Newcomer Jada Facer can be seen getting her big break on a hit ABC Family original series. Jada can currently be seen starring as “Dani” on Melissa & Joey. She plays Joe’s daughter on the popular comedy series currently airing its fourth season on the network.
A Utah native, big things are ahead for Jada as she moves forward with dreams of pursuing both music and acting. We got the chance to speak with Jada about what’s ahead for Dani on Melissa & Joey, what it’s like working with Joey Lawrence and Melissa Joan Hart, her looking forward to singing on the series, and what her fans can expect from her next.
Read on for our exclusive interview with Jada Facer:
Can you talk a little about how you got into acting and entertainment?
I fell in love with Shirley Temple when I was 3. And I was always wanting to be her. When I grew up I wanted to be on the big stage or the big screen.
Has she influenced or inspired you as an actor?
Yeah, I always wanted to meet her.
As your resume continues to grow, is there anyone you would love to work with some day, if you could pick anyone?
When I was growing up I loved Dakota Fanning. If I could work with anyone now, I think I would say Emma Watson or Shailene Woodley. I loved Emma in “Harry Potter” and “Perks of Being a Wallflower”.
Your recent role on ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey has your character stirring the story up as a bit of a surprise. Can you talk a little about your role of Dani for those who are unfamiliar?
I came in last season and I stopped the wedding when Mel found out that Joe had a surprise daughter. My character is spunky and feisty, which I love. I love playing her because she is different than I am. She’s a rebel and daring.
The cast is full of some great actors. What’s it like working with Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence?
It was a dream come true. I watched Sabrina The Teenage Witch when I was growing up and Blossom. When I got the call that I would be working with them, I was actually crying. They are the sweetest people.
What’s ahead for Dani in the upcoming season? Will you be returning? What can you tease about what viewers can expect from you?
Yeah! I do move in with Mel and Joe. I’m really excited because in one episode I got to sing a couple of songs with Joey. That was also one of my dreams growing up. I always wanted to sing.
Do you have a musical background?
Yeah! I love singing and doing musical theater. That was my starting point when I knew I wanted to be an actor because I auditioned for the role of Annie. When I was younger, me and my friends would record a whole CD of original songs just for fun. I always knew I wanted to become a singer and an actor.
Is there anything else you’re working on? What can your fans expect from you next?
I’ve been going out for a couple of Disney and Nickelodeon pilots lately. I keep writing original songs and I keep going back and forth about which one I’ll come out with this year. Everything’s been going great.
Are you active on social media?
I have a Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. They’re all “Jada Facer”. For the season premiere, I got to live tweet. That was a lot of fun. I loved doing that.
We’d like to thank Jada Facer for taking the time to chat with us!
Be sure to keep up to date with Jada by following her on Twitter @JadaFacer.
Melissa & Joey airs Wednesdays on ABC Family.