Sterling Knight first captivated TV viewers as Chad Dylan Cooper on Sonny with a Chance and So Random! but now he’s making quite an impression as Zander, Lennox’s artist love interest in the third season of the ABC Family series Melissa and Joey. In a recent interview, the 24-year-old actor talked about his character, the challenges of acting in front of an audience, as well as why viewers should tune in to the show.

On what Sterling Knight thinks of Zander: 

“Zander is the nicest lovable idiot, I think.  He’s not the brightest bulb in the batch.  He constantly puts his foot in his mouth, but he’s very well intentioned and he wants good things for people. He just kind of ends up messing things up every once in a while and can’t really get his foot out of his mouth.  He’s been really fun to play.”

On what Sterling Knight hates about Zander: 

“My least favorite part is probably that he’s an artist, simply because I can’t draw a stick figure very well but I have to pretend I’m making these amazing sketches and photos. I have to hold the pencil like an artist would, and I feel useless every time.  Every time they hand me the sketchpad I’m like, ‘I don’t know what to do.'”

On the challenges of acting in front of an audience:

“I’m really bad at it, which is awful.  I’ll go ahead and I’ll throw myself under the bus here, I actually practice keeping a straight face sometimes.  So I’ll watch really funny standup comedy routines or something like that and try to not laugh while watching it. Which essentially makes watching the stand up comedy not enjoyable, because I don’t get to laugh.  But it’s really difficult; that’s something that I have trouble with.  I don’t know, everybody on that show is capable of making me laugh, so it’s hard.”

On why viewers should watch Melissa and Joey

“I think the writing on Melissa and Joey is probably one of the better sitcom writings I’ve watched, and especially these later seasons. Obviously because I’m there, I think the writing’s gotten a lot better.  But every show it takes them a while to kind of find their groove, and I think this show has really found it.  I think it explores the ABC Family tagline. It does explore a modern take on the household, and especially the banter between Melissa and Joey is kind of priceless. I’m a big fan of the show!”

Melissa and Joey airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on ABC Family.

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Dean Bextor

Staff Writer, BuddyTV