Last week, TeenChive presented part one of our interview with ‘Melissa & Joey’ star Nick Robinson.
Nick has been hard at work with the ABC Family comedy ever since it premiered in August 2010 and was recently picked up for additional episodes. Two weeks ago, Melissa & Joey returned with its summer premiere and you can check out brand new episodes every Wednesday (8/7c, ABC Family).
Since Nick does not have your average schedule for a 16 year-old, we wanted to learn how he balances schoolwork with acting, if he has future college plans, what it’s like working with co-star Taylor Spreitler and more!
What have you learned from working with TV veterans Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence?
“It’s been great having Melissa and Joey. They were both child stars. I think they had pretty smart careers. They navigated Hollywood very well, they did not go down the path of most child stars. They’re always there to offer guidance or suggestions.”
Why do you think not all child stars maintain a strong career as they older? What keeps you focused?
“I would say that it’s really important to stay true to yourself and stay grounded. That’s what my family is for. They’re my rock. I think with a lot of those child star stories they did not quite have the best family dynamic or family life. I think that can really lead you astray if you do not have someone to talk to. The best advice I can offer is stay humble and true to yourself.”
What is your relationship like with Taylor Spreitler (plays older sister Lennox on show)?
“She was my first friend when I moved down to LA. We have definitely formed a brother/sister relationship now. She think’s that she is my big sister. It’s always fun to see her on set.”
I understand you’re actively involved with muscular dystrophy. What influenced you to get involved?
“My cousin has muscular dystrophy. It’s really a tragic disease; I don’t think there is enough information out there. (Muscular Dystrophy) really doesn’t get enough attention, especially since there is no known cure as of yet.”
Is any progress in the medical field being made?
“From what I’ve heard they did cure a certain form of it in rats, but it will take years and years and years to move it from rats to humans. There are some breakthroughs being made it’s just moving at a slow pace. There are a lot of new treatments out there like stem cells. I’m hoping that somewhere in the near future there can be a cure.”
I read on Twitter that you just got your driver’s license. Did you buy a car?
“(laughs) Yeah. I bought my first car it’s a Volkswagon GTI and I love it.”
You’re still going to school while you work on Melissa & Joey, right?
“I’m a junior now. All of my sophomore year I did online. I actually just enrolled in a regular school in LA and really excited to begin next fall. (Balancing school and work) can be tough sometimes (but) I feel that education is very important.”
Do you want to go to college after graduating high school?
“I’m definitely going to go to college. I think it will be a lot of fun. As of right now I’m not sure, but I probably will not (major in) acting or film. I was thinking maybe just one of my other interests. It could be good to have a well-rounded actor who is more than just knowledgeable about acting.”