For almost two years, I’ve had the privilege of bringing Andrea Todd to life in the Murder She Baked universe for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
From her inspired beginnings on the printed pages of Joanne Fluke’s original book series (thank you, Joanne!) to her subsequent adventures with an amazing TV family, it’s safe to say that Andrea has learned a lot from her time in Eden Lake. So how would Andrea sum up these experiences?
Well, just ahead of the premiere of Murder She Baked: Just Desserts – tune in March 26th on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries – I’m delighted to share what I feel are Andrea Todd’s 5 Most Important Lessons from Eden Lake!
People in the film industry say, “Never work with kids or animals” but I would wholeheartedly disagree! I say bring ‘em on!
Last year, I had the pleasure of working on Rufus, Nickelodeon’s family comedy about a boy named Manny (Davis Cleveland) whose dog comes to life as a dude (Jace Norman). I spent several days on location with the young actors, as well as the canine doubles, and I have to say I was impressed. Call it good parenting or just great luck, but Jace Norman, Haley Tju and Davis Cleveland were a treat to work with. On time, lines memorized and always ready to play, each performer brought their own choices to the table with conviction and lovable sass.
It’s a Hollywood North versus the Vancouver Canucks Alumni in a charity hockey game in support of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver and I’m so excited to be involved!
This Friday, January 13th at 5PM will be the 3rd Annual UBC Winter Classic. There will be 2 stop time periods of 10 minutes between of the Vancouver Film Industry and the Vancouver Canucks Almuni to be held before the scheduled game between UBC and my hometown boys, the Manitoba Bisons!
I was in 6th grade when I first heard about this show all of my girlfriends were watching after school – Days Of Our Lives.
This was – according to a handful of 12-year-old girls – a very serious and very “adult type of show” that they were all racing home to watch. I had no clue what it was, but being the “chubby, funny and addicted-to-joining-any-and-all-clubs” kid that I was, I thought this might help in keeping up with the cool girls at lunch.
So I too decided that day to race home to watch it. I lived about a block from school, so needless to say I had about 30 minutes to kill, as I made myself comfortable for what was to be my very first soap opera viewing. Or so I thought.
Friends, the facts on homelessness in Canada are alarming.
Every year 250,000 Canadians access homeless emergency services or sleep outside. 30,000 Canadians are homeless on any given night. 50,000 people on any given night are considered “hidden homeless”: couch-surfing or sleeping in poor or unaffordable housing. 10% of families do not have enough money to meet their basic needs.
When the organizers of Hockey Helps the Homeless asked me to get involved in their annual Vancouver tournament, I jumped at the chance because I wanted to make a difference.
For my fans in the USA, the newest Murder, She Baked installment – Murder, She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery – airs tonight on at 9PM / 8PM CST on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
In this holiday-set mystery with a touch of romance. you will see me along with the rest of the Murder, She Baked regulars like Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison, and Barbara Niven. It’s been such a joy for all of us to bring Joanne Fluke’s characters and stories to life and being part of this production – and working with a first-rate cast and crew – was no exception.
As her Twitter bio says ‘New Writer. Old Actress. Cheap Drunk.’
Where to start.
The simple thought of me mentioning of her name – in my blog of all places – is going to make her cringe a little. She is very private and modest to a fault. She will tell me that she is an introvert and say she is uncomfortable with any attention but the truth is that even in the most overwhelming of scenarios that an actor can face – like posing with me in the above photo at a dress-up event – she holds court like a pro.
The number one question people ask me when they watch Preggoland is “What was it like working with James Caan?”
So here it is…..
Working with James Caan was like working with most veteran actors who are damn good at their jobs: They have been there for years, they often know much more than you and they do not really like change. So rather than poke the bear, learn from him. Watch him, listen to him and – most of all – respect him.
Now that that is out of the way… let’s get into the nitty-gritty, because that is what people really want to hear.
Last March, I got a call from Director Jacob Tierney and Actor/Writer Sonja Bennett to let me know that I would be working with them in Preggoland.
At the time, I was in LA and after working out next to Ron Perlman a couple of random times at Gold’s Gym in Hollywood, I finally decided to catch up on his very popular series, Sons of Anarchy.
It had everything that I love – bikers, the very good-looking Charlie Hunnam and my personal fave, Katey Sagal. Season 4 introduced well-known Machete man, Danny Trejo as Romeo, the undercover bad guy working with the SAMCRO crew.
So when I heard that Danny Trejo was going to be in Preggoland as well, needless to say I was 50% excited and 50% nervous to meet the legendary bad guy.