Lacey Chabert spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HL about why her new Hallmark film is so particular to her, being extra ‘weak’ onscreen, and the movie’s love story.
Candy Carolina isn’t simply Lacey Chabert’s twenty sixth Hallmark film. The uplifting movie, premiering Might 15 at 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel, holds a really particular place in her coronary heart. Along with starring within the Hallmark film, Lacey can be an govt producer and was a part of the artistic course of from the very starting.
The film follows Josie, performed by Chabert, who suffers a tragic loss and unexpectedly turns into the guardian of her sister’s children. HollywoodLife bought EXCLUSIVE scoop from Lacey about why this movie is completely different from her earlier Hallmark movies. The actress additionally revealed she at all times had co-star Tyler Hynes in thoughts for the function of Cooper and a lot extra.
Why is Candy Carolina so particular to you?
Lacey Chabert: Nicely, I wished to inform a bit extra of a dramatic story. Sadly, this can be a premise that many individuals can relate to. However in step with what Hallmark does so properly, it was most vital to me that, by way of tragedy, these characters discover hope and learn to put one foot in entrance of the opposite and transfer ahead. I’m actually captivated with this one. It’s one which I created with Jonathan Prince and produced and starred in. It was fairly an endeavor, however I’m so happy with it. We simply put our entire hearts into this one, and I simply hope the viewers enjoys it.
What was the artistic course of like for you with this film?
Lacey Chabert: I kind of began creating it about two and a half years in the past, and it’s taken that lengthy to see it come to fruition. I’m simply so grateful to Hallmark for the chance to have such a robust voice within the initiatives that I do with them and to be allowed to be a creator on one thing and stroll this highway. I’m simply actually grateful for the chance. I simply completed my twenty seventh film with them. This was my twenty sixth, and I did one other one proper after. My aim is at all times to make every one higher than the final and to attempt to inform several types of tales. I used to be excited as a result of this was a little bit of a departure from a few of the different ones I’ve achieved.
Why had been you impressed by Josie and her story?
Lacey Chabert: She moved away from her hometown and moved to New York Metropolis. She has a giant life there and may be very profitable. She has targets and may be very pushed. This tragedy occurs, and her life will get turned a bit the other way up. To her shock, her sister, who’s her greatest good friend, had chosen her to be the guardian of the kids within the off probability this terrible occasion ever happen. I simply recognize her journey of out of the blue being a mother unexpectedly. It’s very humbling and arduous for her to confess that she’s actually not excellent at it to start with and is discovering her bearings. It’s additionally studying to reside as a daughter together with her mother and father once more and having her mother and father be extra concerned in her life. She’s attempting to juggle the life that she created for herself in New York with the one which she has now been offered with. And likewise the reminiscing, and her going again to highschool. Her highschool boyfriend is the youngsters’ basketball coach. I really like the sensation that I hope individuals get in these scenes the place Cooper and Josie are collectively. It is a very particular feeling you get with somebody who was with you at the moment in your life in highschool. Simply all of the reminiscences that flood again, and the stroll down reminiscence lane. He actually helps her dig deep and keep in mind who she is as she takes on these challenges.
She’s additionally balancing caring for her sister’s children whereas additionally mourning her sister. That must be a tough balancing act for Josie.
Lacey Chabert: Sure, it’s an extremely tough balancing act for her. She should transfer on for the youngsters’ sake, however she’s additionally coping with mourning her sister’s loss. We had been additionally very aware that I didn’t need to create a film the place my character cries in each scene or it was darkish or miserable. The very tragic occasion is the catalyst of the story, and we do our greatest to be very delicate about it but in addition truthful on the identical time. It’s not only a unhappy film. There’s a whole lot of pleasure within the film, a whole lot of joyful moments, a whole lot of levity in being a father or mother unexpectedly, and revisiting your highschool days and mates.
You labored with Tyler within the film Winter In Vail. Have been you considering of him when crafting the character of Cooper?
Lacey Chabert: I used to be. After we created the story, I used to be considering of him for it. He’s such actor, and he has such depth in his work. I knew he can be grounded and produce the emotional depth that I hoped his character would convey. He did such a beautiful job and was such an superior collaborator.
What do you like most about Josie and Cooper’s relationship?
Lacey Chabert: I really like the what-if the place they each marvel what would have occurred had she not left city. What would have occurred had their life taken a special path? I believe that’s a query that lots of people ask themselves. I really like that once they’re in one another’s presence it’s like they’re transported again to highschool. It’s such a selected feeling that you simply simply needed to have been there. That’s the sensation I get once I’m with mates from that point in my life. You share the tales, you share the reminiscences, and it’s one thing that was particular should you had been there to have skilled it. He serves a very vital goal. It’s not nearly strolling down reminiscence lane. He reminds her of who she is and why she will tackle being the youngsters’ guardian and why she ought to. He helps her come to that call herself.
Candy Carolina has much more weak moments than your earlier Hallmark movies. What was it like exploring that facet of your self a bit of bit extra onscreen?
Lacey Chabert: As an actress, it’s thrilling for me to face a problem and to should dig deep, however it’s additionally scary. It’s scary to be that weak and to cry and to open your coronary heart in that means. Peter Benson directed it, and he’s additionally an actor and a director I’ve labored with on Crossword Mysteries. I knew he was the fitting particular person for it as a result of since he’s an actor, he simply directs from an actor’s viewpoint. He was a beautiful information by way of the entire course of.
What do you hope viewers take away from this new Hallmark film?
Lacey Chabert: I at all times hope to convey a personality to life in a means that they will relate to and see elements of themselves in. That’s undoubtedly one in all my greatest targets in these motion pictures, so I hope that they see themselves mirrored in Josie and all the household. On the finish of the day, I hope that on the finish of those two hours, they’re left feeling some hope.
What’s one thing you discovered about your self as you embraced Josie’s story?
Lacey Chabert: I’ve discovered loads about myself I believe on this previous yr basically. Taking over the duty of actually being concerned in each side of this undertaking, I discovered that I simply gained’t take no for a solution once I actually care about one thing and care about defending it, whether or not that be an individual or a undertaking. I discovered that I have to be higher at asking for assist, which my character additionally learns. There’s no disgrace in saying you possibly can’t do all of it. I’ve discovered perseverance by way of the method of getting this undertaking made. It took years for it to return to fruition, and I’m so grateful for our fantastic executives at Hallmark. If you actually consider in one thing, it’s value placing all of it on the market, and the remaining is out of your management.
Are you hoping to do extra Hallmark motion pictures like this sooner or later?
Lacey Chabert: I’m. I need to combine it up as a lot as attainable, and I’m grateful that we’ve got that freedom at Hallmark. I believe they’re actually increasing the forms of tales that they inform. I additionally simply accomplished The Marriage ceremony Veil trilogy, which was one other undertaking that I’ve been concerned with for just a few years. It was actually vital to me to assist convey it to life as a result of it’s the primary time I’ve ever been in one other Hallmark film with different actresses from the community. My Hallmark friends or sisters, no matter you’d prefer to say, Alison Sweeney and Autumn Reeser, are additionally in these motion pictures. We’re every going to be in one another’s motion pictures. Every particular person additionally has a film that they’re carrying that’s centered round their character, so it’s a trilogy of movies that we’re all in. There’s a magical component to this marriage ceremony veil that we discover. There’s a very stunning legend that comes together with the veil. It’s additionally a really romantic film about falling in love.