Natalie Hall is ‘Fit for a Prince’ on Hallmark Channel

Cable-movie staple stars in modern-’Cinderella’ romance

Natalie Hall of ‘Fit for a Prince’ Saturday on Hallmark Channel

Q: Since your “Fit for a Prince” character is a dress designer named Cindy who meets and falls for a member of royalty, was the movie pitched to you as a contemporary “Cinderella”?

A: A little bit, actually. This was done by a team that I love and that I work with often in Canada. I absolutely wanted to be a part of it, since I love any sort of fantasy world that you get to play in.

Q: “Fit for a Prince” involves some ballroom dancing for you. Did you already know that style, or did you learn it for the film?

A: I was in “Wicked,” so I did some ballroom work in that. With a lot of the musicals I did in New York, you have to pick up any skills that the choreographer is giving you. Jonathan (Keltz, who plays the prince in the movie) was great; I was really impressed with him. I have to remember sometimes that the man always leads, which is hard for me since I’ve been dancing since I was 3, so I have to give in to that.

Q: You are an actual descendant of royals, King Robert the Bruce of Scotland and the also-Scottish Lord James Douglas. Did that factor at all into your thought process in making “Fit for a Prince”?

A: I’m sure we’re all descended from someone amazing and wonderful, but when I was in Scotland, I discovered that Robert the Bruce is my 26th great-grandfather. I know that’s also the case with Hilary Duff and Meghan Markle, so maybe I’m related to them!

Natalie Hall

Q: In your cable-movie roles, you generally play a career woman who has just enough room for romance. Do you seek that common thread in your projects?

A: I was doing a lot of darker shows, and after I did the movie “Only the Brave” — which was sort of a heavy film — I told my team that I’d love to do something light and fun, and people love Hallmark Channel. People will come up to me in the supermarket and go, “Oh, I loved ‘You’re Bacon Me Crazy’!” They want to feel good and just sit down and unwind with their families, and I always keep my eyes open for this kind of movie. And I’m always so grateful when I get to work for Hallmark.

Q: Most of your movie characters inevitably end up in a closing-scene kiss with the lead actor. How is your husband with that?

A: He’s not in the business at all. I don’t think he’d ever dated an actor, but he’s very open to all of this stuff. He was a Marine officer who went to Afghanistan and Iraq before I met him, so he’s a pretty independent kind of guy. Now, he works in finance, and he’s just super-easy.

He always jokes with me, “Fine! Go fall in love!” At the end of the day, he’s so supportive, he just wants to see me working and doing what I love. He’s always excited to see the films, and I just feel so lucky.

Q: Those who know you from your runs on “All My Children” and “Pretty Little Liars” may not know that you’re a member of New York’s prestigious Actors Studio. Is it safe to assume that’s a source of special pride for you?

A: A couple of years ago, I auditioned for it just off the street. I’ve always had a lot of passion for stage work, and (veteran Actors Studio members such as) Estelle Parsons and Alec Baldwin and Al Pacino … it’s really crazy who you’ll see there. I’ll be sitting between two Oscar winners, and I just feel so grateful to be a part of it. There’s so much history involved, and as an actor, I never want to stop learning. It means so much to have access to that studio and those plays.

Jay Bobbin

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Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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