Hallmark Channel staple co-created her latest role there
Q: Not only do you star in “Sweet Carolina,” about a New York executive who returns to North Carolina and becomes the guardian of suddenly orphaned young relatives, but you had a hand in creating the story. How did that happen?
A: This is the first time I’ve ever seen something through from the seed of an idea and developed it and seen it produced, and it was incredibly rewarding to be that involved from the beginning. I learned so much during the process. There were different versions, but I always wanted to tell the story of a family going through an incredibly difficult time.
It’s about trying to be a parent, but also about returning home after moving away and moving on, and what that means for all of the relationships in this character’s life. A part of you doesn’t feel like you quite fit in anymore, but in other aspects, you feel like you never left. A lot of different themes are touched upon in the movie.
Q: You clearly haven’t shied away from serious topics in your Hallmark Channel movies, and this clearly seems like another example.
A: This is more dramatic than usual for me, but I don’t want people to think it’s only that. In the journey that these people find themselves on, they learn to continue moving forward and to find hope and healing. I think that’s a message that so many people need now.
Q: Is this story about orphaned youngsters also meant as a nod to the work you did on “Party of Five”?
A: Totally! Jonathan Prince, who I created this with, actually directed me on “Party of Five.” We had a coffee date three years ago to catch up, we started talking about some ideas, and we came up with this one together. With it being a similar theme, I think we captured the beauty of the family drama that was written on the series. We just wanted to tell a story that was truly relatable.