The Bold Type’s Dan Jeannotte Talks Hallmark Channel’s Paris, Wine & Romance
Hallmark Channel goes all out with tonight’s Countdown to Summer creation. It’s a perfect (red) blend of three of our favorite things, namely, Paris, Wine & Romance.
At the heart of this adorable flick are two very pretty people — Isabella and Jacques. Their meet-cute takes form in the City of Love, where they find themselves in competition. Whose Pinot Noir reigns supreme? Well, you’ll have to watch to find out.
Though don’t be surprised if you end up falling for the couple at the heart of this story. Their chemistry is on point. The other key components that make this movie essential viewing: a glorious amount of wine; the gorgeous Parisian view (which is for real since much of the action was filmed in France’s capital city); and the great cast.
Paris, Wine & Romance stars Hallmark darling Jen Lilley, The Bold Type‘s Dan Jeannotte and THE Lolita Davidovich, whose known for her work in everything from Blaze to True Detective to How to Get Away with Murder.
“I think a love story that takes place in Paris between a plucky young American winemaker and an old school French wine man kind of sells itself,” says Jeannotte, who does a bit of selling anyway. “I think it’s wonderful. It looks beautiful. It’s got a lot of spirit to it. It’s got a really cute story between two very likable leads. And there’s French accents, right?”
The actor’s presence is welcome for many reasons, including the Montreal native’s command of the French language. The guy is fluent. On top of that, his accent while speaking English is impeccable.
“Speaking French is different than speaking English with a French accent,” he explains. “They’re not the same thing. But no one ever asked me if I could do French accents. They just assumed I could.”
It was when he was on set, he realized he’d have to come up with a fake one. That means he had to put in some work. The pressure to pull it off perfectly is real.
“I didn’t want to do a caricature of a French accent. I think that’s the biggest trap. It could come off sounding pretty cartoonish,” he adds. “You want it to be honest. And you want it to sound real and charming, you know? So I had to kind of balance.”
Jeannotte didn’t work with a coach. Instead, he looked to an acclaimed French actor for inspiration. “I worked with my wife a little before I left to do the filming,” he reveals. “Then I was listening to an actor, his name is Vincent Cassel. He is a French actor that has done some American movies like one of the [Jason] Bourne movies. He speaks English very well. I listened to a lot of interviews with him because he’s an actor I like. I like his attitude. I like his style and I listened to him doing interviews to keep me on track.”
Along with listening to Cassel’s interviews, the city — and the citizens — of Paris helped the Freeform star stay in character. “Just being surrounded by French people helps. There’s a pace of life that’s different in Europe and in Paris you really feel it,” he says. “We got to see a lot of wonderful sights in a short period of time. You just feel the history as you’re through it. And it’s still very modern as well…very alive. Around every corner it’s got these buildings that are 150 years old or 400 years old or older. The history is everywhere. And it puts you in a romantic headspace just being there.”
Speaking of romance, he’s all about the one his character shares with Lilley’s up-and-coming winemaker from Oregon, USA. “I liked playing someone who comes from an old school traditional family but who struggles with that a little bit,” Jeannotte explains. “When [Jacques] meets Isabella, he’s taken by her because of her energy, her spunkiness. It’s different than what he’s used to.
He’s like this is the way things must be done and she comes in just trying to disrupt the game and he really likes that. He wants to be modern. Wants to be newer. Wants to be more with the times. It was a nice pairing of characters. I think the audience will really get a kick out of watching the old school French man be turned around a little bit by the bold, young American woman.”
As an actor, he was in awe of Lilley’s work ethic considering the actress was pregnant during filming. “Literally, the first thing she said to me when we met…she said ‘Hi, I’m Jen’ and as we’re shaking hands, she’s like, ‘I’m five-and-a-half months pregnant.’
To have these long shoot days, she’s on her feet all day long. It takes a lot of energy out of anybody. I found it exhausting and I wasn’t growing another human being inside of me. It was very impressive. Every day she comes to the set. She brings that energy, that lightness, that kind of sparkle to the scenes and then in between takes she’s sitting down and putting her feet up.”
Another plus to being part of this project: working with Davidovich, who plays Jeannotte’s TV mom. “We had never met before and she’s just obviously a pro. Lolita was so cool. She was so down to earth, she was so likable, probably because she’s actually Canadian by birth. No, I’m kidding. But she is and [it was] nice for her and I to talk about Canada together.”
And then there’s the wine. Jeannotte doesn’t fancy himself a connoisseur, but he’ll do his best to become one someday. “I am a casual wine drinker. What’s funny is my go-to is Pinot Noir, which is what my character makes [in the movie]. I like California wines, I have to say. They tend to be — to my palate — a little bit more drinkable, I guess. French and Italian wines are more complex.
I have a friend who’s a sommelier who [helps] us understand what we’re looking for. The tastes that can come out of this particular wine, it’s something you do have to learn. You have to learn the vocabulary and train your palate. But it’s a training I am willing to do. I will put the time in.”
