In case you do not acknowledge Andrew Walker at first look, then you do not watch sufficient Hallmark motion pictures.
With about 21 movies below his belt, he can simply be thought of one among North America’s go-to boyfriends for the romantically inclined.
Funnily, that is a thought that took him without warning after we caught as much as chat about his busy week on Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Motion pictures and Mysteries.
Walker is bookending two very festive seasons with one of many final Fall Harvest movies and one of many first Miracles of Christmas motion pictures on Hallmark Motion pictures and Mysteries. Sure, he is undoubtedly our go-to man!
Up first is an element one among our dialogue, which delves into the Fall Harvest film, Candy Autumn, and we’ll be again subsequent weekend with the second half of our dialogue selling Christmas Tree Lane earlier than its premiere.
What’s it like making romantic fantasies come true through Hallmark?
Oh, man. Nicely, I can inform you, I like the platform that I will do it on. I like the content material and the Hallmark content material, and the women that I get to work with are unbelievable.
There is a coverage that there is solely good respectful people who work for the community. It feels prefer it. So I’ve by no means had a woman that I’ve had a difficulty with. So there’s that. They make it very simple to fall in love with the main women.
And likewise, I like the truth that we’re doing it over a vacation. It is all the time about fall, or spring fling, or a marriage film, or Christmas. So that they sort of pad it with these actually stunning settings and these dreamy sequences, or occasions which might be occurring. So it simply makes it that a lot simpler to get caught up in the entire world of all of it.
It is a huge week for you. You are closing out fall harvest and jump-starting Christmas. What do you want about filming for fall and Christmas?
Being an East coast man and coming from Montreal, fall must be one among my favourite instances of 12 months, with the leaves altering and the scent of the hearth, and Thanksgiving as properly.
I used to panorama once I was youthful, and it was additionally my favourite time of 12 months, as a result of I might be wrapping up my 12 months. That is once I was like 14, 15, 16, 17. So there’s like this nostalgia to fall and likewise being a soccer participant. I am an avid football-watcher.
And identical to that point of 12 months, it simply smells like mud and smells like leaves within the crisp cool air. And I imply, every part that comes with the autumn season, it is a particular time of 12 months.
And for Christmas, I believe the set decorators that Hallmark hires for these motion pictures are so proficient, they usually put a lot consideration to element within the Christmas motion pictures. So once you’re capable of rejoice Christmas in July, once you’re taking pictures these motion pictures, or August, I really feel so privileged. I get to rejoice two Christmases yearly.
Your first film goes to be Candy Autumn, and that reunites you with Nikki DeLoach. What was that like working together with her once more?
It is our third film collectively. We’re actually good buddies now. Really, Nikki’s husband is my leisure lawyer now, as properly, and Nikki and my spouse are nice buddies.
So it was wonderful to only be reunited together with her onscreen once more. And simply the belief issue of working together with her and understanding that she has my again and simply us having the ability to get inventive collectively in rewriting some scenes and simply actually create the arc of the story and our characters, it did not actually really feel prefer it was appearing in any respect.
I did not really feel like I used to be going to a job. It simply felt like I used to be simply creating with a good friend and simply sort of what you into appearing within the first place as a younger child, simply to create and really feel freedom to only have concepts and never really feel such as you’re being judged or criticized for them. It is the perfect. It was the perfect feeling ever, to be working together with her once more.
And who’s your character in Candy Autumn? Who’re you enjoying?
My character in Candy Autumn is Dex, and he’s a farmer. His father and himself have a small farm that that they had purchased a couple of years earlier than.
And that is how they arrive to befriend this matriarch of the city, this sort of grandmother of the entire city, figured in Rose. She began buying in a very tough 12 months that that they had the 12 months earlier than.
Within the authentic script, there was a hearth that had are available, and Dex and his dad have been sort of rebuilding their farm.
Rose had particularly achieved a take care of them, and he or she mentioned, “Hey, guys, look, I’ll enable you to. I am going to finance you guys by this tough time, however I might additionally wish to buy your produce and a few of your gadgets out of your farm for my sweet store and a few of these merchandise that I am making.”
And so, they turned actually shut together with her, and Dex did just a little aspect undertaking. He began making maple syrup, which was actually nice.
As a result of for me, it is nostalgic, coming from Montreal, the place Montreal and Vermont maple syrup are a few of the greatest on the planet, and going to outdated sugar shacks within the spring was an enormous a part of my childhood upbringing.
So to play a personality that was messing round, doing a maple syrup undertaking was a number of enjoyable, and to pour the syrup for the youngsters and to do the Popsicle sticks and stuff. It was simply a number of enjoyable to sort of return to what I used to do as a child.
So yeah, Dex is a farmer, and he is actually set in his methods. He is an actual tough nut to crack. He began serving to Rose at her sweet store, so he is sort of been put on this place of a supervisor on the sweet store.
And he thinks that it is operating properly, and it does not actually need to vary. And why are you going to attempt develop it to a spot that would presumably damage the integrity of what Rose had initially had for the store?
Rose was a super-integral individual, and he or she needed to do issues proper. And so, when Nikki’s character (Meg) is available in and has all these concepts of grandeur, she takes a video Rose made as if Rose desires to develop into extra states and develop the enterprise in a a lot bigger scale, and Dex is just a little apprehensive about that.
He does not actually really feel like that is the best way the enterprise ought to go. And so, we butt heads and try to come to a typical floor in what the way forward for the enterprise holds.
And romance blossoms.
And romance blossoms. it.
Had you ever performed a farmer earlier than?
I’m a farmer. I really feel like that is my alter ego. might work within the fields. Throughout COVID really, for the primary two months, I used to be within the entrance yard of my home, and I ripped up all of the grass. I turned it right into a drought-resistant yard. I spent each single day, all day, outdoors with my son, with my five-year-old, and it was my completely happy place.
I like getting my palms soiled. I like mowing the grass, being within the yard and simply gardening and remodeling landscapes. I like that. And so, I really feel like that is an enormous a part of who I’m.
And that is a wrap for our Candy Autumn preview. You should definitely tune into Hallmark tonight at 9/8c to observe the film.
Be right here subsequent Saturday on the identical time for the second half of our interview as Walker previews Christmas Tree Lane, by which he stars with Alicia Witt and Days of Our Lives’ Drake Hogestyn.
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