Hallmark Actresses Explain Why Movies with Positive Messages Are So Important
By Tess Farrand, Staff Writer
The Hallmark Channel is beloved by audiences far and wide for offering family-friendly programming year-round. As we enter the Christmas season, Hallmark reigns as one of the top channels that often offers new holiday movies with uplifting family-centric messages, including 36 new movies just this year. If you frequent the Hallmark Channel, you might recognize some familiar faces, but could there be a deeper reason for why? In a recent interview with Glamour magazine, a few recurring actresses of beloved Hallmark movies spoke about their affection for the network Hallmark movies, revealing that it has a lot to do with the need for positivity in such a polarized world.
Lori Loughlin made an impression on family audiences back in the 1980s with her role as Aunt Becky on FULL HOUSE. Years later, Loughlin continues to find promising roles on the Hallmark Channel, starring in over 10 movies for the network as well as the hit show WHEN CALLS THE HEART. She explains her motivation this way, “We’re a society now where we’re news 24/7 no matter where you turn. There are a lot of sad or depressing stories out there. I think you want a place to escape and feel good and be transported. Hallmark’s a really good place to do that.”
Loughlin’s FULL-HOUSE co-star and devout Jesus-follower Candace Cameron Bure is no stranger to Hallmark movies, even earning her titles like “Queen of Christmas.” Bure said in an interview with Wendy Williams, “I’ve chosen to be in family entertainment and that’s always been a very intentional decision on my part.” Bure often takes to social media to share her adoration for her work on new Hallmark projects.
Fifteen years after the release of the popular cult classic movie MEAN GIRLS, Mississippi-born actress Lacey Chabert has shifted her work more towards Hallmark-type projects. Chabert told Glamour that even the production of Hallmark movies makes her feel like she’s working with family in a sense that it’s family for families. “I went back to work right after the baby, and they allowed me to have the baby on set and travel with my family. They’ve been very supportive.”
Alicia Witt’s latest Hallmark movie CHRISTMAS ON HONEYSUCKLE LANE, premiered last week and helps “balance” out her darker projects such as THE WALKING DEAD, a zombie TV series on AMC. Witt appreciates the positive feedback she gets, and it propels her to continue working with Hallmark. She relays, “I’ve had fans write to me and say, ‘I lost my wife five years ago, and Christmas has been really hard, but your movies help me get through that.’ That sort of thing is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place: to help make the world a little bit of a better place.”
Loughlin imparts, “There’s something about the lighter material that I think lends itself to everyone just having so much fun. If you’re making a movie about something really dark, it does something different to your psyche.” She continues, “You’ll get home from work and try to shake it off, and you’re kind of in a darker place.”
Avoiding this “darker place” helps these actresses to give their best to their families off-screen while lending their talents to engaging positive messages in the industry. While some may overlook these movies, one cannot help but notice that positivity earned them a powerhouse staple in the homes of Americans, especially around the holidays when cheer and love are so needed.
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