Photo Credit for all images: Eric Caro/©2019 Crown Media United States LLC
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
John Griffin and Harold Perrineau Talk From on EPIX Season 1 Finale
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] How are we doing, #FROMily? In case you missed it this morning, the very good news is that that cliffhanger will be followed by a second season, which was gifted this morning ahead of the linear broadcast of the finale. I always legitimately appreciate when we…
Elizabeth Saunders Talks EPIX’s From
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] One of the things that makes EPIX’s From such a fun ride is the abundance of Canadian cast members. Elizabeth Saunders, who plays Donna, is a favorite from her turn on the third season of Mary Kills People, which US audiences still have not been able…
Corteon Moore Talks From “Broken Windows, Open Doors”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight’s episode of From had us all in our feels as we learned through flashbacks about the Sophie’s Choice Boyd had to make to save his son, and back in the present as Boyd said his piece with Ellis before heading into the woods with…
Pegah Ghafoori Talks From “All Good Things…”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode] Tonight on From, Fatima’s anniversary celebration turned into a Colony House of horrors when a misguided Kevin let his monster bae in and she promptly killed him and left the window open for her crew. While the party devolved into terror and sent everyone running,…
Shaun Majumder Talks From “Book 74”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight on EPIX’s From, Father Khatri made a bold move, kidnapping Sara instead of turning her in, and then recognizing her as a vessel for some big messages. That startling realization speaks to him on multiple levels–as a man of faith, a man trapped in…
Avery Konrad Talks About Sara’s Struggle in From “Silhouettes”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Over the course of the season so far on From, we’ve witnessed Sara’s battle against the voices telling her to to do terrible things, and tonight we saw her unravel further, threatening the Matthews and lashing out in a moment of terror with horrifying results….
Hannah Cheramy Talks From “Choosing Day”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight, on EPIX’s From, the Matthews participate in the show’s version of the sorting hat, choosing where to call home–the town or Colony House. At the end of the episode, Julie makes the decision to split from her family and instead settle in with Fatima…
Ricky He Talks From “The Way Things Are Now”
[Warning: Spoilers for episode 102 of EPIX’s From.] Epix’s new series From is two episodes in and it’s already laying the groundwork for a seriously spooky season. Tonight’s episode demonstrated the careful balance of relief and horror that the show hits, with our characters’ worst fears realized, just not when…
Catching Up with Ted Lasso and Previewing Season 2
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] The not so dirty little secret about how I approach a new series is that I sometimes make a call based on the headspace I’m in at the time. It’s been a minute since I’ve picked up a show after the first season and then binge…
What They Said: Three Revealing Conversations from Survivor’s Remorse “Closure”
WARNING: Spoilers for Survivor’s Remorse “Closure” The latest episode of Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse featured conversations that showed characters really digging deep into their thoughts, emotions and motivations.
Two Takes: The Catch “The Knock-Off”
Who can you trust? If this episode of The Catch was any indication, the answer is just about nobody. Betrayal was running rampant as Felicity (Shivani Ghai) arose from the dead to seduce-con Margot, Gretchen (Maria Thayer, Gotham, The Mindy Project) played gold-hearted Alice 2.0 before swindling Ethan, Tessa jumped…
What They Said: Top 3 Quotable Moments from Preacher “El Valero”
Both Quincannon and Jesse refuse to give up on what they each think is rightfully theirs. While Jesse is struggling to face the consequences of his actions, Quincannon has laid his past demons to rest and is hellbent on moving forward and putting Annville on the map again. Despite a…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Supergirl “Worlds Finest”
Oh, Supergirl. That ending was cold. But I can’t hate on you because the latest episode has quickly become one of my favorites.
What They Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Black Sails “XXIII”
The dialogue in “XXIII” is phenomenal. It’s always a fun ride when Black Sails carries its viewers along without giving them the chance to catch their breath. When an episode moves at this unforgiving pace, there is no chance for a breather nor is there a respite from the information…
What Lucifer Said: Favorite quotes from Supernatural “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Supernatural episodes are almost always funny but thanks to the dialogue and a certain man speaking said dialogue, I laughed a lot during “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” You know, when I wasn’t busy fearing for Sam’s life or wondering what in the world was going on with Dean and…
What They Said: The Flash, “Legends Of Today” and Arrow, “Legends Of Yesterday”
Two nights of Arrow +Â The Flash = what more could we ask for?! I don’t know what it is about blending these shows, but I canâ€™t help but feel that every time they come together, they somehow become greater than the sum of their parts. And thatâ€™s saying a lot…
What they Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Graceland “Little Bo Bleep”
Shoot outs. Fake outs. And long-awaited revelations. “Little Bo Bleep” was a jam-packed episode that wrapped up some loose ends and totally frayed others. Â It finally gave us one Sarkissian in jail and pulled back the curtain on Briggs’ master plan, but it also set up Jakes for a world…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Poldark “Part 4”
â€œWhat have I told you, I don’t require my wife to crochet and sip tea, but I do require her to remember she’s not a beast of burden.â€ No, Iâ€™m not talking about The Rolling Stones! I have to admit though, just for a second, the lyrics popped into my…
3 Moments of Goodness from Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Johnny and Dora”
The most satisfying part of this season’s finale has to the Jake and Amy kiss. Well, they kiss three times but the last one is the best one — and it means something. The Charles and Rosa dynamic was also great. I love how she’s convinced he doesn’t know anything…