where you don't expect to have people run into you.
Shannon: Are there any charitable organizations that you belong to, or that you are really passionate about, that your fans can help out in any way?
Rachel: Yes! I'm with the ADA, the American Diabetes Association, because my father has it. They host a lot of walks throughout the year, which I try to be a part of. They also have an event in Massachusetts in March that I'll be flying over for. It's a charity I believe in because it's often a disease that's overlooked because it doesn't have immediate problems resulting in death as quickly as other diseases like cancer for example. It is a fast growing disease that hopefully people will start paying more attention to.
Shannon: I'm sure that many of your fans feel the same way and will do what they can to help out!
Rachel: I hope so.
Shannon: What is one that you can tell your fans about yourself that they would never guess?
Rachel: That's a good one; I have no idea! I'm pretty open and out there! You know, I have been asked that before and I came up with this great answer.but it is not coming to me right now. Laughter..
Thanks again to Rachel for her generosity! A special thank you as well to her agent Cindy for making this interview possible. Thanks Cindy! If you would like more information on how you can help Rachel win the fight against Diabetes, please visit the American Diabetes Association website.