Rachel G. Fox Starlet on the Rise

Rachel G. Fox – Starlet on the RiseBy Carina Oliveira

VERVEGIRL: How did you first get into acting?
RACHEL G. FOX: I first started acting when I was 5 years old. I performed in a play in Ohio and the second I left the stage, the sound of clapping was euphoric, I knew then that I was in love with it. Following that performance, I acted in other plays, did some print work, commercials and appeared in a low budget film. When I was 8, my family and I went on vacation to Los Angeles. I attended an acting camp for fun and to see what it would be like in California. We never left, except to go back to Ohio to pack.

VG: Do you only act or do you have any other hidden talents?
RF: I play guitar and sing in a couple of rock bands. It’s amazing and fun and I passionately love rock music, especially the classics. I really love playing gigs, but it isn’t easy. Performing live takes huge amounts of practice and you have to be completely comfortable in your own skin and not worry about little mistakes. I also play tennis. My mom wishes I played tennis for a career :-) but no…acting and performing is the only life for me.

VG: What is a role that you would love to play from any Disney movie?
RF: Pirates of the Caribbean is a Disney film and I’d love to play a girl pirate…. Ayyyyyyyarrrrrrrrgggggg !!!!

VG: Explain what your new feature film Dream House is about and the character you play?
RF: Dream House is an intelligent, psychological thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat and thinking with deductive reasoning. It’s not a gory, scary movie. It’s smart with a brilliant director and actors. I play Chloe Patterson, Ann Patterson’s (Naomi Watts) daughter. Chloe is troubled, mysterious, dark, but has a sweet heart. She loves her neighbours who live in the Dream House.

Watch the Dream House trailer below

VG: What is it like being Holly Reback? It must be quite a change of character from a psycho thriller.
RF: Playing Holly Reback is a complete and wonderful joy. The set of Melissa and Joey is one of my favourite places on earth, and I love the cast of Melissa and Joey. Playing the character, Holly Reback is very different from Chloe Patterson. It is exhilarating to play both, they’re just different. It’s fun to play Holly because she is so domineering, strong and pushy, but she is also likable. It’s fun to get to exaggerate being a strong female.

VG: Do you miss being Kayla Huntington-Scavo on Desperate Housewives?
RF: I love the character of Kayla Huntington-Scavo and definitely would love to return to Desperate Housewives to play her more. I’ve been hearing the talk :-) around town about that very thing. The character of Kayla on DH is based on The Bad Seed character Rhoda Penmark. At a meeting with the producers, I was asked to watch The Bad Seed so I could understand how Kayla’s character was written and what the vision was for her. I loved watching The Bad Seed and loved taking bits and pieces of The Bad Seed character Rhoda Penmark to create a different, but still duplicitously evil, controlling little girl. My nickname on the set of Desperate Housewives was eeeeeeeevil Kayla, so I guess I was successful in creating an evil and memorable Kayla Scavo.

VG: Are there any idols you are passionate about?
RF: Steve Jobs is an incredible visionary and genius. It’s amazing that he created Apple, the iPod, the iPad, and a million other genius things. I have his 2005 commencement speech on my bulletin board and I look at it every morning. I recommend people watch Steve Jobs’ commencement speech on YouTube. It’s so good, it’ll make you cry! About his health, ugh, all I can say is that the world loves Steve Jobs and I wrote an amazing song about Steve Jobs that is being produced and is a tribute to him and his amazing-ness. Other idols I’m passionate about are Matt Bellamy, Hayley Williams, Mick Jagger, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Jeffrey Rush, Jim Sheridan and Rob Reiner.

Rachel G. Fox – Starlet on the Rise

VG: What was the most exciting red carpet event you’ve attended? Possibly Never Say Never Premiere?
RF: Never Say Never was packed and there were so many screaming fans. When I was being interviewed by E! news on the purple carpet, Justin Bieber was standing right next to me and there were so many girls screaming. It was fun and exhilarating.

Another really exciting red carpet event was the Hancock premiere. Will Smith was standing near me on the red carpet, his magic and aura is amazing. During the after party Will Smith sang the theme song for Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

My third favourite red carpet is The 14th Annual SAG awards. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were there. It was amazing and star studded and there were ten billion photographers.

VG: What’s your favourite fall style this year, i.e boho, rocker chic, minimalist?
RF: I really don’t follow trends. I hope that doesn’t sound rude because I don’t mean it that way at all, but for example, I’ve never worn shoes made out of plastic. I dress for an event or a specific place I’m going to. I love the challenge of always wearing something that fits the occasion. But, rocker chic does describe who I am and if that’s the trend, then I think we’ll be getting along nicely this season. Hahaha

VG: Do you have a favourite store to shop at in Toronto?
RF: Holt Renfrew. They also have an amazing restaurant at Holt Renfrew and ridiculously expensive shoes there that I did not buy but loved. They have some very cool unique pieces of clothing that we don’t have in the United States.

VG: Any words of advice for potential Vervegirl actresses?
RF: Let me quote one of my idols, Steve Jobs, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

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