Lexington native Grace Victoria Cox will have a major recurring role on the CBS summer series Under the Dome, when its second season premieres on June 30.
According The Hollywood Reporter, Cox will, “recur as the lithe, mysterious, beautiful and almost regal Melanie, who catches the eye of Joe (Colin Ford). Poised and ethereal, Melanie is from the right side of the tracks and is a clear contrast to Norrie (Mackenzie Lintz).”
The series is Cox’s first major screen credit and puts her in pretty good company being in a show based on a novel by Stephen King, who wrote the Season 2 premiere episode, and includes Steven Spielberg among its executive producers.
The story centers on a town that mysteriously finds itself trapped in a mysterious transparent Dome, cut off from the outside world except for limited radio communication. The residents struggle with diminishing resources and rising tensions.
According to Cox’s mother, Vicky Hall, Cox attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts from fourth grade through her sophomore year. She then spent her junior year at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and moved to Los Angeles in her senior year, last year, to start working on breaking into film. It appears that has gone well for her.
Cox will be joined by another Kentuckian on Under the Dome, also playing a recurring character: Pikeville native and country music star Dwight Yoakam. According to Entertainment Weekly, Yoakam will play, “Lyle Chumley, who runs the Chester’s Mill’s barbershop. … Lyle also has a mysterious connection to the Dome, and very well may know the answer to its origins.”