[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]
It’s always a treat when Cindy Busby pops up on our TVs, and doubly so when it give me an opportunity to chat with her. Following her appearances this spring in The Killer Downstairs and My Mom’s Letter From Heaven on Lifetime and the arrival of Autumn Hearts on Hallmark Movies Now, Busby returns to Hallmark Channel Saturday night in My Boyfriend’s Back, the 5th installment of the successful Wedding March franchise that stars Josie Bissett and Jack Wagner.
This time around, Bissett and Wagner’s characters, Olivia and Mick, stay put (whereas the 4th film sent them away from the inn) to welcome their friend, wedding planner Annalise. She’s just struck out on her own and is prepping for her first solo wedding for Jen (Sunita Prasad) and Lucas (Lane Edwards), when a wrinkle is thrown her way.
Her ex-boyfriend, Brad (Tyler Hynes) who was her longtime, and first, love is the best man. She finds out when he shows up for rehearsals and is immediately tested on how well she can sublimate her personal feelings for her professional goals. Spoiler alert: it’s a bit of a toss-up.
This one is super sweet and surprisingly emotional. Mick and Olivia are approaching the 25th anniversary of their first date, and if anyone has advice to give Brad and Annalise on missed opportunities, it’s them. It’s a neat parallel to see both couples review what could have been and what is, and embrace the gift of new connections.
Last week, I jumped on the phone to chat with Busby about the new film, as well as her anticipation for the upcoming V.C. Andrews films, now that the first trailer has dropped. Wedding March 5 came up very quickly, with just a couple of weeks’ notice before filming began in and around Vancouver. Busby loved diving back into a Hallmark project, and says the camaraderie among the cast was really special, something she captured during filming on her Instagram feed.
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“I’d worked with Jack on When Calls the Heart. We knew each from that and [Hallmark events]. I’d never worked with Josie before, but I love her so much. She’s the sweetest person. When you walk on set sometimes, you have no idea what to expect and you’re never sure what the dynamic is going to be, but she was the loveliest, most welcoming person. I immediately bonded with her,” she says.
“I didn’t personally know Tyler that much, but a million years ago, he did a show called 15-Love with one of my best friends. I knew him through that and had done an episode of that in Montreal. We met and [talked about that] and that was kind of nice. Lane Edwards, I’ve known for years and years because he’s with my agency. So, I felt comfortable from the get-go and it all fell into place and felt really easy.”
“The group scenes where we were all together were so much fun. We really walked away feeling that. Nobody was on their phones [between scenes]. We genuinely wanted to be around each other. That doesn’t happen very often. That was a really cool experience.”
She adds that that offscreen vibe directly informed the onscreen, too. “The dynamics bouncing around in all the scenes were really nice, and I think the audience will appreciate that and the balance of the [multiple story threads] that helps move it along. The audience is going to become attached to every one of those characters.”
“I love Jen and Lucas’s wedding and getting caught up in the whirlwind of their love, and remembering Annalise’s and Brad’s love. It’s kind of a past and future meeting. I love that Olivia and Mick look back and see what they were like, and [counsel Brad and Annalise] that, if you don’t try, you’ll never know and that’s a great thing to take with all of us, whether it be in love or following our dreams, then we’ll never know.”
“Even if it doesn’t work out, you can walk away with your held high and knowing that you did your best and you tried. More times than not, the times you do take those opportunities in hand, you’re pleasantly surprised. It’s funny how fear can get in the way of something that you want.”
“Tyler and I had really good chemistry and a great connection together. It was really easy to work off of each other. We have a nice mix of comedy and sweet moments and real nice friction between us that’s so key when you’re doing love stuff. Love is such a complex feeling — ‘I love you but you make me crazy…I miss you.’ That banter was really easy to do because we have a similar sense of humor. I love our scenes.”
Busby appreciate that Brad and Annalise’s story captures the reality of dealing with a broken heart by deep diving into something else–and for each of them that was their careers. Now they’re back in each other’s orbit without that success being a blockade to their happiness.
“You throw yourself into work. That’s what we tend to do in life. When we’ve been hurt, we compartmentalize and push it away and dive deep into something else,” she says. “When he shows up, they have no reason to not deal with it. It’s important to deal with those moments because they’re going to come back around.”
I did ask about fan favorites Unleashing and Marrying Mr. Darcy and Busby says there’s no movement toward another installment yet, but she’s all in if it happens. She says the fans should keep asking for it if they want it. “There’s as much chance as anything of it happening. I would love to be a part of it. The reason we make movies is for the fans. If the fans want it, they need to keep asking for it. That’s what this industry is about,” she explains.
“They’re a second family to me. I’m close with everyone, still. It was life-changing for me. To do it a third time would be a dream, and I really hope it happens. I have no power in the matter. I’m 100% in on doing it but I truly don’t know and as soon as I do, I will let people know. I know there is a Christmas book, so that would be one idea. Also, I love the honeymoon idea [so we can go somewhere tropical].”
On August 24th, you can catch Busby on Lifetime in Web of Dreams, which is part of a five-film V.C. Andrews book-to-screen event. “I am so excited about these movies. When I saw the preview, I thought, ‘I know Lifetime is really taking these movies to heart. They want them to do really well. The biggest reaction from fans is that they read them in school [and are horrified that the read them in school],” she laughs.
“Being a part of the franchise and being in Web of Dreams, it was very interesting for me. I was a little worried and scared going into it. Jillian Tatterton is such a complex character.
A lot of people are going to see her as villain, but in the 50s, to be a woman was such a difficult thing. To survive and get what you want, you had to do things you didn’t want to do…you were so conditioned by your environment. I felt very grateful to explore those aspects of the story.”
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