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Lacey Chabert Talks All of My Heart [Exclusive]

Photo Credit: Bettina Strauss/Crown Media United States LLC

Photo Credit: Bettina Strauss/Crown Media United States LLC

In the last year, Lacey Chabert has been a TV movie fixture–she did two for Hallmark Channel (The Color of Rain and A Royal Christmas), and a couple for UP Television (The Tree That Saved Christmas and Christian Mingle). Saturday night, she returns to Hallmark Channel for the Valentine’s Day premiere of All of My Heart, an original romance about a couple of strangers paired up as co-owners of a house who realize they have more in common than they thought. This week, I chatted with Chabert about the film, creating that all-important chemistry, and the fun environment that went into making the film.

Chabert enjoys her Hallmark projects, and was happy to be offered the opportunity to work with them again.”Hallmark and I have a lovely relationship. I enjoy working with them. Everyone there is lovely to work for and with,” she says. Beyond that hook, she was also drawn to the part. “I always try to find a connection with the character. I loved Jenny because she was a chef. Cooking is a big part of my life. I loved the tone of the movie, and that it was filmed in the country.”

She also loved the arc that the two main characters have. “They both meet in the middle and find a balance and become each other’s yin and yang,” she explains. “[And] there were baby goats. I’m from Mississippi so I have a lot of family who have animals and farms. The family who took care of them were just lovely people. I’m a huge animal lover. I knew that any scene they were in, it didn’t matter what I was doing.”

Chabert had previously met her co-star, Cedar Cove‘s Brennan Elliott, several years ago when she guested on Strong Medicine. “We didn’t know each other well, but we remembered how we’d met,” she says. “When you’re thrust into a quick schedule, it’s vitally important that you have good chemistry with your co-star. We hit it off from the start and had such a good time.”

“Because [the film] isn’t very dialogue heavy, it really relied on [our] chemistry. We had so much fun. We genuinely made each other laugh every day, all day long. I love my job so much. We went to set every day and our job was to have fun with the scenes, and of course, to make sure that it falls in line with the story. When you work with someone who genuinely makes you laugh, it comes across on the screen.”

Chabert says any scenes with the goats were her favorite, and she enjoyed a paint fight scene with Elliott that left both of them covered. “It was freezing in December in Vancouver,” she recalls. “We thought it would be a flick here and a flick there, but I really wanted to go for it, and so did he, so I tried to beat him to it. I dumped the bucket of paint on him, and he picked me up and poured the entire can of paint on me.”

Photo Credit: Bettina Strauss/Crown Media United States LLC

Photo Credit: Bettina Strauss/Crown Media United States LLC

Ed Asner also co-stars in the film, and Chabert had worked with him several years ago on an adaptation of Gypsy. “I reminded him of that,” she says. “He was so much fun to work with. Everything he says is a hoot. He’s a legend. It was wan honor to work beside him.”

Several of Chabert’s projects have been filmed in Vancouver, and it’s started to feel like a second home. “I usually travel with my Teacup pup, and document it on Instagram,” she says. “I love it up there. I know everyone in the place that I say. They’re always incredibly accommodating. It’s nice to get familiar with your favorite coffee shops and restaurants. I adore Vancouver.”

Peter DeLuise, who also directs the Garage Sale Mystery franchise, helms the movie, and Chabert says he was a joy. “I can’t say enough good things about Peter. He’s a genuinely nice man. He’s so funny,” she explains. “He keeps you laughing all day, which creates a wonderful environment. He is a wonderful director.”

This past weekend, UP premiered Christian Mingle, written and directed by Corbin Bernsen, and Chabert says it was also a great experience. “He was a lovely guy. One of the hardest working people I’ve ever met,” she says. “[We filmed] was during the month I was getting married, so it was an exciting time in my life. I will always associate that with my wedding. It was a great project to be involved with.”

Chabert works across TV and film, and does voiceover work but doesn’t have a favorite type of project. “I love all of them. I consider myself really fortunate that I’m allowed to have a taste of all of those different projects and work in the different mediums,” she says. “Voiceover work is challenging in its own way. I love doing TV shows and TV movies. It’s nice to get audience’s response. I love doing features. Theater is something I haven’t done in a while but I’d like to visit it again, possibly. ”

This film just wrapped in December, and since then, Chabert’s been able to enjoy some time at home before starting her next project.

You can catch her on Twitter Saturday, where she’ll be live Tweeting during the East Coast premiere at 8/7c with #C2ValentinesDay and #AllofMyHeart.

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4 Comments

  1. Lonie Bloom says:

    I love this movie. It is one of my dreams to have my own bed and breakfast. Is this place a real b& b? Where was it filmed at. Love the surroundings. It is a beautiful connection between the characters in the show.

    • Hi Lonie, It was filmed just outside of Vancouver, in Maple Ridge, I believe. It was not a real B&B as far as I know. I think the house has been used in other productions.

  2. I love all of the movies Lacey Chabert is in. She is one of my favorite young actresses. She seems so down to earth–especially in All of my Heart. I loved the paint fight scene.

    • Ditto about Lacie Chabert. Brendan is not bad either. I like him with Lacie more than with Brook Shield(sp).

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