For all you pop culture fans out there, if you haven’t been watching NBC’s “Chuck” recently, then you haven’t seen the beautiful and deadly, yes she has a black belt in real life, Mekenna Melvin, who plays Alex McHugh, the daughter of John Casey(Adam Baldwin). Last week this pop culture geek got to talk with Mekenna on the phone and ask her some questions.
K: So how did you land the role of Alex and become apart of the series?
M: Chuck was this amazing, awesome, I like to call it my “winning the lottery” moment, because in the audition process It didn’t say anything about being John Casey’s daughter. I mean I went in and did my audition. Next thing I know I got it and they told me I had a name, though a couple months later my manager calls me and says “They are going to make the character Alex a lot bigger part, so because of that you have to go back in and re-audition”. I mean I already got the first episode that my character was in and I had to go back and re-audition. I was nervous but it all worked out for the best.
K: The cast looks like they would be a lot of fun to hang out with. Have there been any favorite moments during the production with them?
M: The cast is amazing! I would consider them all friends. I mean I have so much fun. Yvonne is one of my greatest friends in the world and Josh makes me laugh. There really isn’t just one because it’s so much fun all the time.
K: Playing Adam Baldwin’s daughter can get you a lot of “geek cred”. What’s it like working with him?
M: I think my mom was more excited for me with working with Adam than I even knew I was. She is a huge Firefly fan and when she heard she was like “Wait a minute what?!” Honestly, I really had no idea walking into it. I mean he’s Adam. He’s seasoned. He’s a professional. I learn so much from working with him.
K: Besides “Chuck”, are there any other shows you’re watching right now on TV that you love?
M: I love watching American Horror Story. Though I don’t though it’s kinda like one of those things like why do you do this to yourself because you can’t sleep afterward. I don’t know why I put myself through this, But the show is so good! I am totally hooked on that show and it terrifies me.
K: Well what about movies? What’s your favorite?
M: You know that’s a hard question. I guess my go-to answer is, I mean we all have that movie that we like that never gets old for you to watch and for whatever reason, I love “A League of their Own”. I know every line of that movie. As embarrassing as that is, I just love it!
K: Have any projects your currently working on?
M: I have a little indie film that me and two of my friends co-created a couple years ago and were able to get a distribution deal. The movie is called “Amber Lake” and it’s on iTunes, On Demand, Amazon, Xbox, PlayStation, and VOD. So at the moment, that’s happening and I am really proud of it.
K: Thanks for taking the time to talk with me.
You can check out Mekenna on “Chuck” on Friday’s at 8pm on NBC. You can also check out the IMDB website for her indie film “Amber Lake” here.