'Splash' star Joey Lawrence confesses his love for Kohr's Brothers ice cream and the Philadelphia Eagles
by Whitney Ullman
Joey Lawrence hosted The Pool After Dark and chatted with NJ.com about his love for Kohr's Brothers ice cream and the new season of Melissa and Joey.
NJ.com: Tell us about hosting The Pool After Dark and being in Atlantic City?
JOEY L: I haven’t been to AC in a long time. As a matter of fact, when I was a little kid, like 6, I came here with my parents and Nell Carter and we saw Tom Jones. I’m not kidding. I remember...the ladies were throwing their underwear at him and Lynda Carter, who was Wonder Woman, was there and she was the hottest woman on the planet, so I couldn't believe it. It's so cool to be back here. I love Atlantic City, I love the East Coast. I grew up every summer going to Ocean City which isn’t far from here. I was just asking one of the guys if they have a Kohr's Brothers ice cream here because that is my favorite soft serve ice cream. I get the chocolate vanilla swirl dipped in jimmies, it’s the best!
You’ve been acting in various shows throughout the years, so you have a multi-generational following. How does that feel?
JOEY L: You can’t really plan the multi-generational thing, it just sort of happens. I started working at 5 years old and to still be doing this at 36 is pretty cool; very few people can say that. I’ve been through many different iterations in my career too. We have 'Melissa and Joey' which is going on right now and we just got picked up for 40 more episodes, which is unheard of, and it will be ABC Family’s first show to hit 100 episodes. We did the 'Splash' thing hosting, which I have never done before. But, I think now if you can do it then you should have an opportunity to do it, I’d like to see the industry going back to that. It was like that in the 40’s & 50’s where Sinatra would sing records and do movies and TV. Then I think it got delineated in the 80’s and 90’s, and now it’s so cool to see people like Justin Timberlake doing it all. So if you can do it, than I like to see that because entertainers are entertainers...it’s nice to see that people don’t judge you for acting and then hosting and then hosting and then acting and singing. You can jump back and forth and if you can do it well, you can continue to do it.
Do you keep in touch with any of your cast mates?
JOEY L: Not really. I mean Ted Wass, who played my father on 'Blossom', is pretty close; he’s become a big TV director now. I got him to direct the pilot of 'Melissa and Joey' and we talk all the time. I see Mayim around from time to time. But I was just a little kid when I worked on 'Gimmie A Break'; a lot of those people are passed away, so it’s crazy.
What are some things we might not know about you?
JOEY L: I am a neat freak. I love to work out. I love cars...big sports guy.
What’s your favorite team?
JOEY L: Well you know I’m from Philly, so I drudge through season after season with the Eagles and the Phillies.
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