"I feel pretty lucky to be working in television right now," says Rebecca Metz, “especially on multiple projects with such different styles.”

Rebecca recurs on the critically acclaimed, award-winning FX series “Better Things,” premiering its third season on February 28. Rebecca plays “Tressa,” talent manager and friend to Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon.) “The show is so good at digging into the mess and complexity of the characters’ relationships, and that’s definitely true for Sam and Tressa this season.” Adlon, the show's creator and executive producer, directed every episode in seasons 2 and 3 and has received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her role as “Sam.”

Rebecca also stars in the Disney Channel Show, “Coop & Cami Ask the World,” currently in its first season. She plays Jenna Wrather, the widowed mom of Coop and Cami and the only adult in the regular cast. “I’m having a great time in the world of kids’ multi-camera, and am so proud to play a wonderful, imperfect, single working mom.”

“The boundaries in television are being pushed further than ever before," notes Rebecca. "There's more of an interest than there's ever been in portraying a truly broad range of people and characters." And for this accomplished character actor, that means more opportunities to show her remarkable range in both comic and dramatic roles on some of today's most groundbreaking shows. A graduate of the prestigious Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Rebecca has made her mark on television in memorable guest roles on dozens of popular and critically acclaimed shows, from “Nip/Tuck” to “Weeds” to “Maron.” Recent appearances include “This Is Us,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “For the People,” “Bones,” “Major Crimes,” and recurring roles on “Lopez” and “Shameless.” 

A proud Jersey girl born and raised in Bruce Springsteen’s hometown (Freehold, not Asbury Park — look it up), Rebecca was drawn to acting from an early age. Her parents, both classically trained singers who perform in community choirs, inspired her to follow a creative path, as did a favorite childhood TV show. “I honestly think the impetus for wanting to be an actor came from watching The Muppet Show,” she says with a laugh, “and from the backstage scenes, where it’s all chaos and crisis and everyone tries to keep it from showing it onstage. I thought that looked really fun.”

After studying theater and the performing arts in high school, Rebecca was accepted into the highly competitive acting conservatory program at Carnegie Mellon. Most of her classmates aspired to work on Broadway or in film, but she harbored different ambitions. “My background is in theater and I will always come back to it, but I’ve always loved TV. It just feels like the right place for me.” Early in her career, Rebecca made the most of small roles on “The King of Queens,Gilmore Girls” and “Scrubs” among many others. (She once spilled a tray of drinks of Maura Tierney while working on “ER” — sorry, Maura!)

Then she took a huge leap forward with a pivotal, graphic role on Ryan Murphy’s plastic surgery drama, “Nip/Tuck.” Even on a show known for controversial characters, Rebecca’s fearless turn as masochistic patient Abby Mays stood out as one of the series’ most memorable. When Rebecca was offered the challenging part, she remembers thinking, “OK, here’s where I find out what I can do with a really great role that will demand a lot of me psychologically and emotionally.” And her courage paid off. “I got to go in for bigger and better roles after ‘Nip/Tuck,’” she says. “It changed everything.”

Rebecca began landing more dramatic roles on shows like “Boston Legal“ “The Mentalist,“ “Justified” and “Southland.“ But her comedic skills have continued to serve her well, too, on “Weeds,” “Californication,” “The Mindy Project,” “The Thundermans,” “Maron,” and particularly “Shameless,” on which she appeared for three seasons as foul-mouthed waitress Melinda. “I really like the current trend in television that blurs the line between drama and comedy. I think that’s how life tends to be,” Rebecca notes. And even on comedies, she adds, “I like characters with a dark streak. I like characters who find comedy in darkness. I like characters that let me push myself to make a big choice.”

In addition to her frequent television and commercial work, Rebecca has appeared in numerous independent and short films as well as the upcoming Disney feature film “Magic Camp”. She is also a voiceover and stage actor whose theater credits include Sheila Callaghan’s Kate Crackernuts (24th Street Theatre) and Burglars of Hamm’s award-winning musical, The Behavior of Broadus (Sacred Fools).

But today, there’s no question that Rebecca is all about the small screen. “Television is going to places it’s never been before,” she declares. “And I get to be a part of that. Every time I go to work, or even go to an audition that is in the front of my mind. I feel very fortunate to be here for it.”